A letter to my friend

A letter because I might not get to talk to you this week.  A letter because you've been having a little mid-life crisis.  A letter to send you lots of love.  I hope you're feeling fine again.

Life's a funny thing and it doesn't really make sense or add up, even though I always got the feeling when I was growing up that it should make sense.  Did they teach us that, or did we assume it?

Take heart, lovely one.  You are strong and kind and beautiful inside and out and sometimes the most troubling times bring the deepest and most meaningful gifts and revelations.

Get lots of sleep and find time to be quiet and reflective.  Remember that you don't always have to be doing something for there to be something doing.  Often it's when we stop that we realise where we're at and why, and out of the stopping comes the impetus to get moving again.

Most of all, be kind to yourself.  Practice being as kind to yourself as you are to those you love.  Practice being as forgiving to yourself as you are to those you love.  Think of the love you have for those dear ones and feed yourself with a little of that love too.  I know it's hard and it doesn't come easily - no one knows our faults and shortcomings as we do ourselves.  And no one's ever going to be as hard on you either, as you are to yourself.  But it is possible to give yourself some of that love and forgiveness and in doing so, to free yourself from some of the things that bind you.  It takes practice, but you can do it.

There's only love - everything else is just the stuff we fill our days with.

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