Today I am grateful for
- Opening my eyes to see the rich colours and vibrancy of life
- A warm, comfy bed with a duck down doona
- Being loved
- Finding peace within my soul
Even though my mother passed away six years ago she lives eternally in my thoughts. She is my mentor who is guiding me to become a more complete human being.
There are moments when I vividly recall things my mother said that I was dismissive of when I was a younger woman. I now understand she was sowing seeds in my mind giving me directions to find self-belief when I was ready to find it.
Along with Oprah she believed in showing gratitude and she always found good in people even when they betrayed her.
During my life I have taken too many things for granted. Like other bloggers I wish to correct past wrongs and start publicly sharing the things I am grateful for.
My mum loved me unconditionally and truly believed in my potential to become a decent and valuable human being.
For this I am eternally grateful.
lyrics by Celine Dion
Because You Loved Me”
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me
Is there anyone out there who can help me interpret words of wisdom and put them into practice?
Like thousands of others I am committed to a journey of self-discovery striving for utopia in my life.
There are literally millions of inspirational sayings and quotes created by people who share their wisdom about living a harmonious life.
Most of these words are imaginative and thoughtful and although I enjoy reading them I don’t think they help people make personal changes.
I’ve always wanted to be a creative person but the reality is that I am a practical person. It is innate for me to use a recipe or follow a plan to achieve a goal. I think a lot more than I dream and maybe that is my underlying problem.
For example I relate to the message of the following statements but I bet I am not the only person who is unsure how to act on the words to instigate different attitudes and behaviours.
If your world is full of black and white I think it is time for a new box of crayons.
Let today be the day you stop harming yourself with thoughts of your past.
The treasure chest you are seeking is within you. It is shining brightly just waiting to be opened and appreciated.
If you want to fly then never be afraid of heights. And if you want to shine like the sun, then never be afraid of shadows.
I saw a video clip of a motivational speaker telling an audience how most people carry around their problems like a sack of potatoes slung on their back. She said every time we encounter a problem we throw another potato in the sack and eventually they weigh us down until we cease to function. She shouted to the audience “Do you want to drop your potatoes?” and then asked them to chant “Today I will drop my potatoes.” They cheered and clapped as though it was a defining moment in their life.
But I want to know HOW DO I DROP MY POTATOES? What do I actually have to do?
How do I colour my world? How can I push negative thoughts and past regrets out of my mind?
How do I find the hidden gems in my treasure chest? How do I rid myself of fears?
Is it possible for me to learn how to dream more and think less?
Any practical advice will be most welcome.
It’s the 22nd my lucky day.
I sense electric energy in the air and feel anticipation for better times.
The fog is lifting and if I squint my eyes really tight I can see sunlight sparkling on the water.
My strength of character has battled another round.
Like the threat of a bushfire I knew it would come. On high alert I anxiously waited and feared I wouldn’t survive its force.
It came, it burned, and miraculously I survived.
Spot fires still hover but on the horizon I can see bright, bright, bright sunshiny days .
Reading novels is a passion that I have rediscovered over the past few years. Delving into stories of people living in foreign countries and following family sagas through generations enriches my life.
Every book I read is time spent with a dear friend. During each day I anticipate my time to read and immerse myself in a story.
As I turn the pages I feel how people cope with adversity and blissful times during their life journey, I am transported to another place and time. The characters spring into life and I share their highs and lows just as I do with my own family.
The intricate details of their faces become clear in my mind and I see through their eyes, make their mistakes, feel their hurt and bask in the glory of their achievements.
Reading allows my imagination to roam free with no limits.
Reading is freedom of the mind.
Thank you to all the authors who have transformed my mind, challenged my opinions, shocked me, showed me the spirit of human nature, educated me about war and corruption, and most of all befriended me through the characters in every book that I have had the privilege to read.