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
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Telling the Truth Tuesday: what if?
In our lives, the what ifs are even more difficult. What if my child or spouse gets sick. What if I lose my job or my home. What if there's a nuclear war. What if a hurricane or tornado or fire wipes out everything.
As I get older, some of my what ifs have come true. What happens when I can't do such and such. Right now I can't sing. And singing is a huge part of fulfilling my soul's needs. I am learning that rather than wallow in self-pity, I must accept that bad things are going to happen. And, as Tonja commented in my last post, it's not my fault. It's how I deal with those things that makes all the difference. And acceptance is key. One of my favorite lines from a book, The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck, is the very first line. I don't remember the exact quote, but it said life is difficult and when you accept that, it gets easier.
So, I'm trying to let go of my what ifs and be as present in my body as I can each an every moment.
How about you?