It’s St. Valentine’s Day.
And I wish everyone could find, have, enjoy and appreciate redamancy.
A word that ought to be brought back to use in the English language.
Stoic Lesson from Marcus Aurelius.
Things, titles, praise, adulation…
They come and they go.
Enjoy the moment.
And be ready to let go at any time.
I have been practising the Four Agreements since the start of this year.
And I have not been very successful at all.
Not even with the First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word.
It is much harder than I imagined.
The first doodle of 2018 is inspired by Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements.
And of course, the greatest poet philosopher, Khalil Gibran.
And, my failures and mistakes.
November has been a very very busy month for me.
Lots of days/ nights away from home.
And my little dog has been well looked after by my dear friends while I am away.
Today I treated myself with a day spent with my Pepper.
Less than 50 days.
Before make resolutions and celebrate the new year, let’s make a gratitude list of 2017.
Top of my list.
My daughter will finish university this year and step into a new phase of her life.
I am thankful that her hard work has been rewarded.
That she is a down to earth young woman.
That she has found new passions and overcome challenges in this past year.
That she has emerged a champion and a young Wonder Woman.
I drew a doodle of how I imagine her as a YO-PRO!
Your eyes carry the weight of a thousand oceans
and the echo of the universe
I promise you…
That you will be happy again.
~ My Persian Poet ~
I have written these words down where I can see them everyday.
My Dearest Nadia
Happy 23rd Birthday.
“I love you right up to the moon – and back.”
I went to the bookstore again today.
Came home with three books.
My purpose there was not just to purchase books.
I also went to have a coffee today.
Drank a lovely little cup of coffee.
My purpose there was not just to drink coffee.
I went and did a bunch of things today.
Accomplished several tasks and errands.
But my purpose was not to complete tasks and run errands.
When we focus our thoughts on the past, we have two choices.
We can be grateful for what happened.
Or we can be filled with resentment, and wonder “Why me?”
When we focus our thoughts on the future, we also have two choices.
We can be filled with wonder and curiosity.
Excited to see what the future holds.
Or we can be filled with anxiety, worrying about what could go wrong.
And again, wonder, “Why me?”
When we focus our thoughts on the now, we live in the moment.
It is what it is, and we are here, in the now, and nowhere else.
To be entirely present, we look at ourselves in peace.
We stop comparing ourselves, stop feeling that we are not enough.
We have gratitude and appreciation.
Because we cannot change the past, and we cannot control the future.
Our perception is the source of all misery, and the source of peace.
Easier said than done.
Practice, practice, practice.