Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Thursday, April 14, 2011
A-Z Challenge: L - Live and Let Live
I spent so many years on auto-pilot, I am determined to live my life to the fullest for as long as I possibly can. What that means for me is to pay attention to my priorities and try to focus on those things that are most important. The way I get in touch with my priorities is to do an exercise where I fast-write my life goals, taking about 2 or 3 minutes to do so. Then I fast-write my 5-year goals in the same amount of time. Lastly, I fast-write what I'd do if I found I only had six months to live. Believe me, your priorities become quite clear doing this little exercise.
The second part of the slogan is Let Live. If only the world would learn how to do this, war would be eliminated. It means letting others live the way they want to live. We don't get to judge or try to change what they say or do. We accept. Now that is very simplistic, I know. But in our own personal lives, if we can learn to allow others to be themselves, our relationships get much smoother. That doesn't mean people won't do things to upset us, and if what someone does impinges on our lives, we have to say or do something. But it does mean if Mrs. Jones spends more than she makes or wears too much makeup or is desperately trying to look younger than she is, well, that is none of my business - unless she asks my opinion.
So, live and let live. Just for today.