Unusual mornings bring unusual posts. :)
Don't be a crab in the bucket – its the tendency crabs have for pulling other crabs back down, right when they’re about to climb out. When you break from the norm, you’ll get pushback from your loved ones and people around you. Its not jealousy – they genuinely care for us. But people living the life society tells them to live get scared when they see others going for it. Even if they do it subconsciously, and even if it’s out of genuine concern – its still harmful. It creates a culture of conformity, mediocrity, and quiet desperation.
The saying "Don’t be a crab in the bucket" means if I can't have it neither can you. What a wonderful saying to think about. We should all be filled with dreams and we should also be there to support others dreams.
So what's your dream? I hope it comes true and it is all that you wish for!
Watching the old movie Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and As I sat in the dark and watched the young men in the movie, one of the lessons in the first part of the story hit me fresh and clear.
Joseph told his dream to the wrong people at the wrong time.
Being naive, he thought his brothers would rejoice with him when he shared his dreams with them. Instead, it caused their jealousy to turn to hatred of him and the favor of the father on his life.
Many times in my own life, I have been too quick to share what God is showing me about the future with others. The truth is not everyone is called to share your dreams. There are circumstances and life issues people deal with that get in the way of their ability to 'rejoice with those who rejoice'. Just because you are there for other people does not mean they are capable of being there for you.
Wisdom teaches us to wait and be careful about our conversation and 'the pearls of our hearts'. I would even tell you to guard your dream and thus protect the words being spoken over it. I want life spoken into my life and future. God is always faithful to raise up armor bearers and encourages to share in what He wants to bring to pass in your life.
We must also wait for His timing. Sometimes in our own personalities, we run ahead of His timing and that is why we have a tendency to tell the wrong people what He is speaking to us. But His timing is perfect and when we wait for Him to open the doors and make the way clear we will see the people He has already put in position to be a part of the fulfillment of the vision He had given.
“The world is too much with us,” the poet William Wordsworth wrote. We’ve all been there: overwhelmed by never-ending to-do lists, overflowing inboxes, the demands of work and home life, the friends we adore and the organizations we support. When we feel chaos is closing in, we need to retreat to our happy place.
“Everyone should have a place where you can go to feel safe and happy,”
The purpose of this post? I am guessing it is saying to me, to get out somewhere this weekend and find something beautiful. Heading out to find my happy place.
If you have never read the writings of William Wordsworth, this is the writing in full...
The World Is Too Much With Us BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.
What is your truth? The playful part of discovering you is deciding right now, what is real.
You may have to follow me a bit on this, as I am currently in my own construction zone. Discovering what is true and real in life, is a huge AHA moment. The realness of life. The truth of life. RIght now, is what is real. My example, is this. spend day after day worrying, overthinking and dreaming only to discover that all that really was real was the moment that I had while I was doing this.
So.... Woosaa. Time to chill and relax. What is real at this moment? To hear life fully let go of what you want for tomorrow. Let go of the story of who you think you are. Do you feel like you are right? Feeling divided? The moment that we start commenting or describing what we believe is the truth is the moment that is disappears.
THE point... if you are having a disagreement about the color of a flower....You are missing the beauty of the flower. It is not about the color or your feeling of being right. None of that matters. The only thing that matters is the moment that you have to enjoy the flower. To get to this point, letting go is mandatory. Gossip and drama does not matter. Angry and hurtful people do not matter. Bills and financial goals do not matter. THE point... is right now all is good and well. And right now is all that matters. It is really hard to find this freedom in thought, it is not overnight. It is easy to backtrack and get caught up in stress and drama, get past it quickly by bringing yourself to the present moment.
I hope that you have a beautiful day, that right now, this very moment, you find some happiness. Put all of your worries away and look around you. It is all right there. Do something you enjoy, find a hug, give a hug. Plant some flowers. Enjoy now, breathe it in. It is all that we have. This moment. :)
Life is right now. Life is what image you see when you think of it. Real is right now. The story that exists in our minds of what will happen someday. Is just an idea. Someday I want this and someday I want that. So how do we simplify what is happening? Traditionally man does not like life to be simple. It likes to be complex because this way the mind feels important. So what does all of this mean? Who I am exists in my mind story. What will happen someday is my story. What kind of home I will have, who I will marry, and if I will open my own business. That you and this me is just an idea. Tension arises when you try to protect that idea.
When will I get that new car or new couch? My neighbors have a pool. When will I get one? Tension and fear come from wanting to "be something". So back to Tig, the doorway to life's happiness is "what is real and true"? The mind creates a problem, and the mind says " give me something to do". This is always about the future. It is always about a goal or something that we do not have or have not achieved.
Our job is not to think about the future. See what is real right now and try not to figure out what is next. Lay down the content in your mind and be what you know...just be you.
Just... be ...here.
Where are you going? Everywhere you end up, will always be what already is.
There is nothing new at the end of the road, for all destinations are contained within what you
Therefore, enjoy the drive. Here, there is as much beauty is there is over there.
You are already home...
An open mind is the same as an open road. .. as we awaken the most beautiful views show up... of course they were always there... we just hadn't arrived yet... may you all enjoy the ride.
“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” ~Eckhart Tolle
I wake up. I take a look outside.
I take a breath in and just appreciate where this dream has taken me.
I have starting taking discovery walks.
It’s important to remember that there is always something new to be discovered in our everyday environments. Go on a walk and commit to finding new interesting things. It is beautiful!
It is 4:00 am and life is waiting to unfold for the day. I had this post stuck in my head for a few days and it all came to light while I was sitting outside with my sweetgirl Saucy this morning. The dynamics of life literally made me see things a little differently this morning. I spend a lot of time wishing and waiting for the life I long to live. Bucket lists are all in place and the dream of being on a farm, having a business, seeing my children all grown and happy, and living a life that is free from stress and filled with happiness is right there. I tried to rethink my ideal that if life is free to enjoy and the world is a beautiful place and that it is meant for true happiness, why are some many people struggling to survive? Should surviving be first on our list? Why not wake up everyday and live the life that we want without facing a huge struggle. I know that sounds harsh, but the answer is there. The answer is as simple as this. It is like looking for your glasses and they are right there on top of your head. Spending hours trying to find your car keys when they are right there on the table. It is this complication that makes life so hard to enjoy every moment. So today, life is right there. Waiting for you. Waiting for me. It is right in front of us. Waiting for us to play :)
Oh to enjoy each day and find your way. Spending more time walking barefoot, wearing what I am comfortable in and enjoying the freedom in traveling with no destination. I hope your day is beautiful.
It is absolutely beautiful out this morning! The drive to work was filled with sunshine on my face and a beautiful deer on the side of the road. After arriving at work, there were several geese enjoying the morning as well. I hope you have a wonderful day and a week filled with happiness.
Keeping it real...some thing that I have been trying to do lately is that. Trying to find a way to still be myself when nothing is about me anymore. Struggles are so great for everyone and I am sure you have a long list as well. Not everyone is going to have the same challenges in life and sometimes the things that bother us the most are things that do not show up in our photo's. Invisible to others but they continue to eat at our souls until we have resolved them. So this is me , on a day that was nice. It is easy to post a photo after we have done our hair and picked out the perfect clothes, but on this day I did none of the above. I don't live near the ocean. I live on a small street in a small town in Missouri. In a small house. So my outlook is starting to change. Keeping it real. Wearing my sweatpants when I want. Brushing my hair less, maybe even cleaning less. Keeping it all together on the inside is much easier for me when I am not trying to keep it all together on the outside. I love gardening and am going to make this the best season ever, all while making a mess, lol. I read once, that one of your goals should be that when you have people over to your house, they should leave feeling better about themselves, not feeling better about you. And that totally meant why do I spend 4 hours cleaning when I know someone is coming by for 5 minutes? I must be crazy. So here I go, off to work and all the while ...keeping it so real people will be wondering all day what the heck is wrong with me :) and if your feeling the same way.... take the challenge and start just being you :)