I've noticed that my blog, "Change in Choice, Choice in Change" is the most popular by a landslide. It kinda makes me wonder Why?
I think that so many of us are desperate for a change. A change in anything really. Something to shake up the day to day routine we may or may not feel trapped in.
In a word I believe what is missing in our lives is Bravery.
Bravery is a word that I strive to emulate in my life.
Bravery: Courageous behaviour or character.
Courage: The ability to do something that frightens one.
Courage comes from the latin word cor; which means heart, thereby denoting the heart as the seat of all feelings and the originating place for resilience.
I want to have a brave character and so I do things that frighten me.
I am a writer. I share what I write even and especially when I am afraid to do so.
Why should I be afraid? No matter what I do someone is going to disapprove. It is a simple fact of life. We fear what we do not know.
I receive frequent messages from well-meaning people who just want me to know that I am not doing things the way they are supposed to be done.
I am a twenty-three year old homeowner. That really freaks people out for some reason. Many think that I should have waited until after marriage to buy a home.
I write my thoughts on a website and leave them there for anyone in the world to see with the hope that someone will benefit from my words. Who am I to believe that I have the ability to help others? I am ME.
I am me. I am not my friend, parent, cousin or even that well-meaning lady who stops me on the street. There is no one else on this planet who is me, I am unique and I have a perspective on life to share and thoughts to offer that no one else can. So do you.
I am being trained as a Quantum Healer. A lot of people call it witchcraft. (It is far from it actually) But what does it matter? I know what I do, so does God and so do the people I help.
I am an intuitive being. I love that! Intuitive: using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive.
When It feels right, I do my best to follow that feeling. I always learn from it and feel better afterwards.
One of my all-time favourite stories is L.M. Montgomery's "The Blue Castle". I love that book because it inspires me to just be me.
The Blue Castle follows the story of Valancy Stirling, a twenty-eight year old old maid living in the 1920's. Valancy is oppressed and depressed, until shocking news brings a reason to break her shackles and follow only her own heart.
It is actually a truly hilarious story. The reactions of her staunchly, well-bred family are a beautiful background to Valancy's courage and new found spunk. As she shatters molds left and right Valancy comes to learn what life is all about- Living.
I love what the character John Foster tells Valancy near the beginning of her journey. He says,
“Fear is the original sin. Almost all of the evil in the world has its origin in the fact that some one is afraid of something.It is a cold slimy serpent coiling about you. It is horrible to live with fear; and it is of all things degrading.”
Honestly what have we to be fearful of but fear?
We come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing. We take with us only our memories and the knowledge and wisdom we have acquired during this mortal sojourn.
All we may hope for is that we have acquired some of it! After all, as Valancy learns,
“The greatest happiness [...] is to sneeze when you want to.”
The greatest happiness is to just BE.
The art of being takes courage. Being Content. Being Confident. Being Honest. Being Kind. Being Open. Being Brave. Being Yourself.
I have a little dog asleep on my lap while I am trying to type this post... I haven't moved in nearly an hour! Dolly has given me some great time to just be and also to think. The result of which, is me pulling my laptop (thankfully it was nearby) over and scribbling some of my thoughts out.
Take the time that is given to you and make the most of it. Sometimes the most of it is too curl up and relax. Sometimes its going somewhere you have never been and doing something new. Most of the time it's having a good laugh. Laughter can make any day better. So go ahead and have a good laugh!