Anything Can Happen

It was my birthday yesterday. I am now 41, that`s 41 years living on planet Earth! Time for me to reflect!. I have been accused of being a Mary Poppin’s type of person. There is a scene where Mary Poppins takes out a measuring tape, measures herself and comments “Just as I expected, Mary Poppins practically, perfect in every way”. There is another quote by her “Anything can happen if you let it.”
On my birthday I reflected on my life so far. What I have achieved, what I `failed´ at and what I want to do in the future. I marvelled at how so much of my life seemed predestined.The town and country I was born into, the parents that made me, the physical body I was born with and it`s perfections and apparent `imperfections’.
I thought about the people I have met in my life. How blessed I have been to meet some truly wonderful people. I joined in with their infectious enthusiasm about life. They saw how I was isolated and welcomed me into their arms and their lives. They responded to my love for people and returned it by many times more than the friendship I gave them. I thought about how `unfortunate´ I have been to meet some people that are full of bitterness, people that have lost their way in life, people who want to inflict as much pain on others as has been inflicted on them. They saw in me their own weaknesses and I have suffered at their unforgiving and sometimes brutal hands.
I looked within myself and how I have responded to my challenges in life. Some have been formidable. I have a form of dyslexia with numbers which means I can`t perform basic mathematics like adding and subtracting and I can`t count. I don`t have the concept of math and numbers. This I compensated for in that I have a very strong command of the English language. I have a way with words that people have often commented on, one person said he liked the way I paint with words. I suffered from a lot of anxiety in the past. This has made me appreciate the feelings of others and I often act to try and help people feel less scared in their lives, I offer them ways to feel more secure. I am aware that people may choose not to accept these tools to deal with their fear but people have the right to live their lives as they see fit, it`s not for me to force my ways on others. I learnt this because I was in situations like that myself where people were forcing their opinions on me and the more they forced the more I resisted. This helped me understand the concept of free will, that others have the right to do as they wish in their lives.
At this point in my life, all of the 41 years I have lived on this earth ! I know that, I know, that it is true, that every negative can be turned into a positive or is a positive you just don`t understand yet that it is a blessing in disguise. If you are open to insight life will show you how this is the case. Mary Poppins saw that she was “practically perfect in every way” This is the case for all of us. We were born perfect. What we don`t like in ourselves others like about us. You see that I have put negative statements in inverted comma`s. That`s because as I said a negative is a positive in disguise. You can learn from it. My anxiety taught me to be careful of others feelings. I learned from my failures, I went down the wrong path at times and then I learnt that it was not for me and took another path and it was the right one. I continue to deal with difficult people but I am learning from them how not to behave and the art of letting people be while protecting yourself from their behaviour. They have forced me to learn the essential skills of assertiveness. If you experience these people in your lives, I believe most people do, then assertiveness skills are essential. I have learned these skills because I have met these people so they are teaching me to improve my tolerance of othes and assertiveness.
A personality `flaw´ is not a negative. Life events negative and positive can teach us about ourselves and life.

But here is the best part. I quoted Mary Poppin`s as saying “Anything can happen if you let it.” I will discuss how this is works in future blogs but for now I want people to know that you can change your present and your future when you release yourself from your past. Yes, your life was predestined in terms of where you were born, the family you were born into and other aspects. You can also make your own choices from now on and learn from them. Anything can happen when you accept your past, believe in yourself and love the person you are. When you move away from your past and live in the present. When you realise it is within your power to make the right choices and change your life. When you believe that you are entitled to the very best in life, that you are not being punished for anything you perceive you have done wrong, when you give up your thoughts of regrets (you were only doing the best you could in that situation)you can change your lif or yourself if that`s what you wish. This may be a Mary Poppin`s approach but it works for me and I have seen it work for many others.

What do you want to change? What don`t you like about yourself that you can see or turn into as a positive? What is in your life you don`t like but you can learn from and make new choices?
Leave comments here about these questions. I`d really like to read your ideas.


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Gabriel Woods

I am the author of The Golden Age Dawns, a fantasy science fiction book.I have traveled to many countries around the world including India, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. I have worked in mental health and disability for most of my life. I have an honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Aid-work Management, a Certificate in Counseling Skills and I am a certified coach. I have written my first novel, The Golden Age Dawns which will be published in Amazon at the end of April. I have a Kindle book available in Amazon Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom which is very popular and has achieve high ratings. I have always aimed to help and support people all my working life. Much of my learning from this is in my book, some of the ideas I share on this blogging site along with beautiful places I write about that I have traveled to. I am concerned about world politics at the moment and hope that my new book will go toward making the world a better place and helping individuals feel better about themselves. I am living in Ireland near Dublin. Apart from writing my book I have been working as a volunteer on a helpline for people with depression, bipolar and depression. What I love most is traveling and sunny countries. I love to visit important spiritual, religious, or historic places when I am in holiday but I also like holidays on the beach. I have a wide variety of music that I like from pop music to dance music and rock music. My hobbies are social commentary, politics, reading all kinds of books, the gym, gardening, D.I.Y. I love to socialize and meet new people. I like to learn new things. I am the author of: Easter Rising 1916, A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom My Novel The Golden Age Dawns. Gabriel Woods achieved a degree in psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland. He then studied a postgraduate course in UCD which focused on the management of humanitarian aid work. He learned about African culture and the issues aid workers face in Africa. Gabriel Woods has travelled around the world. He has lived in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. He explored important religious and cultural Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim sites of India. He learned about the spiritual practices of the people that live and worship there. Gabriel Woods also spent time exploring important aboriginal sites in Australia and the lessons aboriginals have for humanity. Gabriel Woods has lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. He has travelled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. These sites throughout the world that Gabriel has visited have had a profound effect on him which he expresses as he writes about these areas in his novel. Gabriel has returned to Ireland. He worked voluntarily for Aware helpline that supports people experiencing depression and anxiety. He is now a fully qualified life coach. He lives in a village near the banks of The Royal Canal.

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2 thoughts on “Anything Can Happen”

  1. I was broken and now I am whole, not because of anything I did, but receiving the Holy Spirit and fire of God sitting on my couch wanting to die and opening a bible and starting to read in Matthew. The words opened up and life and spirit flowed from the pages into my heart and on the third day of being amazed and almost mesmerized by what I was reading, the fire fell and the Holy Spirit breathed me and lifted me up out of my despair and when I returned to regular consciousness something had changed…It was the start of a new life and now a couple years short of 20 years later, it is bearing great fruit! Happy Thanksgiving or as I call every day now Merry Eternal Christ Day!

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    1. Hi Newheavenonerath, thanks for following me and leaving a like on my blog. You have found the strength to overcome your difficulties. Yes, unfortunately it takes time for people to turn their lives around but it just makes the achievement sweeter and more satisfying when it does happen. And well done for doing so!

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