Oh it sure does……….
As 2016 draws to an end, I have to admit I’m glad to see what’s been a tough year for me, finally on it’s way out.
When I set my intention for 2016 back in January, it was simple: BLISS. While I’ve definitely had some blissful moments – most of those from the joy I find in being a Mum – there have been quite a lot more ‘not so blissful’ times. The optimist in me says that because I set that intention, the universe was simply helping me clear out what didn’t serve me to that purpose. The pragmatist in me says perhaps life just doesn’t go to plan, & sometimes it’s tough, despite my best intentions.
As I look back on what have been some significant struggles for me – a relationship breakdown, debilitating back pain with ‘no apparent cause’, a child with severe eczema despite his Naturopath Mother doing/tying everything she knows to do, plus the day to day juggle of parenting a toddler while running/building a business – I can still honestly say that I find myself feeling GRATEFUL.
Despite these challenges, I know that I am still luckier than most humans in this world. I mean even the fact that I live here- in Australia- where I can turn on the tap, drink the water, sleep in a bed, live in a spacious house…..I am lucky, (we are lucky). I think of our fellow humans in Syria, & my ‘struggles’ are put abruptly into perspective.
As it goes, our times ‘in the dark’, do allow us to be more aware of the light. As Yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine & Winnie the Pooh teach us, there is no light without the dark (no Yin without Yang)…..i’m certainly more patient, more able to let go of the things I cannot control, and more deeply intuitive, due to my experiences this year, than I was in 2015. No doubt these will all be lessons that I KEEP LEARNING.
I am lucky that I have good health, a kick-ass family, more than a couple of wonderful friends….I have an AMAZING network of people who help me. Family. Friends. Clients. Colleagues. I also enjoy ‘working’ a job that I truly love & believe in. I am incredibly lucky that I get the balance of being a mum, with ‘working’ – it gives me freedom, confidence & a feeling of independence……I understand well though, that I couldn’t do this without the support of family, in laws, & an overall ‘village’ effort.
‘Ireland’ (my son) delights me. I often find myself on the verge of tears – my heart is so full – in the observation of the SIMPLEST of things…..before of course being bought abruptly back to earth by a toddler melt-down – maybe a toy truck got stuck. Parenting a toddler is like that – the lowest of lows followed by the highest of highs all in the space of 10mins. Despite this daily roller coaster, I am a total ‘clique’ – being a parent is the most wonderful privilege I have experienced.
I truly believe we don’t have to look too far outside of ourselves for inspiration. Don’t get me wrong, I think Michelle Obama and Beyoncé are role models for everyone!! However, there are so often ‘ordinary’ people, doing wonderfully ‘extra-ordinary’ things. Because of this, I find great joy (and inspiration) in my work. Even through the course of this year when I’ve felt incredibly low, fed up, or exhausted, I’ve still wanted to show up. I get such a lot from being of service, listening to your stories/struggles, & guiding you on your health journey. I am humbled many of you choose me as your practitioner – I learn so much and am constantly INSPIRED by your commitment, perseverance, good humour and resilience. I hope I provide some semblance of that for you too.
We live in a very connected COMMUNITY, and we are SO very lucky that we do. To me, this is the truest ‘Yoga’ of all – our connection to each other. Trust me, what we have here is so incredibly valuable, and no, you won’t find it in the city.
So, while it certainly does take a village to raise a child, it also takes a ‘village’ to run a business & to be given the opportunity to be of service in a community. So, a big Thankyou – from the bottom of my heart – for showing up, supporting me (& therefore my family). I only hope that I can continue to up-level my skills and offerings to you in the future.
Enjoy your Christmas and New Year, however that looks, for you and yours……….& I wish you a 2017 that feels light & lovely & joyous (with just enough ‘dark’ to keep us aware of the ‘light’)! See you next year