My Dad was a very wise, quiet, gentle man indeed. I have very fond memories of times shared together, sometimes talking about life as we would take a walk around our neighbourhood, other times spent in silence, happy to be in each others company. I treasure these memories and they will last forever in my heart. These are the simple things in life that mean the most…
There is one thing that stands out in my memory of what my Dad used to say. When something happened in life that you would perceive to be ‘a disaster’, he would utter the words “Good Luck, Bad Luck, Who Knows!” Well, a young head on young shoulders can’t see how a ‘so called disaster’ could be good luck, what was he talking about, what would he know!!! It’s so funny to look back and see how I would react to things, sometimes over and over again in the same manner! What was I like! Now, after travelling the yellow brick road to finding inner happiness, I can laugh at how I used to live my life on autopilot, acting in certain ways to try to make sense of my internal and external environment. It must have been quite amusing for him to watch from the sidelines but, as a very wise man, he never interfered! The only time he would offer his advice was when he was asked! When I think of this now, I realise how significant that action actually is! How profound! He was able to take a step back and allow me to have my own experiences in life, to find my own way, to look for what would work for me! I now know this to be called The Art of Allowing! And, as a parent of two children myself now, I know how difficult this can sometimes be! It is a natural instinct to want to shove the mattress in under them and try to shield them from having ‘difficult’ experiences but I realise that this is how we form our natural abilities to thrive in life, we have to EXPERIENCE life in order to navigate it! And my Dad, and of course my Mam also, gave me the gift of allowing me to find my own way and I am very very grateful!
So, what did he mean by the phrase “Good Luck, Bad Luck, Who Knows”… ultimately, after traversing through his own life experience, he knew that sometimes life doesn’t turn out the way we expect, sometimes it turns out even better! But when what we expect isn’t turning up, or the exact opposite of it is right in front of us, we can panic and react and resist the reality, thinking that this isn’t what I want, this isn’t what I signed up for here on Planet Earth! I guess you can’t put an old head on young shoulders and I realise that now! But what I also realise is that he was right! I have seen it so many times in my own life now, when things appeared to be falling apart, they were actually falling together. What I thought was the worst thing that could ever happen to me has been the making of me! I can safely say that I am totally grateful for every experience I have had in my life, ‘disasters and all’…maybe even especially the ‘disasters’ because I wouldn’t have found my way to this deep inner joy and happiness and faith and belief that I now experience within! I possibly wouldn’t have had the deep burning desire to find the exact opposite of what I was experiencing, which was sometimes internal hell! It is my belief that when you are experiencing a minus 10 scenario, you are automatically sending out a prayer to create a plus 10 scenario, i.e., if you are a little sick then you ask to be a little well, if you are a lot in debt, you are asking to be a lot in credit… So, if you are currently going through something that feels like it is a ‘disaster’, I would like to invite you to say to yourself “What if this is all alright, what if this is leading me to finding my way to inner happiness and joy?” Now, I know that this can be difficult, but I also know that if you can accept where you are at, if you can stop resisting what is happening, you will feel a huge relief and maybe then you can see a solution and you can take whatever inspired action you feel is right to move you forwards towards that solution. Accept, then act…
This Universe is built for change, nothing stays the same, we are constantly moving forwards and evolving, you are actually a different person now from the time you started reading this! You are existing on a planet that is spinning at over 1,500 kms an hour, relentlessly rolling us in and out of the sun’s radiance. You are also travelling at 108,000 kms an hour through space! So if all this can happen with precise accuracy and flow, well maybe let’s all just trust that there is an energy that flows throughout the entire Universe, us included, and that if we just put our boat in the river and go with the flow, it will carry us to the ocean of INNER HAPPINESS!
So, until next time
Love from me, Marie X
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