On a more sentimental note, I'm completely overwhelmed by the response of my constituents - the people who I call friend, but who (regrettably) slip in and out of my life. Yesterday a number of constituents slipped back into my life again... how fabulous!
It's made me think that perhaps the categorisation of 'friends' as confidantes, constituents and comrades is too rigid. I still think it's a great starting point for establishing expectations, but after all the messages/calls/texts of love I got yesterday, it really wouldn't be fair to brand all those people as constituents...to me, they're all friends and all close to my heart!
It was really nice to hear that other people have felt the way I did. Not that I'm happy that others have faced trials and tribulations...but I'm comforted to know that I'm not the only one. I'm really pleased that I posted about the non-rosey, because in life everything isn't rosey...and if this here blog only talked about the rosey stuff, then frankly it would be boring - for me to write and for anyone else to read. I debated on whether to post about my 'non-success', on some level I was embarrassed. But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that I needed to post it. I always think of Maya Angelou when deciding which posts to publish and which to keep secret. In reading Maya's beautiful work and words, the thing that strikes me is how REAL her words are - how non-rosey her life has been..how she has kept it real and I love that about her work. For me (and I know I am no Maya!),
For those of you, who are feeling/have felt (or will at some point feel) disappointed with something, here is some of the fantastic advice that I've had in the past 24 hours...:
'at least you'll get more time to do it brilliantly!'
'that's life, unfortunately! If everything were easy and simple we wouldn't be able to truly appreciate the things God sends us. And remember all the obstacles He sends He knows we can overcome, however impossible they seem to us'
'remember heaven suits our trials to our strengths'
'Jesus said in John 16:33 that '..in the world ye shall have tribulation...' - so, I was warned, why am I shocked!? lol
'success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.'
'knock back a few ice-teas' - (I love iced-tea!!!)
'what makes you a winner in life is not necessarily the absence of failures, but it is what you do with those failures'
HOW encouraging are these bits of advice?! I've said all these things to other people before, but never really had to heed these words myself. HOW fabulous..and how very BLESSED am I, to be on the receiving end of such wise words.
If ever I felt blessed and contented, positive and enthusiastic - it's today!
Thank you guys - you're the best!