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Life is like……

Have you ever been asked to write a ‘Life is like….’ piece?

Last week I was given the image below and had a few minutes to come up with something original. I believe I did just that.

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Life is like a tape, coiled up in a framework of double-sided measurement. Modern and old, linking fragmented increments that can discern distance and pronounce judgments, in a parallel world.

It made me question, am I old or new? Modern or ancient in my thinking? Do I combine the two with success or controversy? Which is an interesting thought to take into this next week.

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Have you ever pondered about the rest of your life?

This week, the word rest has conjured up many thoughts and invaded my mind, causing me to contemplate the two aspects of its meaning.

During the week I have been churning through paperwork and delving into the depths of financial planning. Our future, the rest of our lives, seems to be wound up in having a savings plan and being wise in our current purchases, in order to live the promised ‘Golden Years’. Somewhere, somehow, the thought had been implanted, that if we work hard during our productive years, we will enjoy retirement with a comfortable lifestyle.

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Now as I look around at my family and friends, I see them snatching at these moments as their busyness closes in around them. Elderly relatives are rightfully in need of additional care, grandchildren bring a glorious added responsibility and many of our children are sadly experiencing marital conflict. Then there is onset of early heart attacks and diagnosis of terminal illnesses that gets added to the mix.

It’s not surprising then, that we find ourselves in a position of stress and pure exhaustion, needing to set apart some time to find the other form of rest. A time to sit down and re-tune our body, soul and spirit.

Many people find time alone uncomfortable, I love it. Perhaps because I am never alone. I have a faith that places God central to my day and although I often push His centrality to the side, there is always a time during my resting, where the plumb line settles back in its rightful place, creating a straight foundation to lean against.

If you find yourself saying, ‘I need to take a break’, can I suggest you really do need to take some time out.

I like to schedule my relaxation and find the best place for this is in my garden, where I have created different little spots to sit, depending on the time of day and the seasons. A cuppa shared with my garden friends never ceases to refresh me as I surround myself with all those who have shared a cutting or gifted me a potted plant. I remember the battles to keep bugs at bay or a season of hardship where watering was intermittent. Nibbled leaves remind me of the criticisms that have chewed away at my own self esteem and mulching reminds me to work hard to contain the life giving moisture and nutrients.

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So many of life’s lessons are contained in such a small area and I feel privileged to be blessed with my own bit of paradise.

How do you find the rest ( peace, stillness, tranquility, contemplation, simplicity) of your life?

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What if you woke up today with only the things you were thankful for yesterday?

This was a confronting question that popped up on a recent Facebook post, which has had me in a meditative state ever since.

The realization hit me, during 2013 life wove its hand and drew me into an alien mindscape, one where I developed a bad attitude and negative thought patterns. Enabling me to find fault, complain and remain under threat of gathering storm clouds. Expecting the deluge to pour out its wrath at any given time.

Confirmation of last years position was obvious, when I typed up the scrawled work from my 2013 creative writing journals (Something I have found very encouraging and enlightening over the years I have been writing). Short stories, poems, one liners and ‘Sandieism Quotes’, all told the tale of someone I didn’t know, a stranger, a sad person that was searching for something, someone, anyone.

This is not a place I generally reside, so I am determined to change it. Make 2014 and beyond a much brighter place to be, by letting the sun rise up each morning and deliver its warmth, light and inspiration.

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The picture above has been taken in my local park, a favorite place, where I use to walk and sit at least once a week. Those walks ceased last year, as I became caught up in the busyness of everything else.

Sometimes we can get too busy and not do the things that enable us to maintain the busyness – For me, reinstating my daily walks are a necessity, not just a good idea.

Watch this space.

(c) Sandie’s Snippets. 2014

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