Being the change you want to see

Wow, what a beautiful day today has been, today has been the kind of spring day that I have been craving for the past few months, blue sky and warm enough to spend the day pottering around in the garden.  Look at the crocuses, they look so pretty, the daffodils look like they might soon bloom too, along with the tulips, I can’t wait..

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Recently I have been reading The Shack, by Wm PaulYoung, it is not my usual read but in the first chapter it has a quote that reads says

“two roads diverged in the middle of my life, I heard a wise man say, I took the road less travelled by and that’s made the difference every night and every day”

Just like lyrics in songs reminds us of certain events throughout our life time this quote reminded me of the time I said yes to go and work abroad for the first time, I could have turned the opportunity down but I didn’t because it was a very rare and  unique opportunity.  The length of time that I was away was just a momentary flicker in comparison to the number of years that I had lived but from the moment I said yes everything changed.  My perception of the world changed, I became exceptionally grateful for everything I owned, no matter how small it was and  I realised how lucky we are to have access to the healthcare system that we have in comparison to what others have access to  in this world.  I find it hard witnessing individuals screaming and shouting at the GP surgeries because they have had a ten minute walk to the surgery or a short drive in their fancy cars and then had to sit and wait for thirty minutes to see a clinician knowing that some people in this world have to walk nine miles to their local hospital and then may have to sit and wait for hours to see clinican, and that’s if they are lucky.  I realised how fortunate we are to have the many opportunities we have open to us on a day to day basis and have the freedom to choose what we do or do not do, some people have no choice at all.  I became very aware that some people had nothing compared to others in this world but carried the biggest smiles you have ever seen, the examples I could give you are endless but it really makes you think doesn’t it.

On my return to the UK, I became very restless not really knowing what to do with myself and in some ways I felt that I was living my life in the wrong way, I felt I was wasting my life away but not really knowing what I was supposed to be doing. A quote that I see and hear frequently is Ghandhi’s

“be the change you wish to see in the world.” 

It took a long time to work it all out but very slowly all the little pieces of the puzzle have come together and I am a happier person.  I often wonder if I had not have taken the opportunity would I have been so restless, would I have become so grateful and appreciative of everything around me, would I have travelled so extensively and would I have ever discovered that I love to write.  During the week I saw this and I thought it complimented the first quote from The Shack so well,

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What experience has changed you ?

Thankyou for reading, Lots of love xx

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