This is very apt, considering the rollercoaster my life has become lately.
For the last couple of years, my life has literally been in limbo, or in a state of stasis, not only due to on-going parental health issues but also because of hold-ups with my regular day-to-day working situation.
To explain more, for ‘several’ months I’ve been going through a recruitment assessment process with the Australian public service, which recently completed -successfully I might add, – only; for a further delay to be instigated, meaning – I’ve not moved any further forward.
These events together with other delaying situations have made me step back and question my life, and it’s mitigating factors. Not only those caused by external forces, but also any steps I’ve; either taken, or not taken, and how they’ve impacted my growth.
Several questions arose. Some of which you may like to ask yourself?
- Am I where I expected to be, at this time of life?
- Am I as financially, emotionally & spiritually successful as I would like?
- Have I allowed outside forces (including individuals) to have power over my life? This includes their viewpoint, or should I say opinion.
- Do I find it easy to be derailed from my path, or life-goals?
- Have I contributed to my own seeming lack of motivation?
- Have I allowed my own inner laziness to take hold? (I’ll admit, I can be lazy, but can’t we all at times?)
- Do I regularly make excuses for the lack of progress in my life? Or….
- Do I subconsciously – perhaps deliberately – look for reasons and excuses, not to progress?
- Why do I allow distractions and interruptions to take precedence?
- Have I become too comfortable with my life?
- Where did my inner risk-taker go?
- Am I frightened of; what achieving my dreams may mean?
- Does the thought of being; successful and happy intimidate me?
- And my own personal; favourite – Am I; my own worst enemy?
As you can imagine, some of my answers brought up issues I’d rather not face, but rather than feel guilty, I’ve just decided, and it’s something I’m going to tell you all…..
It’s Never Too Late, To Start Over.
The good thing about life is; we’re allowed ‘do-overs’. There is no right or wrong way to live your life because it’s exactly that…..Your Life!
‘You’ set the rules!
Bear in mind, I don’t mean “Go out & rob a bank”. Naturally, there are strictures to abide by in society. Can you imagine telling the Judge “Julie, said there are no rules”. I don’t think that’ll work somehow, but I do mean…….
Within the parameters of your ‘own’ life; there really is no set-in-stone guidebook you have to follow. We just make it up as we go along, so…
Live Your Life Your Way, And……Don’t Apologise For It.
Success Comes In Many Forms.
From the child taking its first step,
To an elderly person still agile,
Success welcomes us all.
Neither age nor gender nor race
can impede our chance to succeed
in reaching our dream,
or our chosen goal.
Success is not; the biggest house,
the fastest car, or
the nameplate on your door,
but it is a compassionate heart,
a smiling face,
and challenges overcome,
Success is not; money in the bank,
stamps on your passport, or
fancy gym memberships
But it is; a helping hand,
a forgiving nature
and a welcoming home.
Success is not; a famous face,
a fancy title or
the latest cellular phone,
But it is; the will to try again,
when all others; would’ve given up.
Success is not;
the belief that everything,
is one’s due reward
But it is; faith,
Commitment and persistence,
Together with an inner trust,
that all will be well.
So if you’re ready to walk away from your dream,
after one too many setbacks, remember….
Failure is only temporary.
Success is eternal and has no firm definition.
Over the last few months, whilst trawling Facebook, much to my dismay, and abject horror, I’ve noticed a sharp incline in reported cases of animal abuse. This made me question “are we as humans, becoming increasingly cruel, and losing our sense of compassion for other creatures, including our own class of bipeds?”
Some stories are so appalling, I veer between, sadness and grief, to anger, and hopes for instant karmic retribution, but recently; I saw another perspective……
For all the instances reported – other than, extremely dire, or cultural situations – someone took a stand. Perhaps, a passing Good Samaritan found an injured animal and took it to a refuge, a vet or a wildlife centre. Or, maybe a member of the emergency services rescued a stranded pet, or farm animal, during a fire, flood, or earthquake.
There are numerous refuge centres throughout the world, that give freely of their time, volunteering at all hours, and conservation workers in inhospitable places, put themselves at risk to ensure some species are preserved – These kind-hearted souls, are already aware; there are far too many animals on the endangered list as it is. Approximately 41,415 species, at last, count.
Various trusts and charities have been set up, to ensure, we; the supposedly ‘more intelligent’ species, donate our money if not our time, to help our earth remain; a beautiful world, flourishing with a true menagerie of wonderful creatures. Filling the skies above our head, the oceans and rivers we admire. They reside in rainforests and jungles, even in our gardens, and some, below our floorboards.
Animals feed us, clothe us, work for us, trust and follow us blindly, but most of all; they love us……….and, can we honestly say; we deserve their adoration and assistance? Or; is it a case of; in our arrogance, We Expect It!
All this introspection, brought me to another thought……if each one on my friends or followers on social media, started to put aside; just one dollar a week, whether it be in an old coffee tin, a jar, or, even a special money box, at the end of 2016, the total amount would be $77,844 after 6 months $38,922 and at the end of a quarter $19,461.
So am I…..although, in actuality; it would only cost each individual $52 annually.
My challenge to you is; start you own $1 a-week, charity jar, and, whilst; ‘animals are my thing’ perhaps you’d prefer to donate your money to a cancer-related or childhood charity the choice is yours. I currently, donate monthly to the RSL, but whomever you choose; they’d appreciate the gift, whether it’ $13 a-quarter, $26 twice-yearly, or $52 annually.
I don’t know about you, but $1 wouldn’t even buy me a full-priced chocolate bar, but cumulatively, ‘all’ our dollars, might save a beautiful creatures life.
Below are some wonderful charities that would love your donations or perhaps you have your own personal favourite.
Make 2016, the year you give something back.
P.S: It’d be tax-deductible.
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I’d originally planned to do the ‘3-day Quote Challenge’ but for some reason, my life seems to be extra busy lately…..don’t ask me why, I’m not really accomplishing more that I normally do, but my time just seems to be flying by, and; I know I’ve been busy, I’m just not sure; at what! Therefore, I’ve decided to post three quotes that touch my heart.
I hope you like them too.