This week. – a young Austrian, Felix Baumgartner, JUMPED FROM SPACE (reportedly as I type) faster than the speed of Sound!
Amazing, inspirational, breathtaking, bold, brave – did you see his mum’s face?
Extreme human behaviour.
No Way Out?
I had a conversation on Saturday night, about being trapped.
Someone felt trapped in a work/life situation – something they felt that, with their responsibilities, they could do nothing about.
When challenged – actually there WERE ways out – they just were not comfortable.
I proposed that she could leave her job, do something else, sell the house, move somewhere less expensive, childmind, cut down on expenses…
The ‘same’ is comfortable.
Change requires effort and usually (albeit temporary) discomfort.
If you want to be a different (usually lighter) weight, there needs to be a sea change in exercise and often diet.
For many people this change is not a happy one and their psyche will find a hundred ways to argue with it!
Which is uncomfortable..
But facing it head on, knuckling down, exercising 3-4 times a week and cutting out the chocolate Hob-Nobs DOES produce the results in about 3 months.
It just does. Every time. But it takes the decision and the commitment.
People have given us their wildly motivational testimonies on Facebook this week about how they turned around unhappy relationships, unrewarding jobs, destructive addictions and health tendencies, which they had found the strength to ditch – and move into the light!
Your Space Jump
But actually for you it may not be as extreme as all that.
The tiny change; the one not accompanied by fanfare, rounds of applause or column inches – the one that won’t be remarked upon by anyone else but you, is what will be life-changing.
The holding to your conviction; “it will be seven o clock bed” – whatever the argument.
Possibly..”I will go out with my friends this weekend”.
Or, the ‘you will finish your dinner or there will absolutely be no pudding’ conviction.
Perhaps the ‘I do need help and I won’t be afraid to ask for it’ conversation – will be the crux of the matter.
You know what your burning issue is, and often we shy from the decisions necessary because of the fear of discomfort – or what the neighbours might say.
With endless reports of extremes of good and bad, the World seems to trivialise the importance of the seemingly mundane.
But the mundane is the bread and butter of family life.
You are as important, your decisions as valid, your opinons as worthwhile as anyone else’s.
Perhaps your space jump is something that actually isn’t that difficult to achieve.
Maybe you just have got out of the habit of drawing strength from the good that you do, day in and day out, the good decisions you make and the worrying you do on behalf of your loved ones.
You might just have forgotten to look after YOU and give yourself the pat on the back (and the odd treat without guilt) you deserve for simply keeping on, keeping on.
My message this week is simply to have courage in your decisions and the right to things you deserve.
Quite possibly you don’t need to be on the extreme edge, but YOUR ‘space jump’ is to be happy and content to simply carry on as you are – on the right side of things.
Or to make a small change that the others will just have to accept.
However uncomfortable it is to begin with to you or someone else…
The World and the media somehow conspires to sensationalise and compartmentalise everything into black and white.
But the business of life (and particularly family life) is in the grey area.
You Know Best
Noone is more qualified to make the decisions in your life than YOU.
Because you actually DO know best.
What will you change this week?
In the knowledge that you are on the side of good and have served the apprenticeship necessary to be confident on your convictions.
It may be massive, it may be unremarkable – but it is the thing you know needs to be done.
And we applaud you, we write it LARGE as our news headline and celebrate you for it.
You know what you need to do.
Keep on keeping on.
And good luck with your Space Jump!
All our love (and let us know how you get on)
Wise & Gorgeous x
and if you want to join us…