"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks."
~ William Shakespeare ~
I am grateful for the mountains and the ocean, the stars and the bright sun. I'm grateful to have experienced all that I've experienced and to have choices, and options, and good food, and a body that's strong.
I remember to be grateful even when I don't feel grateful, and to live in the energy of "thank you" instead of "why me?"
We have to live with each other and we have to live with ourselves. Consequently, its easier on everybody involved if we can be generous, and contribute loving energy to the day rather than foul temper and a sense of entitled distress.
I show up with positivity instead of judgement, and a smile instead of a scowl.
"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."
~ Lord's Prayer ~
Sometimes I feel petulant and blocked to love. I'm not sure why it happens, only that it does. At such times, I want to retreat from the world, to hole up somewhere and be alone and free to do as I please, but that's not always possible or advisable. Life goes on, whether I feel petulant or not, and I just have to keep on going with it, and trust that in time, my feelings will pass.
I forgive myself for my often unpredictable moods and emotions.
We are cleaning out my Dad's house in Florida this week- spreading his belongings out between us and releasing them into the world. It's a strange thing the way our possessions carry our energy, especially our clothes, and it feels like a betrayal in some way to treat them with anything less than enormous respect.
I honor my father in the way I dispose of his things.
It takes time to get over discouragement and disappointment. We can distract ourselves all we want, but the motivation for new energy is lacking until whatever needs to work through us has worked its way through. Life requires so much patience from us on so many fronts. In truth, that, in itself, can be discouraging...
The answer? Same as always. Maintain good habits, trust the process, and keep on doing the next right thing.
I allow for growth and pruning and dead branches and new life.
"Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom."
~ Merry Browne ~
We are each of us capable of greatness and foolishness both. We can perform acts of great courage, and be naive and petty in equal measure. We can raise others with our wisdom and pull them down with our whine. That's why judgement is a dis-service to the world. How can we condemn another when we have likely done the same or similar ourselves?