You Will Be Glad You Did
Today we are going back to basics. No, not asking or suggesting that you give up the washing machine, microwave or any of your modern-day amenities and take to the hills.
The basics that I am on about today are some fundamental principles that you pick up as you walk this journey called Life.
Sharing four such principles with you in this short post. These are things people told me and I either did not listen initially or I bumped into them on my way up from falling flat on my face.
Spitting dust out of my mouth I learned:
- What is, is alright
- Wipe the sweat and keep going
- Stop touching the hot stove
- It is really all about You
In short, what is staring you in the face is here and you cannot change that again. So, deal with it. Do not throw in the towel. Wipe the sweat (or the tears) with it and keep going – in a new direction, a more intentional one.
The Most Challenging Lesson
There was one principle that was very hard for me to get and that was to keep my hands off the proverbial stove. For the life of me, I kept putting it back; checking I guess whether it was really hot! Whether it was the men I chose to be in relationship with, the way I allowed some people to treat me or the financial decisions that I made – I kept getting burned!
Only in my 40’s did I get it! If it burns me once there is no value in putting my hand back on that stove. If he slaps me once, why wait around for him to knock my teeth out? If my so-called girlfriend is always too busy when I call to do anything, why call again?
Finally, I got it that the trajectory of my life, my happiness with it and my sense of ownership of it begins and ends with me!
Tracy Chapman has a song that I listen to quite often. It is not available on YouTube but you can look it up – “At This Point In My Life.” It speaks to me in a very profound way. Life, as she sings, is for living as if only Love matters. I would add self-love first and foremost as these four principles are grounded in an understanding that you love You!
Wherever you are now emotionally, whether single or hitched, spend some time going over these Four Life Basics and share with me how you are living them. You can contact me directly here or subscribe and receive an email update when there is a new post as well as Weekday Wisdom© and my monthly FREE newsletter.
Continue to have a great day!