We are often let down by the most trusted people and loved by the most unexpected ones. Some make us cry for things that we haven’t done, while others ignore our faults and just see our smile. Some leave us when we need them the most, while some stay with us even when ask them to leave. The world is a mixture of people. We just need to know which hand to shake and which hand to hold! “After all that’s life, learning to hold on and learning to let go.”
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how going into this year many people referred to 2020 as their year of 2020 vision’ In my opinion, that’s exactly what 2020 was. It was the year we finally started to see many things more clearly on both a societal as well as an individual level. This allowed us to see how so many of the things that we’ve been socialized to believe are just the way things are’ don’t necessarily have to be that way and can be replaced with a better way of doing things that actually serves the best interests of us all. Since we couldn’t go outside with as much ease as we could before, we were given the opportunity to go deeper within ourselves in order to take stock of our lives and to finally identify what does and does not serve us. As painful as this may have been, it allowed us to release what no longer serves us in order to make space for what actually does. That’s why in my book 2020 was not a wasted year; it was a foundational year that opened our eyes to the reality of our world and our lives so that we could intentionally create healthier social systems and personal lives.
Now as the seasons have changed once more and we move into the start of a new year “2021”, I hope that we take with us the ability to regularly identify and unlearn the things that no longer serve us. Because just as the change of the seasons are nature’s way of reminding us how beautiful letting go can be, the challenges of our lives are ultimately here to help us level up and make the most of what actually matters
“You don’t know what you miss until it is gone,” does not tell the whole story. For your consideration I put forth, “You don’t always know what you miss until you rediscover it. There are many things we fail to realize the true value of until they are missing from our lives. Enjoy the little things in life because someday you will realize they were the big things. People constantly want something more, something new, but sometimes the most valuable things are what have been with us at all times. Just because something isn’t happening for you right now does not mean that it never will. Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have. Just like you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, you don’t know what you’ve been missing until it arrives.
“Appreciate what you have before it becomes what you had.”
The human spirit is one of ability, perseverance and courage that no disability can steal away.
In keeping positive, I would like to share these inspirational quotes I have found to help motivate me on a daily basis. Hope they can help you too…
“I do not have a disability, I have a gift! Others may see it as a disability, but I see it as a challenge. This challenge is a gift because I have to become stronger to get around it, and smarter to figure out how to use it; others should be so lucky.” ― Shane E. Bryan
“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.” -Stephen Hawking
“Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” — Leonard Cohen
Flawed objects have some kind of imperfection — a dent or a blemish. No one’s perfect, so everyone is flawed in some way, but when this word describes a person it often means “weak in character.
I see being Flawed as a strength.
If you make a mistake, you learn from it. If you never make a mistake, you’re never the wiser. These so-called perfect leaders we have now have never made a mistake. How can they have learned what’s right and wrong, how could they have learned anything about themselves? About what they feel comfortable doing, about what they feel is beyond the scope of their character? The more mistake you have made, the more you have learned
We may be staying home during this coronavirus travel restrictions, but our urge to travel and connect to the world is stronger than ever. Special thanks to Shivya Nath for allowing a virtual tour via her wonderful book “THE SHOOTING STAR”
A hunter once lost his way deep inside the jungle while chasing a deer. He used all his navigation skills but could not find any way out of the jungle nor could he find any food to eat for 8 days at a stretch. He was HUNGRY, famished, disappointed and had lost all his hope.
And that is exactly when an apple tree caught his sight. It was laden with fresh ripe apples. He simply couldn’t believe his luck. He collected a dozen apples and started eating.
As he ate the 1st apple, his joy knew no bounds and he just couldn’t stop feeling grateful and blessed. He thanked life. He THANKED GOD.
But he was less grateful while having the 2nd apple and even lesser grateful when he ate the 3rd apple. He simply couldn’t enjoy the 10th apple. It tasted BLAND.
Of course, the 10th apple was as sweet as the first one. There was nothing wrong with the tenth apple. Yet it failed to give as much pleasure as the first one because the hunter who is now sitting under the apple tree has taken it for granted. … We also take the gift of life for another day granted. If you get bored on a day, it is not because the day is dull and boring but your expectations has fallen short of things you’ve taken for granted.
Never let the ‘10th APPLE EFFECT’ ruin your day. Enjoy the GIFT of life as a BLESSING of a new day.