Inner Compass

After two years of revolving doors of personal restrictions, we are realizing that “travel to a new land” is no longer an easy choice (if one can afford it at all), and for some there is no choice.

This spiritual journey we collectively embarked upon in 2020 has become by necessity an inward one. What may astound many people is what they discover there. All is available to us, right here and right now. “Restriction” is a 3rd dimension matrix idea of limitation. It is time to set our minds and spirits free.

This is life at this moment. No amount of denial is going to change it. Your life is too precious to waste it on the negative and with mental cuffs. Now is the time to feel that vastness, that incredible potential within you, and launch yourself.

To what new places (inward or outward) has your compass led you lately?

Inspirational Quotes:

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ~ Coco Chanel

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.” ~ Bob Marley

“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.” ~ Voltaire

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The Challenge

Living our lives to the fullest is a challenge even in what we called “normal times”. In case you haven’t been paying attention, what we knew is not coming back any time soon. But as difficult as this time may feel, it is stretching and growing all of us.

The old “normal” ways of life limited us in so many ways. The greatest challenge for us right now is to let go of old ideas, and to start envisioning “the better”. And perhaps we should drop that word “normal” for good. “Normal” is a debilitating label.

The past two years have been darned demotivating for everyone. I’ve always been a very self-motivated person, and I’m feeling it too. So we have to dig down a little deeper than usual to get ourselves out of that.

Take a moment right now and think, “What is one way I can let go of the old and embrace the new today?”

It doesn’t have to be big, it can start with one little change, and it grows from there.

If you’re coming up dry on ideas, here’s an article with some great ones to stretch you. Even if one of the 35 suggestions is not for you, it may kick start your brain into thinking up something that is: TRY! 35 Ideas For Doing Something New & Different In Your Life

“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

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Look Outward, Feel Inward

When was the last time that you recognized undeniably the vastness and magic of Creation?

Did you see it in the smile of a child?…


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Real Life Black Friday

I vowed I would not, but then I did. The allure of 1/2-price paper towel was just too great a temptation! This may well be my stupidest thought EVER: “How bad can it really be?” Bravely I entered the large department store close to us during the dreaded Black Friday.

It was worse than I imagined. Shoppers who had not managed to procure a cart or basket were making piles in the the aisles, waiting for an available cart, or other family members to come and help them check out.

In the midst of all the mayhem, i made an important observation. As I walked around, I watched what people were securing in their baskets and carts. In the hour or so of time spent in the store, I noticed only one man waiting to pay for an other-than-food-item, a small counter-top appliance. Everyone else was frantically trying to be the first to grab cooking oil, rice, flour, and other food staples. Basically we are talking every day living, no extravagances. Eating for a while longer is evidently very high on everyone’s Christmas wish list this year.

I have not lived in the First World for some years now, so I don’t know what sort of Black Friday nightmare is going on there. While you’re shopping (if you are) this weekend, be observant. The items in people’s baskets may tell you a lot about the real state of your particular economy right now.

It appears that this is a Real Life Black Friday, in the aftermath of two years of questionable political decisions and strategies. I do mean that worldwide, by the way, not just in South America. News is leaking out about supply chain breakdowns up north due to pandemic restrictions, and possible food shortages this winter due to this past summer’s extensive droughts.

I often wonder lately if any of the politicians know what real life actually is for most people… Or maybe they do, and they just don’t care. (Personally, I’m leaning towards the latter.) For me it was good to save a few dollars. For many people I observed yesterday, it was essential to keeping going.

The lesson? We are now living in times where being observant, using critical thinking skills, being more prepared, and building local community support are not optional. They have become essential.

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Strength in Adversity

Strength wears many faces. One that comes to mind for me is an inner determination, a knowing that one can overcome any obstacle. It’s not flashy. It’s a quiet fortitude of the soul that has been built with time and experience.

If it is true (I believe it is) that adversity builds inner strength, then during the past two years we have been collectively building a veritable arsenal of “strength tools”.

What thoughts, activities, and/or actions have given you strength during these recent particularly stressful times? Your comments may help others who read this post.

An activity that has helped me immensely is walking in nature as much as possible. This may not sound particularly “strength building”, but it does alleviate stress and helps to stop the leaking out of my fortitude, both physical and mental. In essence, it’s my “conservation of strength regimen”.

Inspirational Quotes:

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“It’s not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.” ~ Jon Krakauer

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