Seeing Above the Clouds

My sister asked me this morning if I had “gave up on our blog.” If you haven’t noticed, she has kind of been carrying things for awhile.(Thanks for that Jen!) My response to her was that I have been working 10-12 hour days with mentally ill people and they have sucked the inspiration out of me. I’ve pondered on this for awhile and some of my own words have come back to hit me! Such as, “don’t let other people steal your joy,” “nobody can control your feelings, they aren’t that powerful,” “you must take care of yourself in order to truly take care of others.” All great sayings and truths…follow them and you will feel better. Sometimes though I think we get caught up in darkness and forget about all of the sunshine that is really out there…sometimes we have to just¬† move through it.

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I recently took a trip to Georgia. Of course it was a rushed process and it was windy, rainy and cold. None of those helped my mood. After finally taking off I was watching out the window (I ALWAYS have to have a window seat!!!) As we ascended higher and higher we moved through the clouds and soon we were flying above the clouds and it was a beautiful sunny day. I thought “wow, look how easy that was to find the sun!!” From the ground it was gloomy and cold, but just a short way up, the sun WAS shining. I thought that was a great life lesson.I think when things get a little stressful and we start to loose our focus, we start feeling everything around us is is dark and gloomy. I think at this time we have to remember we have our own “Son” right there to fill us with light! I think we would all benefit if we would just remember the light of God is always there to fill us up, just as the bright sunny day is just an airplane ride away. So, the inspiration of this post…look for the light, don’t get caught up in the darkness that the stressors of life can bring. And never forget that you are in control of all of that. So today this counselor had to listen and start to practice a little of what she preaches!! Sometimes the counselor has to look in the mirror and give herself a good talking too. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the sunshine both outside and inside!!

Peace,

Julie

Living With Eyes Wide Open

 

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It does make a difference what you call things. –Kate Douglas Wiggin…… Most of us think of dandelions as weeds. We buy special tools and poisons when they crop up and complain about them as surely as we welcome the spring that brings them. Yet is there anything more lovely than a sea of yellow dandelions by the side of the road in June? Or as remarkable in transformation as the filaments of the mature dandelion blowing on the wind? Sometimes we let someone else define for us what are weeds and what are flowers. We don’t have to. Much of the beauty of the world is that we ourselves decide what is beautiful according to our own feelings. How lucky we are that, when we choose to, we can open our eyes and see! Can I see the beauty in those around me right now?

I found this as part of a daily meditation that gets sent to my email. I really thought the words were inspiring. As many of you know I am a mental health therapist. I work with people every day trying to help them see that feelings are just feelings. Nothing to be afraid of….and did you know that most feeling change about every 20 minutes. I work to help people look for the positives in their life and most important to create a list of things they are grateful for. I think this would help ALL of us to do every day. (Sometimes I have to put myself in the other chair to remind myself what I need to do!!) So I challenge you today. What are you looking at as a weed? Or are you letting someone else define for you what are weeds in your life! Take charge of your life and your feelings and look for beauty in even the simplest of things. I like to call it “Living with Eyes Wide Open.” When you really start looking…sometimes “weeds” can be the most beautiful thing out there!!

I hope you have an inspiring, inspirational, lovely Wednesday!!

Julie