A Poem to Lighten the Load

 

This poem was recently shared with me:

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly.

Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.

Just let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days.

Lightly, lightly. It was the best advice ever given to me….to throw away your baggage and go forward.

There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,

trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. 

That’s why you must walk so lightly.

Lightly my darling…..”  – Aldous Huxley, Island.

We often carry what isn’t ours; or become overwhelmed with task. We are often weighted down by things from our past, mulling them over until they become part of the load. What a lovely reminder that despite our day ahead of us, we can bring lightness into our thoughts; we can invite it into our every day routine.

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How Light Can Bring Hope

I love this passage about how light can bring hope:

“Scientists have discovered that what looks like darkness to the human eye is actually filled with tiny particles called ‘neutrinos,’ slivers of light that pass through the entire universe. Apparently, there is no such thing as total darkness anywhere, even though the human eye thinks there is. Knowing that the inner light of things cannot be eliminated or destroyed is deeply hopeful.” – Richard Rohr, The Universal Christ

There are times when darkness feels invasive; it is comforting to know that what we may not see, is in fact still there.

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Being Mindful of Appreciating the Present Moment

I have always liked this little quote by Winnie the Pooh and Piglet:

“What day is it?”

“Today” said Piglet.

“Ah,” said Pooh, “my favourite day.”

-Winnie the Pooh

We all too often think about our week, our month, what is coming up in the year to come. We fret about what happened yesterday and can get caught up in past events.

It may be a natural part of the way we process the world as our past informs us and our future motivates us; nonetheless, it is important to also recognise the beauty of today. To make sure we slow down long enough to appreciate the sunrise, or the sound of birds in the air. To be thankful for laughter at the dinner table or a hug before bed. To be able to rest, go for a walk, chat with a friend.

When we give today attention, we find balance.

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A Little Quote About Fortitude

I came across this quote:

“Fortitude……it means fixity of purpose. It means endurance. It means having the strength to live with what constrains you.” – Hilary Mantel

Fixity of purpose – what an interesting phrase. It lends us to believe that we have some control over our ability to find strength. Perhaps that process happens slowly, with both time and attention paid to getting through what challenges us. A “one day at a time” type deal, where we gather both strength and courage with each step.

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A Little Reminder About Our Internal Voice

I came across this little quote that reminded me of how we often come to our own internal voices:

“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” – Peggy O’Mara

When we are criticized, we learn to criticize ourselves. When we are praised, we learn to be proud of ourselves. When we are ignored, we learn that we are not important. When we are effectively responded to, we learn that we are important. The way we talk to our children matters.

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A Poem About Faith

I am reminded by Morgan Harper Nichols that faith in what is to be is an important part of the growing process:

“The sun is still shining,
the wind is still blowing,
and out in the wild
you are growing.
Days may go by
without change
you can feel,
but what’s happening here
is most certainly real:
You are becoming
what you were meant
to become
out in the wild
in the arms of the sun.”
― Morgan Harper Nichols, Storyteller: 100 Poem Letters

On days when we experience limbo, let the sun and wind remind us that movement is forever a necessary part of life.

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My Wish for You; A Poem

I came across this timeless poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson (who wrote poetry in the 1800’s):

This is my wish for you;

Comfort on difficult days,

smiles when sadness intrudes,

rainbows to follow the clouds,

laughter to kiss your lips.

Sunsets to warm your heart,

hugs when spirits sag,

beauty for your eyes to see,

friendships to brighten your being.

Faith so that you can believe,

confidence for when you doubt,

courage to know yourself,

patience to accept the truth,

Love to complete your life.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is my wish for you. What lovely sentiments that we can hold in our thoughtful intentions for the loved ones in our lives, including ourselves. 🙂

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Gratitude Quote for Thanksgiving

What better day to share a gratitude quote than on Thanksgiving weekend:

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

We have many reasons to be thankful; including those people for whom we are grateful – past, present and for those we haven’t met yet. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

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A Little Reminder About Movement

I came across this quote by Abraham Lincoln:

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln

What a nice little reminder that the speed to which we have movement forward is not what matters. Some people can illicit structural change in leaps and bounds; there are times when our “aha” moments lead us to instantly begin doing things differently. Sometimes the movement; however, is slower. There are patterns that need to be broken, new habits that need to be formed and we may get resistance that hinders our progress (both from ourselves and others!) The important piece to keep in mind is that the overall goal is to move forward, regardless of the speed to which you are moving. As long as there is an overall feeling that there is movement, you are on the right track.

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The Wisdom of Dr. Seuss

Author of 46 children’s books, Dr. Seuss left behind his spirited personality in his poetry and playful use of words. Here are five of my favourite quotes:

  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Dr. Suess
  • “Think! You can think any Think that you wish!” – Dr. Seuss
  • “It’s opener there in the wide open air.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” – Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss gave us permission to just be – to be ourselves, to enjoy life and laughter and adventure. We can always use a little bit of Dr. Seuss in our day 🙂

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