Sunday, March 28, 2010

Parachute Balls of Hope

When's the last time you picked up a dandelion and blew to make a wish?

I took this photo a little over a week ago.

But I didn't pick the dandelion...or blow off the parachute sphere part to make a wish.

Its not that I don't have wishes.
I do.

I haven't lost hope in wishes.
I think they are very important.
Hope is what keeps us alive and motivated.

But, I have to admit, my storage of hope has diminished somewhat lately.
I find myself disappointed in people.
I feel slightly adrift at sea again, trying to find my way.

I'm trying to stay on course, but my compass has gone missing.

What do you do to keep yourself on track?
To maintain faith in people?
To replenish your hope?


Bethany said...

Not working with jaded, bitter, and burnt-out co-workers has made a huge difference for me. I loved my job and found I was becoming more quick to judge and short tempered when I was surrounded by those attitudes. It definitely helps to step back and look before letting it snowball.

Throughout the past several months so many folks have come out the woodwork to help me and my family, even those that I thought didn't like me. It has really renewed so much in me that I thought was dead.

zenmasterlars said...

First I always remember we are never given more than we can handle...ever.

Its difficult to maintain faith in others (especially when constantly encountering disappointment because of someones behavior that you didn't expect!) I do agree with Bethany above---there is a lot to be said about stepping back and being able to eliminate yourself from the negative.

Also...find small things that make you inspired and happy-for me its photography...I get in a Zen-zone and everything melts away.

Yoga + meditation or even going on a long walk in the sun, alone, no cell phone, no you a lot of time to clear your head! If I'm really wigging out I will even go on a fast run---that does wonders! Just is too short...if you aren't living for today and the things you enjoy-then what is the point? xoxo

Dusty Dudley said...

First, I stopped blowing dandelion seeds when I got my own house and had to start worrying about where those seeds might sprout.

Second, I do understand about feeling disappointed in people. Personally, I try very hard not to disappoint myself first, and to remember to have compassion for those who cannot help but disappoint: you never know what they're going through to make them act that way.

And honestly, I still do blow dandelion seeds and make wishes, I just don't blow them back on my own lawn ;-)

Justine said...

I've been feeling the same way about some people lately. It makes me sad :o (((

Justine :o )

SiaDreams said...

First of all, I pray to God and ask Him for renewed strength, patience, joy, passion, and sense of purpose.

Secondly, I have to believe that what I am feeling is only temporary. If I can call upon all of the little wishes and big dreams that I once held so closely to my heart, then I can use them to get me through my cloudy days.

And lastly, I cherish the cloudless and sunny days with an immeasurable fervor.

Unknown said...

When I find myself dwelling on the negatives, I remind myself to focus on the positive, the worthy, the praiseworthy, the pure and true things in life. Then, I make myself smile, even if I don't feel like it, and it works every time.

My reaction to stuff that happens in life is my responsibility.

Lickety Splitter said...

You sound a wee weary Rhea ... I get that way too from time to time. I fight the mullygrubs by walking around my neighborhood picking up all the litter, I go to the gym, I soak up a little sun, I read or watch something inspirational, such as Joyce Meyers, who always reminds me that the best thing to change for a more peaceful life, is my own attitude. Its the little things that seem to help. Focusing on the good seems to help me.

Unknown said...

I've been sailing in that same ship as of late..

I've started to take some time for me...even if it's just a walk .. or a soak in the tub with a book.

In regards to other people . I realised, awhile ago, that in many ways I was projecting my own hopes and expectations on people. The fact is, other people are not me ..they have their own values, expectation, beliefs, etc. Once I excepted that .. it just became easier to cope. I don't feel let down anymore by others. I feel more let down by me, when I don't remain true to myself.

I also have a song that I listen to, when I feel myself going into the blahs... Garth Brook's 'The River'..

'And I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry.'