while you are busy making other plans… I’m wondering if John Lennon actually knew how much truth this sentence really holds. At least for me, as there is no better way of putting into words what’s recently going on in my life and also in the lives of many others who are dear and close to me.
When I logged on to my account today I saw in my notifications that MindfulVision turned 1 a few days ago…and I was too busy to remember it myself. I feel terrible for having forgotten my “baby’s” first birthday. Of course I wasn’t planning on buying a cake and gifts anyway but I didn’t want to just let it pass unnoticed either. This blog is important to me and I started it with a clear vision, a mindful one. And here I am a year later too mindless to even pause for a moment to celebrate and remember it’s birth. I apologize to my blog (and to myself) and just put a reminder in my calendar so this won’t happen again.
Okay, but let’s get back to the original topic. There have been many reasons that kept me busy, worried and distracted and required my presence and attention, which eventually led to other people, events and things not receiving the attention they would have deserved (e.g. my blog’s b-day). I don’t want to go into much detail about all the unexpected events and twists and turns. After all I still have that book project on my mind and might use some of the stories for that 🙂 However, I do want to share some of the valuable lessons I learned from them:
- Family and friends are priceless!
- I can’t control external factors, people and their reactions. But I can control MY reactions to whatever happens.
- Always be grateful for what you have right NOW.
- Just because I currently can’t think of a solution that doesn’t mean there isn’t any.
- ALWAYS trust your gut feeling!
- NEVER assume to know what another person might want/think/need.
- Happiness is possible even in difficult situations.
- Always be aware of and honor your boundaries, values and needs.
- Be grateful for LIFE!
- Sometimes a simple smile makes all the difference.
- Authentic and compassionate communication is the key.
- Always speak up if something doesn’t feel right.
- The truth might hurt – a lot. But holding on to illusions will eventually hurt a lot more!
- Miracles do happen!
There is no way I could have imagined a year ago what life had in store for me in the past 365 days. And even today I have no clue what’s going to happen a year from today or even tomorrow. But I do know one thing: I will keep making plans. And if life happens to interfere with my plans again, I am prepared to sail with the winds. I survived the storm before and I sure will again! And what’s the fun anyway if I’d know exactly what’s waiting for me next 🙂