Surround yourself with those who make you feel seen. Find someone who always tries to see the best in you, the rainbow to your raincloud and never let go.
Home is where your refuge is – where your people are – the ones who support you and nourish you even though they know everything about you.
Find a partner who nourishes your soul and you will never go wrong.
When you travel by air, before the flight takes off, there are always safety instructions in the event of a loss of cabin pressure. Part of those instructions are ensuring that your oxygen mask is securely fastened before assisting others. I hope that you never experience a loss of cabin pressure where you have to use the oxygen mask; however, the same wisdom can be applied to our everyday lives. Before we can truly help others, we must ensure that our own needs are met. Take time to make sure that you are adequately nourished, inside and out, so you can be there for someone else.
Looking around it may seem like some people just have it better than you. They may appear to be more accomplished, have more things or even enjoy more happiness than you do. Judging yourself against the lives of others only harms you. You never know what cobwebs might be hanging behind someone’s gleaming smile or job promotion. Everyone struggles, everyone has their own stories to tell, and comparing yourself to what might appear to be brighter, bigger or better than you is completely unproductive. Be proud of yourself, your story and your accomplishments AND have joy for others, knowing that you will never know their full story. Everyone deserves contentment, give yourself the gift of liberating yourself of jealousy and comparison.
Spend some time this holiday weekend outdoors. The weather is lovely a sunshine is good for your physical and mental health – plus, at least in the UK and US, it’s a long weekend! Enjoy the time, you deserve a break and some fun!
If you ever find yourself wondering what the best solution to a problem is, the answer is to do whatever is kindest. You can never go wrong when you choose to be kind.
Find someone in this world who you can rest your head on. At the end of the day, a good partner is someone who supports you no matter what, even if you need to take a nap using them as your pillow for a bit.
Desire paths are those trodden, foot created trails you sometimes see across open spaces representing places that lack a proper paved sidewalk or footpath that people (and or goats) use to make their journeys more efficient. Perhaps they signal a certain yearning to rebel against the modern world, forge your own path and thumb your nose at the algorithms of urban planning. On one hand, they are a form of active resistance, dividing planted grassy knolls and designated open spaces, but on the other, they are literally perhaps the “path of least resistance” making traveling across these spaces perhaps easier and less time consuming. Desire paths are the physical manifestation of one of the paradoxes of being human – a longing to be your own, individual person, guided by your own desires, intuition and knowledge that is better than anyone else’s for your experience; however, longing to belong and fit in with others, to experience the stages of life in their proper order and to share your life’s path with others. Perhaps there is no real solution other than finding balance between our yearning for individuality and belonging, and maybe updated urban planning algorithms.
A good friend is one of life’s most important and precious gifts. You never know where and who might become one of your most closest confidants.