Tuesday, 3 November 2015

three midlife affirmations

#midlife blog crestingthehill.com.au

This is a little mantra I found in passing on Tumblr - nobody seemed to attribute it to an actual author (other than 'unknown') but I loved how profound it was and how it spoke to me the moment I first read it. So much of it resonates with how I'm trying to live my life.


~ Let there be silence in my mind ~

“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu.


No more negative self talk, no more worrying, no more second guessing - these are all major aims for me at the time being. I want to keep the hamster off the wheel of my brain and let silence have its place. To be able to live each moment as it comes along without over-thinking it and turning it into a circus.

Going for a walk each morning gives me this time of silence. I do a little bit of thinking and a little bit of praying and a lot of just enjoying the serenity of my surroundings before leaping into the fray of the day.

~ Let there be warmth in my heart ~

No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.

Who doesn't want to have a warm heart? I want to have a heart that feels for others - I'm not known for my warm, fuzzy nature - but that doesn't mean that I don't have compassion and empathy and a desire to care about others (I just don't want to get too touchy, feely and get dragged into drama.)

As my family grows with my children getting married and then grows further with grandchildren in the future, I want to be a person who is warm and wise, someone who can offer heart-felt wisdom and care without being interfering. Being a wise woman would make getting older a little more bearable.

~ Let there be peace in my soul ~

C'mon, inner peace, I don't have all day

 Knowing who I am and what I believe is so freeing. Being able to accept myself and my circumstances brings a peace that I've lacked for most of my life. I seem to have been in a constant battle between where I was and where I wanted to be (or thought I should be.) This means there is always a dissatisfaction within me that is at war with how I want to be.

Coming to terms with life and finding gratitude for all that I have has brought me a large measure of peace - there are still times I slip back into 'could have, would have, should have' moments but these are getting further apart and I am finding a balance that brings peace where I've never had peace before.


28 comments:

  1. Lovely lessons to live by! #ABitOfEverything

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    1. thanks so much - I thought they were lovely too :)

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  2. Thank you for getting my day started right with some calming mantras!

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  3. Love these lessons--I think they should apply to all ages of our lives.
    Estelle

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    1. I do too Estelle - it just took me 50 years to realize it!

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  4. Some great quotes, I particularly like the first one. Like you, it speaks to me. :)
    #abitofeverything

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    1. it's just a good reminder about what is important Morgan isn't it?

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  5. Beautiful. I need to take this to heart! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I thought they were lovely thoughts to keep in mind Laurel

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  6. Away with the could haves and should haves. Let's embrace the moment and enjoy life!!

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    1. My sentiments exactly Mary - life is short (and getting shorter!)

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  7. This is perfect Leanne! What we all need. Tweeted!

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    1. thanks so much Terri - I think it's a good mantra for our age and stage :)

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  8. All we have is now. What is gone won't come back. And the future depends on how we live the present.
    I'm so glad to read about your state of mind, Leanne. I can feel the energy.
    Have a fabulous day and thank you for joining #tiptuesday.

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    1. thanks Debbie - I think it's just a such a great time to be alive and we need to remind ourselves of that occasionally!

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  9. What a beautiful touching post! You are so right and it's time to live positively. Hope to see you again @ #abitofeverything

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    1. thanks so much - your linky is great and it was lovely having you visit :)

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  10. I tried to think of how I would add to these but couldn't as everything good comes from these things at the core. You captured these essential states of heart and mind in such elegant, simple language.

    It just seems to me that the biggest things we could hope for, come down to things that are ever more simple. And yet they must be earned in all those years we live.

    Your comment about elusive peace was touching; many people regard peace as something that comes with age, like fatigue or mellowing. It actually takes focus and motivation to change. At the same time, each step toward it seems a step away from harder life.

    Thank you, Leanne

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    1. that was beautiful Susan - I just loved these affirmations because they focus on serenity rather than the need to push, push, push. As I get older I am finding that letting go and taking time are really important gifts.

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  11. "Being a wise woman would make getting older a little more bearable." SO well said! I always thought that when I "grew up" I would be wise ... but I just don't feel like I am there yet!

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    1. I'm nowhere near wise yet either Susan, but I feel like I'm getting a bit closer nowadays!

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  12. A lovely post Leanne and I love the quotes that you have used. You certainly are growing in midlife which is great as I say Positive Ageing is Positively Wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom always a pleasure to have you join us.

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    1. yes I love your term "positive ageing" Sue - it's certainly a great thing to focus on instead of bemoaning the not so 'lovely' aspects!

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  13. I know that you think I am the end all of compassion and empathy and I love you for it. We are a lot more a like than you would think. My kids call me Roseanne. Don't know if you had that TV show there with Roseanne Barr or if you ever saw it, but yeah that is pretty much me with a skinnier hubby and one less kid lol~ You have come a huge way in a very short time so give yourself a little break! Your heart is so much bigger than you give yourself credit for.

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    1. I love the Roseanne reference - our kids always see the bit of us we think we keep hidden! Thank you for your kind words Rena - I am working on my heart and I think it's getting bigger since I took stock of what was important in life and started investing in that :)

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