All posts filed under: Acceptance

Day 1 – Creativity Challenge

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30 day creativity challenge / Acceptance / Christmas / Cohuna Victoria / creativity / Writing

Click HERE if you would like to join me in the Creativity Challenge! Today my challenge will be to write a short post about the following topic: “What is the best lesson you have learned?” When I was in my early 30’s my marriage broke up and I found myself in a situation where I had few possessions (including money) and three young children to take care of. I was also living in a remote […]

Many Happy Returns

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Acceptance / Australia / beautiful / Friends and family

Well I have heard of people who have ‘near-death’ experiences where their life flashes before their eyes. I didn’t know that having a 65th birthday could also bring on this phenomenon! A little bit of background – nearly ten years ago we moved from Perth to the South West of Australia. I didn’t have much prior knowledge of the region so there are not a lot of cues for past memories. It is a bit […]

Confucius

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Acceptance / harmony / Philosophy / politics / Serenity prayer

The Philosophy discussion group that I facilitate considered Confucius last week. Who would have thought that the topic would be so relevant – the 70th anniversary of Communism in China and the unrest in Hong Kong? Some of the comments that came out of the discussion included: ‘Confucius spoke of unity but what we see in China today is uniformity’; ‘it is so difficult to examine an Eastern Philosophy when we (in the group) all […]

2019 and all that …

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Acceptance / Australia / Friends and family / Geography / Gratitude / retirement

I am thinking about next year and where to focus my interest and my energies. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions or for setting goals but I like to pause and consider what I want to include or change in my year ahead. 2018 was a pretty good year for me. It was very busy and enjoyable year with my U3A (University of the Third Age) commitments. It was one of those years […]

Unhelpful Thinking Styles

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Acceptance / depression / forgiveness / Gratitude / Self acceptance / Serenity prayer / Uncategorized

Lately I keep catching myself thinking about some unpleasant things from the past (I am sure we all have them). The other day I objectively looked at it and realised that my thoughts were 40 years in the past! I keep reminding myself to look forward and not backwards. Even better if I can spend my time in the present moment. Last Semester I ran a course for U3A called Retired:Now What?¬†As part of that […]

The eyes have it!

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Acceptance / cataracts / glaucoma / Gratitude / Uncategorized

I had laser eye surgery yesterday. My eyesight had deteriorated quite a lot recently and was making it hard for me to read – especially on my ¬†computer. Initially I was to wait until October to get in to see an eye specialist. Fortunately there was a cancellation and I had an appointment yesterday with a visiting (to the region) specialist. I was diagnosed with glaucoma and cataracts in my early fifties. I was not […]

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

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Acceptance / Gratitude / pressure to perform / Self acceptance / Uncategorized

There is so much pressure for us to get involved in stuff. I find it all the time. I think it is about time I accepted that I like my life the way it is! I am surrounded by people who are always off on holidays. Normal conversation involves talking about where you have been and where you are going next. I feel a bit inadequate not being able to contribute. I am not into […]

Life’s surprises are not always welcome

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Acceptance / emotions / Friends and family / Self acceptance / Uncategorized / Wisdom

As I look back over my life there are probably a dozen incidents or more that were a significant blow to my equilibrium. The sort that makes everything else seem petty and unimportant. I am sure that we all experience these things from time to time. My first experience I remember was when my school friend’s father died. He worked at our school and was very popular with all the kids. It was my first […]

What is the opposite of depression?*

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Acceptance / depression / emotions / Uncategorized

*According to writer, Andrew Solomon, it is vitality! That makes a lot of sense to me. I listened to his talk on the video below and could relate to much of what he said. I had my first encounter with depression when I was in my 20’s and have experienced it on and off over the years. I have used a variety of methods to help me feel and do better. Solomon raises the issue […]

Transitions take time …

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Acceptance / Baby Boomers / Meaning of life and that stuff / Uncategorized / Wisdom

I gave up full time work six years ago and I am still adjusting to the changes brought about by that decision. Many, many times I dreamed I was back at work – usually late and a bit lost – people had moved around and I couldn’t find them. This week I dreamed my old boss fired me! I was actually pleased, especially when he gave me a cheque for $14,000 (only in my dream)! […]