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Without losing sight of where I should be, I have to proceed from where I am.
Plans get changed all the time. I have always chafed at that but since Covid, many things happen to change plans. I still don’t like it but I am trying to “go with the flow” more and accept that life is an ever changing adventure.
To take good care of myself. I have a cold! It has been over two years since I have had a cold and this is the absolute worst cold I have ever had. I have never called the doctor about a cold, but I am going to do that today. I have had both vaccines as well as the booster shot, so am sure it is a cold. But what a horrible, awful cold, so to take good care of myself, and don’t go out to eat again in a restaurant….
For what occupies me, it’s sometimes not so much what I do as how I do it.
Reverence for every single moment.
Never attach yourself to a person.
Everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way 🙂
That i don’t have to respond to everything or everybody.
I think I had known this conceptually before but through recent meditation it occurred to me how much life is perspective, your way of perceiving things. That the most important thing is not the external circumstances so much as the way we are perceiving these things, that nothing about your situation ever needs to change for you to be happy except your perception of the world and what is happening. A loving and compassionate heart brings abundant joy wherever the person finds themselves, this seems to me the best path to pursue.
Go with the flow. Don’t try to control the situation. Trust.
I loved ‘Whole Brain Living,’ and its 4 Characters, which one of you introduced me to recently. Last night I was annoyed with my fussy Character and just wanted her to shut up. This morn I discovered that she had valid reasons to fuss, and one of my more intelligent Characters had come up with some great improvements to the talk I’m preparing, so I want to try harder to recognize what my fussy Character might be fussing about.
I need to keep up with getting massages. It had been over 3 months, got one with my daughter last night and am soooo sore this morning. Happy Sunday everyone. Actually, the real life lesson is how important family time is:)
I am learning the life lessons of understanding and empathy with my teenagers who are struggling with the return to school and all of the social jungle that goes along with high school. They are truly doing the best that they can with the skills that they have….and the best learning is always very, very messy.
Listen deeply to understand issues I ‘think’ I disagree with, people I ‘may’ judge too quickly, no matter their violence or toxicity. I must be quiet to understand what is truly good, right, and needed to resolve a problem or love another. This is a continual work-in-progress for me! 😌
Patience is a virtue.
Don’t be too quick to assume a person’s values based on what they wear or how they describe their background.
I’m not sure about “new” life-lessons. The lessons are more like repeats – reinforcements – reminders.
I’ve known this lesson from year’s ago and it recently reared it’s head. An unexpected forced hug from a Dragon left me unable to say “no!” claiming my space and boundaries. It set off a wave of low grade anxiety and hyper vigilance within me that took a couple weeks to name. Once named, I’m taking action to not interface with this Dragon again..
Thank you, Carla, for sharing about your Dragon and their behavior! Congratulations on resolving the problem and warm wishes for success with your solution. I actually had a small version of the same problem in my line dance class 2 wks ago and successfully avoided it last week. I’ll wish us both luck 🍀
Thank you Mica, here’s to support 🙏🏼for both of us! Luck of the shamrock & St Brigid ☘️☘️☘️Can’t hurt either!
Thank you, Carla – some of us actually chatter and chatter here.. I found the Irish one. Google is giving me a St Bridget of Sweden, too.
Thank you, Carla – St Brigid – she’s new to me. I’ll remember her now.
Mica, I know participants usually don’t engage in further chatter here, I’ll just briefly say, there are several forms of Brigid, and St Bridget-one of Celtic origins-a Wise Healer, woman of faith and a mystic. And there’s the Christianized St Bridget (you’ll see variations of the spelling of the name), who had many of the Celtic Brigid’s traits.
That they’re going to keep coming at me, no matter what. Life is full of peaks and valleys, and I’ve gotten more accepting of that. Nothing or no one will ever be perfect, myself included. Recognizing the things that happen to us, pausing to think about them and why they might have happened, and then using that information to move forward isn’t always easy, but if we don’t, we get that lesson again with a different person or different situation until we learn what we need to. I’m grateful to be constantly learning, though it’s not always easy or comfortable. I guess the lesson is the lesson!
Doing something and failing is better than not doing it at all
To drop the need for a purpose. The “I” has always felt the need for a purpose. The mantra as a business executive for around 30 years was always “purpose, scope and objectives”. The need for a purpose is gone and that is a huge relief. The priority now is just to be open and available to what is – right here, right now and to be 100% involved with all of it. Ppfftt… shame it took 60 plus years to work that out, but hey, better late than never.
I retired 2 years ago and, at 61, have been battling with this ‘having a purpose’. It’s hard to shake but your reflection is very helpful and good to read.
Some life lessons I learned early on as a child and teenager, which have continued to serve me well right up to the present moment. Other life lessons, or so it seems, I’ve needed to learn over and over again. They’re the same old issues or challenges, just wrapped in different shapes and sizes that easily catch me “out to lunch!”
Interesting, Kevin – I’ll ponder that, regarding my own life 🙂
That a good night’s sleep is very important to me. I do a lot for it too. No alcohol, healthy food, no more TV screens in the evening, and no news reports in the evening either. Lying awake when you are in mourning is very bad and painful. I realy want to avoid that. In the morning, I wake up fit and grateful, and I have the feeling that I can handle anything.
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