The Awakening

The Awakening
A time comes in your life when you finally get it. 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, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening.

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.

(S. Carroll)

You 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.

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 the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with.

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You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.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 your 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 learn that ‘alone’ does not mean lonely.

You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.

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. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels the soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you deserve, and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different than working toward making it happen.

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 the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.

You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.

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 lean not to always take it personally.

You learn that nobody’s punishing you and everything isn’t always somebody’s fault. It’s just life happening. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.

You lean that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.

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.

Then, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than you heart’s desire.

You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind.

Finally, with courage in you heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.

Sticks and Stones

Hi There,

Stick and stones will break my bones;
the words you use hurt me like the rocks thrown.

Yes it’s a twist on a childhood saying. The point is this: As we travel through this ride called life, with it’s ups and downs and in-betweens, we hardly take into account what our actions mean.

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Celebrate That It’s Too Big To Fit

So I have some friends… one has lost her father, another has lost her husband and another is away from their partner; the sum of them all, can’t be with a loved one. We all to often do not know how to react to the loss (regardless of it’s permanency) of loved ones, especially if they are of no relation to us. More often than not, it is days,months and years filled with a bittersweet sadness for all of the things you didn’t do/say or things they didn’t do or say.

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Through You

Hello My Friends (smiles)

How many of us have tried to convey an idea, a message, a feeling to someone only to feel as if they didn’t or perhaps COULDN’T understand? Even if we said it in a different language it still somehow would not translate properly.
Well, join the club, it’s called everybody (every-body) and we do it more often than we think. (clever)

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Chords

Hello Friends (wonders how many actually understand the depth of which “friend” resonates)

How many time have you been watching a movie, talking to a friend, hearing a story that made you get goose bumps? How many love songs have we all listened to time and time (and time) again because “they understand” – hahaha?
“It struck a chord with me.” is quite a perfect phrase, as it puts a complex idea into an easier to digest format, that is more readily to be related to.

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Tuning Forks and Hums

Hello Friends (smiles at you and for you, knowing what a trip you are about to be taken on.)

Now before you read this, let go of your day’s stresses and burdens. Lighten your heart so that the truth, like a tuning fork can reverberate within you. Because it will – where do you think ” it struck a chord with me” came from? (smiles aat you in a “ta-da” moment)

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A Note From Creation

“Someone once asked me “how do you fit so much awesomeness, love and beauty into one being.” To which I answered, “I didn’t – I fit into a trillion, trillion different bodies, plants, animals, elements, shapes and sizes”

And then we sat and ate in harmony both beaming at the simplicity and enormity of what was just exchanged.

—Steven Edward Gantt—

*if you like it, share it and this one… specifically is mine so be sure they quote me on it 😉

Namste – not as some hipster saying but truly as “The God within me, recognizes the God within you” or as the Avatars say “I see you”

Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger

To ALL of the people that have ever hurt me, caused me ill fortune and gone out of their way to purposefully cause and inflict emotional and financial distress upon me. I thank you…

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Eight Simple (and harsh) Truths to Improve Your Life

They say life is what we make of it. By the end of this post, I hope to have helped you decide whether that statement is true or not.

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Rules for Being Human

1. You Will Receive A Body

You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.

 

2. You Will Learn Lessons

You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called Life. Each day in this school, you will have the opportunity to learn lessons – you may like the lesson or think them irrelevant and stupid.

 

3. There Are No Mistakes, Only Lessons

There is a process of trial and error; experimentation. The ‘failed’ experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately ‘works’.

4. A Lesson Is Repeated Until It Is Learned

A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

 

5. Learning Lessons Does Not End.

There is no part of Life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

 

6. ‘There’ Is No Better Than ‘here’.

When your ‘there’ has become a ‘here’, you will simply obtain another ‘there’ that will again look better than ‘here’.

 

7. Others Are Merely Mirrors Of You.

You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

 

8. What You Make Of Your Life Is Up To You.

You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

 

9. Your Answers Lie Inside You. 

The answers to Life’s questions lie inside you. All you need do is look, listen and trust.

 

10. You Will Forget All This.

11. You Can Remember It Whenever You Want

Love yourself – everything… EVERY (answer you seek) THING – lies within.

SEG