Copyright Infringement Post :P
I won’t get in the habit of posting things other people have written. But – I have had this kept away for awhile…I read it every now and again…and there are quite a few points brought up….that really seem applicable to MG-me…and what I want from my MG experience.
I'm not sure where it even came from?? It was sent to me awhile ago without the name of the author... maybe that makes it even better - that it was written by some random anonymous genius... or perhaps its not and the author is well known and I'm breaking some kind of copyright infringement or something. ;) But it's worth it...and...really....they'd have to fly a really long way to find me.
Whether you live in Canada, Australia…or St. Petersburg…these ideas are applicable to everyone.....if you so choose.
(Every so often, I go back and read various blog posts…and this will be one of my favorites…(even though I didn’t write it)....and I've added a few pictures to help make it my own. )
A time comes in your life finally...when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out...Enough.
Enough fighting and crying and blaming and struggling to hold on. Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, (I espcially liked this part...) you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes.
This is your awakening. (I personally wouldn't have used "awakening" here...I think its a bit too...cheesey. But hey, I didn't write it...so I should just zip it).
You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appear over the next horizon.
You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you…and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.
You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are…and that’s OK....
....They are entitled to their own views and opinions.
You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself…and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval.
Your stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you – or didn’t do for you – and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.
You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and everything isn’t always about you. (easy to say when you're not an only child...when everything IS about me. :P)
So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself…and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.
You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties…and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.
You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.
You learn that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for you next fix.
You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.
You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not you job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing. You learn the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.
Then you learn about love. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be.
You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.
You learn that your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drinking more water, and take more time to exercise.
You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest.
More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You learn that no one can do it all alone, and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.
You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people…and you learn not to always take it personally.
You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.
You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind. (I don't know if I agree with this one...I think the wind chime would be kind of annoying...)