Many people will tell you that they work too much, that they don’t get enough sleep, don’t eat well enough and live stress filled lives. Change only seems to happen when faced with health issues, the loss of a friend or loved one or the demise of a relationship. Then and only then do most begin to search for answers.
Several events in my life have conspired to make me the person I am today. It began at the age of 5 years old after several incidents forever changed a child’s vision of the world. There was also the loss of a beloved Uncle who developed prostate cancer in his early fifties and who unfortunately did not survive. Doug was more like a brother to me than an Uncle. His premature death reminded me that my life and creativity are a gift and as such they must be lived and not set aside. Very few know that Doug was instrumental in getting me to where I am now. Without his love, his support and his encouragement my life would not be what it is today.
Living with chronic pain for several years myself has also had a significant effect on the way I have chosen to live my life. Pain is not visible. Pain is a constant companion. The people in our lives don’t see our suffering and quite frankly very few seem to really care. I am lucky to have figured out it’s cause and it has for the time being retreated. It too changed my life significantly.
Creativity seems to be the first step for many on the road to a new way of living. Most of us are not used to taking time for ourselves. When we start taking these steps many of us will encounter resistance not only from others but from ourselves as well. The resistance we encounter is symptomatic of the changes we are making in ourselves and in our lives. Instead of sharing and celebrating our changes our loved ones may put pressure on us to remain the way we once were. They may even take very drastic measures to try and deter you from your path of change.
For most of my life I too have been at the service of others. I have always lived a creative life and like many of you I too have sacrificed my own needs for those around me. I too worked too much, didn’t get enough sleep, ate poorly and lived an incredible amount of stress only to now find myself having to begin anew after having sacrificed so much. This is where we need to make an important fundamental choice. Are we we going to approach the situation with a glass half full or a glass half empty attitude?
It is human nature to take the glass half empty attitude. We want acknowledgement for what we have done and we want our efforts recognized. We want justice. What we need to accept is that this will never happen. Once we accept this we can move towards the glass half full approach to living.
A glass half full attitude enables us to show gratitude. It allows us to see possibilities in the smallest of things. A half full attitude allows us to move forward and experience joy, love, happiness and the glory of being alive. This is the direction I have decided upon.
This renewal, this new beginning is indeed a blessing.