We disappeared to a cosy cottage in Snowdonia, Wales, last weekend and took our time returning home on Monday. High above the sea, life graced us with spectacular views, wild weather, picnics in the car, deserted stations on restored steam railways and peace, for which we are grateful. The break has done us the world of good.
New perspectives are created from observing different views, changes in routine, and asking questions and I always feel better for shaking things up a bit and looking at other angles. Last month saw the launch of my latest course, Seeds of Self-Belief, and a large part of the content was inspired by observing how my beloved is handling an ongoing and challenging situation.
His self-belief is rooted in a solid foundation created in childhood and self-awareness of his life values and interests. His life values are born from an open, loving heart and nurtured with kindness. No matter what others say or do, his heart stays open and loving, which takes enormous strength of character and courage not to dip into bitterness and anger and then stay there. As a child, he was encouraged to pursue his interests, which have grown into passions during adulthood, and further fuel his self-belief and confidence.
There are many labels in our society and a crushing need for judgment which is growing exponentially. I pray we manage to douse this trend with kindness and stem the tide. I have always viewed passion for an interest or hobby as love in action and find it jarring that some others choose to label passion as eccentricity, obsession or nuttiness. Our passions shape and nurture us, as well as bring solace in times of need.
It is a gift to have carried self-belief from childhood, and that is not always the case for many, yet it can be created afresh, built and nurtured at any stage of life. It is held within and as adults, we can learn how to build and care for it.
I am grateful to Tim, for inspiring me with fresh perspectives on self-belief and confidence and for keeping the loving energy flowing in our home.