Marianne Williamson;

Over the weekend, I read this powerful piece by Marianne Williamson and honestly felt every word of it. It’s a little something to print out, stick on your wall & read every day:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Connected dots;

I’m such a massive believer in everything happening for a reason & this weekend was a fine example of that. Two weeks ago, someone I met years ago got in touch with me after 6 years of no contact. After our 3 hour Skype call, it made me realise that conversation was meant to be had this weekend & not 6 or 12 months ago. It was like the Universe decided, “I know EXACTLY who you need to talk to that is the mirror image of you right now!” 

For a long time now, I’ve accepted all the curve balls & obstacles that are thrown at me. I used to get upset, frustrated and most the time, pretty mad. But Steve Jobs has summed it up so well – you cannot connect the dots looking forward, only when you’re looking back.

I know so many people try fit a circle into a square (theoretically) & don’t think about all the other factors that make things click into place. So if there’s anything I’ve learnt over the years, it is to trust that it will all work out in the end. It doesn’t mean I sit & wait for things to happen, I just don’t force people or situations to remain because they “should”.

Sarah Wilson wrote a great post about friend fade-outs vs friend fall outs a few months ago that really struck a cord with me. Some people need to acknowledge when situations change (and don’t like things changing) and some understand that life is a series of flows & things just don’t remain the same (and that’s totally fine).

Life has been beyond incredible this year. So many new friendships, new opportunities & new ideas. I’ve had so many old friends get back in touch with me from all corners of the globe. And I can’t forget to mention new blog followers! I have no idea where you guys came from or how you found me but it’s been humbling to know people are reading this little blog of mine & it’s also been great discovering so many new blogs lately. Especially the ones that share the same vision as me.

Life, you’re just so magical right now!

The Paradox of Our Time;

Sometimes I read things that really hit me, this is one of those pieces:

“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. More degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, and watch TV too much.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, yet still have trouble crossing the street to meet our new neighbor. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait; have higher incomes, but lower morals; more food, and less appeasement. We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less and less communication. We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short characters; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more food, and less nutrition. These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. Of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet to kill. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology has brought this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference, or just to hit delete…”

– Dr. Bob Moorehead

Wise Wilde;

Other than seeing a friend on Friday night and family throughout the weekend, I did my own thing the rest of the weekend. I enjoyed sleeping in both mornings (a total luxury compared to the other 5 days a week) and was glad to finally have a weekend where I didn’t have to be anywhere before noon. I made a list earlier this month with things I needed to do this winter break and I finally got round to two of them this weekend: organising my room & with that comes, getting rid of 1,000 things. There’s still so much cleaning to do but I managed to get rid of 233 things this weekend! Nearly a quarter!

My favourite part of the weekend (other than talking to my best friend S) was going to my favourite ice creamery (one which I worked at 5 years ago), getting a scoop of cookies & cream ice cream in a fresh waffle cone & sitting by the river eating it. The sun had already gone down but the sky still looked breathtaking. I contemplated asking some friends that live near by to meet me by the river but at the last minute decided I rather go alone. I’ve had so much on my mind recently, there’s no better place to think things through than by the water.

How was everyone else’s weekend? Did you enjoy your own company or someone else’s (or both)?