David Ricoh has written a wonderful book – The Five Things We Cannot Change. And the title of this piece is number one. I will be sharing the other four in subsequent newsletters.
The way to really appreciate this first one is to step back a moment and consider what have been the big changes for you in the last year – around work, relationships, health and wealth. Much bigger than you might have believed possible? Yes?
And how many of these changes were anticipated by you or might have been, if you had thought about it? And how many were a complete bolt out of the blue?
Finally, does this exercise excite you or scare you?
by Sophia Yasmeen
Last night I was while lying in bed and watching the cars and lorries driving by through my bedroom window. It was 1am in the morning and I still struggled to find sleep. So I picked up a book from the shelf. it was a collection of poems and selected letters by my all time favourite English poet John Keats. Keats died from tuberculosis at the age of 25. During his illness he wrote several letters to his dear friend Charles Brown and one of them was written on the 30th September 1820 (coincidentally it is also my birthday) and had these heart touching words that kinda helped me
to put aside whatever caused the restlessness within.
" I wish for death every day and night to deliver me from these pains, and then I wish the death away, for death would destroy even those pains which are better than nothing. Land and Sea, weakness and decline are great separators; death is the great divorcer forever. When the pang of this thought has passed through my mind, I may say the bitterness of death is passed."
Something in these words put me at ease and I am not quite sure what. I looked at the cloudless beautiful spring sky and thought how wonderful it is that we all stare at the same sky....
Sophia is a beautiful writer and I am happily sharing her work in my Feelbetter Newsletter.
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