So many people set off in search for answers in their life. Some will consult ‘experts’, some will seek advice from friends, and many will travel far and wide to ‘find themselves’. And there are others who do something a little different.
As many of you know, I have just returned from a two week sojourn in Cambodia. I celebrated a milestone birthday in April and decided it would be a good idea to explore a destination from my bucket list.
My experience of the past two months leads me to write about a tough subject we’d rather avoid. Trauma such as the loss of a loved one or the diagnosis of serious illness can test us to our very limits – trust me, I know this first hand as I’m certain many of you do too. While it can shatter life as we know it, it may be comforting to know that something more positive may also be happening.
Just in this past two weeks I have known tragedy and loss, fraud and disappointment, shame and isolation, depression and despair, aloneness and regret, pain and defeat, sadness and grief. In spite of and despite all this, I have also known kindness and generosity of spirit, compassion and humility, love and care, encouragement and hope.
Life is a rich and complex tapestry of experiences. It’s not about how hard or how many times we fall, it’s about how we rise and
Busyness!Busyness is an illness.Think about it: ‘I’m busy.’ How often is that your excuse?
It used to be my excuse every single day. My schedule used to leave me zero time for unplanned presence and awareness.
And I was proud of my busyness. I wore it like a badge. It gave me an illusion of importance or significance to justify my existence.
In a way, I wanted to highlight how tough I had it. I wanted everyone to know how juggling the
One of my greatest tips for increasing your ‘happiness quotient’ is to practice mindful gratitude.
We must realize that we really don’t need ‘more’. We just need to appreciate what we have. It’s a beautiful and bittersweet way of thinking all at once. We may not have what we want right now, but we still have ‘enough’.
Be thankful for what is, and also be thankful for what has not yet come to you. That means there’s still many possibilities available. Find peace
Some of our biggest problems often only exist in our head.
The primary cause of our unhappiness and sense of ‘defeat’ is never the current situation but our thoughts about it.
Happiness and success really comes down to two elements: the way we think and the way we act based upon our thoughts.
We become really quite remarkable when we start thinking that we can do great things, right now, without the need for anything more.
When we believe in ourselves, we embrace the
If we want to thrive in life, we need to take a good hard look in the mirror and then take small, consistent steps to self-correct if necessary.
One trap I often see in my work is believing and insisting that life is simply too hard and too unfair. The truth is, it’s as easy to create positive habits as it is to create negative ones. It’s just a matter of how you spend your time.
You can spend your time doing
‘Today I lost the respect of a few people I cared about, and the desire to harm myself when I finally told everyone the truth about who I really am and what I’ve decided to do with my life. In a nutshell, I’ve chosen to love and honour myself, instead of convincing others to do it for me.’
This was a private message I received after one of my newsletters was released.
This person asked to remain anonymous, but gave me permission to
There are far too many capable people who don’t pursue their dreams and goals because they let their fears and others talk them out of it.
They give up before they even try, and let life’s tides flow them out to sea.
Choose to be stronger than that.
Choose to swim against the tide when you have to.
Choose to do the things in life that move you.
Let others lead small lives.
Let others argue over small things.
Let others cry over small wounds.
Let others leave
Here’s a reminder that by just being present, you make each moment and each day more meaningful and special.
Regardless of what this time of year means for you spiritually, emotionally or physically, it is a good time to take pause and think about what, and who, matters most to you (including yourself).
We all get busy in our daily lives. Even more so when trying to get many things done over the festive season. I hope you will make