Courage aka Sunday morning ruminations

 

It’s Sunday morning and I have some work to do soon – before it gets too hot here in Melbourne (33 degrees expected) and I just want to eat ice cream and do nothing 🙂 

Well the ice cream part won’t happen.  I did my shopping yesterday with some lovely friends at South Melbourne Market and there was no way ice cream would have made it home without melting. But I did make it home with some peaches, nectarines, grapes, strawberries and other equally lovely things.  

I was reading this on Friday night and it made me think about courage.  The article is about a nurse and her observations of the “top five regrets of the dying” and it set me to thinking about Courage.  Which in turn led me to thinking about conviction.  

I feel like I travel through life at rocket speed sometimes – just getting from week to week.  Work, errands, cook dinner, mop floor, pay the gas bill … you get the drill! 

Articles like this one about the top five regrets of the dying are a good reminder, to me at least, to think about purpose and how I’m living.  For example – see first sentence of this post – is it really a good idea to be working this Sunday? Hmmmmm ……. 

Do I do anything courageous?  Could I ever be like Irene Sendler who saved the lives of many children in WWII?

Here’s a snippet about her:

“was a Polish catholic social worker who served in the Polish Underground and the Żegota resistance organization inGerman-occupied Warsaw during World War II. Assisted by some two dozen other Żegota members, Sendler saved 2,500Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto, providing them with false documents, and sheltering them in individual and group children’s homes outside the Ghetto.”  

The article reminded me that I need to think about how I live and how to make sure I achieve all the things that I want to achieve and to “use the good china” so to speak.  

To not save things for “best”.  If you’ve got plastic covering your couch – Pull it Off.  Hopefully no-one does that anymore 🙂 

I wonder if our notion of “keeping things for best” comes from fear, or a feeling of lack or wanting?  I wonder if we feel we need more or feel we won’t be able to replace the nice things if they break?  

The upshot from all my ruminations since reading this on Friday – being true to yourself and not letting others stress and worry and fear encroach upon your life is important.

Contentment is important.  

Happiness is important.

Finding your way to these things – very important. 

 

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