The other weekend I stood at the prime meridian line at The Royal Observatory in Greenwich (UK) which is the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) – and a very cool planetarium! (I totally indulged my inner astronomy geek) This line not only marks the Longitude 0º whereby every place on Earth is measured in terms of its distance east or west from this line. It also divides the eastern and western hemispheres of the Earth – just as the Equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres.
For me it held more significance too. I took this as a point to restart – back to 0. Not in a bad way but in a refreshing way. It was very satisfying. I loved being in the great open space of Greenwich Park and basked in a day surrounded by nature. I took stock, even if some of it is still unconscious. I made some decisions:
“Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way”.
So, I am writing to officially sign out for the summer. As you may have noticed I have gone ‘quiet’ on social media and blogging of late… So, to off load the guilt I feel for not being in touch as often, I am going to resign and officially press pause on my business for a few months.
I am slowly starting to settle in my new home – London (I knew it would take me at least 6 months – I am now here just over 4 months! We will finally be moving into our own apartment in a month, a massive relief and help towards feeling grounded here.) I am starting to feel a bit more stable but I need to honour myself fully and take this time to get to grips with a few things. I also have a very important support role to take on for my hubby as he takes on a huge task setting up a fitness franchise F45 here in London – this business needs our four hands (and the rest!) and I want to be able to fully offer my support during this time. But more importantly, I will be tending to my own glass balls – refer to the simple story at the end!
I am still ticking away at my book – (frenzied as I was when I went to add more to it –really ;-)!!) Life is always teaching us more ways to overcome our journeys, so I am incorporate them into my book too. I totally appreciate all of your support and words of encouragement, as it is so nice to have names and faces to be writing to!
I will leave you with this simple story – told by many people inspiring people, this version taken from James Patterson:
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”
HOW CAN WE ALL MANAGING THIS JUGGING TRICK? (Adapted from Roger Knapp)
- Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
- Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
- Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
- Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.
- Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
- Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us each together.
- Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
- Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
- Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.
- Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
- Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
- Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.
Wishing you a wonderful summer!
Love and light