How often have we said that to young people, our own children with a combination of excitement and maybe a feeling of regret that when you actually have a whole life ahead of you, you don ́t appreciate it as much as when half your life, is technically, behind you.
Personally I feel as if my entire life has been a dress rehearsal for the phase that I am in now. I am now 47 and I love knowing what I know now, recognizing what I feel and feeling gratitude for what I have.
I have been very lucky to have been born in this part of the world
Lucky? For sure. I have been very lucky to have been born in this part of the world into a loving family where I felt safe and inspired to contribute to the greater good, whatever that is. But nothing comes without effort and dedication. My parents put effort and dedication into their life so that I could build on that and understand the importance.
As a young child I remember looking at the news or documentaries about people living in hardship and feeling that I wanted to do something. It would actually not leave my system but I was not sure what that “something” could be. Surely going to Africa (as a metaphor of hardship) on my own was not going to change the world or significantly help anyone?
During one of our girlfriend inspiration dinner events one of my friends said something that stuck with me ever since. She said she admired the way I analysed situations and changed things if they were not working to a system that did work. Ofcourse. Never thought about that twice when I did it. Working with something that doesn ́t work is definitely not something that I do. Ofcourse I give it my best, look at it from all directions and tweek but if that doesn ́t do the trick or no longer inspires, get out and try something different. Don ́t let it drag you down to a state where you see no exit.
if you use it for all the details the big things take care of themselves.
Although that might sound quite dramatic, I actually use the philosophy for a lot of small things too. Even the usefulness of a kitchen drawer or the list of family chores that gets forgotten. In fact, I would almost dare say, that if you use it for all the details the big things take care of themselves.
I have thought about all this a lot over the last years. Moving countries and starting all over again with the entire family is a fantastic opportunity to reset, think over and evaluate. Of prioritizing effort and dedication to bring out the best in ourselves and feeling confident that that will bring strength and inspiration for life projects that we all have.
Moving to a village where you know nobody and have no history can be daunting. However, via internet I met my current friends and colleagues and I built up an inspirational network of people. It was an old friend who inspired me to keep a record of our first experiences of moving back to our “home” country after almost 30 years which eventually turned into a blog and awakened my passion for writing. A new friend introduced me to teaching yoga which turned out to be the motor of my current inspiration.
I have a long list of individuals in my life that have changed my way of thinking, my view on life, my possibilities and my dreams.
I now know that an individual can make a difference. I have a long list of individuals in my life that have changed my way of thinking, my view on life, my possibilities and my dreams.
I hope that I have contributed in some way to others in the same meaningful way.
If there is one thing that I aspire to for this community it is that we wake up every morning with that consciousness.The understanding that we are ALL in the position to make a difference in someones life.
That it is our responsability to do so. We have the rest of our life ahead of us.