My original intention for February's message was to write something in keeping with the hearts and flowers of romance that symbolize Valentine's Day. Then, a phrase jumped off the page of a book that sent my mind on a whirlwind journey that spanned many years. The words were: "Simplify, simplify, simplify", indicating that it was the key around which any great life was built. (The Saint, The Surfer, and the CEO by Robin Sharma).
My mental journey continued by remembering a similar message in Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea, which I first read and highlighted in 1972 "... we who could choose simplicity, choose complication." How I had wanted a simple life! So why in 2011 should I be brought to a mental standstill with a similar reminder?
It has taken many years but the light of this new day has brought an amazing realization: Today I do have a simple life!! Really, quite recent. I choose to go to a gym three times a week, have warming cups of tea; go to the beach in the morning and then work late into the evening ... and yes, choose to daily tidy my desk, or not! Now I have a definition of simplicity that fits for me, instead of what I thought it should look like, or what I thought someone else thought it should look like - for me!.
So as we go into February, in keeping with the atmosphere of Valentine's Day, please 'romance you' as you choose, accept yourself the way you are, knowing it IS special, and choose to design "A Simple Life" that is uniquely yours.
Let's heed the wise words of Confucius:
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."
Have a very special February. Please pause in your day to appreciate the new life emerging that will soon become lush green trees and colourful blossoms. My snowdrops are three inches above the ground ... Spring is on its way!
Until next time... this is Dorothy... Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
Apt. 202 - 1655 Martin Drive
Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada