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Beyond the wallpaper of wellbeing

Posted by Simon Parke, 21 October 2019, 10.56am

Wellbeing. What does that word mean to you?

It’s a word so often used these days it can become like wallpaper: too familiar to be noticed.

But wellbeing is simply you looking after your story, in all its aspects – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, financial, relational and so on.

We are jugglers all, trying to keep those balls in the air, and sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it isn’t, because life is change and what worked five years ago may not be working now.

As Carl Jung said, ‘What is true in the morning may be a lie by the afternoon.’

Your story is unique, so you can’t always ‘cut-and-paste’ from other people’s lives; nor always rely on their advice.

Your life is also a living thing, and like every living thing, needs looking after.

Sometimes, if we find a safe space, it may be good to speak about it. ‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you,’ said Maya Angelou.

Wellbeing is looking after your story, in all its aspects. It starts with self-honesty; and may mean you putting down all the balls for a moment to take stock.

It’s the only one you have; so do look after it.

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