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Editions

What Women Want - July 2012

03 Jul 2012

We constantly learn in this world. Every day our hearts and our minds are opened to new experiences – some joyful, some painful, some mundane, some uplifting.

Sometimes we eagerly embrace the learning, we wake with enthusiasm ready to explore a new subject, to understand a new concept, to feel new energy and excitement. Sometimes it just happens and we hardly acknowledge the fact that we are slowly improving, understanding, growing and developing. Othertimes we learn, against our will, kicking and screaming.

Age doesn’t seem to matter. I mean, apart from the obvious sort of stuff – you are clearly eager to jump in as a young person to make your mark in the world. Whether you learn right from wrong is a choice you make along the way, but you nevertheless learn one way or other. And being of the “older” generation doesn’t mean you’re retired from learning anything but how to manage your dentures or your Zimmer frame! It can mean you’ve learnt what it is to truly sit with conflict, yet find peace. It can mean you’ve learnt through the lessons in your life how to finally find some balance, no matter how precarious. It can mean you decide to embark on a new training course at 64, having newly-heard with clarity the sound of your own inner voice.

Babies sometimes seem to have learnt from experiences beyond this world. Whilst they focus their curious minds on how to clasp a toy, or bring a soggy square of vegemite toast to their cupid-lipped mouths, they can look past you with such tranquillity and knowledge, seemingly recognising a long-forgotten shadow of a past life just outside your own reach. It seems we are all learning, or realising, pieces of the puzzle of life at all stages of our lives.

Sometimes, despite how many times we are given the lesson, we refuse to learn! Preparing for the end of the financial year (EOFY) is just an example that popped into my head for absolutely no apparent reason. Hmmm. Kicking and screaming, I seem to find myself in the same situation each year – hoping miraculously the receipts have organised themselves into something that will make this year the year I don’t feel like a kid fronting up to the headmaster’s office. (Maybe next year?). But quite seriously, sometimes we resist what we are meant to be learning and it can take years before we realise we have been facing the same lesson time and time again. It is only in realising we must participate in the lesson to achieve an outcome, or learning, that we can take the next step.  

We learn all the time, but maybe it is maturity that allows us to start to value the lessons – and value the emotional connections we can have to those learnings. They are all valid, good and bad, and we can start to accept our journey through the world and all the turns our path takes with a degree of humility and respect. Sometimes we get what we want. Sometimes, despite working hard, we miss it – only to realise that as a result another door has opened. Learning to appreciate everything that life has to offer – the good, the bad and the ugly – I believe is the key to allowing us to really graduate into a place of happiness and acceptance. This is where joy is found in the purity of simple things and love nests in the soul of all living things.  

Have a great month

Abby x

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