Maybe it’s time…

‘Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die’. Sometimes we see a film, hear a song on the radio, hear a line in someone’s conversation, a book comes our way, or just something happens that makes us sit up and pay attention, and take note. It’s almost like a nudge from the invisible realm. For me recently, that something was the film ‘A Star is born’ starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. It is the third version, I have seen over the years. The first I saw when I was just a little girl. It starred the late, greats Judy Garland and James Mason. The next version starred the brilliantly talented Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and just recently the current version. All three films are tear jerkers, all three films have excellent casts, and fabulous soundtracks. The story conveys powerful messages for those of us that would listen.

The song ‘Maybe it’s time’ speaks volumes. The song performed by Bradley Cooper opens with ‘Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die, maybe it’s time to let the old ways die. It takes a lot to change a man, hell it takes a lot to try, maybe it’s  time to let the old ways die.’ To me or for me, it is about releasing those things that no longer serve us and letting go of the past. Change is not easy. We as human beings are creatures of habit. We get bound into rituals, and stuck in a rut that become part of our daily routine.  It takes effort, resolve and focus to change our lives but change is the one constant in life.

We all have the power to create different realities, and although I believe life unfolds exactly as it is meant to, I think that we have to go through certain challenges in life,  and overcome certain obstacles which are often of our own making to become the people we are meant to be. We all get lost sometimes, and darkness reigns or at least it seems to. Sometimes for a short while and sometimes for longer. The light at the end of the tunnel evades some. For some, they never find their way out of the darkness, and they die with the music still inside them, never finding their song.

It’s been a long time since a film has had such an impact on me but impact me it did.

So, maybe it’s time to let the old ways die. Out with the old, in with the new.

May you find the music that sings to your soul, and release those things, people, and situations that no longer serve you.

© Liola Lee 2019

Image © Liola Photographic 2015

Dragonflies symbolise change and transformation, self -realisation and adaptability. This is change on a deep emotional level, where we look at things from a deeper perspective relating to the meaning of life…

 

 

 

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Time for change…

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One day in time, just when the time seems right to do so, the stubby little Caterpillar decides that he/she will stop eating, for that is what Caterpillars do for most of the time. A Caterpillar is, after all just a Caterpillar, and Caterpillars will repeatedly do what Caterpillars do. Said Caterpillar then finds some branch, some twig maybe or just somewhere where it can hang out, hopefully undisturbed by too much trauma, and hang upside down for a bit. In this upside down world it spins itself a cocoon and remains in the dark place for however long it takes. A wonderful, beautiful thing begins to happen in the darkness. A beautiful transformation is taking place. The old body parts of the Caterpillar are undergoing the miracle of metamorphosis to change into the beautiful parts that become the Butterfly that will at just the right time emerge and soar upwards.

We can learn so much from nature! Trust the process!

© Liola Lee 2019

Wake up!

Wake up Lolly it’s time to move on.

Who is Lolly?

I am she, and she is me.

We are one and the same. I am still Liola, for that is my name, that which I was given at birth or somewhere thereabouts by my parents.  I will always be Liola but Lolly is the girl in me, my inner child who for so long has lost her way and lingered in limbo. The child within us is always there but sometimes as we get older we lose our sense of fun, our sense of adventure, even our sense of childlike wonder.

We get bogged down with responsibility, work, bills, debts, unhealthy habits, mess, clutter, mental, emotional and physical. We become full but not whole; fragmented, not complete. Our lives are full of stuff that is surplus to requirements, that we find hard to release and let go. We live in a material world, and fall for the hype of consumerism. Life gets complicated, when what we really crave is simplicity and space. We become self-saboteurs, often blaming circumstances and everything other than ourselves. We become obstacles in our own lives, and find ourselves stuck in an almighty rut that sometimes we just can’t see our way out of.

However, it is not all doom and gloom, even though sometimes we convince ourselves that it is. Life is truly beautiful with all it’s ups and downs! It is in a constant state of flux. Just look at nature, the changing of the seasons from one to the other. Look at how in the Spring everything is new and coming to life. Then with Summer everything is bursting with life and an explosion of colour. Autumn too rocks a rainbow of colour that is equally as lovely as  her sister Summer. Then with Winter we see what we think is a loss of life but we are wrong, Winter is just a time of rest before the cycle begins again.  Change comes no matter what, and time changes everything. We have it within our power to create the changes we want to see in our world and the world at large.

Life is cyclical. Life is like the seasons. We as human beings go through a life cycle but during our lifetimes, if we are lucky enough we go through many cycles of change. What at times may appear as a time of emptiness, poor growth and stagnation even, is merely a period of rest before we are ready to refresh, restart and renew.

So to little Lolly, my inner child, I say, time to come out of hibernation and fill your world with colour again. The World is waiting!

© Liola Lee 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ It’s up to us ~

Each new day grants us the opportunity to start over with a clean slate as it were, and put the past well and truly behind us. Let’s face it we cannot change the mistakes we made yesterday but we can try and make better choices today. Over the years I have made poor choices in all areas of my life at some stage or other, after all I am only human, and it is therefore in my genetic make up to get things wrong along the way. I have to accept that they were my choices whether right, wrong or something in between. I think we all have lessons to learn, and those mistakes or bad choices are just part of the curriculum. That said, sometimes we make the same mistakes over and over again, repeating bad patterns that hinder us and hold us back rather than help us and move us forward.

Why is that? I sometimes wonder.Why do we often choose to repeat things that no longer serve us? And that is, if they ever served us in the first place, which most likely they never did or did they? Sometimes I think we fall into bad habits, and they then become part of our daily ritual and become the norm because it seems easier that way.  Now I could be talking about anything here, smoking, drinking alcohol, too much caffeine, drug taking, over the counter medicines, spending too much money, gambling, too much sugar, too much food, too much tv, too much social networking, too much procrastination, not enough exercise, too much exercise, too much of anything or maybe not enough of something, just to name a few things that stop us in our tracks and gets us stuck in a rut; take your pick or add something else not listed here. 

However, the beauty of being human is that we can make choices! Yes, we often may make poor choices and regret those choices. On the plus side we can decide at any given moment in time to change our minds and make better choices. Choices that will help us move towards our goals, find our life’s purpose; choices that take us closer to wherever it is we want to go. It really is up to us. That’s the beauty of it! The point is we have the power within us to change direction at any given moment,  and choose which way we wish to go from this point forward. It may not always feel as though we have a choice but the reality is that we do. 

So, choose to do something today that your future self will thank you for! 

© Liola Lee 2019

Image © Liola Photographic shown is of a British Common Blue Butterfly on a Michaelmas Daisy. Butterflies are wonderful symbols of transformation. 

Today is the day ~ Fat

I have made a decision. It is one that I have made from time to time over the years at various stages of my life. At times, that decision has come to fruition, and at times it has not but not to worry for today is the day that I have decided to stop being fat. Maybe I am not hugely fat but definitely overweight, and much larger than I should like to be and most certainly much larger than I ought to be. Perhaps I am not so fat that I would require a bigger seat on an aeroplane but most certainly tipping the scales these days in the heavier, not lighter side of the perfect weight, for my slightly less than average height. I am not what I would consider too short but would not be seen as taller than average by others, but I always feel tall, so I guess I walk tall, and am therefore tall on the inside, though the outside does not give that away. Today is the day that the slim person who resides inside me with the tall person mentioned earlier, is coming out to play and stay. The short fat woman that looks back at me in the mirror is being evicted. She has been hanging around for far too long now and now it is time for the other me, the old me or rather the earlier me to return or maybe a newer me. And there lies my decision. I shall not be fat now or ever again. Think slim, be slim is my new motto. 

© Liola Lee 2010

‘Today is the day’ …was a collection of musings I wrote during the Peri menopause years. It’s spoken in the first person, and was based largely on my journal entries written around that time. Journalling is a wonderful way to express this, that and whatever else needs to be said whether aloud or silently…