For my birthday, my daughter gave me some Crazy Love Notes – it is a colourful set of cards with Naïve Art drawings to support the messages. I was picking a card each day for fun. I liked all the messages and simple drawings, always giving me something to ponder on. Then one day I drew a card titled “Gossip Dims Your Glow.” The message on the back of the card reads:
Speaking poorly about others tarnishes your energy and your reputation. So avoid bonding over complaints and feeling superior. Instead, raise your vibration by engaging in positive communication. Celebrate what does work and who is awesome. The more you do this, the more radiant you will become.
The world is hectic, busy, over-flowing. There are so many people, so many cars, so much industry, so much commotion, and a never-ending supply of new mind-blowing technology. Because of this constant motion and noise, simplification has become a rare touchstone but one that is hard to achieve and maintain. We are attached to our ‘stuff’. We’ve been programmed to want physical, mental and emotional stimulation and without it, ‘simple’ can feel like boredom. Are you ready for the Less is More movement in your life?
Photo credit Jacqueline Sharmalee Pereira
Originally, I decided to write a blog, then there was a gap of several months and then I wrote another. At some point I noticed that I was blogging regularly. I’ve now been writing a monthly blog for the last three years. I don’t sit down at the beginning of the month and write, instead I wait until something happens or arises that feels like it is worthy of a blog. Sometimes it happens early in the month, or in the middle and sometimes it doesn’t come until the last week of the month.
So here it is the last day of November, and I haven’t written a jot. It might be that I couldn’t find a spare moment during my travels to even jot down a note when I did get ‘that impulse’ to write about something. Or perhaps, it might be a matter of feeling like there was too much to write about and how could I choose? So, I haven’t taken any of the necessary steps to produce this month’s blog. But I have one last day of travel ahead of me so perhaps I will get it written and published before midnight, thereby keeping my rhythm of a blog every month.
Most of my life, I considered my expression to be the words that came out of my mouth. Unfortunately, for many of those years I also thought, or perhaps just pretended, that as long as I used the right words I was ok. I didn’t account for the tone of my voice, the occasional sarcasm, the often slightly veiled judgement or the all-important foundational energy behind ‘the right’ words.
In more recent years I’ve attempted to match the energy behind my words to the words themselves. This creates a much less confusing message for the recipient and so much more harmony within myself.
I’m thinking a lot about leaving at the moment. Life is peppered with ‘leavings’. Leaving home, leaving a relationship, leaving a job, and eventually leaving this life. Often when we leave someone or something, it is temporary and we return. Sometimes, leaving may appear more permanent. But is it? I’m reminded of that old 1960’s saying, “What goes around comes around”.
All this pondering on ‘leaving’ is being triggered because I am getting ready to leave home again, this time for a couple of months. I love to travel so I am familiar with the routine of getting ready to leave home. I like to have the bills paid, bank accounts balanced, the will updated, the car serviced and my itinerary on the refrigerator.
We tend to refer to anything that has been reduced to capital letters as an acronym. Technically this isn’t correct. An acronym is an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word.
For example, ATO (Australian Taxation Office) and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) are not acronyms because they are not pronounced as words. Instances like this are properly referred to as ‘initialism’ (not abbreviations – that’s another matter entirely.)
Amongst those who are into these finer details of language or literature there is an on-going debate about whether it is ok to call initials that are not pronounced as words acronyms. Personally, I like to make the distinction!
Gayle Cue loves writing about life, reflecting on every day miracles and pondering on the big picture.
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