Where is your focus?

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This re-blog (from July 2014) seemed a good reminder for me as a find myself getting frustrated at times by what I can’t do rather than remembering how lucky I am to only have a temporary ‘disability’. In a way this broken bone has provided many positives and given me plenty of insight into the wonderful life I have and the amazing people I have around me. We are hard-wired to focus on the negative for survival but focusing on the positive is so much more rewarding and enjoyable!

We have had some beautiful weather here on the Coast.  Freezing mornings to be sure however clear blue skies and loads of sunshine have visited us for the last 7 days! It has been fantastic and over the weekend we made the most of the sunshine to travel south with a friend of himself’s to visit the glaciers.

Another day in paradise
Another day in paradise

Himself and I have visited these glaciers before some 10 years back however we have only driven past the turn off since living on the Coast.  It was definitely on our ‘to do’ list to be sure so it was great to have the push, from a visitor, to join in on an expedition. The first thing that struck us – apart from the fact that we were majorly overdressed for such a glorious day – was just how far the glacier had retreated. Instead of the 30 min walk, of our previous trip, to reach the glacier it was now 45 mins and then that was only to a lookout which was 500 m from the glacier.  We, all the adults that is, felt a sense of shock and horror that the children with us would probably not be able to bring their children to see the same sights due to global warming.  It also made me realise just how important it is to  visit these places now and appreciate them now, while we still have them!

Themselves, overdressed, and ready to walk up to the glacier.
Themselves, overdressed, and ready to walk up to the glacier.

The walk up had changed too as it was now a smooth track to walk upon, leading us ever closer to the beauty of the ice.  Themselves did a magnificent job of walking there and back which was helped no doubt by the distraction of someone new to ‘talk to’ – the reality is more ‘talk at’ ūüôā Although we passed quite a few people on the track the look out was fairly free of tourists so we were able to have a good look and enjoy the peace and beauty of the whole scene. There was a bit of talk about safety and staying behind the ropes. There were also memories of how far down the valley it was before and of how people used to be able to climb onto the glacier from the end of the walk, correct equipment attached of course. This is no longer the case and a view from the lookout is all that is possible without paying a chunk of change.

The glacier up close. 10 years ago we were taking photos sitting right in front of it.
The glacier up close. 10 years ago we were taking photos sitting right in front of it.

After a quiet walk up with only the birds and themselves chatter around it surprized me to suddenly be inundated with noise from above.  Helicopters and airplanes were now on their circuit from town over the glacier, following each other at intervals with their eager tourists and filling the air with pure noise pollution. I guess it is one of the prices we pay for having a tourist fed economy.  I found myself, along with everyone else our group, constantly looking up to the skies to see where they were or to berate them for the amount of distraction they caused. 

Franz Josef Glacier from a distance.
Franz Josef Glacier from a distance.

Then I realised that maybe I should be berating myself for allowing the noise to distract me.  I was in fact paying that small distraction far more attention than the enormity of beauty I had around me and thought how like life that is. How often do we get caught up in the small, annoying and insignificant rather than focusing on the important? How often are we distracted by the minor issues or events rather than staying focused on the major ones? I know it is very often for me.  I am easily swayed into looking up into empty skies rather than focusing on the beautiful path I’m already on. So this week I am going to go back to basics and focus on the now, on the beautiful path I am on and see where that brings me too. How about you?

Arohanui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz

In Gratitude.

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Well it is the end of yet another month and it is time to show my gratitude to the people, places and organisations which have been there for me in some way or another.

It is so nice to do this list as it brings instant feelings of warmth, just thinking about all the support I actually have around me all the time.  It is easy for me, and probably you too, to get caught up in where things are going wrong and it is great to redress the balance here.

Why don’t you join me and create your own list?  You could blog about it, tweet, text, Facebook or use any other social media you can think of to share the love around.  Remind yourself of all the wonderful things in your life that you are grateful for and I guarantee you will feel fantastic at the end of it. Try it!  Go on, write that list and share it with the world!

Bush walks with themselves

Bush walks with themselves

Thanks so much to the following:¬† My supportive husband, my lovely¬†and very cheeky¬†kids, my health, my extended family, my friends, the ability to get online easily,¬†Leonie Dawson’s Amazing Biz and Life Academy,¬†bush walks, everyone that is offering fantastic advice for free online, living on the West Coast, the toy library, the ability to travel, train trips with family, living somewhere free from war, living somewhere that I am able¬†to safely¬†go out by myself, fresh eggs from our own chickens, living in a country where home-educating is completely ok to do :), the local library (I think this will always be here! We love the place), great books, old books borrowed, Resonate Magazine, an energetic dog to run with, beautiful sunny days, breaks away, good food, great flat traveller connections, reading challenges, the opportunity to be a volunteer with the local SPCA, home baking, music, knitting, cross stitch, my eyesight, charity shops, cards, a warm fire on a winter’s night and a cosy wee house in a beautiful location.

Issue 2 of Resonate eMagazine, which I have an article in.

Issue 2 of Resonate eMagazine, which I have an article in.

Hope this finds you full of gratitude for all the good in your life.

Arohanui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz