We’re experiencing challenging times … no doubt about it folks.
It’s all going down the toilet … we have no power … there’s no hope … abandon ship.
Stop right there.
I was reading something from the Rocky Mountain Institute this morning … I quote …
Pervasive dread, currently in fashion and sometimes purposely promoted, is numbing and demotivating.
I have no argument with that sentence … I see and hear people in Ballinamore, on national TV & our supposed leaders … all competing to tell the worst case scenario stories … they all seem to say that we may as well just give up then.
I see people feeling dreadful … worrying … losing hope.
Hmmmm …. interesting word … hope.
I always choose to be hopeful … to see every situation as an opportunity to find new solutions … or refine old ones.
I wouldn’t be a freelance consultant … move to Ballinamore without knowing anyone … start new social enterprises … if I didn’t have hope.
- my own resilience and capacity to find solutions
- other people and their kindness/compassion/ingenuity
The Rocky Mountain Institute also said:
Applied hope is not about some vague, far off future but is expressed and created moment by moment through our choices.
Moment by moment through our choices … we can choose to feel and provide real hope … practical solutions.
Yeh … we are living in challenging times … and I relish them.
My earnings are down by 40 or 50% … bummer … and … I know how to live and thrive on very little money … and still have a great time. I have to go to Dublin less and that always cost money.
I have more time to develop my social enterprise … write my blog … walk my dog … spend time with friends.
Yup … I still have bills … and if it gets too tight … I know how to negotiate timed and lower payments.
Here’s a story (mine) that will make you believe that hell has actually frozen over …
I‘m relaxing in the early evening yesterday in my fab cottage … fire going … candles lit … cold G&T and salt and vinegar crisps … mad puppy … pretty much heaven.
Then my bank leaves a message to ring them… my first thought is … crap … what’s gone wrong?
And before I rang the bank back (and I did it within 5 minutes rather than avoiding the whole thing) I imagined a lovely conversation where they told me I had less to pay on my loan ….no pressure on payment … just send a bit of money every month … ha ha ha … not likely.
Anyway … rang the bank and the woman says ‘thanks for the cheques you sent this week … how about you just pay off the loan first as you have only 400 euro to pay (when I thought I still had about 800 to pay!) and then concentrate on paying off the overdraft in 2009’.
Hand on Heart … her exact words.
I actually had to check that she had said what she said … no grief on the overdraft and only 400 euro to pay on the loan? Yup.
They actually rang me to make life easier … I’m still totally gobsmacked.
A silver lining moment.
See … whether I have a load of money or not … there are far more vital things in my life that are important to my sanity and happiness … family & friends … Coco … my health … my mad brain … writing … Ballinamore and surrounding beauty … being able to communicate … thinking … exploring … champagne or anything with bubbles …
Challenges bring out the best and worst in people … it’s a bit like we’re living a mad reality show where they’ve set one of those crazy challenges … put my head in a box of spiders? … I don’t think so … give me challenging economic times? … Yeh baby … bring it on.
I have never pretended to understand economics or the flow of money … and I have no illusions that I can impact international economic conditions.
My power lies in other areas:
- choosing my attitude in every situation … every moment … will I feel hopeful or hopeless? Active or passive?
- going face to face with any money issues in my life … not ignoring those lovely envelopes with windows … communicating with people and finding acceptable solutions.
- asking for help and support when I need it … I’m not alone and certainly not superwoman.
- not reading or listening to all the doom and gloom … I’ll be educated but not inundated.
- Seeking out good news and stories of peoples resilience and creativity.
- Speaking my own truths … countering talk of despair and dread.
- Expecting the unexpected and trusting in my resilience, creativity and sheer pig headedness to find solutions.
- Taking time to list all the things that make me happy, content and hopeful.
- Celebrating being able to survive and thrive.
I’m not a crazy optimistic lala who can’t ‘face reality’.
I choose to be part of a reality that faces the challenges in my life … with hope … with humour … with patience … with a glass of bubbles …
You choose how you want to be powerful and hopeful … in a world that seems to want us to despair.
Be a leader in your own life … when our supposed leaders sound like they’ve given up (and that really riles me … stupid stupid people … our politicians can now blame the world economy for their own incompetence over the last 5 years) … don’t despair.
Have a chat with your parents or grandparents and listen to how they lived in times that were a lot tougher than these ones.
Funny … all the issues regarding global warming … recycling … etc … come from our excesses.
There’s no harm in a certain restraint and constraint … it can provide an amazing time of creativity and innovation.
I send you best wishes for your day.
p.s all the photos are at Lock 5 & 6 in Ballinamore … such beauty … makes the heart sing.