You may be aware that my husband and I are preparing to walk “The Way of St James” in 2 months time. It is a pilgrimage that covers 800klms, travelling from St Jean Pied De Port in France to Santiago De Compostela in Spain. We have been training for 4 months, testing our boots, packs, clothes etc.
My old comfortable walking boots that I have had for 5 years, were doing the trick. They have let me walk 9klms each morning and 24klms on the weekends. They were old and comfortable. I really wanted my boots to last the distance.
But alas, my old boots decided to tell me it was time for them to go. It was their soles, I had worn them out. I was resisting, I felt undecided about having to purchase new boots, but with only 2 months out from the big walk, this was the time to get new boots and break them in.
So this morning I decided to go and purchase some new boots. The great thing about my old boots, is they had shown how boots need to feel, when walking. The sales girl in the shop was very patient with me. I finally found a pair of boots that seemed to fit. I walked around the shop for about 30 minutes, including walking up and down their little hill to see how they went.
I then made the decision to buy them, thats when I cried!! I realised my boots had carried me on my journey thus far, they had been great and now I was saying good bye.
So I now have some new boots for ‘Walking the Way’. I trust they will carry me safely and comfortably, the 1 million steps that the ‘Way of St James’ is.
Once upon a time…..
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There was a little girl with red hair and she thought she could fly just like Mary Poppins. She went outside with her umbrella, stood on the stool and jumped. As she floated to the ground, she knew she had flown.
Now sadly her sisters didn’t believe her. Was it the wind that caught her light weight or something else?
Believe it or not we all have stories that may or may not be true. But you don’t have to be 5 to be telling them, you might be 25, 45 even 75, because our lives are full of stories and our stories are full of perceptions.
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Most statements people make are littered with perceptions or how they see and experience the world. So is their world just a fairy tale?
I have spent the week listening to myself and seeing how much of a fairy tale I live in. I was surprised, I could barely make a statement without it having perceptions all though it. Why don’t you try it and just see?
There is a nice gentle breeze passing by, I am just going to get my unbrella….
Have you ever noticed that there are aspects of ourselves we love and are proud of and then there are parts of ourselves that we don’t love. Sometimes people might ignore those aspects of themselves they don’t love, where as others might focus solely on those aspects they don’t love. Neither of those behaviours are useful.
So how do you love your warts?
Self love is the answer, loving all parts of yourself, warts and all.
It is easier said than done. When we don’t love the whole of ourselves we are limit our lives. We put self imposed rules on ourselves that we should live by and we limit our true potential.
Why not try this. Write a list of all the aspects of yourself that you love and then write a list of all the aspects of yourself you don’t love. Did you know that all those aspects of yourself you don’t love, serve a purpose in your life, or are a result of things you do love. For example as you get older your body changes, it isn’t like it used to be. Recognise that your body changing is a result of you stepping into the wisdom phase of your life, free of other responsibilities that occur at a younger age. There is a self love component to every aspect of you, it is useful to find it. Do this now against every item on your list that you dont love about yourself.
Self love is also about not living by other peoples rules, but rather writing your own rules. Also note if some of things you don’t love about yourself are rules set by others that don’t serve you. Change those rules now too!
It is about reconciling all parts of yourself and becoming whole.
So love your warts, because they are great parts of you too.
Tracy – warts and all xx