little thoughts {and a favourite skirt too!}

I’ve been working a lot lately on trying to ride the ups and downs that life brings a little more gracefully. I mean, I’m really excellent at the ups (pro-upper, me 😉 ) but I do struggle a lot with placing meaning on the down days. Life is good, and full, and wonderful of course, but we are all only human after all. And vulnerability and self-doubt are still very present from time to time.

I find that in most cases where I feel a bit off kilter, getting outside is always a tonic. It’s a conscious act of stepping away from the screens, breathing deeply, noticing the things that really matter. The breeze through a canopy of blossom, sunlight dancing on a shady patch, the scent of woodland after the rain. It’s an awareness of how little we are in this big world I guess, and I always feel much more myself when I take notice.

I speak so passionately to our children about self-worth, about perspective and purpose, and often forget that words mean nothing if you’re not really living them too. I’m trying hard to practice what I preach. I think that’s the challenge (one of many!) of parenthood, isn’t it? Leading by example.

 

 

Floral Skirt : NEW LOOK

Bracelet : KATE SPADE

Nails : ESSIE FIJI

There’s a quote by Henry David Thoreau that goes ‘I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…’ It’s from his book ‘Walden’, in which he charts two years, two months and two days of solitude, living purposefully from the land. It’s an extreme move, perhaps not for us all (no wifi reception! 😉 ) but I love his sentiment nonetheless. Living deliberately. Meaningfully. Having an awareness. Cutting through the white noise. Noticing the detail.

Both the easiest and the most difficult thing to do in this crazy, fast-paced age we live in. And yet maybe the biggest responsibility we have – in raising people up who are conscious thinkers, who see life in 3D, who understand that there are still some things that metrics can’t measure.

I’m no expert, no Thoreau. No adventurer and certainly no great thinker. But we’ve made our own little cabin in the woods, of sorts. I’m learning that starting somewhere is better than not starting at all. Graceful, present, definite living.

A legacy worth striving for.

 

E x

 

 

5 Comments

    • Victoria mackey
      May 17, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      Beautiful inspirational words , I too have tried to lead by example to my too girls and some days it’s hard they are now beautiful young ladies of 25 & 22 but still I try to be a good role model and that includes dealing with the down days, gracefully (as you so beautifully put it ) Nature and outdoors is such a perfect way to be all there and enjoy the simple things in life .

  1. May 18, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Lovely post, Emma, you write so beautifully on every subject. I too find a lot of solace in the outdoors, on taking the time to notice things, on stopping to focus on just breathing in the fresh air. It’s always good to be reminded. The simple things in life mean the most x
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  2. May 19, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Oh Emma I love this so honest and true to yourself. I am the same I am fab at riding life’s upper moments but I struggle so hard to deal with the downer days rationally sometimes at all. I don’t always pull myself out of that fog and realize quick enough what really matters isn’t what’s getting me down. My kids are loved, happy, healthy, and we have things that I didn’t growing up and more it’s hard to pull away from the screen to see the real picture I am SO guilty of this so much lately. Posts like these always inspire me and also make me feel I am not alone either in my feelings.

    • May 19, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      p.s. shared this on today’s littleloves

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