From time to time, I receive messages from people around the world who have been helped, inspired, motivated or simply enabled to take another step through a challenging period in their lives, as they’ve heard bits of my story or read my words. We are each doing our best on this planet, and we are each facing different things as we negotiate our way along our paths, but it is always encouraging to hear that one’s own journey has acted as an example to others of what is possible and to hear that hope has been restored in the life of another. Here, I’m sharing another little piece of my jigsaw, as an open hand to any other who might need a little strength …
I have a little silver trunk, where the few remaining contents of my life before marriage are filed … in some ways the trunk is a little substitute for the roots of family home I don’t have.
Late last night I climbed up to the attic, negotiated papers and packages strewn across my studio space to reach it, prized open the wonky lid and extracted some of my old journals ~ teenage and early adult snippets of “life” … Can’t recall why I went up there in the first place, nor so resolutely climbed obstacles to reach my private little trunk, but the gems contained within the pages of the first tome I opened are emotionally immense ….
Clearly it was meant to be, but I’m not sure why.
Poetry reading, words of times past pouring out of my pores now, saturated and awash with memory … and gratitude … for a life well lived …
Potent moments recorded there.
I am grateful that these have survived so many moves. God is good. He has a plan. One day at a time …
Whoever you are, whatever you’re going through, just remember: it will make you and mould you and you’ll be so much richer as a result.
“Never, never give up.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill
The devil will attack you in the areas of your greatest anointing. Be mindful of where the negativity is coming from and fight it off. Don’t give the demon more attention than it deserves, and don’t allow it to continue to take air space. Negativity feeds on attention of any kind. Starve it.
A team / group of people cope best in difficulty, when they fully understand the objective that they are working towards.
A leader of a group has to lead ~ he or she cannot simply show up.
When there is a clearly outlined objective, it makes moving forward a possibility.
No success was ever achieved without deliberately working towards a specific goal.
For success to ‘happen’, one has to study success, set the compass towards success, dress for success, do and take whatever steps and actions are needed towards the achievement of the goal(s), and keep focus alive.
Where success dwells, no excuses are entertained.
If you want to achieve something, you have to be prepared to do whatever it will take for you to achieve it.
If you want a team to work with you on something, you have to either lead properly or delegate the leadership, and find ways to continually celebrate successes along the way, as well as providing rewards during and at the end of the process.
In pursuit of excellence,
We are now all mini satellite offices, carrying our Reception Desks and Admin Departments in our hands, pockets, handbags …
“Think of the ant …”
Now consider the eagle.
“A bee is praised, a mosquito is swatted …”
Open eyes and see what’s going on, really.
Balanced views are critical to sustainable success.
[Originally written for another platform, hence the brevity of this post.]
Don’t be afraid of your history; the past could well be the secret ingredient that propels you into your destiny and makes you one of the eagles who ‘change the world’.
~ Holly Maxwell Boydell ~
Optimism is …
Singing and dancing whilst living on a plank.
1. Look at the plank, not at the swirling waves.
2. Appreciate the plank, stare at the horizon, ride the waves.
“History and Herstory are good for getting perspective, for learning from and through, chartered by the Institute of Life, but not a place to live forever within … merely to be appreciated and launched beautifully beyond.”
~ Holly Maxwell Boydell
People often mistake strength for courage, loyalty and perseverance.
How often have we called someone ‘strong’, without ever knowing how many tears they’ve shed, how often they have had to grit their teeth and smile and take another little step despite the waves, how much they are hurting behind their determination to keep their heads up in the storms, how tired they are from enduring through their trials? Perhaps the ‘strong’ person is the one who needs the hug the most? Perhaps the ‘strong’ person is the one who deserves the most respect … not for being ‘strong’, but for being brave enough to surrender to what experiences life presents along their path to gaining deep and inner strength? Perhaps we learn more from those who endure than from those who take the soft route? Perhaps we focus too much on their being ‘strong’ and not enough on helping the ‘strong’ one up?
Next time you come across a ‘strong’ person … ask yourself: How and where did they travel in order to gain that strength? Could I have done what they did? And then ask yourself: What can I do to help them with their load … after all, have they not inspired me to persevere with my own?
Strength is courage in the face of almighty fear. Strength is not handed to us on a plate. It is best not to take ‘strength’ for granted. Real strength requires surrender, and is a ‘skill’ hard earned.
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If you feel the need to compete for someone’s love, or buy your way into people’s lives, wait and see what happens when you have nothing left to bargain with.
If you choose friends by what they have, rather than who they are on the inside, wait and see what happens when your own rubber hits the road.
If you have unconditional love to offer, but no one takes your hand, remember that you are the richest amongst them, because you have learnt The Secret that they are still running around in circles searching for.
If you can sleep well at night, knowing that you owe no man a debt of love, you are indeed the one with all the wisdom and your riches are stored up in heaven.
If you can love yourself, when others pick at or ignore you, know that your star shines brighter than those with limited vision will ever know.
If you can see the blessings of another and walk on by without envy, your riches are in your heart and nothing can stand in your way of happiness.
If you can turn the light on when others only stand and judge, know that you have plugged into a power far greater than dull minds can ever experience.
If you are able to speak your mind in truth and with clear conscience conviction, you deserve the spotlit platform that you stand on.
If you long for the love of those whose love is only ever competitive or conditional, remember the gems that you have inside, and turn your cheek to face the wind.
It is wiser to do that, than to mind about the minds of others.
If you can be your own best friend, even in times of deepest darkness, you have what few others possess, and no friend in the world can better that.
We are each, ultimately, alone and no substitute for loving yourself will ever be found.
Be your own friend first, as that removes all need to compete or long for the approval and friendship of others.
When friendships and loved ones come to us without strings, each one is truly free to be themselves.
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© The Holly Tree Tales
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”
~ Maya Angelou
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