How many of you remember the wow moments of your life? For some of you those moments are ones like this picture, they are ones of wonder and awe at the beauty and the splendour. While for others of you they are moments of wow, how can this be happening to me? I wonder if it is time to take a fresh look at those moments, for some it will be a chance to celebrate, while for others the thought of going through any of that mess and dealing with it is overwhelming. Just like this picture dealing with our past often has many dimensions, so it can be helpful to have someone else like a qualified counsellor to help you work through it, in a safe environment.
But don’t let those moments lock you up for the rest of your life, make a choice to deal with them at the right time in a safe place.
Who Made This Mess?
It can be easy to look at a photo like this and focus in on the negative, who broke the tree; how did it break? We can get to wondering was it on purpose, did the wind do it? Was the tree harmed in the process? But you see, I think the beautiful bird is seemingly oblivious to the possible issues with the tree. It looks like the bird it quite happily perched there and is maybe even able to find some insects that it could not had the tree not been broken.
I say all this to say, maybe we need to stop looking at our own life and thinking it is so bad and only seeing the hurt or comparing ourselves to someone else. Maybe it is time realise that just like this bird, there are people who are better off because we are in their life and even chose to be vulnerable with them in a positive way.
Take time to reflect on the beauty and the blessing not harbour on about the lack and brokenness, because maybe just maybe that brokenness will one day be a blessing for someone else, if we learn to work through it ourselves.
Do You See That?
When I look at this picture, I see two Nuns and a fence and a beautiful ocean. But when someone else looks at it they might see an impossible fortress and two big bollards, and an impassable ocean.
Well perspective can be reprogrammed, because often our perspective is based on what we have been through and what we believe, which is also often based on the former. So instead of seeing life as impassable, what if we were to look at it like someone who does parkour, who would see it as an opportunity to roll over, to jump on top of and to overcome. Let’s live with an overcomer mentality, rather than an overcome mentality.
Image credit: Ros Willis. Used with Permission © prohibited.
Barrier or Bridge,
When you look at this photo do you see a barrier or a bridge? Sometimes what we see, is a result of what we have been through, so maybe just maybe you need to take a look again. Because maybe that thing that looks like it will stop you, is in fact an opportunity to deal with some of the past, to let go and walk across to the other side. Maybe it is time to stop looking at life from the perspective of the wounded child and allow the wounds of your past to become a testimony for your future.
Will you be one to stand up and make a choice to move forward, to let go and to cross over, rather than stop and stay stuck?
Indi Leigh is a qualified and registered Christian Counsellor, with a passion to see people realise there is HOPE, that everyone is special, unique and important.