December Essay Part I
I must admit, while its not quite December yet, I have decided, with the encouragement
of my two young children, to put up my Christmas tree. Since the blues is already
attempting to creep into my life, I had to come up with a strategy to keep my spirits in balance.
As discussed in my November essay, finding strategies to keep ones life in a state of equilibrium is a definite necessity. One of my strategies was as simple as decorating my house, thus, yours can be getting
a new haircut, or working on that long overdue project. One of my favourite strategies
is to tie up loose ends around the house, at work, or with friends and family. For example:
I was just counselling a friend of mine the other day, as she was feeling overwhelmed with the direction of her life. After a long discussion, I advised her to finish up all the projects she has started
around the house before even thinking of starting something new. You see, this
summer, she took it upon herself to redecorate her house. Now the big jobs are
all finished, yet touch ups and add-ons werent. I think this was contributing
to her stress and other blockages in her life. So, this week she is almost finished
tying up those loose ends. Low and behold, new opportunities are popping into
her life. The key is to find new ways to protect ourselves, instead depending on the old protection mechanisms we have in
Consciously looking for healthy ways to keep the momentum flowing drastically raises self-esteem. I for one, no longer feel like a victim of circumstance, and I know that I have the power to create the
life I have always dreamed of. In more ways than one, I have discovered the true
meaning of my life and have helped others do the same by setting up the stage for my own success.
Living an authentic life does mean giving up certain things that drain energy.
Just as I gave up my unconscious protection mechanisms and switching to conscious ones, one must, at times, give up
certain relationships that are not in alignment anymore with ones values. For
example, cutting out those friends whom do not support you in your endeavours, yet, it may be quitting that bad habit that
constantly eats away at your spirit. Whatever you decide to do, you must remain
clear with your goals and find all the positive support that you need. I bit
you peace and good luck. Always remember that you are not alone in Your Visions
Visions of Balance - Part II
Author: Kim Larocque
Finally, we received our first dumping of snow. The kids and I were waiting for the day when we could go out,
make snow angels, throw snowballs, shovel and come in and drink some hot chocolate. How simple is that! Well it
is those simplicities that I have found that make my life wonderful. The joys I have been feeling these days come from
the simplest things: a snowfall, wrapping Christmas presents, the first bite of a Candy Cane, my kids' excitement at
the sight of Santa Claus. Every day things, that I had once taken for granted, are now coming back to me full force,
and bringing me so much warmth, I feel my heart about to burst.
My goal with this weeks article is to try and figure out a way that you can feel the joy I have discovered this
Holiday Season, and make it last all year through. This morning I opened my e-mail and received this message (I get
one every morning from www.TuT.com). I would like
to share it with you:
"Kim, dearest Kim, "reality" is not that you are weak and dream of becoming strong, poor and dream
of becoming rich, alone and dream of having friends, but that you're already strong, rich, and among friends, yet at times,
dream that you are not.
You know. That is exactly how I have been feeling these past few days. We may not have much (material wise),
we even may struggle at times, however, the richness in spirit I feel comes from deep inside my soul. It is timeless,
like the Christmas song, Silent Night; it brings me to a place of peace. A place I know we all have nestled somewhere
deep inside ourselves. Like the feeling you would get on Christmas Eve when you knew that Santa was coming. Yet,
I feel it every day. I wish I could pass this feeling onto the whole world. A dream I have had since I was a little
girl. I know you can feel it with me. Can you? I know you can.
The way to this place of peace is through silence. Furthermore, it's rediscovering the child within
your where everything in the world seems new. Its taking that leap into the snow and feeling the cold flakes
on your face. Its laughing until your stomach hurts, and crying like a baby. Its ripping open
that present on Christmas morn, and telling someone you hardly know I Love You. Because we are all connected. It
is "unlearning" everything weve learned growing up, and discovering a new way of being. Which really isn't
new, because you have always been, and will forever be, if you just let yourself live instead of trying to survive.
So this Christmas, please try to just be. Let yourself be enveloped and taken away by the
Spirit of Jesus' birthday, and remember that you are not alone. Ever! Wishing you and your family a most memorable
Christmas. Now take care of you. I Love You. Kim.