Seeing that Klout once said that I am influential about unicorns, I thought that this would be fitting (hee hee):
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Having many gorgeous nieces and nephews around, I have grown accustomed to reading them bedtime stories filled with ridiculous stories of frogs turning into princes, and the pretty demure princess getting the handsome prince and living happily ever after. A farce based on fanciful stupors of materialistic royalty and shallow goals.
I read a story to my nephew over the weekend that was pretty damn cool, though, in my books.
A Golden Touch
There was once a king who wished that everything he touched would turn to gold.
His wish was granted by a passing fairy, and he ran around his palace turning all his belongings into gold. Vases, statues, plates and even cushions were turned to gold as soon as he touched them.
“I will be so rich,” he thought.
Before long, the king started to feel hungry.
“Bring me some fruit,” he ordered his servant. But when the king picked up an apple, it turned to gold before it even reached his lips.
The king began to feel very sad, but when his wife tried to comfort him with a hug, even she turned to gold.
“I never want to see gold again,” sobbed the king and he wished with all his heart for things to be back to normal.
Luckily, the fairy, who had been watching all along, took pity on him. everything changed back to the way it had been before.
The king had learned his lesson and he knew that there were many ordinary things more valuable than gold.
Okay, so if I had written the story, the fairy wouldn’t have taken pity on the king, but you get the point…
Having recently taken up horse riding, I’ve found that these animals like to teach us mere humans some lessons about ourselves along the way. Today I learnt how to just go with it.
Let me tell you the story:
Today’s horse riding lesson was about learning to trot. Once you have gotten the horse to move from a walk into a trot, you have to ‘post’, which is basically standing up and sitting down in the saddle to the rhythm of the horse’s trot. Sounds easy enough, but remember that you are sitting on a powerful moving animal, so keeping yourself in (and out of) the saddle requires some technique, some serious balance and core strength (while supposedly steering the horse in the right direction without pulling on the reigns).
Right, so once I get going with this whole new movement, Bella, my breathtakingly beautiful horse, decides that she likes where this is going and breaks out into a full canter. Now this was something new. Her body immediately moves in a completely different way (obviously while I am in the standing position in the saddle) and she puts foot on her internal accelerator, completely catching me off guard.
In that split second that my brain had to process what was going on, I had two choices:
A. Fumble around trying to figure out how to handle this and in the process likely fall on my head, or B. Sit tightly in the saddle, hold on and just go with it
I chose option B.
I just went with it. I just felt the rhythm of her movement and literally just went with the flow.
I did not fall on my head.
Do you see where I am going with this?
Sometimes we are faced with situations where we have no idea what to do. Life does not throw us only the problems that we know how to deal with.
Sometimes we are going to have to just hold on tight and go with it. Or we will likely fall on our heads.
I’m not sure who the author of this is, but I did have a little giggle!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there – I hope you feel special today after all that you have done for us.
“My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done – “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside – I just finished cleaning!”
My mother taught me RELIGION – “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL – “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
My mother taught me LOGIC – “Because I said so, that’s why.”
My mother taught me FORESIGHT- “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
My mother taught me IRONY – “Keep laughing and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS – “Shut your mouth and eat your supper!”
My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM – “Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck!”
My mother taught me about STAMINA – “You’ll sit there ’till all that spinach is finished.”
My mother taught me about WEATHER – “It looks as if a tornado swept through your room.”
My mother taught me how to solve PHYSICS PROBLEMS –
“If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you; would you listen then?”
My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY – “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times – Don’t exaggerate!!!”
My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE – “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION – “Stop acting like a two year old!”
My mother taught me about ENVY – “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do!”
Twenty-eight. Twenty. Eight.
How the hell did that happen? Yesterday I was twenty-two, I’m sure?
My first birthday breakdown. I thought that only happened when you’re old?
My goodness gracious me, I’m being a ridiculous fool. The emphasis is on TWENTY, not eight.
Nonetheless, I did have a little wobbly at the thought. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. I may put it on the Internet, but you have thought that too – be honest.
It’s quite easy to criticise yourself for what you have not yet achieved in your life, I realise that now, but why on earth would we choose to do that to ourselves? You can’t have everything – where would you put it?
Life is precious. Every day. Even the bad ones.
All you can do is laugh…just laugh 🙂
Real laughter, not the LOL kind. The kind where someone walks into a sliding door and you’re watching it happen from the other side. Or when a child experiences brain freeze for the first time, after a milkshake. Or when you trip up the stairs in high school and your dress flies up above your head. That didn’t happen to me.
I recently got thrown into a day of past encounters and it has irked me a bit. Which means that you get to read about it.
It struck me how easily memories come flooding back and how they still feel so real. It kind of puts you in a twilight zone of reality that’s not reality.
What struck me even more was how all the good memories come back first, powerful feelings of reminiscence that seem to take over. Reminiscence seems to grab you by the neck and throw you down the rabbit hole of good memories and warm fluffy feelings. Intoxicated by this feeling, the poor victim wanders through Wonderland, wallowing in the fuzzy warmth.
And then it hits you – just one or two powerful blows that knock you out of the dream.
Reality. The bad stuff. The reasons you left it all behind.
We all have to make important decisions in our lives and at the same time we all make mistakes. It’s a difficult concept to deal with when you’re not sure if your decision was a good one or not. You can go round and round in circles in your own head forever!
I vote forward-facing. We have to trust ourselves and our gut, accept our decisions and keep moving forward.
Reminiscence is a deception. Be careful of this beast.