“Some folk want their luck buttered.” ~ Thomas Hardy
Do you believe in luck?
Is that what makes some people mega lotto winning millionaires and others live to a healthy 102 years of age?
Honestly, I don’t know.
But I do know that each of us have ‘lucky’ things dance into our lives sometimes: a mini windfall of money, landing a better job or what about a near miss in a car or plane? All lucky times, you’d probably agree.
Perhaps though, they seem quite… infrequent or even random?
What we really want is to ‘be lucky’ all the time, not have the occasional bit of good fortune. Oh yes!
Can you remember what you did two Thursdays back?
Maybe not, because a lot of Thursdays look alike: ordinary, everyday stuff needs doing. We can’t be sitting around waiting for inspiration to strike and create incredible memories for us.
True, but disappointing.
Because inspiration kind of rhymes with exploration, perspiration and fascination, don’t you think?
Has your day job ever changed your whole outlook on life?
No, me neither… not until just recently.
You see, I regularly get asked to edit manuscripts – some requests are job offers, some are favours, but I put them all through my ‘opportunity versus time available’ filter before deciding.
Well, the most recent opportunity turned out to the most valuable event that ever came into my life.
“You must plan to be spontaneous” ~ David Hockney
I have a question for you.
But you mustn’t think about your answer.
Before we get to that though, can I quickly jump to the words of David Hockney above? I came across them this morning and sat right up straight, leaving my coffee to cool.
“You must plan to be spontaneous”.
“Huh?!” That’s crazy advice, right?
“Could you just…?”
“I really need your help”
Or the worst one… “I’m so upset, I don’t know where to turn.”
Yowser! You surely don’t need this! You already have so much to do you could spontaneously combust trying to be in 37 places at once… and you’re already late!
Do you want to make a lasting change?
But sometimes feel you’re going mad?
You want to make that change but somehow day after day… you just don’t manage it?
Disappointingly, each morning you wake up and everything is… exactly the same.
Despite all your determination. All your resolve.
There’s a very good reason that happens.
Possibly the topic with the most nonsense ever written about it.
Countless articles, books, and quotes on happiness – they’re full of it.
What a crime!
Because happiness is a precious commodity.
And really quite simple…Continue reading
You probably wear lots of different hats, yes?
I don’t mean like a range of caps, bonnets and Stetsons.
Rather like a stack of metaphorical hats that brings with it responsibilities, demands and tasks – oh boy, lots of tasks!
It feels as if you’re desperately trying to juggle them – circus style, fast, furiously and … flawlessly.
There’s an unseen pressure to do HUGE amounts and to do them all super well.
Tiring. Very, very tiring!
“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. ~ Oscar Wilde”
Randomly, today I got all caught up looking back over the last ten years of my life.
Bizarre. It wasn’t New Year’s Eve or my birthday, the traditional times to muse, reflect and bemoan… just a little.
Nothing monumental had happened. It was just another, slightly cloudy, Tuesday morning.
Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.~Natalie Goldberg
Are you keeping up?
Because the pace of modern life is frantic.
And it’s all too easy to fall behind with commitments and responsibilities:
There’s an endless list of expectations and tasks on your already tyrannical to-do list.
You run like a frenzied hamster on a wheel but still can’t keep up.
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