TIME

Clock tower in Hyde Park, London. August 2017

 

We all have it, it´s there for all of us, available to enjoy and also, to waste. A luxury when pleasant, an agony when in pain…

Time is here to make us brighter, wiser, experienced, more clever… We go through life choosing what best to do with our time, deciding how to manage it to our benefit, arranging schedules, tasks to be done, subjects to learn, activities to enjoy…

The end of summer is a time of sadness, a time to start planning the next academic year, to get ready for the long winter months but, still, a time of warm and long days to enjoy sunsets and spend time outdoors…

Time is given to us equally, it´s granted to all of us in the same quantity, we all have 24 hours in a day, if only everything else in life was!!…xxx…More next week

 

(the picture used on this entry was kindly donated by my dear friend Txaro, thanks so much!!)

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WILLPOWER

Before and after at an English farmshop



“Willpower is the world´s strength”, my mum used to say, “you must go on and reach for all”, she also told me when I was 15… Had it not been for her, I wouldn´t have finished my first year at high school…
Phrases like these keep us going, little pushes for all of us. We read quotes everywhere, LinkedIn, Facebook, publications, walls…from wise people who have suffered and gone through tough lives, people who remind us that life is worth living, regardless of how many bad patches we go through… Off the top of my head: Oprah, J.K.Rowling…
A brand new day will come and, depending on our mood, we´ll look at it with hope or with sadness… It´s our choice, completely up to us! We´re in charge of our feelings and emotions, we have the power to allow them to bring us down or the power to scrape them completely from our minds (I tend to sing aloud to do this, just as my dad used to do) so they fade away…
So please, give power to your willpower! Remember that it moves us forward and defines our paths… xxx… More next week

DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES

Changes on an English street over the years. Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne

 

It´s simple to interpret dreams, they give us clarity in many ways. If we stop and analyze them, they´ll give us a perspective of a given problem so we can start getting ready to face it.

Living in a dream is a different story. Given the choice, reality very often seems discouraging, dragging us down and pushing us away towards a dreamed world…

I dreamt last night that I was in danger, still felt it moments, and minutes, after waking up…

Uncertainty about the future stumbles us, we panic, worry, unsettle, feel unease… But we shouldn´t, as this is something that wears us out, and it doesn´t help us think clearly…

We must live our lives as they come, step by step, we´ll never be ready at all times to confront every issue, sometimes we will, sometimes we won´t, but no doubt life will give us a further chance, until we overcome it and the next chapter starts… xxx… More next week

 

 

MISUNDERSTANDINGS

 

A sculpture in Regents Park, London. August 2017

 

We get lost in translation sometimes. There´s a difference between what appears to be acceptable in someone´s place and not at all in another´s. We clash and break a beautiful courtesy that was originally running very smoothly…
The closer we get to others the more likely misunderstandings will come up. Holiday time can be stressful, it´s meant to be the most relaxing time of the year, but because we spend more time with people we don´t usually have around so often, we clash when someone else tries to be too helpful, too invading into our space…
There´s a fine line between trying to be helpful and challenging your position in a given situation. I believe this has happened to many of us, it´s not fun and very often, creates a very uncomfortable atmosphere…
Solution??- Directness, clarity, civilized behavior, being cool about it, shutting up and waiting until they stop talking, or leave them in charge and see how it turns out… Frequently, it´s only a matter of time until people realize they´re imposing their will and not getting anything out of it…xxx…More next week

(the photo used on this entry was kindly donated by my dear friends Txaro & Jose)

HOPES

A music festival poster in Camden Town, London, August 2017

 

We plan things one way and they turn out completely different. We organize, schedule, program, arrange events, gatherings, parties, holidays and these, very often, need to be altered along the way.

Life is full of surprises. Some of us are really good at getting organized, born with the necessary skills to forecast every possible scenario that could take place, some others are always taken by surprise, unable to foresee even 1 hour ahead…

Our hopes are there to keep us focussed, on guard, centered on our goals. There will be straying moments, in some cases our fault, in others completely unintentional, but one way or another, it will be our hopes that lead us all the way to make our dreams come true.

I keep a piece of paper on the wall with a few lines describing my goal. I hope little by little, day by day, I´m getting closer to it, let´s hope!… xxx… More next week

(the picture used on this entry was kindly donated by my dear friends Txaro and Jose)