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PEACE.

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Peace…

See this pic ↑ ?

That right there is peace.

To me at least. (I saw these beautiful ladies on my way back from a neighbouring town today, and I had to stop to say ‘hi’ and take a few pictures.)

Just like a few places make me feel at home, a few things/places allow me to feel peace, in my heart and soul.

I farmed with cattle for about 7 years, and that was some of the most fulfilling years of my life. Of course it was really hard work too, but being amongst the cattle, especially very early in the morning or in the evening, brought a feeling to my heart that is very hard to describe. The sound of them lowing softly, or pulling the stalks of grass off the tuft, and munching it when everything else is quiet all around – magic.

But of course, life happens and things change. Life is a journey – onward and upward.

Fortunately, I now live close to the coast, which is another place where I can feel peace. A bit weird, since the sea crashing onto the beach is everything but peaceful, but the breaking waves start falling into a rhythm of their own when you watch and listen for long enough. The sounds, together with the smell and the breathtaking beauty of the ocean is healing in itself.

Closer to home, my back garden is a place of peace – mostly. That is, if one of the neighbours is not cutting grass or entertaining visitors, or busy with a grinder or something else that makes a noise… But certain times of the day, I kick off my shoes, and I take my coffee or glass of wine, and I go sit in my garden with my toes in the grass. I listen to all the different species of birds going about their business, I enjoy the breeze (hopefully!) and I unwind. Peace.

Where do you feel peace? It is important to know that, because we all need our pockets of peace every single day. 🙂

The Power of Silence, Part 2.

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Not quite an extension of my previous blog, more of a different angle.

I have learnt through my life, that silence can sometimes be an answer.

It’s a fact.

You don’t always have to get the last word in, although there is some satisfaction to that. Every once in a while, if you don’t agree with someone, or if answering is going to cause an argument, just keep your mouth shut. Easy.

For instance: “Sweetie, I’ve been thinking… I think my mother must come and live with us.”

Silence.

Or: “I’ve been thinking… Don’t you think we need to get a new car Angel?”

Silence.

See, easy!! It’s a bit like ‘do what you want’, or ‘whatever’, only better.

Also, you don’t have to ‘win’ every argument – winning an argument is sometimes actually losing an argument. So, if you think about it, sometimes by avoiding an argument, you win. Does that make any sense to you?

But anyway, I have learnt there is power in silence, and it is wise to use it every now and then.

Try it sometime. 😉

oh yes…

End of the day.

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Sunset on the farm, many moons ago…

I had a good day, for which I’m thankful.

It was warm, but not unbearably hot, and it has already cooled down a lot – I don’t even have to put on the fan, for which I’m grateful.

I’m hopeful, for positive outcomes for the work and time I put in over the last few days.

Night has descended now, and things are quietening down, which is a time of day I always love.

Sleep tight, and sweet dreams. 🙂

But still be thankful, always be thankful.

Unpredictable…

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Life is unpredictable, to say the least.

“Life is what happens while we’re making other plans.” ~ John Lennon.

True, that.

As a youngster I used to believe you should plan things. What and where you are going to study after school. What are you going to do when you finish your studies, and where. Plan, plan, plan.

That way, I thought, nothing can happen to surprise you. How could I have been so naive? So stupid? Of course we all know that life is not like that. At all. For some even less so than for others.

I’ve know people who’s lives came close to that predictability. The couples both had jobs, which they neither loved or hated, but it brought in two fairly good salaries. They had their children, one car, then later two, they planned yearly holidays away. Safe, secure. Except of course for retrenchments, affairs, medical emergencies, or deaths in the family, which is something that always causes turmoil in a peaceful existence.

My life had never been like that. It had always been prone to changes, sometimes literally from one day to the next. Financial stability was never a thing. Changes happened often. Sometimes it was difficult to adjust, other times a little less so. ‘Adapt or die’ certainly rang true in my life.

On a positive note, I can say that life was never boring. How could it be?

I also thought that by the time I hit that ‘certain age’ I spoke about yesterday, my life would be settled, calm and serene. It should be, don’t you think? The turmoil of raising kids is over, my working days coming to an end (?) and peace should set in.

But NO, not so. Things seem to be carrying on the way it has always been. Unpredictable. Changeable.

I’m trying to find that pocket of calm for myself to escape to, where I can breathe deeply and feel peace. Some days I find it, some days not.

I wonder if it is something I’m doing, or not doing… Maybe I should see my life as predictable in its unpredictability?

(One thing I do know for a fact – Covid bloody 19 has come and upset the apple cart properly, and not only for me. I think a gazillion people’s lives have been knocked sideways since the beginning of last year. I think those who thought they had predictable, planned lives, think differently now… )

(Un)Thankfulness.

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Rose with a happy inhabitant…

“The hardest arithmetic to master, is that which enables us to count our blessings.” ~ Eric Hoffer

I still battle with this.

I tend to only see that which is making life hard for me. I yearn for things not meant for me. I crave things I cannot afford. I want to go where I am not aloud to go (once a-flippin-gain, thanks Covid!). I mope. I sulk. I am not content.

All because I forget to be thankful for what I’ve got. I always want more. Maybe I’m not meant to have more. Maybe it’s time to accept the things I cannot change. If I can manage that, I will become rich, and happy and at peace.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS. (Note to self…)