THIS IS YOUR YEAR TO SHINE
Still in the midst of the restrictions set by COVID19 and Omicron, it’s difficult to remain positive. Our definition of life has blurred. The rules have changed. Planning any events or celebrations and who to invite has become tiresome. Although restrictions have lifted slightly we must remain cautious and ever aware of the lurking monster in all our lives. Many of us live in fear of catching the virus, but we must not allow that to impact our lives. Easier said than done, I know, but a change of mindset will help us regain the positivity we once had and the serenity.
AN EXTRACT FROM THE OWL STORY
‘Mummy Owl was excited and just a little bit fearful. She flapped her wings trying to remain where she was, not wanting to go on or go back. Meantime, Fly High Owl, Seeking Owl and Star of Life Owl had swooped down into the trees. She could hear their cries of excitement as they explored. She saw them flitting from tree to tree, and then flying high up in the air, up and over the mountains and sweeping across the ocean. Daddy Owl had landed on the strongest and largest tree and was making a nest for his family.
‘Here goes,’ Mummy Owl said. ‘I have to be brave. I must land.’ She lifted her wings just a fraction and flapped them gently. Nothing happened. She tried again and again, but it was as if she was caught in a bubble. Daddy Owl looked up and saw what was happening.
He called out to her. ‘Believe! You can do it! You have come this far. You can land. Try again.’ Mummy Owl looked down at him. He seemed so far away. She flapped her wings again, a little harder this time and then she lurched to one side. She was falling, falling, falling. She had forgotten how to fly. Her heart was pounding, and the mountain was coming closer and closer. Frightened she was going to crash into trees she closed her eyes. A shaft of sunlight made her blink.
Right in front of her she saw a beautiful White Owl. His huge wings seemed to encompass the whole earth. Gazing in awe at this beautiful bird she
forgot her fear. She was no longer falling. Her wings were no longer flapping frantically; they unfolded and stretched out to their limits, sunrays brushing the wingtips with purest gold. Higher and higher she flew catching the universal wind. She felt the joy expand inside as she soared and swooped, enjoying the freedom of the universe. She heard her children call. ‘Me too! Me too!’Daddy Owl swept them onto his powerful wings, and they flew together as one.
“Whenever you feel afraid, remember this moment. Know that you can soar beyond that fear.”
TAKE THAT FIRST STEP
Whether you want to lose weight, get fit, embrace sobriety from alcohol and drugs, recover from depression, grief, or so many more of life’s hardships; take that first step. Have you ever seen a toddler take his or her first step? They are wobbly and uncertain. They fall down, but they pick themselves up and try again – a second step, then a third and within days they don’t have to think about it. Before long they are running.
As adults we sometimes need more time. We have layered our minds with a myriad of negative reruns of the ‘bad times’ in our lives, playing them over and over again. We use them as excuses and say we’re not ready yet. It’s time now. Take that first step, take another and another. See them all as the first steps in your journey. Slowly but surely you will reach your destination. Reach out. Move forward and don’t look back. Your goal is in view.
Accepting who we are as individuals with all our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, who our family and friends are, and seeing everyone as a whole person through the eyes of love will bring so much more joy and serenity into our lives.
When we walk on a narrow path by the river, we can choose to feel fearful about slipping and falling in, or we can choose to idle a while and watch the water flow, sometimes smoothly, and other times creating a froth as it tumbles over the rocks. And so, it is with our lives: sometimes smooth and sometimes seemingly out of control.
Idle a while on the path of life; press pause, look at your options and go with the flow. Allow your inner instincts to guide you. Allow the universe in all its glory to guide you. And whatever deity or universal power you believe in, ask for HELP, and allow that universal
power to help you. Prayer is another word for imploring or requesting earnestly. So, pray! We are never alone.
LET ME SEE ONLY THROUGH YOUR EYES
I have been asked over the years to write verses for people which they ‘gift’ to friends or family. Sometimes they want a simple verse as a daily meditation. These words are part of a verse which I wrote for a delightful and caring young lady, words I repeat myself daily.
‘Let me see only through your eyes,
Let me speak only through your lips,
Let me hear only through your ears.
© Helena Abrahams
What better quotes to end this blog on than those of Confucius (551 to circa 479 BCE). They are as relevant today as they were in an age that is beyond our comprehension.
‘Never do to others what you would not like them to do to you’.
‘Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart’.
‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall’.
‘It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop’.
‘The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that unlock the door to personal excellence’.
I WISH YOU A YEAR OF TOTAL FULFILMENT,
LOVE, JOY, AND SERENITY.
Choose the path that is relevant to your personal life. One that will lead you to serenity, sobriety, positivity, physical and mental self-care. If you fall down, pick yourself up and continue your journey. If you need help – ask for it. Immerse everything you think and say and do in the well of courage and love. Know that you will succeed in this journey.
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