A gift called Life
As we get older we tend to be a tad more philosophical I think. Well, I seem to be, anyway. I tend to look back at my life and see how the threads of all the trials and tribulations, all the meetings and events seems to all collide at a central end point. All the lessons learnt through it all. All the wisdom that I can depart onto my children and to those who want to listen and learn by my mistakes and take the shortcut through theirs.
Life is about the messy bits in life. I like to think that life would be extremely boring and bland if we didn’t have it.
Would I change anything in my life? Maybe just one or two things but on the whole I would not change anything. I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I wouldn’t have all the knowledge, wisdom and empathy that I have now.
Life is exciting with all its knocks. To look back and see the reason behind all the trials and tribulations is amazing. Not nice to go through it at the time but it makes us stronger should we allow it to.
I start each day with a “thank you” to our Creator for allowing me another day.
Life is a blessing, a gift and we must never forget it.
The general meaning of a Legacy is either money or property that is bequeathed to you or for something handed down from one generation to the next.
I was lying awake the other night and wondering what I would be leaving as a legacy then it dawned on me……
My legacy is my children and grandchildren, what I have instilled in my sons will be passed down to their children just as what my mother instilled in me that I had passed onto my sons.
The same as “putting down roots”, I have been living a gypsy type life and have moved around quite a bit from house to house and have no set roots regarding that but my boys are my roots. They are strong and secure and even though they may also move around a bit they are a part of me.
So when I pass onto the Higher Plain of Life one day in the far future I have peace of mind now knowing that I have made an impact on this world albeit only through my sons and grandchildren and what they have taken out of what I have taught them about life. To be strong and compassionate, to respect others and life. To live life to the fullest and never have any regrets. To take the chances given to you and never be ashamed of who you are.
They will pass it onto their future children and so my legacy will grow over time.
A hot cup of tea between cold hands
Hot toast with melting butter
Peanut butter and syrup sarmie
The first bite of a decadent dessert.
Smell of freshly washed sheets containing the sunshine in there fibres
Fragrance of a freshly cut lawn
The sound of a child’s unbridled carefree laughter
A soft warm blanket on a cold night
The feeling of a small child’s arms around your neck
Sunrises and sunsets
The sounds of rain falling on the dry ground.
The sound of birds around you
The sound of pure silence
The sound of laughter
The sound of the ocean
Sinking into your bed at night
A Hot bubble bath by candle light
Oh the list can go on and on………
In the beginning God made woman from man, He took a part of the man’s rib and fashioned her and saw that it was good.
Man is made up of pure logic and physical strength, he was made to be the provider, the protector of the woman, the protector of Life.
Now a woman is made up of the pure emotion side of life, she is a complex person, she is the one who has so many roles in life. She is a nurturer of life, she is the protector of life, she is also a provider of life, she is the comforter, the nurse, the educator and so much more.
She will always put those she loves first in her life.
She is full of wonder and light.
She is a mystery to Man.
She is Life.
Thoughts to ponder on
Trust…..such a small five letter word that on its own is just a word but when you start to define it and put it together with accompanying words and it gains strength and power.
“I trust you.” or to “put one’s trust” in someone or something shows great faith in the one that is thrusting the trust out there. It puts one at risk to the great pain of disappointment but yet we still take that step and put our trust out there. Some of us have a strong faith in the word Trust and have no fear of having it broken, some of us have a shaky faith in Trust due to having the pain of it being rejected and broken before but we still want to believe in that word. Then there are those that have been so broken and hurt by it that there is no longer any faith in the word.
Yet, we all need it.
We all need to feel it, believe in it and live in it.
Whether we have a strong belief in it or not, Trust is as strong a word as Faith, Hope and Love.
We need to keep cultivating it and to keep on believing in it. It will disappoint us at some time but if we do not trust how can we live
How many of us really understand poverty? Most of us tend to say that we understand what it is all about but until you have actually ‘walked in the shoes’ of poverty or extreme hardships you do not really understand the full scope of it. How many of us (me included) say about the unemployed to ‘get a job’ or ‘clean houses’ or ‘cut lawns’ but until recently I have not had the privilege to be amongst the unemployed and truly say that it is a hardship like none other. Trying to start one’s own business to earn an income is even harder. Today I have a new respect for those on the street…..it can easily be me….
How we take things for granted, like even a tube of toothpaste…. How many of you have actually used up a full tube until your fingers have squeezed out the last drop before throwing it away. How many of you have used ordinary soap to wash your hair, counted out every last cent to make it count.
Jobs are scarce and more so for the older generation. Nobody hires folk who are in their middle ages and beyond and heaven forbid that you do not have any specific set of skills then you are even more screwed! Hardship, poverty and unemployment are not just centred on the uneducated, it affects us all. It has no colour creed or gender specifics, it does not matter what your background is or who you are.
Hardships that border on poverty can break you mentally and physically, it humbles you, it takes away all sense of pride and ego. It can either strengthen who you are as a person or else it can break you if you allow it to.
Living hand to mouth on a daily basis has only made me turn to Him in total dependence and ask for His daily strength and wisdom. My faith has not weakened and I will continue to trust in my God for I know He will never forsake me. I have been blessed by never going to bed hungry as He has seen to my bodily needs even if it has just been scrambled eggs on toast. This is about learning to live on His daily Word and trusting in Him completely.
So please, when that person comes asking for food or a job, don’t turn him or her away…..it took greatness of courage to come up and ask for it. And don’t frown on the unemployed standing along the roads…it could be you!
You only have one life.
Do you want to live it true to yourself?
“I won’t” – 0%
“I can’t” – 10%
“I don’t know how” – 20%
“I wish I could” – 30%
“I want to” – 40%
“I think I might” – 50%
“I might” – 60%
“I think I can” – 70%
“I can” – 80%
“I am” – 90%
“I DID” – 100%