Hi, this is Dorothy! As I share this message, it is the eve of December 1st. Did this year speed by on swift wings, as mine did? Did you experience days where there just did not seem to be time enough to complete everything you wished? Did you take time - peaceful time - just for yourself? Better still, will you take time for yourself during this month?
Perhaps, going forward, you might wish to adopt a principle I applied a few months back. As I prepare my active list for the upcoming week, I block out two personal days. These are days when I give myself permission - with NO guilt - to choose non-business activities, such as visits with friends, or baking. Are these days 'carved in stone'? No, not always, but they are reminders. In December I also have three days booked for a reflective retreat, a 'time out of time' to look at where I have been, and at my vision for going forward.
For my last audio for this year of 2011, I want to share with you a beautiful fax message that I received about 15 years ago, author unknown. It speaks of "Real Peace", and goes like this:
"There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.
"One picture was a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for the peaceful, towering mountains that surrounded it. Overhead was blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
"The other picture had mountains too, but these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.
"But when the King looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of the angry water sat the mother bird on her nest... perfect peace!
"Which picture do you think won the prize? The King chose the second picture. 'Because', explained the King, 'peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.'"
I wish you "real peace" amidst the busyness of this month, and thank you for joining me through this medium. Please remember to nurture yourself - and celebrate yourself... YOU are very special. If I can support you on your journey, please do contact me.
Until next time... This is Dorothy... Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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