Today’s Food For Thought

Andrew MurrayBeing able to find that peace inside yourself is such a well of strength.  At any time during the day, I can access that place and escape long enough to catch my breath, long enough to remind myself that is who I am.

Sometimes I get pulled way out of that knowing and it takes some time and effort to balance again but I always know when I am in danger because that peace is missing and unattainable.  I know that is when I am acting contrary to my core being.

There are many good and worthy parts of life that have cheap counterfeits that can fool us … love and lust, self esteem and pride …. but the one thing that has no cheap counterfeit is peace.  That peace is when you know you are in sync with the universe and yourself.  That peace tells me when I am doing what is right for me.  If I feel that peace over a decision, around a person, or in any situation, everything is ok.  I don’t need to have all the answers, I don’t need to see and understand everything, I can accept that I have that peace.

Some of us are very fortunate to have loved ones in our lives who also have that sense and I know, at times when I am pulled way off my base, I can rely on my husband.  If he tells me it is ok, I can trust that.

My wish for everyone is not that they share my peace … but that they find their own and that they come to realize that this is what life is really about.  This is where we were meant to live, not in the day to day stressing and catastrophizing and noise that is our life today.  Peace, happiness, joy, calm … these are things worthy of our time and attention.

a friend is someone

I have not had a “lot” of friends in my life.  I probably have a lot of what other people refer to as friends but for me, many of them are simply “friendly” people, who, because of life circumstances, I have interactions with.  Many of them were not friendly prior to those circumstances and do not continue contact after those circumstances change.  There are no big fights or dramatic endings, time just moves on.

I have had many people who have reached out to me at times in my life when I most needed someone and who have said or done such kind, thoughtful things.  Healing is often started by a single acknowledgement of someone that you matter.  In those instances, there is a bond woven between our hearts that may not ever get explored or woven into the full tapestry it might be but it is as strong as steel.  It is a knowingness of love.

I never forget those people.

Friendship is not about measuring the give and take but it is about a feeling that exists between two people.  It is an awareness of who the other person is and of their emotions to the point that we move beyond our own needs and reach out to them.  Sometimes we do that with laughter, sometimes tears, and sometimes just a shared silence.

I never forget those people.

MorrisonFeelings are like air to me.  I would not know how to live without them.

I remember being a child and talking to “God” as I often did as a child, left on my own for hours and hours with no-one to talk to or play with.  I was upset because I cried over things no-one else ever even noticed and hurt when other people could just skip on by and go play baseball.  If I had a nickel for every time I have been told to “toughen up” or grow a thicker skin …

As I cried and cried, sitting high up in my favourite tree, the air suddenly was incredibly still and I felt, as I often did, completely enveloped in gentle arms.  Flooding into my mind came the understanding that yes, feeling so much I did see and know things that others did not … things that broke my heart and made me cry.  But, I also saw the felt things that were so beautiful and so moving and so joyful . . .

It was a gift, and I should embrace it and never ask NOT to feel.  I looked around me at the leaves as the breeze picked them up and made them dance against the pale blue sky.  I looked up and saw the majesty of the sky filled with white clouds.  Birds flew by me to their nests where little birds were waiting hungry and chirping … and I watched as the most beautiful butterfly ever landed almost on my hand and sat and opened and closed its wings.  I could see every little vein, every splash of colour and I was crying again for the sheer joy of life and being part of it all.

I never felt like I had a sad childhood.  I never even grew up resenting the abuse of my early childhood because those experiences allowed me to connect to my higher power and my higher power taught me about me, about life, about beauty and compassion and learning.  If I had not been so isolated, I might never have had those opportunities.

Sometimes even now, I just become so overwhelmed with feeling and I have to allow myself to release them.  I will tell my husband and I take as long as it takes.  No-one needs to do anything for me.  I just need to sit with those feelings and learn the lessons they have for me.  I always come out the other end, wiser and better able to deal with my world.  How lucky am I to live in such a way I can still do that?  To have a husband who allows me great periods of time alone and who listens to me just knowing I need to share?

I feel that same blessing every time I write and someone responds and we talk.   I love to hear how other people think and how they have lived their lives.  I find understanding other people’s perspectives to be a great tool to remind myself we are on the same journey, just using different vehicles to get there any way we can.

Today’s Food For Thought.

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I would be ashamed to have any child I was raising was talking to someone about their non custodial parent and tell them that they hate their “mommy” or “daddy.”   I don’t understand why some parents then stand there beaming at the child like they have just earned an “A” on some test.   My heart would break if my child were to tell other people that their “mommy” or  “daddy” doesn’t love them.  I would NEVER put my child in that kind of position or EVER let them believe that, no matter what the circumstances. Continue reading

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I love the process of creativity.  To me it is the life force.

In everything I do, I look for how to approach it creatively.  How do I engage myself into the process so that it becomes part of me, so that I take ownership of my part and bring part of myself to this?  When I am engaged in something creatively, the process becomes like breathing and I am alive and I am learning.

I cannot learn in a static environment of sitting in a desk and reading or listening.   I have to do.  I have to make mistakes, and solve them, and start again and find a different way.  Everything I have ever learned of any lasting value in my life has engaged my creativity. Continue reading

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I wish that people understood how important childhood is and that your children are sponges.  I wish that people would realize it is not about the great clothes your dress them in or the awesome toys they have, it is about the people they are going to become.  They need real skills to navigate life.  They need to know how to love and be loved.  They need to feel powerful, they need to know who they are, they need discernment.  They need our encouragement and acceptance.

Having children is a responsibility, not just to the child, but to the world around us. Continue reading

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Wow does this one sit with me.  You can ignore it but it doesn’t go away.  You can do the easy way or a half-assed way but it is still going to be there waiting for you to deal with it.  Dealing with it is only about one thing … learning the lesson.

Sometimes the lesson comes back with different characters and a different face, but it is the same issue.  I figure it would be pretty frustrating to get to the end of your life and realize you went nowhere really, just kept spinning your tires in the same situation simply because you would not learn the lesson.  You could have done it the first time, or the 873rd time and moved on to different things, but you didn’t. Continue reading

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perfect ending

This was a hard earned lesson for me.  It took my husband dying for me to finally admit I did not have all the answers, I was not born in a super hero costume, and I no-one else ever expected me to take on that role.  That is when I finally let go and admitted I had no clue what i was doing, I couldn’t do it all, and had to accept that the Universe was unfolding as it should without paying any attention to my whining.

I am grateful for that experience because in that moment that seemed hell and defeat and everything painful I could ever imagine, I also found peace.  And in letting go I allowed myself, my husband, and our children, to be in charge of their own lives and to let the experience be what it needed to be.  Now, years from that day I can see the greater wisdom than my own at work and the many lessons earned at the hands of a tragedy. Continue reading