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Wednesday Weekly Wisdoms 068 – Structure, Discipline and Commitment

Having spent the best part of the day researching something for a title I had meant to present today, I find at the last gasp and following a Zoom with the PiMov group, I am led to something else. ‘The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley’ as the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns would put it – often our plans change/go wrong.

Tonight we have been chatting with words such as structure. In hearing the word it triggered me into what that meant for me. It was a bit of a eureka moment when it suddenly became clear. I find that from my past, things like structure and discipline I have allowed them to be used to control me, I did not allow me to be the me I needed to be. Many things we learn to be in this life like following the trend or the teachings that bring us to a ‘normal’ place to be.

Yet, as much as I rebel against this ‘talked down to/controlled way of being, when I think of my own ‘structures’ I find that when I need to have them, I have them. When I need to be ‘disciplined’ I can be. This includes the structure in me that allows me to be me when I need to be me. To ‘simply be’. This is not to live life simply but to allow whatever you need at that moment to just be. One of our members likened it to nature/natural; like when the flowers close their petals as the sun goes in and how they open up to the light when it shines again.

I have written about trees creatively in the past as they amaze me and that caused me to consider them at a deeper level. They cannot up and run away, they stand there and weather the storms, and they cannot do other than, simply be! Some would take from this that we should accept that which befalls us. I say, I have legs and I will use them if I feel it is in the best interest of me. What it would appear to come down to and please, correct me if I am wrong, I am human lol, it would appear that the factor in all of this is ‘judgement’. How we judge ourselves, how we judge others and judge the words being spoken. So, I need to learn to take no offence, accept what I mean to be okay for me, stand in my own power, my truth and honesty while allowing others the same.

I am extremely happy that I have made it this far in life and to be here to bring clarity and acceptance to being okay to be me. How often we give that power away for, oh, so many reasons. In the PiMov group we talk about humility and integrity. It feels to me that this is what

I have yearned for, for so much of my life but was met with great encouragement that this was not the way to be, to be able to get through life. There was a viciousness that scares me to remember it. For example as a child on the hockey field, ‘if you can’t get the ball, get the leg!’ How awful. L Yes, there was much worse but I won’t take myself back there, that was then – this is now.

The following from The Guardian Angel Oracle by Chrissie Astell – Humility:

True humility involves understanding that each and every person has an equally important contribution to make. Have a quiet, modest but certain sense of your own value. You are no less important than other people. Do not let ego [which gives you the drive to achieve your goals] get in the way of your spiritual growth. Know your best qualities and your chance to play your part in the pattern of creation.

It feels right to finish this with the words from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann © 1927: GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Namaste xx

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