The Courage to Face Changes

Our courage to face changes is challenged as trying times continue.  

When are our best days, weeks or months of our lives? When we’re kids, growing up? In college? Or at some later stage in adult life?

No matter how we view change, it's an inevitable part of life - and we can't experience anything new without it. 

What do we do when we feel trapped with trying times on and on, and seemingly endless?

Come to think of it, it’s probably not as bad as we think. There are always things we dislike and others we relish, some we may hold in our hearts forever. Once I heard the four-year-old lovely daughter of a friend say, “I don’t like school, but I might change my mind.”

Writer's block and other musings

Musings / A day in a writer's life

I'm running late with my self-imposed writing deadlines, articles waiting to be written and I haven't managed a single draft.

Unavoidable issues got in the way some months back.

Today, I've been blest with some time. My cup needs a third filling of a hot coffee. I struggle to write even a line.  


I need to put my thoughts to paper but my pen freezes. My muse refuses to write.

Why do I write?

I write because I love to write.  Recently though, writing has become extremely therapeutic too.

For a while my mind went blank, not because I had nothing to say. On the contrary. It might have happened to you, when sometimes you have much to say but very little with which to say them. Well, I've been trying to look beyond the horizon and explore new ideas and topics to write about, but this time is one of those moments when words seem to fail me.

I'm glad that Virginia Woolf rescues me by putting my thoughts to pen when she said: "I must be private, secret, anonymous and submerged as possible in order to write." I've always been a private person in so many ways. I still am, but somehow, about five years after the millennium few things within and some ways I relate to others relaxed when I started writing seriously.

Aesop's Fable of the Oak and the Reed

The need to respect and recognize strengths and weaknesses of each other.

A lesson from Aesop's Fable:  The Oak and the Reed

"An oak and a reed were arguing about their strength. When a strong wind came up, the reed avoided being uprooted by bending and leaning with the gusts of wind. But the oak stood firm and was torn up by the roots."

As in our traits, they are only as strong as we use them.  Like the oak we can be strong and tough amid difficulties, and like the reed, we can also flex and bend to accept our weaknesses and flaws.

A matter of respect and recognition of our differing strengths and weaknesses.

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The  Oak and the Reed.  Accessed Feb 2, 2014.