Sending these notes every week takes work.
Many days I question what I write, I wonder if it’s good enough, I doubt if it’s worth reading.
And yet I hit send. I do it because it’s moving toward the world I want to live in.
Despite how it seems, the difficulty isn’t in doing the thing.
It’s in figuring out a thing worth doing.
It’s in setting your aim high enough to endure the difficulties, the mundane day-after-day, the consistent effort.
We rise to the challenge, or sink to the standard.
If there is a dragon, you’ll raise yourself up to slay it. If not, you’ll settle.
If you aren’t able to stay consistent, it’s time to aim higher.
Hot off the press! A part of my role as the Iwi Liaison Officer for Massage New Zealand (MNZ) involves penning my thoughts for a regular column on the subject of a whakatauki (Māori proverb) for the quarterly MNZ magazine. Below is a sneak peak of the article which will appear in the Mag which is due out in the next week or two...
“Tama tu, tama ora; tama noho, tama mate. He who stands lives; he who sits, perishes.” – Māori whakatauki (proverb). When you get up in the morning, think of what a priceless privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to learn, to love – and then make the day count! This whakatauki enunciates perfectly Māori whakakaaro (understanding) when it comes to hauora or health – physical, mental, social, environmental, intellectual and spiritual.
From the research I have done over the years, I have found that the more a person is inclined to offer gratitude in each of these areas, the less likely he or she is to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, or unbalanced. Bottom line: Consider how very fortunate you are. Consider it every morning. The more you count your blessings, the more blessings there will be to count, and the happier you will be.