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I mean, what is happening in you life now? Bill and I spent Christmas and New Year in London with family, including grandson. Getting there by car in early December from the north of Scotland was horrendous but we had a lovely time when there. After that energy high I seemed to hibernate. Was it the winter? I guess all of us are fed up with this winter by now, the cold, wind, frost and, snow. Then the cork factor cut in and I have started to bob up again, hence this newsletter and a start on other neglected things.

So where are you right now, bobbing or caught in the weeds? If in the weeds don’t beat your self. Either enjoy this period as rest and rejuvenation, seeing it as necessary down time OR find what you want to do and get bobbing. Don’t fret if you have already abandoned your New Year Resolutions. Oliver Burkman said   ‘New year resolutions are bad for you ’ meaning we often set ourselves up for failure by setting impossible goals. I suggest that you check with heart and head for a few things which are really important to you and put energy there .Do you want to re-connect with someone, spread your wings at work, be fitter and healthier, start a journal, organise transport to get out more? What makes you feel alive?

Spring will come soon. Even here in North Yorkshire the snowdrops are opening and daffodils peeping through. If such little things can force their way through iron solid frosted earth, just think what we can do.

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Last time I talked to you about life being like a river and that we go with the flow of life, fast or slow as the river is rapid or forming settled pools. I want to add something to this. Think what it would be like if a handful of corks were thrown into the river – they would bounce and bob about and sometimes submerge. However, they would always bounce back. Think of yourself as a cork in the river of life. Whatever the flow, whatever is happening, you can bounce back. Pretty heartening, isn’t it?

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The other week Boris came to our church. He must be well into his nineties, has Parkinson’s disease, is badly stooped and cannot now get out unless someone collects him. Why am I sharing about Boris? He just radiates life in his beautiful, beaming smile. His inner self shone through his illness and he spoke of how fortunate he was. Some people just radiate their inner light no matter what life throws at them. I’m fortunate to have your light in my life. You really do live richly and shine for all of us. Thank you!

Letting go

Oct
2010
01

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 Last time I talked about the heart searching of choosing what to keep from our ‘too much stuff’ and the unexpected freedom and excitement of ‘what next’ in life which comes as we get rid of things. Well, we still have more to move but we are getting there. It is still a slog and sometimes life is a slog and we just have to see it through to the next stage.

Life is like a river – I think of life as a river with us in the middle. For a period the flow is fast and furious and we may just have to ‘go with the flow’. We could be getting tossed around and it may be exhilarating or even frightening if we feel a lack of control. Then the current drops us in a backwater pool where we can’t seem to go forward but simply spin around using lots of energy to get nowhere. Well, the past few weeks have seen me in a backwater, working hard but getting nowhere much as builders, electricians and water connection people have turned my averagely tidy house into a proper mess. However, I can feel the current gathering pace and I’m ready to be swept along again as it takes me. The secret I’m sharing with you, which I re-learn again and again, is just to be with the current of life and be ready to slow down or move on when necessary

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Freedom from guilt around perfection, freedom to BE who I am, warts and all!

Life is an ongoing process and we can always learn something new if we remain open to all its possibilities, trials and joys.

Letting go – We have been busy this summer as we are trying to make our house a comfortable place to live instead of a cross between a junk shop and a jumble sale. We are now living in the house instead of using it as a second home, which it has been for many years. It was furnished already with enough for us and friends to use and, suddenly, we were trying to fit in everything from another house. It has been quite difficult, choosing what we really need and what we absolutely would choose to have around us. I have had to let go of lots of ‘stuff’, some precious and some which has just been cluttering up my life for years. The amazing thing is that the letting go is giving a sense of freedom and space, something unexpected for both my husband and I. The painful letting go is freeing us to think ‘what next?’ and it is quite exciting.

Is there anything which is preventing you from moving on and enjoying what may be there for you? We have one life, let’s live it richly,

Newsletter Launch

May
2010
21

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I have thought about writing a newsletter for a long time yet have never felt confident that its appearance would be professional. My stumbling block is that I find computers difficult. They cannot possibly have minds of their own yet they hide things and demand an off line tea break just as my creative flow is in full swing! Does this resonate with you? Is there something which you want or need to do but a lack of confidence prevents you from taking action?

I am offering this letter from the place of not being perfect, with my mantra for this month:

‘Don’t get it perfect, just get it going’                                                    Alexandria Brown

Have you ever wanted to change something in your life, perhaps move house or job or re-decorate a room, and found it so difficult to make the necessary decisions that the work never started?

How about rolling up the metaphorical sleeves, starting the task and trusting that the outcome will be as good as you can possibly make it? What might you miss if you never attempted it? I believe that we all have an inner wisdom which allows us to do great things if we trust it, even when we might not feel that we are expert. Letting go of the idea of perfection allows us to move into areas we consider out of our reach. So:

‘Don’t get it perfect, just get it going’                                   

Writing this has made me determined to face down my irrational fear of computers and learn to make them serve me, so look for improvement in the next letter. What if you decide to face the thing you lack confidence in, get it done, and then build from that starting place?  How good would that feel?

Have fun with your life. Live richly.