Let The Sun Set On The Past

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It is 2.30am on Sunday morning and I should be fast asleep.  But I need to clear my mind, to write down my thoughts, and I want to share them with you:

I realised yesterday that I was holding on to the past, trying to take it forward with me into the future.  It doesn’t work.  I tend to hang onto certain things way past their sell-by date.  I don’t mean in a physical way. I’m not a material hoarder by any means.  This is about emotional hoarding.  I have attachments, a need to hold on tightly to things that have served me in years gone by.

But they have no part in my future, and now I must release them and let them go.  I must allow the sun to set on my past.

It is time to move forward into a bright new future.  Clutching onto the past limits forward movement.  Progress is impeded. Life is for living fully in the present moment, not for dwelling in the dead and buried past. What an important lesson I have learned!!  And what a relief and a release!!  Now I can go back to sleep. Thanks for listening. See you again soon.

Image: Sunset over Ynys Mon, North Wales by Isabella Rose

Singing Through The Rain

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Sometimes clouds suddenly float into our lives and cause us to stop singing.

But then, just as suddenly, the sky clears, our world looks bright,

and our hearts begin to sing again.

The secret, I think, is to be able to sing through the rain.

Images: Sorrento and the Amalfi Drive, Italy by Isabella Rose.

Venetian Sunset

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“All rivers, even the most dazzling, those that catch the sun in their course,

go down to the ocean and drown.

And life awaits man as the sea awaits the river.”

Simone Schwartz-Bart

Images: Sailing out of Venice Lagoon at Sunset by Isabella Rose

There Is No Going Back Now

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I have lightened the following images of my  underground walk through the mine.  It was seriously dark in there with just a few dim lights along the way.  The tunnels were narrow and the ceilings were very low.   The floor was wet and slippery.

I am highly claustrophobic, so this was really about facing my fear of small dark places.  And it was scary!!  Several times I just wanted to turn around and run for my life!!

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By this time, after about twenty minutes of feeling my way  in almost complete darkness, I was really wishing I had never started.  The thought of being 18 metres below ground in these never-ending dank passageways was frightening.  But I was determined that I would see it through.  “There is no going back now,” I told myself firmly.  I seemed to have come a long way and I had no idea how much longer this would continue.

After a minute or two, I reached some stone steps and I breathed a sigh of relief.  “Well at least I’m heading upwards now,” I said aloud.

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At last I was out in the open and I took a deep breath to steady myself.  On one hand I was trembling visibly, but on the other hand I was exultant.  “I did it, I did it,” I said aloud.  But I have to say I very much doubt I would ever do anything like that again!!

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Twenty minutes later I was back on the promenade.

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What an adventure!!

I have learned an important lesson from my scary escapade:

Wherever we want to go in life, if we keep on walking forward we will eventually reach our ultimate destination.  

Additionally, our world is evolving, moving forward to greater things, and we must move forward with it.  However scary the path becomes, however much we want to run away, we must have faith that we can succeed and that we will reach our desired destination. We are headed in the right direction. There is no going back now. 

“There are no limitations, except in the human mind.

 Keep hoping, keep believing, keep acting, keep moving forward,

and you will have your dream.”

Images: Llandudno, North Wales by Isabella Rose

Magnificent Mykonos

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SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAWe are all wanderers on this earth.

Our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams.”

Gypsy proverb

Images: The Greek Island of Mykonos by Isabella Rose.

Essence of Beauty

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“The appearance of things change according to the emotions,

and thus we see magic and beauty in them,

while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.”

Kahlil Gibran

 Sunset over the harbour at Kusadasi, Turkey