“Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors–the dreams of our old men, given them in solemn hours of the night by the Great Spirit; and the visions of our sachems, and it is written in the hearts of our people.” Chief Seattle
The fleetingness of our lives are illustrated this time of year as we prepare to give thanksgiving to all we have, where we’ve come from, and the promise of the future. Nature is crumbling and withering as the days shorten. We have said our goodbyes to the light of summer as we prepare for the darkness of winter. As you prepare to give thanks this season, stand back and visualize your being standing on the shoulders of all your relatives who have come before you. Just like you, they had hopes and dreams. They were once young and full of energy. Light a candle for them as you recite a blessing. Can they hear you? Of course. The veil between the worlds is thin. Place photos out and set a flower. Give thanks for everything they did. Educate the young on the trials, tribulations, and successes of your ancestors. Call on your ancestors for guidance and protection. If your parents are still on this plane, invite them to tell stories of their youth. The themes are all the same, only the setting changes and props change.
There is an old proverb that states when an old man or woman dies, a library dies with him or her. It’s your job to uncover that library before they slip into the next world.
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin to Pooh
Be brave today. Step out of your comfort zone and stretch. Perhaps it’s time to think of a new career. Why not cultivate some skills that will help you achieve that result? Maybe today’s the day you push yourself physically. Perhaps today is the day you stretch the confines of your spirituality. Whatever it is, the goal is to try something new and be brave. Don’t listen to the voices in your head that are comprised of the people in your life who try and put you down because when you try something different and act brave they think you are pointing to their own fears. I once had a sister who told me, “Quit doing things. You make us all look bad.” Hmm. I’ve never done anything to make someone else look bad. I just listen to the urgings of my soul.
Pour yourself a cup of tea. Retreat to your quiet spot with your journal and start writing. Your subconscious will dance with its intentions on the pages. Just write what your soul longs to do and get your head out of the flow. Of course, your ego will give you reasons why something can’t be done. After you’ve written down what your soul/subconscious thinks you should do, take a long walk and marinate on your soul’s promptings.
What would you do if you knew you would not fail?
“Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.” Andrew Bernstein
“Nana! Where’s my shoes?” “I don’t know, Joanna. Look in your room.” “But I can’t find them!” “You need to look, Jo.”
Research states that the top three stresses in life are death, divorce, and moving. Luckily, I haven’t had death and divorce yet, but I have moved many times. Growing up as a child every time my mother had a new baby, we moved and my husband and I moved quite a bit with our own children. But this was the first move for the grandchildren.
We just helped our daughter and son-in-law move into their new home and while it was very stressful and physical on the adults, the children struggled with the change in their lives. The comfort of their former surroundings were boxed up, driven over in a trailer, and placed in the new house. Because they had to get out of the former house quickly, it was a race to move five people and it was done in two days. The adults had a mission, but the children were confused. There were fights and tears. One of the bikes was run over, the dog threw up in the new house, and there are still things unaccounted for. But it is over. They are in their new house there is some order, and the owners of their former house have the keys.
Stress is a given in life, but it is how you handle stress that will determine if you become sick or stay healthy. Following the seven steps of The Way will keep your stress level manageable, especially now as we go into “the most wonderful time of the year.”
Although, I would have picked a different time to move!