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

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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.