Here is a beautiful poem about the wonder and joy of new life. If it sings to you, please Like and Share it with others. Much love, Anita.
Soft silken raindrops Alight on my soul As the dance of life begins And you curl around my core. In the world, yet scarcely, Carried here on Angels’ wings Tenderly entwined are we Through life’s ecstatic symphony. Sweetest of teardrops Fall on your gaze As my heart implodes with love At your tiny embrace. In the world, so bravely, Brought here by God’s grace. My restless heart no longer aches As in drowsy contentment I vow to love and protect you Each step of the way.
How often do we affirm to ourselves how lucky and blessed we are with our life? Yes, we have challenges—everyone does, that’s what life is all about: how we rise to the challenges and become better human beings to ourselves and each other. So the challenge for you today is to think about how you are healthy, wealthy, happy and strong? Here are some ideas to inspire you:
(a) Physically—I eat a healthy plant-based diet; I do gentle exercises every day; I go for a little walk in the meadow with my dogs, inhaling the sweet scents of the natural world; I do small bursts of writing then I rest, and repeat.
(b) Mentally—I meditate twice daily, as well as regular 10 minute mini-mindfulness/soft breathing sessions to re-energise, help me focus and clear the mental dross that builds up during the day; I do puzzles (crosswords, Sudoku etc.) to exercise the brain cells!
(c) Emotionally—I have stopped watching news on tv as it was drenching me with sadness. I feel a lot healthier emotionally for doing this one simple thing.
I am financially secure and I give thanks for this every time I have a major purchase to make; In terms of assets, the most important is my small group of friends who are as sisters to me, and this makes me feel blessed and content; I also never take for granted having a safe, secure home in a healing natural environment. What more could I want or need?
I am content with my life. How many of us can actually say that? I acknowledge past mistakes as simply stumbling blocks along the path to where I am now. I am grateful for all the skills and aptitudes I have been given/gained in this life and my aim now is to use these in order to help others.
I have a strong body with hands to use as tools and legs as my transportation, an intelligent brain to reason and think. I have a strength of character, a determination to do things to the very best of my abilities and a resilience to keep on keeping on regardless of any hurdles which need to be overcome. I am stronger still when I engage with God and ask his help.
“So many silly wasted years trying to find happiness in all the wrong places”. That’s what I tell myself these days. Advice to my younger self (if I were to listen!) would be: “You don’t need to smoke, or drink or go out clubbing, or adorn yourself in diamonds and drive around in a new sparkly car, go expensive holidays you can’t afford and think only of yourself all the time.” Phew! All that pressure to conform and be like others and have others like you! It was so exhausting!
Unveil the real you
Why not discard this mask of unhappiness and reveal the real you. This takes courage, but know that the real you isloved, lovable, worthy, kind and so much more than the external trappings of youth which eventually fade. Will you be ready for that, because I wasn’t! Will you be ready to love the real you inside? Because I wasn’t. Do you know what or who that is? Because I didn’t!
“Yes, but the excitement of the chase and the purchase was good, wasn’t it?” I hear you say. But how long did it last before the ‘high’ faded and discontent crept in, wrapping its restless tendrils around you, squeezing out every last drop of temporary happiness? Stop doing it to yourself. Now’s your chance to change. Get high on inner happiness. This is one of my favourite quotes. Use it as an affirmation to turn your life around. Remember that each one of us on Earth is distinct, so it’s pointless and disheartening to constantly try to be like other people. It’s a physical impossibility, and anyway—what’s so wrong with being you? Much love, Anita.
“If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.”
Resilience: flexibility, durability, strength, adaptability, toughness. When all around us seems unsteady, it is our ability to remain resolute and determined which sets us apart from others.Life is a process of continuous change.Do we fight it and struggle or do we accept change as a lesson to be learned and move forward with courage and enthusiasm?
Whatever the tasks we set ourselves today, this week, this month, the process is the same: don’t give up when progress seems impossible.Persevere. Be industrious.Think of new ways of doing things which may bring more success.
“We create our future in our present.”
So how can I incorporate resilience into daily life?
Be yourself and be sincere. Those who preach and moralise are not listened to attentively by the disinterested. Yet those whose courage, energy and diligence shine from their eyes so brightly, light a beacon which others will (even subconsciously) follow. They will be dazzled and intrigued to know more, and find out how they can be like this person. This is a very important way in which to live your life and serve others—by showing, not telling, the way to others, by being as well as doing.
Notice those who show by example and emulate them: the neighbour who picks up litter; the child who continues to attend school despite being bullied; the person who persists in his or her endeavours despite ridicule from others, and so on. You know who they are.
Be someone who persists in striving to make his or her part of the world (our world!)better. This could mean: tending your front garden to keep the neighbourhood tidy and welcoming for others; maintaining a clean and tidy home (remember your outer clutter reflects the inner emotional state!); extending the hand of friendship to all who need it.
Follow the example of the natural world.I watch the blue tits and coal tits at the feeder in my garden each day.These tiny birds are constantly bullied by the larger sparrows and starlings and yet they return time and again to get food for their young. I see the trees in the field bend time and again under the ferocious Atlantic winds and yet they persist and thrive. I want to be like that each time a wave of pain threatens to overwhelm me: climb into my ‘boat of resilience’ and keep sailing till the storm passes!
So make it your intention to incorporate the quality of resilience into your daily life, no matter any physical, emotional or financial limitations you may face. Start today! I’d love to hear your feedback, and remember you can ‘sign guestbook’ here.