As the year comes to a close, it is a time for reflection – a time to release old thoughts and beliefs and forgive old hurts. Whatever has happened in the past year, the New Year brings fresh beginnings. Exciting new experiences and relationships await. Let us be thankful for the blessings of the past and the promise of the future. Peggy Toney Horton
Well, how did you all survive Xmas day with all the family stresses that pop up at times like that? We all hope it is going to be different this time around. Maybe we’ve done some work on ourselves and we were keen to see how we would stand up to the different energies that come together at these times. But it was harder than we had imagined. Every day is a new day, a time to look forward and not back. To recognise that we did the best we could under the circumstances on the day and don’t judge where we feel we may have not done as well as we thought we should. That doesn’t solve anything. It closes down our hearts when we are criticised or judged including from ourselves. We need our hearts to be beating evenly or in what is called coherence. This is the best aim for our emotional stability.
The New Year is a great time to make a new resolve to honour what we are trying to do and persist with the decisions that we want to happen. Rather than hoping or having a half-hearted attempt at a plan, we need to have the resolve of an intention, a belief that this time we will get the job done, not with the judgement for the lack of forward movement in 2017, not with a memory of all the negatives, instead with a memory of the positive energy that comes with recognising the achievements no matter how small and building on them. I wish you all a bright 2018 with a lot of self-encouragement as you face exciting new experiences and improved relationships.
Enjoy your fresh beginnings.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Anon
I thought this could be appropriate for this time of year when I saw the word present. However it really isn’t anything about presents as such at all is it. At this time of the year though we all get a bit frazzled with the word Xmas for some reason and it can be easy to forget to be grateful for the people who have done something for us from their frazzled state. Being grateful however is not just for those people, but also for our world in general, the universe or whatever it is you believe is responsible for making life ok.
I had learnt this a while back and I got into the habit of saying thank you to the universe when something happened that could potentially have been a disaster but I was still safe. Or sometimes I remember to say thank you for getting me home in one piece or my family all turn up in one piece. It was then pointed out to me that as a co-creator of my universe maybe I should also be thinking of turning those thanks inwards, maybe I’ve listened to my intuition and kept myself safe that way. Whatever or whoever is responsible for your health and good food, your home, your family, remember that giving thanks will improve the physiology of both the giver and receiver. If you remember to express true thanks to those giving you gifts or going the extra mile for you this Xmas, you will be taking steps to improve your own health!
Enjoy improving your health!
I would like to share a story with you today from author unknown….
The Law of the Garbage/Rubbish Truck
One day I hopped into a taxi & we took off for the airport. Suddenly a black car jumped out of the parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded & missed the other car by just inches. The driver of the other car whipped his head around & started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled & waved at the guy. So I asked, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost caused an accident & sent us to the hospital.” This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck.”
He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of anger, full of disappointment & rage. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it & sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well & move on. Don’t pick up their garbage & spread it to other people in your life, whether at work, at home, or to people that you don’t even know on the streets.
Always remember that good people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so…”Love the people who treat you right & forgive & pray for the ones who don’t.”
Isn’t this a good story! I thought it was a good one for this time of year as we all get stressed about the things we have to do at work, the extra chores to do at home so we can get away on holiday on time, how to stretch the dollars so we can buy someone a special present & the list goes on.
Enjoy smiling & waving at the garbage trucks in your life!
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” Denis Waitley, speaker & author
Life is about choices. As Denis Waitley says we can choose to go with life as it is, even if we’re not happy, maybe because we have a fear about making steps into unknown territory. When we do there is a part of us that feels cheated, we may feel emotionally unhappy or sad, anxious or frustrated. Living this way, we are living by default, where life happens to us. Of course everything in your life may be perfect & you don’t want to change anything. The other way is to live by design & choose to make steps in the direction of what we want in our lives. To make steps towards what we know is our purpose & gives energy to our heart. Denis Waitley knows well how to help people make the changes they want, as he has had the responsibility for changing the psychology of the US Olympic teams and also the Apollo flight personnel. He also talks about the responsibility of helping to train the minds of the little people in his family. We have all been little people and parts of our minds may need to grow up.
This may mean changes, big or small. There may be only 1 area of your life that needs attention to be balanced. It doesn’t mean they have to be world shattering changes. It could mean that you cut out the cake you eat each morning tea, it could mean you start your exercise regime with a short walk each day. You know what those small steps or changes are. There’s no point in complaining about circumstances and conditions of your life. It is up to you to take the responsibility to change them or keep your mouth shut. There are consequences whatever we do in life. If you are happy to continue with your life exactly the way it is, then all you need to do is keep breathing and do what you’ve always done. If you want to make changes, then just like the US Olympic team, you may need help, because as the saying goes, “You can’t see the picture when you’re in the frame.” We grow by making changes!
Enjoy accepting the responsibility for change in your life!