I suffer from anxiety that I am well aware I bring on myself. When I can let go of this anxiety and just be at peace in my home, reading or puttering about with my cat beside me, I brim with contentment. The other moment that comes to mind is laughing with a friend.
At 58, I get embarrassed about less and less. I care less what other people think of me. If I don’t want to do something “I don’t want to do it” is a good enough reason. I am less vain (I think!) and more grateful. I ‘ve said this before, but it bears saying again. I can honestly say I am happier now than when I was 25. I never realized when I was younger that aging could indeed be a joyful process. (But I am the first to say that I am extremely fortunate in being in excellent health.)
So many good responses. Mine? I don’t know. God knows I could use more gentleness in my life, and I should give more gentleness.
“Gentle” is a such a beautiful word and concept. I have experienced gentleness in nature, such as a very soft breeze, and been profoundly moved.
I value Planet Earth. I know my vegan diet is helping our planet. I do other things too – bring my own bag to the grocery store, drink tap water instead of bottled, take the bus to work. But I need to be more consistent and I need to do more. We all do. It’s so easy to think, “I am just one person, how can I possibly make a difference?” But we need to do it anyway!
Can a cat be a “someone”?
So well put, Ben.
Linda, this does sound challenging, and it sounds like you are doing a marvelous job. I hope someone cares for YOU sometimes.
I am glad we can help and support one another on this site, Palm. And I see nothing wrong with your daughter giving meaning to your life!
Me too, Aine. Thank you for your thoughtful response.
I feel exactly the same about quiet and solitude….they are priceless, especially solitude in the beautiful outdoors.
Me too, Trevor!
It’s hard to go out of your way to be kind and not receive it back….but you are creating good karma for yourself, Deb!
Yes! The first and most important spiritual law is, “Be Yourself.” Authentic people are good and healing to be around.
What a beautiful Christmas gift, Aine!
Not a niche like yours (sigh). But like Gina, I love being by water. I still miss Lake Michigan (I used to live in Chicago).
Beautiful, Kevin. Your description of the beaches and marshes made me think of Mary Oliver.
Your sacred niche sounds wonderful, Deb. I am glad you have it.
Yes, water can heal and sooth my soul as well, Gina.
Deb, that sounds like an incredibly difficult and heartbreaking thing to do. Good for you for being strong and wise enough to love and support YOU.
So glad you are healing, Gina! Yes to abundance in all its forms!
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