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I Am - You Are

image from the-hobbit.tumblr.com   Vastly different individuals who had to learn to work together

“There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude.”
  ―    W. Clement Stone

Have you ever noticed how much grief we either give ourselves, or allow someone else to bring to us, by the insidious comparisons which are made between people? All because I Am and You Are and we are not the same.

We are reminded over and over that we are all individuals, unique human beings. Have you stopped recently to consider what being unique actually means? The most recognised definition is:

 “being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.” In other words, I Am and You Are, we are not the same.

But what does that mean to you or to me? In its most simplistic sense it means that there is no-one or nothing who is exactly the same as I Am or You Are.  Consider for a moment this simple idea. This simple statement makes each of us an exceptional person, not better than or less than, but different, exceptionally so. It tells us that we each have qualities which we use in ways to make ourselves different from everyone else, each and every day. There is no-one else on earth who has exactly the same looks, outlook, the same qualities, the same aptitude, the same way of looking at life, of behaving towards others or the challenges life presents to us.

I Am  - You Are

image from -www-facebook.jpg(IMichell Renee)        Even in a reflection there are subtle differences

“If you hate difference, you’ll be bored to death.”   Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

So why do so many of us allow others to put us down, to belittle us, to ridicule our efforts, our achievements? We allow others to influence the way we perceive ourselves, as somehow less than ‘they are’. Much of the time such actions are the result of simple envy or perceived threat. The antagonist is ‘afraid’ that they may not seem like such a great person if your efforts are seen by others. They feel threatened by the fact that they are not you, and yet we feel we are somehow the lesser in this situation, simply because of our unique abilities.

We are all meant to be unique. Think about it for a moment. If everyone was exactly the same, if we were all a race of clones, it would be an infinitely boring place. It would be like having a continual discussion with yourself. It would be, in my opinion, a recipe for worldwide insanity. There would be no stimulation, no impetus for change, for creating a better you or a better world. Imagine if the one unique identifier which the clones were modeled on, happened to be a mass murderer. I’m not sure anyone would survive for long.

I Am - You Are

Can you see me?         You cannot see yourself through another persons eyes.

I Am and You Are, both of us are unique and magnificent human beings. We are beings of magnificent complexity and diversity. You know so many things which I do not, in the same manner that I know things you do not; we have the incredible opportunity to share our combined knowledge and help create something entirely new. It is the way in which we, as Spirits in human form, are able to learn so many previously unknown things. It is the way people gain knowledge and improve the lives of everyone. It is the way of life.

History is built on the exchange of knowledge and the invention of new things from these exchanges of ideas. It is therefore of supreme importance that I Am and You Are completely unique. We are the special ingredients in life’s recipe to discover a new, never before seen or tasted experience. In its own way it is a miracle. It is the miracle of life.

“All humans are alike and all humans are equal. It is just the perception of the eye that sees any different.”
  ―      Isabella Poretsis

I Am, and always will be forever grateful that You Are, and that together We Are able to be greater than the Sum of Us.

I Am - You Are

image from http://www.bradaxelrad.com     Together we can make a difference. Be the difference.

Blessings, together we are all loved and guided.

Susan x

© Susan Jamieson 2013

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“And if tonight my soul may find her peace
in sleep, and sink in good oblivion,
and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower
then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.”
-D.H. Lawrence

woman with neck pain

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There are so many differing reasons for not sleeping, from the obvious, simply not tired, or perhaps something preying on your mind and you cannot, try as you might, find the means to quieten your thoughts enough to reach slumber. You could, of course, simply be dropping in and out of sleep, for me that’s even worse, and infinitely more tiring.

Tonight, though I have tried many things, I am thinking of later today. I am not worried, at least not overmuch about it, but I have the next stage of my medical procedure to face, and despite being reconciled to it, I am thinking over the – possibilities. The thought of having to undergo the thirty-two needles again, in order to have the nerves heated until they die, is in itself awesome. The ‘trial run’ with the medial branch block, was, in itself painful enough. It has caused a few restless nights and even more tired and restless days. It is to be expected, but it is none the less, unpleasant. I would be more than a fool not to be concerned, and I haven’t been accused of that for many a long time. Perhaps it is the thought of it being my neck which is to undergo the procedure first. My back is scheduled for next week.

medial branch ablation neck

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I have been advised of all the pros and cons. I am aware that for a week afterwards the pain is increased, significantly. There is so much to do and I am concerned that being ‘laid up’ may cause a problem with getting things done. It’s always the way. I have three appointments next week, other than this, and being ‘off my game’ is not the way I prefer to approach them. Since there is no other choice available, I have to make the nest of it. Some would say that is brave, however I see only the practicality of the situation and will try to muddle through. For me, failure is not an acceptable option.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill

As I lay in bed tonight I listened to my Mopoke Owl, calling, not mournfully, but comfortingly to me:” All will be well” and I will overcome the inconvenience of tight scheduling. After all, it is my responsibility that caused the tight schedule in the first place. I allowed myself to put off these procedures because there was so many other things happening. Now, everything has bunched up and if I want to get it over and done with I have to put up with the pain and inconvenience. Simple semantics really.

So, I give thanks for the benefit of make up! Vanity perhaps, but under the mask I paint I can attempt to hide any pain or suffering I am feeling. I can talk brightly and make jokes and long for the meeting to be over so I can slink into self-pity for a wee while. In truth it will be the drive home which will cause the most discomfort since I cannot brace my neck and I cannot make the trip any shorter. Thankfully, it should only be an hour or so each way! Not too much really.

woman in masked make up

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I am trying to focus on my father in-laws coming eightieth birthday. He is being given a surprise birthday party, and since I am new to the family, it will be wonderful to have all the family together to share such a wonderful event. It is especially treasured since both my parents have passed away, and I miss not being able to share these milestones with them. I suppose I might be a little envious too since I would have loved knowing I had these milestones to celebrate with them – in the flesh at least. I am comforted in knowing that they are no longer in pain, and I can talk to them day and night and know they hear me, and speak with me. Life take such strange twists and turns really. They are, in truth, only a thought away.

talking with spirits
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So, I have this weeks treatment on my neck, (I guess I’ll be stiff-necked over the issue) and then next Monday the rather more painful treatment on my back. The fact that it is more painful is surprising for the doctors, but as I explained to them, it has been thirteen years getting to this point. I cannot expect that it would be a walk in the park, however much I might wish it so. The week following that is expected to be quite unpleasant. I then have a weeks grace afterwards when I can gather my resources and hope everything goes well. I will need it to get myself organized for the trip down south. After all, it is for an important event and I need to do all the usual vanity things, such as getting my hair and nails done, and getting a nice outfit organized! There has to be some upside to this.

We are planning on taking our time, easy stages and then afterwards, having a small belated honeymoon. I am looking forward to that, and, laptop in hand, will be looking forward to some lighthearted blogs about the party and the holiday. The gift of having time to rest and recuperate, take our exploring at our own pace, is an immense gift in itself. It’s something we haven’t done for an age and I feel the need to simply ‘be’. I know my friend will understand that only too well. As my grandmother would have said, “It will be grand”. It certainly will!

Kiama
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“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
Khalil Gibran

Sometimes, all we need is to look on the bright side of life. My husband will be there and he is the best antidote and nurse I know. I am most surely fortunate.

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