Choose not to be de­fined by out­side events

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS - — Shirley-Joy

“I am not what has hap­pened to me. I am what I choose to be­come.” — Carl Yung.

It has been a month since I last wrote a col­umn. Truth is I have worked my way through some fam­ily things and the an­niver­sary of my Mum’s death last year. I sim­ply could not find the words. Hav­ing writ­ten a col­umn in one form or another, on and off since 2004, I took a break.

I lis­tened to the world news and read some of the pa­pers. Over­all, I sensed that for so many peo­ple the things that hap­pen to them seem to de­fine them. Some to the point of not cop­ing with the world around them. There seems so much drama and sad­ness around. I ap­pre­ci­ate those with good senses of hu­mour per­me­at­ing our news shows, and our in­creas­ing abil­ity to find laugh­ter and light amongst the darker things.

My An­gels re­mind me all that is needed is to un­der­stand we can all choose to be­come what­ever we wish. I know that things hap­pen, scary things, mean things, even things that take our lives, yet it is the will to rise above these things that im­presses me most. Like you, I can ac­cept some things, oth­ers I need to think more about. Some things hap­pen to me or around me and I don’t feel ready for them yet. Again, my An­gels come to my aid and re­mind me that my body and spirit and soul are dis­tinct from events in this world that hap­pen to me and around me. My task, and I guess yours too, is to open our­selves up to new ex­pe­ri­ences and new truths ev­ery day. To not be de­fined by what hap­pens to us.

It feels good to be back writ­ing this col­umn, thank you to those who in­quired as to how I was. Catch you next week. Aro­hanui.

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