Hi! Grace here…
I hope this finds you all safe, happy & well!
Firstly, I want to announce the competition winner from last Wednesday’s blog! So many of you guessed correctly… ‘Gertrude’s Nose’ is right!
And my lovely winner is… Lynn Moir! Congratulations 🙂
I will arrange for your fab groovi plate quartet to be shipped to you as soon as possible!
So… how is everyone’s week going? No no, I’m actually asking you…
So many of us ask ‘How are you?’ without any actual interest in the response. It’s just a nicety. But HOW ARE YOU, ACTUALLY?
I suppose it depends on the day, the mood and which wolf I’m feeding…
But whenever I ask myself this question *how am I feeling* I generally start to come up with reasons why I’m more than just ‘okay’ or ‘fine’. It’s my default, luckily.
I’m GREAT. There are SO many reasons why I’m GREAT. Even if I’m not bouncing off the walls with happiness or excitement about something. I don’t have to be in a great mood to be GREAT.
I have far more to be grateful for than I do to be sad (or mad) about.
And I’m sure I’m not the only one!
It’s all about perspective. The world has gone mad, yes. But have I?
Not yet 😉
Did my family, friends and circle of people get through the worst of the pandemic unscathed and alive? Yes we did. Now THAT is something that hundreds of thousands, nay MILLIONS of people in the world cannot answer yes to. And no, it’s not over. But think of where we all were 3 months ago…
So today I’m going to focus on the positives. Because there are SO many. Please tell me HOW YOU ARE in the comments below. I’ll read every one. Whether you’re having a rough week, or whether you’re feeling grateful for something. Or whether you just don’t really know… it’s good to write it down and get it out. Whether you click ‘post’ or not.
There’s no pressure. It’s just a little mindful exercise to get that part of our mind and soul working! Sometimes we can get so caught up in the day to day of life that THAT part of us takes a backseat. But it’s so important to feed it and exercise that part.
How am I? How do I feel? What do I feel grateful for today? What is making me sad/mad? What would I change if I could? If I can’t change it, can I change how I feel about it? What can I do/say/think/feel right now that will bring me happiness? How can I be kinder to myself and others? Am I giving anything too much or too little energy?
I could list SO many questions. I was scrolling my phone last night when a Facebook memory popped up and it got me thinking all of the above. Please allow me to share it with you…
The reason this struck me is because I vividly remember obsessing about my scar on my throat and crying in the street because “woe is me, I have a huge scar”. And then my issues were rightsized by ACTUAL problems in a hospital waiting room. Not to say that I don’t have a right to be upset about a scar on my throat, sure I do. But do I want to be upset by it?
Do I really think it’s that important? No. I’m grateful to be alive. And this post written by ‘2017-Grace’ gave ‘2020-Grace’ even more perspective after everything we’ve all just endured. And I felt compelled to share that with you.
Just some thoughts on Wellbeing Wednesday!
Here’s a poem that got that part of my mind working too…
If All The Skies
If all the skies were sunshine,
Our faces would be fain
To feel once more upon them
The cooling splash of rain.
If all the world were music,
Our hearts would often long
For one sweet strain of silence,
To break the endless song.
If life were always merry,
Our souls would seek relief,
And rest from weary laughter
In the quiet arms of grief.
Henry Van Dyke
Lotsa love, Grace xoxo
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