27th September

There is good in everyone, how often have we heard it said. But how often do we see it. Mostly, we tend to look for the things we can criticise or the things that displease us. We can greet each other with honesty and harmony if we recognise that no one is pure or perfect. One thing is sure is that whatever our circumstances we do all have these nuggets of goodness within us that we should be trying to find. Every time you meet someone, think of it as a golden opportunity to find that nugget of joy and spirit that is shining in all of us.

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“Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone.”

Mata Amritanandamyi: 27th September (Hindu guru and spiritual leader)

26th September

We carry with us pain, in particular the pain of the past events. It leaves an imprint on us and even when the pain has past we still feel it is happening to us. For some people trying to rid themselves of that indelible pain is almost impossible because it went on for so long, they had lost count of how to live without that pain. There comes a point, when sometimes people in abusive situation find it hard to tell the difference, they can’t leave the situation because they don’t know any difference.

Even with such a deep pain and constant pain it is reassuring to know that there are people who have survived. As humans we can tolerate pain well beyond what is thought we could tolerate. We learn to adapt and slip slowly out of that prison. One of the things we shouldn’t do is dwell on the pain but to lighten it with a strong will; for although we cannot run away from it, it will subside. Soon we will learn to live with only the memory, but not the pain.

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“The years of imprisonment hardened me…. Perhaps if you have been given a moment to hold back and wait for the next blow, your emotions wouldn’t be blunted as they have been in my case. When it happens every day of your life, when that pain becomes a way of life, I no longer have the emotion of fear. There is no longer anything I can fear. There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn’t any pain I haven’t known.”

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

26th September

 

Humans are created different, not one is the same and we should celebrate the differences and the more rustic.  Uniformity can be tedious – but at the same time this is what we all strive for to be like the other – particularly if the other is more dominant. Nobody wants to stand out. Yet in standing out, maybe where your beauty lie. Children go to school and cry if they are different and we should teach them to be proud of whom they are. We are divided on terms of beauty and size, image, colour, too light, too dark. Some are made to feel different about sizes as if there’s a standard. We become body conscious in a negative way. We look to celebrities to endorse our feelings and lack of self-esteem.

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You can be whatever size you are, and you can be beautiful both inside and out. We’re always told what’s beautiful and what’s not, and that’s not right.”

Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good
Serena Williams: 26th September 1981 (tennis champion)

September

Maybe you have something on the back burner, that should have cooked ages ago – well now may be the time to turn up the heat. Not only can we starve the body but also the mind.  We need to recognise the thing we do well and continue to do it well. We may need to take a course at college or see a professional for advice to help us get started or to push our dreams into the next stage of realisation. Do a little each day to nourish and enthuse yourself towards the right outcome. Strive to do the best at all times and make sure you are working on that which you want to accomplish. You’ve heard of the starving artist, although not rich in material goods, there is a wealth of creativity.

So many of us let our dreams lie dormant, but then one day we wake up to a nightmare and regrets, wishing we had done something sooner and wondering if it has all passed us by.  Although it is never too late, it is also never too early and the right time is always now.  If you are too comfortable pursuing your dreams then you are not working hard enough at it.

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 “Whatever you were born to do, do it well and don’t let the dream pass you by.”

“Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.”

Richard Wright: 4th September(Author)