The real problem with plastic bags
Words can be powerful - use them well
At my local harbourside pool for a swim I saw a man commit an act of disrespect to the environment. Innocent, naïve and unaware I am sure he did not even realise his infraction.
As I waited at the reception window to return my locker key he walked past me. He walked purposely but slowly, dressed in grey suit pants, a striped business shirt, coifed in silver streaked hair neatly combed following his swim.
The gift of being stuck in a rut
In today’s world of lounge experts and armchair critics we don’t stand a chance. Well that is if you listen to what ‘they’ say. ‘They’ are the people lining up to pull you down, jump at you, criticise, attack, complain. ‘They’ are the people who are on the attack at all times, armed with words and spite to hurt and harm. It is a woeful world this one of hate and meanness.
Becoming me through my hair
I get like this sometimes. Going along all fine and then boom I wake up and realise I am stuck. How did that happen? When did I let myself switch back to autopilot and put the brakes on. Seriously that is how it feels.
The challenge of being authentic
I sit here in the hair salon with my laptop, coffee, water, phone. It’s my bimonthly colour and cut day. Time out of the week to self care from the outside in. Yet for me it works on the inside out too.
Healing the pain
I genuinely believe every day is an opportunity for a new start. Whatever I did yesterday I get to do differently today. Mistakes made can be learned from. Moments of joy can be carried forward and celebrated. The common denominator is me. My decision to focus on today not yesterday.
Pain as the messenger
There is a pattern with me that rears it's head, though thankfully less and less. A pattern of pain = escape. I can recall as early as primary school getting headaches as my out. It was my go to. How could I function or do anything I was expected to if I had a headache? I have always been a high achiever as well. So I can see the relationship between my headaches and key times in my life when achievement was imminent, possible or a breakthrough was on the horizon.
What would I wish for?
So at the moment I am sitting to write this piece from a point of pain. An all too familiar default in my body is headache. Yes there are physical reasons. Let’s just call it transition or change of life. This explanation still does not alter the fact that pain comes up in my life.
An experiment - listening without judgement
Dear Blog Reader
It has been a long time since I started writing on this blog. To be specific it has been almost 10 years. My first blog post was a scary step for me. It was scary back then to express myself publicly and even put my name to words on the internet.
Just being me, today...
Recently I did an experiment. Each day I set the intention to do one thing above all else - listen without judgement. This plan of mine seemed easy at first. All nice and simple to jot a note in your journal and then follow it. Not. I found myself caught out many times. Yet I also learned so much more about others and myself.
A lot can happen that seems insignificant yet in total is significant.
(A day. Interactions. Observations. Encounters. Genuine people.)