I was speaking to a woman yesterday who was on the Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner. She was taking a tour and this was her first time taking a curise alone. She had been married 53 years and her husband had died three years ago. She thought it time to do something again so she was taking a cruise - but she wasn’t having a great time she told me. It was OK, but you could tell – she missed her husband. My guess is that her marriage was a good one – not perfect (is there such a thing?) – with its ups and downs, like all marriages. But that’s marriage, isn’t it? Good times, bad times, ordinary times – and until we can look back and reflect, sometimes one can’t tell because you are just too close to it. But I like this quote by Browning – it’s wonderful to think that the best is yet before us. And I think he is right!
The impulse to create is one of the greatest aspects of being human. I believe that this desire is in most of us. Unfortunately we often get too caught up in the “are we any good at it?” My feeling is - who cares. The question should be “does it feed your soul?” If not, move on to something else, but if it does, then please, keep doing it!
See everything with new eyes - the mystics having been saying this for ages. It can be a hard thing to do but it can also be worth trying. Try looking at something that is very familiar to you and see if you can see it anew. Just look and try to silence the dialogue in your head. Note the textures, the lines, the colors. It can be amazing what new eyes will be able to observe!
I have used this cartoon once before yet the message is worth repeating. I don’t think that anyone understands this quote better than new parents. Infants are a load of work but parents so love their baby’s that they don’t seem to mind as much as you might think. This is true of adults as well. No one is perfect and we understand that – we accept others that we love with all their faults and foibles. And hopefully, we apply that standard to ourselves as well.