I had to make a few practical changes in my life. I have this mountain of books that you get when all you ask for on your birthday, is book vouchers. And then there is this opportunity/problem that I unpack and arrange the SPCA donation books as they come in! You see where I am going with this, don't you? I live in a library!!!
And I did not get time to read.
Problem number two is a result of having adrenal burnout. When you have adrenal burnout, your body does not respond well to continuous stress, as it cannot cope with the cortisol reaction. And I caught myself right inside these busy-busy modes, having a near outer body experience, completely overwhelmed... Way too often.
So... I got think, and came up with a solution for both problems.
The trick is to build mindful rest periods into your day, during which you become appreciative, enjoying your surroundings, loving the simple things, and really, just stop!
Now I take an hour lunch everyday, and I read a book or a magazine or do a sudoku. And most days I manage to honour myself in that way! And I actually get more done!
Today I want to share with you the wisdom of Pooh, from the delightful little book I am currently reading: "The Toa of the Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff.
'In the story of the Ugly Duckling, when did the Ugly Duckling stop feeling Ugly? When he realized that he was a swan . Each of us has something Special, a Swan of some sort, hidden inside somewhere. But until we recognize that it's there, what can we do but splash around, treading water? The Wise are Who They Are. They work with what they've got and do what they can do.
There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of, there are things we need to change. But at the same time we do not need to be too desperate, too ruthless, too combative. Along the way to usefulness and happiness, many of those things will change themselves, and the others can be worked on as we go. The first thing we need to do is recognize our own Inner Nature, and not lose sight of it. For within the Ugly Duckling is the Swan, inside the Bouncy Tigger is the Rescuer who knows the Way, and in each of us is something Special, and that we need to keep.
For a long time they looked at the river beneath them, saying nothing, and the river said nothing too, for it felt very quiet and peaceful on this summer afternoon.
"Tigger is all right really," said Piglet lazily.
"Of course he is," said Christopher Robin.
"Everybody is really, said Pooh. "That's what I think," said Pooh. "But I don't suppose I am right," he said.
"Of course you are," said Christopher Robin.' '
So this is where I tell you more about my journey...
Maybe there is something in my story you can use to make your own life better. I really do hope that my random ramblings are of use to someone out there!