Footprints in the sand

When I write, I hope to inspire.  I hope to make people reflect.  I hope to let people escape. I hope that what I say, stays with people.  I hope that when I write it brings hope.

One of my earlier posts was about the fact that we are not immortal.  It still is so important to me – to leave something positive behind.  When I walk on the beach, or in fresh snow, there is nothing more pleasurable than seeing the imprints of my footsteps left behind.  But then I get so disappointed about how the waves, or the new flakes of snow make them disappear.  I know that I’m not immortal – and even since I was a child, I struggled with that fact. It used to frighten me and give me nightmares.  So, I suppose through writing, however low profile my blog is, I’m able to leave something behind.

I hope that in the future, my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren…are able to access what I’ve written and take comfort in what I say.  Because I want to pass down something that my mum has always said to me when the going has got tough….’Everything will be alright.’

Someone who I once worked with, many moons ago, said to me ‘Be careful what you wish for, because it just may come true.’

That’s the thing when you’re young – you wish, want, desire things that may not be right for you – and that’s why the universe isn’t allowing it to happen.  But because you don’t know the ‘big picture’ – the temporary setback, is somehow a huge disaster.  And then you look back after a few years and you realise – well thank god that didn’t happen – because if it had happened, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

You have to have faith that the universe has got your back.  Cliches are cliches because they are often repeated – but also because they are true.  Everything will be alright.

I remember so many times going through what I thought were major issues and difficulties at the time.  Hours spent unnecessarily worrying and being upset.  Hours spent worrying about how things were going to get better.  And my mum was always right – everything was going to be alright.

It’s important to ride through the bad times.  You’ve got to know that they will end.  Even though when you go through them, you feel like they never will. Trust me, I know that feeling.  But they do.  They have to.  That’s how the universe operates.

And another message that I will reiterate again and again and again and again – and I won’t stop because I passionately believe this is right.  Be kind to one another.  Work together and be kind.

There are several reasons that I believe in this, first of all, well life is tough enough for everyone! Kindness will only make things easier for one another.  Secondly, the universe remembers.  We know about Karma.  You reap what you sow, you get back what you give.  It’s the law of balance – it doesn’t care about your creed, religion, gender, age – you get back what you give.  The last reason – kindness wins over everything.  It is the most positive and effective way to win.  Everyone has a struggle, everyone has a story.  Some people (like me), are public about it and share – others don’t.  This doesn’t mean that they aren’t in pain.  This doesn’t mean that they aren’t vulnerable.  The toughest, hardest people around, are often the saddest.  So be kind.

And remember – no matter how tough or unbearable things get – everything is temporary, nothing lasts forever, day comes after night, spring comes after winter…everything will be alright.

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