Hey! I’m no Pollyanna. There is plenty-plenty-plenty for which it is now much too late. Catch me in the “wrong” sort of mood & I’m liable to lecture you for half an hour – at least – about some of those things.
But this posting is about some things for which it is not too late.
It is not too late…
- To apologize &/or explain (In my perhaps-not-so-humble opinion, anyway…)
- To become a whistle-blower! Whistleblowers of the world … blow those whistles!!
- To begin seeing things in a different way. From a different angle. To shift your attitude a little
- To develop greater patience, & compassion
- To surrender to those things which we cannot (apparently) change
- To realize how privileged y/our life is/has been, & also that all these privileges & entitlements we have taken for granted, are indeed not owed to us ‘cos we’re just so darn great! (They are gifts.)
- To be deeply thankful for the many blessings & gifts in y/our lives
- To do a little healing … & maybe some atoning for past deeds
- To thank someone who has meant a lot to you, & to whom you have perhaps not shown appropriate appreciation
- To stop playing “hide-and-seek” with the key people in your life
- To act/react angrily less of the time
- To change your thoughts
- To realize what an awesome gift/joy/privilege it is to be alive!
- To realize it sure ain’t all about the money!
- To do some worthwhile work while you/we are still here (there’s lots of work still needing doing!!)
- To laugh more!
- To “let go” more
- To learn to avoid arguments. (great advice here & here)
- To keep working, always, on waking up & Being. Here. Now
- To keep on enjoying Nature (good one here too!)
- To get “high” on walking. On music/singing. Writing. Friendship. Books. Smiling at strangers. Birds. Trees. Card therapy. Whatever it is that makes you feel high!
- To make a difference
- To keep on breathing…
p.s. to be quite clear, I realize I am saying all this stuff 'cos I need to hear it!!!!!! & to be reminded, over & over & over, of all of it. Yup. s'true!
Quotations that spring to mind
“Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck
“A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.” – Filipino proverb
“Love life. Take great pleasure in small offerings. Believe that the world owes you nothing. Understand that every gift given to you is just that.” – Maya Angelou
“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” – Tori Amos
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie, in The Language of Letting Go ** lots more quotations about gratitude here
“Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” ~ Sarah Bernhardt, actress (1844-1923)
“All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it to those around us.” – Richard Rohr
“Holding onto a resentment is like eating rat poison and waiting for the rat to die.” – Anne Lamott in Crooked Little Heart
“Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and social activist, once said that as he grew older he came to understand that it was not ideas that change the world but simple gestures of love given to the people around you, and often to those you feel most at odds with. He said that in order to save the world you must serve the people in your life. ‘You gradually struggle less and less for an idea,’ Merton wrote, ‘and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.’” – from Broken Open – How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, by Elizabeth Lesser
“I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” ~ Robert Fulghum
“I encourage people to pursue excellence, to pursue love, to pursue what they love to do. I don’t think these are crazy ideas, actually – and I also encourage people to remain calm because nothing is under control, certainly not under our control anyway.” – Guy McPherson, the Nature Bats Last guy
“Yes, it looks bleak. But you are still alive now. You are alive with all the others, in this present moment. And because the truth is speaking in the work, it unlocks the heart. And there’s such a feeling and experience of adventure. It’s like a trumpet call to a great adventure. In all great adventures there comes a time when the little band of heroes feels totally outnumbered and bleak, like Frodo in Lord of the Rings or Pilgrim in Pilgrim’s Progress. You learn to say ‘It looks bleak. Big deal, it looks bleak.’” ~ Joanna Macy
“It isn’t the big pleasures that count the most, it’s making a big deal out of the little ones.” – Jean Webster
“Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.