Ashes Wednesday

Dear all,

today is Ashes Wednesday,

so for all of you who are celebrating … I wish you a happy beginning of this Lent season.

The 40 days before Easter.

A period of reflection, of self improvement and some sacrifices to do, maybe something we can avoid, some food habits we can change … and a soul recharging and rebirth.

Just to arrive well prepared to the Holy Easter. This year Easter will be on the 12th of April.

So still just the beginning of this Lent to start.

But I would like you all to take a moment to reflect.

Today with the Ashes Wednesday, we remind us all that we are going to go back to ashes one day.

So it is very important to reflect about our own life in a very humble way.

What are we seeking in this life? Money? Power? Success?

None of these things could truly give us real happiness.

Only love can. Only true love is able to enrich our souls. Love to give, love to share, love to have in our hearts also and especially in response to people who throw hate to us, who insult us, who show no respect.

Easy to reply to hate with hate, but to reply with love is the real challenge. Not to argue back, but replying with compassion and true love is the challenge.

Love your enimy. This is what Jesus asked us.

And when people question our religion, Jesus said that the only way people will spot our faith is through love (not from a cross or any other pointless dress code). From the love we will share, people will know we are Jesus disciples.

Because love is the essence of Christian religion.

Only one commandment Jesus gave us:

To love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and love our neighbor, as we love ourselves.

Full stop. All starts and ends with love. With love as the only rule for each of our behaviors.

And, as Martin Luther Kings reminded us, the only way to scatter darkness, is not with other darkness, but with light. Same with hate: only love can truly win hate. Always.

Love is stronger than anything else. Love will have the last word.

And it is fear that makes all so difficult everytime. Fear as the opposite of love. Win it with love.

And love is the love of compassion and understanding. Love is the love of forgivness and care.

Because we are all children of God on this planet. We all belong to only one human race. One race only.

So let’s together stop all hate and discriminations around. None of us is superior or better. We are all on a personal pathway in this life.

Let us become the better versions of ourselves.

Be good, do good. And it will all come back in return in a life of true happiness when the true joy comes from giving.

Take care you all

God bless you all

Happy Ashes Wednesday and beginning of Lent.

 

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All the best

Barbara

New Year, New Life

Dear all,

Happy 2020!

Sorry I’ve been a bit absent here, because life sometimes takes away the biggest part of our time … I mean living. And not stopping thinking what we are actually going through. Not stopping to think about life, the weird thing we are in, and we cannot escape from. But we can change it, and we are 100% in charge of it. We are adults. No more parents who should tell us what to do and who to be. And we’re lucky to be in societies where this truly happens. Where parents are just your friends, the best ones you could have, giving you advice, but you are a free person, an adult, with no need to follow their advice, even if sometimes they are right.

So I was just messy, messed up with my whole life. Heart issues also.

Also working, but sadly back unemployed now, so money issues too.

It is always like this. When there are issues in our lives, they are about everything, everywhere, not just in one part of it. So job, love … All together.

Anyway.

I also will be presenting my novel in the Turin Feltrinelli (piazza Castello) on the 30th of January at 6pm, you are all invited (in Italian only, we are at its third edition, already 2 literary prizes winner). Looking for agents outside Italy and also a bigger publisher for a second novel I still have it unpublished.

Every issue is a challenge, every challenge is a chance for growing, learning, improving, moving on and forward. Yes because we cannot stay still and stuck. And destiny in this is clever to always surprise us, in good or bad ways. So that our lives have to move on, one step forward, with or without our will, but we move on. We must.

And what we cannot change, we must just accept it.

Life is made of choices. Sometimes we chose right, sometimes we chose wrong. We make mistakes. Many. We fall. We wake back up again. Then we fall again, then we rise again.

We hurt and we get hurt. We heal. We forgive and forget and we are forgiven and forgotten. Some people are meant to stay for our whole life in our lives, some are not. Some are just sparkles in the night that burn out too quickly and too soon, to disappear. Some are flames that keep us warm, no matter what.

Life’s miracle is this: life is unpredictable, and everything can happen in a minute. Gains and losses. Winning or losing everything in a blink of an eye.

But we must be, always. Ourselves. Even when it hurts. Even when we would like just to disappear and fade away when all seems nonsense. Because miracles happen. And the unexpected happens. Beautiful things do happen anytime in our lives. We must just be patient. To wait. Not to settle for the wrong choices. Not to give up too quickly.

Nothing is permanet. Not even our pain. It will go away. We will heal. With time.

Time is always such a blessing. We are so lucky still to have it. Time for changing. Time for living. And time for loving ourselves. Because this is where we all should start from: ourselves.

If we do not love ourselves. If we do not forgive our mistakes, how are we supposed to be able to love the others?

We must love ourselves first, and then love others as much as we love ourselves but we cannot do the other way round. It is difficult to pour from an empty bottle.

We all do mistakes. We all are not perfect. So life starts from self understanding, self love, self care, true care and self forgivness.

So what will be new for this 2020?

Well, we all have new chapters of our life to write.

New pages to turn, and to draw, to write a new story, ours.

So do not try to copy anyone. Each of our life is different, and we all must make it a masterpiece.

So we start today, day 1. We have 365 pages to write.

No regrets. No worries. And stop caring about what other people will think, because everyone will judge us anyway. They will always say bad things about us we never did. Gossip is this. Do not care about it. Whatever they say, let them speak. You know who you are, and what you’ve done and what is in your heart and soul. So do not let anyone else dare speaking for you. Your life. Your choices, your mistakes and your steps forward in this pathway that should lead us all to the best version of ourselves. And self knowledge and awareness. Be self confident. Focus on yourself. Your life, your happiness. And when we will get inner peace, all will be looking different. But all starts from within. And remember only when the water is still, it is possible to see the bottom of the surface. Stirring the water will not make us see clear within ourselves.

Silence. Meditation. Knowing who we are. Then the world should just watch and stare.

It is our life. Now or never.

Let’s live it the fullest. And let’s make it just ours.

No regrets.

Looking forward, always.

Take care all of you

Thanks for reading me

All the best for this 2020

Strong big hug to you all, wherever you are.

And remember, at the end of the day we will be judged on the love we have spread and given. So let yourself be filled with true love to share, to multiply.

Love is always the key and the answer to everything. Let’s put it in all the things we do.

Living for love, in the name of love, every single gesture. And everything will find back its meaning. Because this is what we are alive for.

To love, to give, to be alive only when love lives in our heart.

Find also time this new year to make peace, to ask for forgivness, to forgive and forget the pain. Love wins always.

Love for ourselves, love for our Ethernal Creator, love for all mankind. We are all brothers in this little planet. Do not forget it.

Stay filled with love. Stay blessed.

Be yourself always.

#love #life #be #world #loving #living

 

 

 

 

 

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