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Bill and recently returned from a holiday in Kefalonia, Greece; a beautiful island, the centre all mountains, with a frill of yellow beaches and turquise sea around the edges. The weather was a welcome 30+ degrees and we swam and ate and lazed. The first week we watched the mountain behind us on fire with the heat and the second week we experienced the most terrifying electric storms I’ve ever seen, during which the cats in the apartment gardens howled and screeched and fought all night long – on our little patio.

We returned to floods; the village cut off; the A1 road and east coast rail line closed and many families being evacuated from their flooded or unsafe houses. A journey south, normally one and a half hours, took us over four hours and we now know that the car can just make it when the water level is one inch above the top of Bill’s wellies!

However, the best high in the month was just before we set off for Greece. Our son had obtained tickets for us to an evening of paralympic events, judo, power lifting and seated volleyball. It was so exciting to watch such superb athletes perform, giving their absolute all, and it was humbling to realise the addtional dedication needed to reach peak fitness whilst overcoming a disability such as visual imparement or loss of limb.

So what has this month been teaching me?    – To be thankful for every good thing which comes, for warmth,  for health and for opportunity to relax and be with family and friends. And then to go with the flow when tough things happen, to trust to inner resources to see me through and know that the highs and lows of life gives us  its richness.

This week, take some time to ‘be with yourself’, to connect to your own inner resources so that you can getthe most of whatever life brings.

You have one precious life. Love it. Live it richly.

Margaret

 

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Recently our five year old grandson stayed with us for nine days during his school holidays.  We were exhausted at the end as he was rarely still, rushing about and delighting in everything he saw and did. He lives in London, which has many wonderful things to offer, whereas we live in a fairly secluded dale in Yorkshire. The magic for him here is that he can walk out of the gate and ‘explore’, find flowers, stones and sticks, bash down nettles. or just ‘sit’.

His three favourite things from the holiday were: driving a tractor (with a little help from the farmer), catching his first ever fish in the stream (we thought he was going to die of excitement) and touching a baby hedgehog curled up asleep in the sun. He was truly living richly without any conscious effort or analysis of how and why.

During these days I found that I was re-connecting with the sheer magic of life. I looked at the world through his eyes, living every moment as if it were the only moment: laughing, cuddling, running, paddling, cooking together, really seeing a flower or a feather he brought.

He was unselfconsiously living from the inside out. Whatever is naturally within him comes out in everything he does, whether it is joy, excitement, curiousity, a sense of humour, frustration, sadness or anger. It doesn’t linger but leaves space for the next great experience and emotion.

So what gift did he leave? I am re-learning really to look at, and appreciate what is before me. I am learning to let go of the job planning I think I need for every day and just ‘be’ a little more; to live from the inside out, trusting that what is within me will be enough for the day. I am re-discovering the rich magic of living.

If you would like to re-discover some of the magic of life yet feel you are stuck in your present circumstances, please do contact me for a free consultation. You, too, are capable of touching magic, of living this life richly.

Margaret

tel:017486213 margaret@livingrichly.co.uk 

 

 

 

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This letter is being sent simply because I hit a ‘I can’t’ period and the only way to start to crawl or jump out of it was to start to crawl or jump!

OK, so life has been a bit heavy recently, two family funerals and a memorial service for friends within three weeks; rain every day and when it isn’t raining everything is blanked out with a heavy grey drizzle; night wakefulness so that I feel like Macbeth, ‘sleep no more….’ and other boring bits.It would have been easier to put it off yet agin, until tomorrow, but it was becoming obvious that it was never the right tomorrow.

Today I realised that was struggling with not allowing myself to be down; after all, I’m a coach and coaches should be positive and radiate uplift and inspiration. Then I remembered that a great truth for me is completely accepting whatever a person brings and who that person is and working with that. We laugh when needed, we celebrate together, envisage a future, name a dream AND sometimes we share sorrow, loss, failure, uncertainty or simply being stuck, the’re all part of the the richness of life. So, today I’m accepting myself, working from there, and from this I can already feel I’m on the up.

 

 

 

 

 

Lost in boxes!

Jun
2012
04

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This last week I have been packing piles of boxes which are to set off to Zambia next week in a corner of a large container , travelling by sea and land. Schools have generously given books, toys have been knitted and we have been squirrelling away caches of toiletries, pens, paper and games over several months. I didn’t realise that the generosity would need so many boxes and our bedroom and sitting room looks like a parcels depot! The collecting and packing, despite being hard work has been a gift as it has taken me right back to the great people we met in Zambia last year and shown me, once again, how much we are linked on our huge, yet small, planet, how similar our needs are for love, food, education, fun, safety.

To finish, I want to share with you an african saying, sent to Bill and I recently, from the school on the compound in Lusaka where we stayed.

‘S/He who walks with you at night, you thank him/her when it is dawn’, meaning that when s/he is walking with you at night s/he risks lots of things, belongings and loved ones left behind, and even his/her life. That person becomes an all weather friend’.

Margaret

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Here in the Dales we are having unusually warm weather for this time of year, more like May/June than March. It has brought out my latent streaks of indolence and prevarication, which is wonderful as I am really savouring things as they happen. So what have I been savouring these past two weeks, since back in the U.K.? On our second day back we spent one and a half hours, with rods and buckets of water, clearing the blocked drains behind our house (no mains drainage in Low Row), which was certainly something to smell if not quite savour. Since then we have been walking, lazing in our tiny garden and I’ve been mothering baby lambs. If a ewe has triplets the two bigger ones often push the smallest from the mother so it is taken into ‘the nursery’ and fed until it is weaned. The photograph shows me at my most unglamorous and yet I am completely contented when feeding them. They are so funny, pushing and nuzzling between my legs, as they would find milk from between their mother’s legs. The shed is still in pieces, the outside wall needs attention, there is still lots of clearing out to be done and family members need occasional support yet I am really savouring just ‘being’ instead of my usual frantic ‘doing things’. Sometimes we are given a gift of space and sometimes we have to stop and make space for ourselves so that we can stop, regain energy and lift our sights above the path immediately in front of us to see what may be on the horizon. I wish you space to stop, savour life and search your horizon.

Margaret

You have one preciou life. Love it. Live it richly. 

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New ZealandHas time ever seemed, to you, both endless and fleeting at the same time?

We have been on our travels for almost seven weeks and are due to start the journey home this Sunday 26th February, arriving in London on 3rd March.

It has been great to stay with our son, to visit friends we have made in New Zealand and to roam around this wonderful country, new and yet magically steeped in ancient myths and legends. The very mountains and rivers are living beings to the Maori and, sitting by the shore in Waikanae (pictured) this did not seem strange. The time and space to be still and connect with the living earth was a special gift.

One thing I have been re-learning is to let go; to let go of the problems of home, the shed which needs to go up, the too small inside storage space which should be cleared; somehow things gain a new perspective from this distance. Even family and friends in the UK have managed perfectly well without my physical presence! For me the learning is that the more space I allow for myself and for others, the more room there is to become the people we are meant to be.   AND, yes, I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone again.

You have one precious life. Love it. Live it richly.

Margaret

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Happy New YearThe days and weeks just before Christmas were incredibly busy ones for Bill and I and I guess they probably were for you also. Places to go, people to see, work or home jobs which must be completed, never mind sorting presents, cards and food. Are you feeling exhausted just thinking back on it?

How about NOT making new resolutions right now? How about just taking it easy for a few more days, eating and drinking things which please, doing things you like, resting and renewing a bit and building up for the year ahead?
Taking stock of your life and making new resolutions just may be better when you have really rested and replenished some low winter energy and they may be the ones you keep for longer.

So, in the midst of unrelenting grey skies, cold and rain, here is a little reminder I have of something good from 2011, sunset from the back of our house in the dale. May you leave behind the things which hurt or brought you low and take with you into the next year something which made you feel good, which set you alight.

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Zambia SchoolBill and I had the most amazing time in Zambia, living with Zambians who became firm friends. They are so welcoming, so cheerful and industrious despite great poverty. The church runs a school for orphans and vulnerable children in the compound where we stayed. Despite having few books, no toys or equipment, the children are passionate to learn, to achieve, be a teacher, doctor, lorry driver, nurse and, like children everywhere, are great fun to be with. Note the precious schoolbags for which older children worked hard and saved! We have gained a whole new family and are collecting books and other items to be crated across in summer 2012. A GREAT BIG ‘THANK YOU’ to all of you who donated money for the school and to those of you who are already collecting things for 2012!

New Website Launch

Dec
2011
14

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AT LAST – MY WEBSITE IS LIVE!

Have you ever been anxious about the outcome of something so much that you have kept putting it off in case it just wasn’t ‘right’, whatever right is? Well, I kept putting off launching my website until I listened to my inner self and just got on with it. So here it is, born, live and, hopefully, kicking!

Sometimes we just need to ‘have a go’, to trust the spark within us which deep down knows what to do. This may mean giving ourselves time and space to listen to our inner wisdom rather than the niggling voice which perches on our shoulder saying we can’t do this or are not capable achieving that. So the site is the result of trusting my self and having a go and I feel great. If we waited until we were perfect or until life dealt fair hand we may have a long wait! Getting on with it nudges life in the direction we want, puts us in the driving seat.

Please take a look around the site and add a comment with your feedback. I’d love to know your thoughts!

Where are you now?

May
2011
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I asked this in a previous post in February. I trust that it gave you something fruitful to ponder over and that you did take the opportunity to check with your heart and your head for the really important things and then put your energy there.

Some of you will know that Bill and I are due to fly out to Zambia on 25th May to visit two amazing women there with responsibility, between them, for churches, schools and an orphanage, managing, with few resources, to bring joy and hope to children. Why is ’where are you right now?’ relevant for me just now?

Neither Bill not I have been to Africa before so this visit is exciting and somewhat daunting. So far, despite several e mails with the women, we do not even know where we will be laying our heads on the first or any other night.

A week ago I had a really anxious period but I am feeling much calmer now. I have been able to let go of the anxiety and focus on ‘it will be all right when we get there’. I had to find space to be quiet, to meditate, read more, walk, cook, basically calm down and fill myself up. I am now doing the things I can control such as organising money and transport, taking the preventative medication, sorting appropriate clothing and letting go of those things outside of my control, which is tough for me as I am a born organiser.

We constantly need to get back to our centre, to work with our energies rather than let our anxiety and frustration dissipate them.

How do you re-centre yourself when you are feeling frazzled?