“And you don’t have to try so hard, ‘Cos you are loved just as you are.” – Bruno Merz

“Sleep and let your fear and worry fade away.
Sleep now for tomorrow brings a brand new day.

Where everything is new and good,
And troubles fade just like they should.

And as moonlit clouds have always brought their peaceful rain.
It always has and always will go on the same.

Hear the wind soft in the trees.
The rain from high upon the leaves.

And you don’t have to try so hard,
‘Cos you are loved just as you are.” – Bruno Merz

Except for the heartaching fact that something is eating up my guppies alive (and only the males!), and the beautiful one passed on later in the morning, everything about today has been a Gift…

But at all times, it took a conscious decision to go with the flow and to see the many intrusions as invitations to explore the day and all the wonders that it holds…

The dream, the missing fish, the crew, the interview, the dragon fly, the ashton kutcher, and the lost beetle.

With every unexpected intrusion, a Gift was in store.

A gift of timing and a hug well needed, a gift of caring and the 10 for 3, a gift of music and the gift of laugher, a gift of patience and the gift of freedom, a gift of friendship and the gift of listening, a gift of courage and the gift of teamwork.

And of course, in the midst of all these intrusions, a heartfelt gratitude for the still small voice, guiding me on, for my work of the day. 3 treasure boxes, filled to the brim. Gems of gold, for when I return.

Then at last, a Maleficent intruder. “Is that all?” she laughs, striking guilt, casting shame.

But as you know (and as I know), that’s not how, the story ends.

An awakening is in store, for there’s truth when there’s love, where there’s love, there is light.

And that light (it came to me today as a Lullaby), it kisses the heart.

“…you don’t have to try so hard… 
you are loved just as you are.” 
– Bruno Merz

Look for the Gift behind your fear, worry and troubles…

…with every unexpected intrusion, could there be a Gift in store?

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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Grief & Loss

“Loss is a place where self-knowledge & powerful transformation can happen–if we have the courage to participate fully in the process.

We all face many ‘deaths’ within our lives.The choice is whether these deaths will be terminal (crushing our spirit & life) or will open us up to new possibilities & depths of transformation.”– Peter Szazzero.

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It’s been some time–more than a year for Pumpkin and Ponyo, and nearly a year, for Patches and Peaches. And yet, I can’t get over the fact that they’re gone now. I think about them often and miss them badly.

They’re my pet Goldfish by the way, the best of their kind–besides Pebbles.

I feel like I failed the four of them. I wish I could turn back time and do better. As always, all I’m left with is a sense of remorse and deep regret…

…There is nothing I could do to bring them back now. No second chances.

I’ve often responded with tears and sadness–nothing more, nothing less.

But in the quiet of my morning devotion, while nursing the aching I felt…

…I heard this gentle question again, “Can YOU forgive YOU?”

As I pondered that question… I realised that my answer is No.

I could’ve saved their lives. There were so many things I could’ve done and should’ve known. They were so full of life, so full of love, and brought so much happiness into my life. Look what I did to them… It’s all my fault!

I am not ready to forgive me yet… I don’t want me to forget.

…Then, I heard a gentle answer within, “You know you Loved them.”

“Think about all the times you spent trying to make them happy.

Think about that trip to Singapore just to get Patches medicine.

Don’t you see a girl who tried her best? Love her… forgive her.”

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I really didn’t want to… but I know I owe it to myself to at least try.

By the end of that few minutes of trying, the tears stopped flowing.

…I’m not sure if  I’ve fully forgiven myself.

But the next time I miss them–before sending me packing on a guilt trip–I’ll remember a very important question, “Can YOU forgive YOU?”

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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