Thursday, April 24, 2014

Move Forward


There is much I think about on a walk, and during those times of meditation I always remind myself of my “Don’t Forget List.” It doesn’t matter where you are on the spectrum (married with children, or single and without).

Time is often an issue, but balance must be sought at all costs if you are to preserve your sanity and the relationships that help you grow and keep you standing. All is easier said than done, but practice makes perfect.

Add yourself to the list: You can only be a martyr for so long. Many fear being perceived as selfish or egocentric. However, we all have needs, desires and dreams that must be attended to. Not addressing them now can often lead to bitterness and a false sense of security later in life. I know this all too well.

What good are you to anyone unless you make yourself a priority? If you can’t put yourself at the top, try getting pretty damn close. Taking care of yourself helps to fortify your existence, aiding you in going the distance, thus minimizing those moments of deflation and exhaustion. When all is said and done, know that you matter too, friend.

Be present in the moment: It’s so easy to lose sight of the big picture. It happens to me more often than I care to admit. If you aren’t all there, it feeds into you being miserable. Let go of what was and could have been because crying over spilled milk is not a solution, but a means to a very bad ending, and can only lead to a compromised attitude.

More importantly stop projecting into the future, contemplating about what might happen. A fear-based life is not living, but a death sentence. Let go, live and thrive.

Seek balance: The way to achieve this is through organization and positive association. If you can learn time management, balance and you will be simpatico. Try taking a helicopter view of your life to locate what needs your immediate attention, and begin there.  Remember this – no matter how organized you think you are, chances are there is still more to do. It’s an ongoing task, so learn to live with that, which will make your life easier.

All that I know, am and share was not found in a book, but learned through my walks of meditation and reflection. I often yield to the joyful examples shown to me over the years by friends who live and teach by example. Thank you to the many.

Like you, reader, I am a work in progress. It’s been a bittersweet journey and I have millions of miles to go. I find myself fortunate (maybe lucky) to know that adding myself to the list, being present in the moment and seeking balance keeps me right where I need to be – in the here and now, and moving forward because the best is yet to come. – paerki



Wednesday… A beautiful day!  I took advantage of the evening. It was a bit windy and occasionally chilly, but perfect weather for a walk. I am so glad I ventured outdoors. My walks always begin and end with joyful meditation. With each step there was something to engage my spirit (nature’s like that). Like all good things, they must come to an end, that’s why we must seize the moment (most would say day). I don’t need a day, just an occasional small precious piece of time, and I always make the most of it too.

Willy, a shy, but handsome dog tried to follow me home. Animals always lift my spirits even higher. That glass of Malbec at La Famiglia gave me a nice boost too. I hope everyone had a good day. Cheers! – paerki  (Additional Photos: Wednesday Evening Walk)
















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