And although I prefer living creatively, we are meant to do both. We learn well from both.
The creative learning pushes us forward and the reactive learning tells us what we've embedded - and sometimes what we creatively need to do next.
I often meet people who feel like they've missed their chance in life.
Now, I can't talk for you, but when I was growing up, there was a very real 'line' in the sand about people's use by dates.
If people over a certain age, lost their job for some reason, everybody winced as it was much harder for them to get other work. They were 'fixed' on the idea.
Although I'm sure many people still think that way, it's not true now in the same way it was then. We have a window on the world through which we see 95 year old yoga teachers and all sorts happening. We can use that to motivate us. Groups of community are even more mobile than they were and people can and do reach out if they choose to.
Don't give up.
Everyone that chooses to, can look at this giant mish mash of humanity and ask themselves what they'd love to do. What have they not yet done that they still could?
What could they do to help these people?
It’s not over if you’re still breathing. Your chances are not over, you’re still here. While you’re still here, there are some things you can do.
Your ATtitude creates your ALTitude.
Where you are AT creates where you are going.
You can acknowledge tragedy, hell I know it slows us down, but if we let it stop us, it's US that are doing the letting.
Events that happened five minutes ago are already in the past, unless we are still talking about it. I'm not talking about shoving tragedy in a cupboard, but I am asking you to consider something.
One of the biggest things that causes us pain is our refusal to let go.
We often hug pain because we miss a person or situation because we're not sure what to do next - and because we worry that others will think badly of us if we appear unaffected.
And sometimes we go on, being affected for as long as we *think* we need to.
Remember the recommended mourning times they used to have? They're still a thing.
We don't really need a guideline time to mourn, each human body is unique. I know from my own experience grief is like a spirit that passes when the time is right for it to morph into an easier way to be.
In spite of losing people, things, or situations, we can still get back onto level ground. Sometimes it's a hell of an effort, but of course, I see miracles happen every day, so I know for the most part, we can. The act of grounding ourselves, or earthing, is really important and it stills us and brings us right back into our bodies when we've been out of them (in shock or trauma), or 'out of our heads'. We are made of cells of light and we're meant to be grounded and also to take ourselves lightly.
My grandfather once said to me, “I’ve lost someone I really cared about, but I am going to keep living and so I am not going to let that stop me from spending time with special people. I am going to make the most of the time I have left.” And he did.
Some of his friends, (or shall we call them acquaintances?) frowned a bit. So did his sister. They'd taken on the idea that you shouldn't act like that, just agreed to act their ages - he was the odd one out there - living.
My Poppa was Jolly in name and jolly in his nature. Sitting at home by himself didn't feed his soul. He had other ideas.
He had more of a life than I did at that time, he was super busy and a great role model.
So off he went. He drove for three weeks around the South Island. Came back to Pukekohe, as was his plan.
He realised he hadn't done enough travelling, changed his plan, and went to Cape Reinga.
It rained. That wasn't part of his new plan, so he shifted his new plan and went to the Coromandel instead.
What is it that you would love to do that you may have inadvertently written off?
Are you holding yourself back because of the disapproval of others?
Are you worrying about an imaginary age 'limit'?
Have you been mourning a situation for a while that is now morphed, and you're still there, but it's now time to move?
Is there any part of you that's given up, just because it had a fixed road map?
Is any idea you currently have, stopping you from living?
Light it up. Ground yourself, breathe. Plan it and give it some air. Do it. If it doesn't feel right when you get there, make another plan. Do that. Be flexible.
You're on a planet.
Plan comes from the Latin planum, meaning 'level ground' and et, means AND.
You're a plan-et-ary in-habit-ant. 😀
Get some level ground AND light it up, whatever it is for you. Put it out there and see what possibility can meet you with.
Who knows what miracle could come from such creation?
Have a wondrous day.
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