Affirmation of the Week



Very often you hear people saying “I have to” do this, or “I have to” do that.  Then one day, some years ago, I read an article that talked about what it means when we say this and then asked readers to consider changing that thought to *I choose to* instead.

Where we are at present, the paths we walk, the things we do, the people we are with… they are all the result of choices we have made in the past. If I hadn’t chosen to have left home when I did, and move then in the direction I did… I doubt I’d be living precisely where I am, with the job I’m doing at this point in time. I doubt I’d have met the people in my life that helped to shape my attitude to relationships either. The decision to intially leave home sent a ripple out into the world and set a course of action (and consequences) that  I wouldn’t realise the depth of, for many years to come!

Life comes at us in choices… even now, sometimes I find myself thinking I don’t have a choice in a matter… when I do.  When faced with something we don’t want to do, we can always say no!  Too often in life we can be our own worst enemies, we can play victim… even if sometimes there doesn’t seem to be anything that we can do physically… yet we still have a choice as to how we accept things mentally.  We can still choose to do our best and not be limited in other areas of our life. We can choose not to play the blame game, because, let’s be honest, it’s always a lot easier if something is somebody else’s fault!

Where do you feel you don’t have a choice in something? Be as specific as you can be… then ask yourself why you don’t have a choice… reasons can be as varied as being bored, not wanting to embrace change, fear of change, making others feel happy, pleasing others, worry over being seen to be at fault or to blame!

By taking control and asserting our choices, we then become responsible for our actions, for the consequences that ripple out afterwards, we become true to our inner selves, we listen to our hearts, we radiate truth, and, I believe, not only help ourselves but also others… because we can show others that it is possible to walk our talk, that anything is possible if we set our hearts and minds to it, and our lives can be filled with a lot better things than drudgery, routine, greyness, sameness, negativity, passivity… even if it is only in the way that we view our day to day lives… like beauty, isn’t perception in the eye of the beholder?

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ♥

© 2012 Michelle Payne


The True Names of Birds


There are more ways to abandon a child
than to leave them at the mouth of the woods.
Sometimes by the time you find them, they’ve made up names
for all the birds and constellations, and they’ve broken
their reflections in the lake with sticks.

With my daughter came promises and vows
that unfolded through time like roadmap and led me
to myself as a child, filled with wonder for my father
who could make sound from a wide blade of grass

and his breath. Here in the stillness of the forest,
the sun columning before me temple-ancient,
the wonder is what I regret losing most; that wonder
and the true names of birds.

~~ Susan Goyette ~~

© 2012 Michelle Payne

Affirmation of the Week



Bodies… we live in them, we push them, we over-indulge them, we under-indulge them, we love them, hate them, like them, dislike them… we expect the most from them yet very often don’t even notice how much they do for us.

I do not know of one woman (or man for that matter) who totally accepts their body as it is. There is always something that they would change about it, from being slimmer, being lighter, being heavier, losing cellulite, toning up, having slimmer or longer legs, losing batwings, having dainty hands, clear smooth skin, the perfect pout, the perfect smile, perfect teeth, shiny hair… the list is endless!

Our bodies are marvellous… think about everything yours does, what you ask of it, expect of it… how you treat it… even down to little things like when you get out of the shower, do you smother yourself in lotion to help hydrate the skin? It doesn’t take long and the benefit is long-term.

It sounds like I’m focussing on the appearance aspect here, which I am to a degree, but the effects go much deeper…when we revel in our bodies, when we listen to what they want, it can cause a chain reaction of change… we start feeding ourselves properly (note that I include chocolate in this context *smile*), we either start exercising or exercise ourselves in a more beneficial manner, we begin to appreciate our bodies and ultimately ourselves and then treat ourselves with more respect, grace and gratitude. I could go on… but I won’t.

So this week, why not find one new thing to do this week that will show your body your appreciation of it… and if you feel like sharing, please post a comment and let us know what it is, you might be helping someone else to try something new too!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ♥

© 2012 Michelle Payne

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