The art of letting go

It is difficulties that show us who we are (borrowed from Greek philosopher Epictetus). I’ve taken a bit of licence with his quote but I’m sure you get the drift. We are all in this together and all of us are having to live through difficult times. It is defining our character as individuals in choosing how we react to our circumstances – it’s been interesting for me to observe some people I know who were initially pleading to be locked down now complaining about how hard they are finding things.

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We don’t know what we don’t know given this time is unprecedented but we can still choose to be happy every day and live in the now focusing on what we have and can do rather than mourn and dwell on the things we can’t. If you can take a step back and step above all that is going on and view as a dispassionate observer then that is a strength at this time. I don’t blame anyone who isn’t coping at the moment but we always have the power to choose our own actions and reactions and to be more aware of, and control, our thoughts rather than allowing them to control us.

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While I have downloaded Normal People on my Kindle (the series of which has just been released on Stan) after giving a hard copy to a friend when it was first released, there are two other books by Australian journalists that I think would make for an uplifting read at this time and are on my list. They are Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales and the other is Phosphorescence by Julia Baird. Both writers have experienced hard times themselves but come out on the other side writing these books which show resilience, awe and wonder are still attainable even when things are extremely dark and the worst has happened.

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Local small businesses are doing it hard at the moment and Mr Rosanna and I dropped into 20th Century Furniture and Homewares Store Clavel on Bell Street in Heidelberg yesterday after noticing it in the rain as we were driving past to wash our dog at Petbarn. The two beautiful Art Deco sunburst chairs with the toucan print outside had caught my eye as well as the  bright blue shopfront (below with a rather pensive and hairy looking Mr R). We had a brief look inside and chat with Theo the owner and if you are still working and need to buy furniture – I highly recommend a visit. There were more stunning mid-century items inside and a warehouse room next store which was like going into an Aladdin’s Cave. Local goodness still abounds if you are able to support…

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Author: missrosannablog

I'm a marketer, writer, blogger and creative type interested in all things arts and culture in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ranging from inner city to outer suburbia and beyond.

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