“The Difference between pretty and beautiful is that pretty is temporal whereas beautiful is eternal” – from the book Sefirot by Rabbi Y Haber.
The world is so obsessed with physical beauty that it becomes a lifelong struggle for many people to meet those expectations. Magazines, movies, the Internet and books espouse a certain standard of physical beauty and if you don’t meet that standard there is something sub-standard about you. This is so wrong.
Aging is also an adjustment because our looks deteriorate out of our control which can be especially hard for people who have natural physical beauty unless they learn to love themselves with the stuff that comes with aging.
We all have our different genes and everybody was created uniquely. To be happy within ourselves we need to appreciate and approve of ourselves (and others).
We are all beautiful and the more we do to make the world a better place the more our beauty shines out. If you spend time with someone even for a short period of time you can notice their beauty so brightly that you can be filled with love or joy just looking into their eyes.
Let’s worry less about being pretty and more about being ourselves, bringing out our essence into the world and touching others with that.
Here’s hoping you will experience the beauty in yourself and others this week.
One of my most well read blogs was the one called “The Trick to Changing Someone”. People are often dissatisfield with the people they are with or with what they are doing and are hoping that there is a magic formula to change them.
How can we become more satisfied with the people we are with?
- Think about the person that you would like to change.
- Think of what bugs you about them.
- Do you feel better now?
I doubt it.
Let’s try again.
- Think about the person that you would like to change.
- Think of what you like or love about them (there has to be something…. it could be their left eyebrow).
- Think of what they do for you. It’s best to write this down for when you need it again.
This last one is tricky. Often we are so blinded by how irritated we are with the person that we don’t realise what they do for us. It could be something small and hardly noticeable for example when there is an office party your colleague always brings you a piece of cake; maybe your partner always takes the spoon out of your coffee cup because he/she knows you don’t like to stab yourself in the eye; maybe you hardly notice that your spouse warms up the baby’s food for you without you asking; maybe your teen fills your hot water bottle for you when you ask him; maybe your Housekeeper prepared the veggies for supper because she knew you would be home late. I could put a hundred examples here of tiny things people do for us that we usually take for granted.
Yes…. they also take you for granted and if you focus on that then you are not going to improve your relationship. You could talk to them about that but in the meantime if you have a list of what they do for you and why you like or love them you will be able to have a positive outlook and more loving feeling towards them when you are in their space and this gives you the motivation to work on the relationship.
Why does it have to be me who always makes the changes you may ask? Relationships weren’t designed to be flawless, perfect things. They can help us grow into strong, loving, kind human beings or bitter and twisted people who hate.
People (secretly or not secretly) need to be recognised for what they do and if we ignore what they do for us neither of us benefit. Let’s take notice of what people do for us (no matter how small) and remember to thank them for it. When you recognise and appreciate someone they are likely to do more.
Thank you for reading my blog, it makes it worth writing.
Wishing you the best
I read an article today about how the Israeli army rescued 422 White Helmet rescue workers in Syria and transported them to Jordan where they will then be absorbed into the U.K., Germany and Canada. The White Helmet rescue workers have been working in Syria to help rescue people trapped under rubble and caught in the fighting in that war torn country. These are volunteers.
I watched a video about an orphan chimpanzee who had been abused when she was younger and was then rescued by a Chimpanzee rescue organisation. At the time of her death at age 49, while on her way to being buried, the other orphaned chimps in the rescue centre stood quietly by and put their arms around each other. That is just a side note. The fact is there are many places in the world that give their time and efforts to rescuing vulnerable animals.
I watched a video about a man who found an emaciated and diseased dog and started feeding it and looking after it and since then feeds and finds home for many abandoned dogs. He has so far saved 1000 dogs. This man does this on his own.
My daughter was feeling sick on her way to university and stopped on the side of the road, dropping her wallet out of her car today. When she went back some time later to see if she could find her wallet there, a man who had found it was trying to track her down to return her wallet to her.
There’s a place in South Africa somewhere that rescues bats. Bats!
A few months ago I had a small car accident and a random woman stopped to make sure I was okay and didn’t leave until I had been sorted out.
I watched a video where people are taking plastic which is choking our marine life and using it to build fishing boats, houses, bicycles, wheelchairs and more.
There are many many stories like these. Every day somewhere in the world, maybe in your own neighbourhood there are hidden heroes who do good. We tend to read or watch all the bad news emanated to us from around the globe which diminishes all the good that the everyday heroes are doing. These heroes are almost invisible. Let’s look for these stories and show up these heroes so that we can bring more hope into a world that sometimes seems dark.
Let’s also become these heroes.
So-and-so is important to you and is a really nice person, has lots of good traits but is sometimes a pain in the neck and doesn’t do what you wish they would. You may be tempted to change them only to find that even if they did make some changes, those changes don’t last very long.
The trick to changing someone is….. drumroll …………….
Lori Palatnik (author and speaker) says that children are born with their main personalities in place. If that is true then how much more so for adults who have been living for quite a long time – i.e. they are set in their ways.
When we want someone to change we have to do to them what we want them to do for us. If you want someone to pay attention to you, you need to pay attention to them first. If you want someone to be kind to you, you have to be kind to them first. It may sound annoying to even think that this is the case but it works.
Just try it for two weeks and see the results. Every person in a relationship is a separate entity. Each person comes from their own perspective and believes that they are the wronged or suffering one. If you want change it has to come from you. Then change happens.
Talking doesn’t always work. Action works better.
Eve Marks is a Fulfillment Coach and Artist.
Yesterday there was no electricity, no coffee and at the same time no inspiration with a bit of irritability thrown in for good measure.
After a couple of failed attempts at writing my blog I had two choices, either I could be irritable or I could make the most of this time by using it to relax.
I decided to take a break, sit on my bed with a few blocks of chocolate, a snuggly blanket and an enjoyable book.
Weirdly enough as soon as I started to relax I had a title for my blog and was then able to start writing (good old pen and paper).
Sometimes all we need is a change of scenery, a few deep breaths and some self love to get the creative juices flowing again.
After writing and sitting quietly in a comfy place (besides my neighbour’s generator which sounds like a truck), with my pets lying near me and my fluffy blanket around my feet I felt at peace and happier.
Look after yourself, you deserve a break.
Elie Wiesel wrote, “The opposite of love isn’t hate. It’s indifference.”
Apparently there are have been scientific studies which prove that the brain registers as physical pain when a person is being ignored. I have read a couple of articles on it but I don’t have the scientific sources. If it is true though, why do we feel so much pain at being ignored and what can we do about it?
Silence can feel like a dignified, high road response but the silence is really saying a lot. It’s also a way to inflict pain without fighting. It’s a type of passive aggressive behaviour.
When someone ignores you how do you feel? Angry? Hurt? Irritated? Sad?
When we are ignored we start to think all sorts of things about ourselves such as:
- They don’t like me
- I’m unloveable
- People always ignore me
- I am invisible
- Fill your own in here ………………
These type of thoughts and beliefs we have create the pain we feel.
What can we do?
Ask yourself questions. For example:
- Is it true that I am invisible? (No it’s not because if you turn to someone and ask them they will verify that you are visible to them).
- Is it true that they don’t like me? (Well unless you ask them you will never really know).
- Do I need to care that they don’t like me? (Well do you?)
- Can I be myself no matter what? (It may be hard but chances are you can give yourself the permission to be yourself).
- If someone ignores me am I unloveable? (No.)
Affirm yourself with words of love:
- I am a loveable, visible human being.
- My worth is not measured by these particular people.
- There are people who take notice of what I say.
The bottom line is that yes, being ignored is hurtful but it doesn’t mean you are not a beautiful, worthy human being. You just need to remind yourself of that and try not to let others affect your beliefs about yourself and the world. Keep in mind that we inflict this kind of pain on others too and it is good to be aware of our own behaviour and to rectify it in some way.
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Someone wrote to me the other day and mentioned that they are struggling to take the next step in their life because they are not confident and feel as though they are not clever enough.
What makes a person clever enough?
There are billions of people in the world. Some are more clever and some are less clever but if we feel inferior then we will always look at the ones who are more clever than us and compare ourselves to them (which of course makes us believe we are stupid). What does this do to help us move forward in life?
You are cleverer than you think, more beautiful than you believe, more capable than you can imagine. If you allow your old messages of not being good enough to dictate your life then you will struggle to move forward. It’s time to leave those limiting beliefs behind you and fulfill your potential.
If this is something you find hard to do on your own I can help you with this.
I wish you well.