Here I was inspecting the damage after a stormy night. It’s ok, Zig. We know it wasn’t you.
The furniture was tossed around a bit, but we seem to have weathered the storm.
Some plants even look refreshed from a little wind through their hair.
The sun is shining again.
The sky is still blue.
Even when you can’t see the sun, it is still there, behind the clouds.
We might get tossed about by storms, and weighed down with worry.
We might have dark thoughts.
Life gets messy.
But we shine on.
Good friends help.
We’re in this together.
I’ve got your back, and you’ve got mine.
We can brighten one another’s day.
You don’t have to be perfect.
Just be you.
You can feel complicated.
You can feel small.
You can turn away, and take time out.
Lay down your heavy load, even if it’s just for five minutes.
Just come and smell the roses. Now breathe deep.
When you’re feeling fragile,
Find a pillow and rest your head.
Life is complicated and messy.
There’s no need to untangle it right now.
Light peeps through.
Don’t think too far ahead. Can you manage the next five minutes?
This moment. Right here. Right now.
The rather marvellous Caitlin Moran introduced me to the concept of just managing the next five minutes when life gets tough. Can you manage the next five minutes without doing anything rash?
That’s all you need to manage. The next five minutes. Once you’ve managed to do the calm thing for five minutes you know you can do it. You’ve got this.
Try this when things are getting too much. Take time out, and just do the sensible, calm thing for the next five minutes. Look at this post if that is more sensible than the thing you fear you might do otherwise.
You have a wise, bright light within you. Shine on.
I’ve had an interesting few days on my blog and Instagram feed. Thank you for all of your comments on my posts Time for change and Direct Action. I love this community and the vitality it brings to my blog.
If you find yourself being drawn into an argument and there is an agenda you are not comfortable with, I suggest you quietly withdraw. Sometimes it is best not to have the last word. You have a choice whether to participate, and if you feel it is better for you to remove yourself, then do. You don’t have to subject yourself to it. Take time out. Return to the advice box above. Repeat as necessary.
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I want to make life a little bit easier. For me, this means smelling the roses, breathing deep, taking care, noticing the sky, or the shadows, or a bee. Then we can return to the serious stuff in a much calmer place. And we can shine on.