Monday, July 25, 2011

So tell me, which way is out?

The most amazing aspect of happiness is its transient nature. I am often amazed - okay - always amazed - at how one moment I can be feeling happy, content, top of the world, thinking to myself "Sorted!" and then 'BAM!' - down for the count!

What? Am I meant to tell you all that I have it sorted? That having worked as an MI for more than more than 25 years, most of my life, that having stood in heaven, talked to Angels face to face, seen the things that I have seen, that I have it all sorted? Really? I am human, just as you are...damn! Lessons learned are seldom lessons held closely. We forget, we move on, we let go, we get brain damage, we get tired, old, hungry, despairing, but we always come back.

We always come back.

I remember this awesome song by Dr Hook that came out in the 70's...'I got a couple more years on you girl, and that's all. I've had more chances to fly and more places to fall. And it ain't that I'm wiser, it's only that I've spent more time with my back to the wall, and I've picked up a couple more years on you babe, and that's all.' (or something like that)

I think of that song quite often. I sometimes seek out people who have a couple of more years on me, even if they are not as old as me, and sometimes even if they are furrier than me, like my cat, and I listen to them. Wisdom comes from the oddest of places. But it always comes.

Dark is only Dark so that we can see the Light.

What I would really like to see happen for each of you today is for you all to listen to the wisdom of what is happening around you.

Is this a day for you to be quiet or noisy? Achieve actively, or just swim with the gentle ebb and flow that is around you. Is there someone you have forgotten to say thank you to, or told that you cared about them? Is there a project that needs finishing? The sock basket need sorting? The flowers need pruning? Have you used your good/best china to eat or drink from or are you waiting for an excuse to do that? Does someone 'special' need to come to dinner for you to break out your most beautiful possessions?

Don't wait - break them out - make every meal the meal you want to eat.

Find the joy and the peace that is in every moment of every day - if you let it be. And remember. Life is not easy or quiet. It should be, but it isn't.

But you - you fantastic Human, you - can make the world alright for you. You can stand in the eye of the storm and you can find the equilibrium that you need. You can.

It does not matter what others want for you, or from you, or of you. What matters is what you want and what you can create from the unfair hand you have been dealt. Change the belief, change the dynamics so that it is no longer unfair.

I hope that I have given you some peace, some insight. Thank you for sharing this blog journey with me. Share me your insights if you would like to. I love hearing all your responses on here and on Facebook.

In peace.

Love Carmel


  1. "Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness." - Terry Pratchett

    But seriously, Carmel, what a wonderful and inspiring post. Whilst reading it I thought of the Yi Jing Hexagram 36 - "Brightness Obscured" or "The Darkening of the Light". This speaks of a light which still shines yet is obscured by external problems or a negative influence. Our internal Light, our Truth, our Authentic Self is always there and cannot be removed completely but sometimes it's cloudy and difficult to see through the chaos. To bring it out more we need to give it energy, and take the energy away from that which clouds it.

    Thanks in abundance for the beautiful post. "If you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need" - Rolling Stones.


  2. Bec, you have lightened my journey. Thank you. :) Carmel