Friday, 13 February 2009

Simple Truth 3

My Grandson is a star! My sons are brilliant salesmen and I am ready for a great week end.

3. You have the power to choose

If you ever feel sorry for yourself, look around you. There are many more
people worse off than you and most of them have found the courage to carry
on and make the most of what they have got.
Don’t be a passive wimp or victim in this life … you can choose what and
how to be.
We may not be able to control or prevent certain events, but we can
choose how to react to them.
Many people underestimate their personal power and quickly fall into a
dependent relationship with someone or in some extremes everyone. They
become powerless and feel victimised and communicate in “oh, poor me” or
“life’s not fair” messages.
What they don’t realise is that they have responded or reacted rather than
chosen to influence the situation or the way they feel about it. It doesn’t have
to be like this.
You can choose to be happy, healthy and successful.
You can choose to change the way you feel about your life or situation or
change your life! OK, so what about the ‘down and outs’ and homeless?
Somewhere on the way, they made choices that got them there – they now
need help to rediscover their power. What about the mentally ill? Don’t
underestimate their power to choose within what may be a different view of
the world.
What about the differently abled? We can learn about real power from those
who have chosen to shift from disabled to specially abled! What about the
persecuted, tortured, the survivors of disaster? History shows that survivors
somehow chose not to give in – they chose to fight on and made a decision
with determination to live. What do you want to do?
Your choice!
“Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn
them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.”
Richard Bach see

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Surprise today - 4 inches of snow!!!
Death is inevitable

You are going to die. Get over it – death is part of life! Some people are so
frightened of dying, they become the walking dead. They avoid anything they
perceive as a risk; trains, planes, motorways, going outside – get a life! If you
think about it, we have died several times already.
Where’s the baby you? The five year old, the ten year old, the teenager? They
only exist in memory – our whole body changes about every five years, every
cell is renewed, we enter difference phases, new strengths emerge as old
strengths decay.
Why face this aspect of life? Making it non-discussable or not facing it can
prevent you experiencing a good death, either for yourself or a loved one.
Some people’s fear of death or fear of the process of death or not wanting
to face their mortality prevents them being with loved ones when dying. The
last moments with a loved one will stay with you for the rest of your life – you
can make this good or traumatic. Whilst you are alive, you can influence this
by having a say in how you want to die. Make a living will – tell your loved
ones what you want. It may be the last and kindest gift you give them.
Some people believe this is not the end, that we are born again into another
life. Whatever your beliefs – our body dies, our spirit and soul may live on.
We can’t prevent death but nor should we fear it.
Now, once you have found the courage to face up to the inevitable – tick the
box! Move on, enjoy what’s left!
“For what is it to die, but to stand naked in the wind and melt into the sun.”
Khalil Gibran, from ‘The Prophet’
More of this brutal advice on

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Simple Truth with Brutal Advice 1

There will always be a sunset and a sunrise – you can’t
hold back time

Get real, life is not a rehearsal, live for now! Don’t live in the past, it’s gone!
Fine, have happy memories but don’t dwell on what was bad or what might
have been.
Another thing! The future hasn’t happened yet – so don’t worry about it. The
future is in your imagination, so great, by all means be excited and positive
about what’s possible but don’t screw yourself up with fear of the unknown.
Worrying about the past and the future will stop you experiencing the
moment – now!
Of course, time is precious – but time is only something us humans have
invented to measure the days passing. What’s more important is how we
choose to spend the time.
Don’t tell me you never have enough time – there’s always enough time, what
matters is how you choose to prioritise what’s important to you. Are you
spending too much time at work? Must be more important than spending
time at home then!
Getting stressed at work, working long hours? It must be more important
than your health then!
Upset about lines on your face and grey hair? Losing what you have had must
be more important than what you have got then!
How old are you? Never mind – whatever your age – that age is special to
you – celebrate it. Throughout life, we experience different things and that
experience is partly dependant on our age and maturity – so what you are
right now is perfect, enjoy it!
Whenever you see a sunrise, wonder what surprise or miracle will happen
today. When you see a sunset, be thankful for what is right now!
“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never
dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal
sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each
in its turn, at the round Earth tolls.”
John Muir

First Entry

It never ceases to amaze me that every day holds a surprise - however we need to be awake and aware of what is going on and be sensitive to the events around us. My surprise today - several requests for my books and my ability to learn new stuff about powerpoint and the black ice on our door step - ouch!