A page from my latest mindfulness colouring in book, complete with quotes – perfect for this week’s One Liner Wednesday 🙂
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like – Lao Tzu
What? It’s Wednesday again already? Where the hell has last week gone?
We were watching the local news tonight on TV, and in relation to the current multiple climate change protests going on in London just now my husband suddenly asked (about the protesters) – ‘They’re GLUEING themselves to things? That’s not very environmentally friendly, is it, using all those strong chemicals? Well not unless they’re using fish glue or something…’ 🙂
(NB We are, by the way, entirely supportive of these protests – but the incongruity did seem funny at the time!)
‘One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows’ – Chinese Proverb
To my mind this thoughtful proverb is not in any way trying to insinuate that forced positive thinking is all we need to deal with all of life’s troubles, insisting that one happy thought automatically erases all the miserable ones as if by magic.
Instead it reminds us that however heavy our burden of sorrow, burying us in helplessness as if trapped suffocatingly under a weighty pile of dank cloying leaves on the forest floor, often all it takes one good gust of blustery wind to get things stirring again, scattering the sodden leaves one by one, leaving us suddenly looking up in wonder at the beautiful blue sky soaring high above our heads. All the leaves, all our sorrows, are still there individually lying all around us, but are no longer smothering us with their cumulative weight, no longer pressing so heavily on our hearts.
In the same way, even one glint of happiness in the midst of countless dark sorrows brings us the promise of a welcome wind of change, a fresh breath of hope, a chance to remember that all is not lost and that we are still here, still alive, fighting and feeling and refusing to be beaten.
I’m a right One Liner Wednesday Tail-End Charlie these days – I do usually think about it on Wednesdays, but then suddenly I find it’s Thursday and I’ve not posted anything yet – sigh! 😦
‘Fifty-two percent Pride and Prejudice, forty-eight percent Sense and Sensibility – the ultimate Jane Austen placard’… ‘They need a bit of Persuasion, though’
An excellent exchange between Andrew Marr and Emily Maitlis on last Sunday’s Andrew Marr Show while reviewing the papers – the discussion was about placards seen at Saturday’s People’s Vote March (regarding the current Parliamentary Brexit deadlock) that took place in London. Andrew was commenting on the witty wording on one particular placard, and quick as a flash, Emily provided the clever quip at the end… 🙂