B is for Broken Plans

I read earlier in the year that a 2020 planner was the most useless thing that someone had bought in 2019. How I resonated with that, do you?

I had so many plans for 2020, including continuing my Craniosacral therapy training with the Upledger Institute, which involved travelling to a couple of places within the UK, a cruise in the summer to Alaska, and a winter cruise spanning Christmas, New Year and my 0th birthday in January 2021. These plans now lay broken on the cutting room floor. My 2020 diary has so many events pencilled in, rubbed out, rearranged that it hs completely metamorphasised into a completely different creature to the one that was designed for this year.

The first plan that was broken was my training. I was due to fly down to Brighton on Tuesday 24th March 2020, the very day that the UK was advised to stay at home. I loved Boris on that day. He used the words “stay at home”, he did not go for the emotive “lockdown” word. He, like me, preferred to use the stay at home phrase, an attitude I echoed in A is for Attitude post.

I could be bitter and resentful, but what good did that ever do anybody? Instead I sat on my half finished decking in the glorious spring sunshine and counted my blessings. Yes Alaska would have been a wonderful experience, but so was sitting at home, chilling and thinking of all the greenhouse gases that were not being omitted by the planes that regularly criss-cross our planet. The birdsong was glorious each day, for we could hear it now, so often in the past drowned out by the morning rush hour, or we were too busy rushing about our morning routine to notice it. There was much to be joyful about. As time went on the joy at hearing the birds and watching the amazing amount of blossom on the trees made me realize that it is the simple things in life that bring us the greatest joy.

Did you have any big plans in 2020 dashed? Did you make the most of it? Did you adapt your attitude towards it, for good or not so good? I would love to hear about it.

Thank you for reading this post as part of the AtoZ Challenge, the theme “Finding Joy in Lockdown”.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy x

Kindness in the Sacred Garden

Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots

Kind words are the flowers, kind deeds are the fruits.

Take care of the garden and keep out the weeds,

Fill it with sunshine, kind words, and kind deeds.

Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post which is one of a group writen on the Fruit of the Spirit.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy

Theme Reveal

Today is the day that any writers of blogs who want to participate in an AtoZchallenge during September reveal their theme. I have chosen:

With the strange times that we lived through in the Spring of 2020 most of us were confronted with a life that we’d only dreamt of before, or should that be had nightmares about?

Come and read how I found Joy during the time.

I look forward to sharing with you my deepest thoughts.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

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