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I Must Be A Mermaid

August is here and my blogging pal, Robyn, informs me that it is Happiness Happens Month! I must learn from my other blogging pal, Sacha,  whose birthday was in July, celebrates all month long. I’m so happy she included me in her celebrations by giving me a space on her blog yesterday.  So I’m going to have a happy celebration of my birthday month too! Yes, it’s in August and it’s a big number one! πŸ˜‰

I’m hoping to be blogging through the month. If you’ve signed up for my updates, I’ve made sure you’re not getting too many emails from me, by changing updates to a weekly mode. If you haven’t signed up, why ever not? πŸ˜‰

A birthday is a good time to take stock, reflect and to move forward.  I’m planning to do that?

As I’ve been discovering and rediscovering myself these last few years I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be a mermaid. No, my legs have not fused together yet! I’m referring to this quote.

“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” ― Anaïs Nin

i must be a mermaid

We live in times when we throw away stuff that doesn’t work  without even trying to get it fixed.  We live in times when we’re cannot tolerate discomfort, much less pain. We must find solutions everything and answers to every question. And when we don’t, we’re uncomfortable and unhappy.

I used to be that way. Okay, I’ll admit I still am, but not as much as before. I have learned that not everything can be resolved, not every question answered and not every relationship restored. Some people will just never get us – even our own family – but that’s okay.

I’ve learned to focus more on understanding my own behaviour and responses to what’s happening around me. I’m no  longer afraid to plumb the depths of my own darkness, understand my motives, and be at peace with it all. I’ve learned to trust my intuition about people and events and act accordingly.

We are a radically bottom-line society, eager to act and to end tension, and thus we lose opportunities to know ourselves for our motives and our secrets.” ― Thomas Moore, Care Of The Soul – A Guide For Cultivating Depth And Sacredness In Everyday Life

I have still a long way to go, but I’ve come a long way in my journey to wholeness too. This month, I’ll celebrate the mermaid within! πŸ™‚

I’m taking part in Sarah Arrow’s 30 Day Blog Challenge and BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo. Day 1 today

The beautiful image of a mermaid is created by artist, Anya Getter.

29 Comments

  1. trenna trenna August 11, 2015

    I wish I were more of a mermaid. That might be a fun goal.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 17, 2015

      Ha ha…let me know how you do with that goal, Trenna!

  2. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan August 3, 2015

    Happy Birthday month, Corinne! I hope it is a beautiful one. πŸ™‚

  3. CAROL CASSARA CAROL CASSARA August 2, 2015

    Another thoughtful post. I love your mermaid analogy, so perfect. And the image is lovely. As are you. xo

  4. Ajay Pai Ajay Pai August 2, 2015

    This is a creative way of celebration.

  5. Sunita Rajwade Sunita Rajwade August 2, 2015

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. My birthday month is February and for some strange reason I find myself grinning all month. Wish you a great month of happiness and a special happy day on your big one!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 2, 2015

      Thanks, Sunita. I borrowed Sacha’s idea and see that it seems to resonate with others too.

  6. Shantala Shantala August 2, 2015

    Such a wonderful quote, Corrine. Loved this post. Will be following along your posts as you celebrate your birthday month. πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 2, 2015

      Thanks, Shantala. I’ve been saving this quote for ages! πŸ™‚

  7. Dana Dana August 2, 2015

    Hmmm. I like that quote. I must be a mermaid, too!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 2, 2015

      Let’s swim together through the NaBloPoMo for August, Dana! πŸ™‚

  8. Lottie Lottie August 2, 2015

    Looking forward to blogging by your side during your month of celebrations Corinne – I am learning more and more to celebrate the tough times too, you will often catch me singing ‘it’s my birthday’ as I laugh at the days things don’t go right and learn to live through my mantra My Challenges Are My Gifts πŸ™‚

  9. Parul Parul August 1, 2015

    Wow – I loved that quote – shallow living is certainly dreaded this side too πŸ™‚
    You are an inspiration Corinne.Sometimes, I feel I need to meet you and hear you talk πŸ™‚ what a day it will be!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 17, 2015

      Thanks so much, Parul. Bangalore and Hyderabad are not too far away. I look forward to meeting you too!

  10. Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor August 1, 2015

    My mantra is “if that is the worst thing that is going to happen today, it will be a good day” it puts a positive spin on everything and is very useful when celebrating BIG birthdays πŸ™‚

  11. Robyn Robyn August 1, 2015

    I love your heart, determination, and spunk!!!

  12. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury August 1, 2015

    “’ve learned to focus more on understanding my own behaviour and responses to what’s happening around me” is a good mantra for living, Corinne.

    Happy blogging. Here to cheer you on, and who knows, maybe join you too!

    Love and happy birthday month!

  13. sacha sacha August 1, 2015

    Love the quote Anais is my fav. Im thankful you shared my birthday month celebration with me. And im ready to celebrate your month…..HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | August 1, 2015

      Isn’t she, Sacha. You’re such an inspiration! Thank you! πŸ™‚

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