Sunday, April 13, 2008

enlightenment and alien flowers

Because I haven't posted a photograph in a while, here's one I took this morning...
Does anyone else think these look like alien flowers?

I have been reading a book that can best be described as "enlightening"... it has brought into focus all the different things that life and others have been trying to teach me. I get it now. I guess I just needed it put to me in a certain way for the penny to drop. Some people are lucky; they get it without all the emotional fuss and tortuous questioning. They simply get it from what their lives have taught them. Some of us need a little help.
Here's hoping that now I have it, I don't lose it again...

For it's easy to be positive when things are running smoothly. The trick is in not allowing the speed bumps of life to throw us off course. Most of the time, life happens gradually - it's like that whole cooking a frog story [1]. You think everything is fine until one day you realise you're not happy, and that you have been slowly becoming unhappier over time. It doesn't just happen in an instant. Clawing your way back from this can take just as long as it took to get there in the first place.

So what is it that I'm yabbering on about today? Let's just say I hit a speed bump last night, although exactly what it was, I am unable to tell you (not because I don't want to but because I honestly have no idea why I reacted the way I did!)
I am pleased to report, though, that after a few hours of Terri-time today and a little bit of sunshine outside for a change, I am well on my way to regaining that Balance I've been cultivating of late [2].

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[1] I forget the details but it's something along the lines of you can't boil a frog by tossing it into hot water because it'll just jump out... instead you put him in cold water and slowly turn up the heat. Horrible metaphor, I know!

[2] I have learned that if you say it enough then it becomes true. Cool trick.

6 comments:

anne said...

Hope it wasn't too high a speed bump. Also, remember that speed bumps are most effective when one is going fast. So... slow down every once in a while? :)

Terri said...

Anne - I'm impressed at your ability to take metaphors a step further :-) That's good advice... although if I'd been going any slower yesterday I would've been going backwards, hehehe! Y'know, the more I read it the more it feels like I should put your comment on a sticky note and put it somewhere I would see it regularly.

LiVEwiRe said...

Something else to keep in mind... you have to get knocked out of balance in order to put this new knowledge to the test; to see if you remember how to get back up. That's how we learn.

Terri said...

LiVeWiRe - True. Wow, it looks like this enlightenment thing is contagious. (although I must tell you this getting-back-up lark is not as easy as one might think).

angel said...

i'm glad you managed to negotiate the bump, thats a big step when you're making changes...
hang in there terri!!

Terri said...

Angel - it gets easier every time :-)