Saturday, 19 May 2012

Ode to Sammybean

When I look at my son I see so many things. Sometimes I see his eyes that look like mine. I usually see his mouth that is just like his dads. His cute ready styled hair frames his face beautifully but usually I just see myself in him, bursting with pride. Not just for his good looks, but how his personality is shaping up to be. His pleases and thank yous, bargaining when he wants a bit more time, a bit more food, a new toy. His counting (getting up to 37 without hinting now!), his truly awful jokes (gets them from his Grandpa). And of course don’t forget his love of playing hide and seek. But also his general good nature and general awesomeness, but also when he’s stroking the cat and giving him cuddles and being super gentle with the beast. When he’s gardening with me with his garden gloves on and his spade. When he’s exploring things in his bedroom with his ‘Sam’ superhero cape on. When he randomly says that people are beautiful and then wants to ring them to tell them, the latest being Auntie Sarah who he said ‘looked like a princess on her wedding day’. When he’s tired and he holds onto his ears and when I pick him up to cuddle him he holds onto my ‘big’ ears too. Of course he has his moments when I yell at him, he does naughty things like any other kid, but I try not to remember it!

On the whole I think I’m pretty lucky, in fact I think that anyone who has anything to do with Sammy and any influence over his life is pretty lucky. If it isn't Sammy wanting Grandma cuddles it’s him wanting to feed the fish with Grandad Michael, or playing hide and seek with Chrissy, or being as tall as Uncle Paul. He is so lucky to have so many family and friends who love him but honestly I think it’s everyone in his life who should be lucky to have him enhancing everyone’s lives. Especially mine. 

So here's my thoughts about parenthood. Love them unconditionally. Count yourself lucky that you have children in your life, whether they're yours or not. Just be there with them and never ever take yourself seriously around them! 


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

15 Things You Should Give Up To Find Happiness:

15 Things You Should Give Up To Find Happiness: 

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. I hold on to so many things as others do too, and they cause a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today I will give up on all those things that no longer serve me. Are you ready? Here we go:

1. Give up your need to always be right
There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big? 

2. Give up your need for control
Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc, you can’t control everything anyway! Whether they are loved ones, co-workers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.
“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu

3. Give up on blame
Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk
Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle.

5. Give up your limiting beliefs
Beliefs about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!
“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle.

6. Give up complaining
Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you un-happy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism
Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. Give up your need to impress others
Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. Give up your resistance to change
Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” Joseph Campbell.

10. Give up labels
Stop labelling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer.

11. Give up on your fears
Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt.

12. Give up your excuses
Send them packing, get Alan Sugar on them, point the finger and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.

13. Give up the past
I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now. Life’s a journey not a destination. In the words of the Zen Dog 

‘He knows not where he’s going, 
For the ocean will decide. 
It’s not the DESTINATION... 
It’s the glory of the ride’

-Edward Monkton.

14. Give up attachment
This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another, attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words. I don’t believe in attachment parenting, I believe in LOVE parenting!

15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations
Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. I did this for years. Eventually it backfires, trust me. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves. You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

So if you’ve read this and thought, wow she must be really serene and enlightened having done all these things then don’t kid yourself. I haven’t done them. I’m trying to do them. All. No apologies for trying to be a better person. 

Just one step at a time....