A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
– Lao Tzu
Life has its own path of twists and turns, many of which are made by our own free will or the free will of others in our tribe. Sometimes circumstances beyond our control can also throw a proverbial monkey wrench into our life paths, causing us to traverse mountains and rugged terrain as we sort through changes that we may have never wanted to see coming.
What I’ve found to help me as I’ve traversed rocky terrain has been to add love to every situation by throwing in a dash of positive thinking, forgiveness for myself and others, a splash of kindness and compassion and a letting go of the reigns of responsibility and control to which I sometimes grip too tightly. A continual reminder to keep gratitude in the forefront has aided my healing as well. Keeping the faith and allowing the Universe to help me has created much positivity and peace in my life. Lastly, connecting with others, opening my heart, mind and soul to trusted friends who have helped me when I’ve stumbled, has made the journey more endearing and has lessened the angst.
For me, I always feel as though I can do anything if someone else believes in me and walks along with me on this chapter of life’s path in a companionable way. Connect with me, hold my hand (not necessarily physically, but emotionally), for awhile, link arms with me in friendship and support and know the difference between listening, advising and telling.
I am here, hopefully back to blogging as I have missed you all very much. I pray that while I’ve been absent from blogging that you have been well, continuing to shine your heartlights and being you ~ a loving, supportive community of heartlit writers who care! You know, I’m your biggest fan!
Many of us have been absent from blogging for awhile. Life has it’s own agenda. I have been catching my breath and many others have as well. Welcome back.
Marlene, welcome back to you too! You are right, life has its own agenda and lessons…happy to see you! ♥
So happy to find your note!! I love what you said about taking each others’ hands and not knowing the difference between listening, advising and telling. I love that. This is where I have ended up after all of this writing… remembering the power in just being present and holding space for each other. xxxxx
Oh yes! That is exactly it and I know that you understand it well dear Laurie! ♥
Glad to have you back again on a regular basis. I’ve missed you, but knew that you have been occupied with more important things. Welcome back!
Thanks Karel! I have missed you too! ♥
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So glad to have you back here. I love blogging because of the kindness, gentleness, openness and open-heartedness I have found with and through other bloggers. It’s a blessing!
I HEARTily agree that blogging and connecting with other like minded people is a blessing. So happy to count you as one of my own blessings! ♥
I love your recipe for a contended life Yvonne. It’s good to have your back 💛
Thanks Val! It feels good to blog again and to see you here! xo
Such a wonderful blend to have that recipe for living my friend. and I am pleased you have held thought positive and forgiving thoughts. They put our lives back in step as we take each one in our stride..
You may see a follow from me… My finger slipped on the mouse as I scrolled down and it unfollowed you so I straight away clicked back..
Love and Blessings and I hope your road gets smoother with each step you take..
Thank you Sue! It’s been a journey of lessons for which I’m grateful now. But isn’t that what life is all about? Sending love and blessings back to you xoxo
Yes life is a series of lessons each one can if needed repeat until we learn from them 🙂
I have learned that lesson before, but great advice Sue. You are so right. The lessons cease when we learn what is needed. ♥
Wise words Yvonne! Lovely to have you back ❤️
Thank you ~ lovely to be back! ♥
I’ve been absent a lot too. Welcome back!
Welcome back to you dear friend! ♥
Stay around, Yvonne. At any pace you wish.
Sound advice in your post.
Christ has shown, by inviting Simon of Cyrene to join him on the road to Calvary, that our crosses are manageable when another puts his shoulder to it.
Alan, you are so right…we can share the load and it makes it lighter and easier to shoulder when we have God and friends around to help. Thanks for being my friend. ♥
here is me holding your hand….life is so unpredictable–you seem to have a wonderful attitude–wish I could approach it the way you are……
You are so kind and sweet. We all have a choice as to how we approach the rough times. Reaching out to connect with trusted friends, near and far, helps immensely. Know that I am always willing to hold your hand xo Big heartfelt hugs to you ♥