When I’m having one of those days where I feel sorry for myself, I have learned there are certain things that lift my spirit, restore my self-belief and fire-me-up to challenge where I am. These include looking at photographs of my family – like these ones
Then I phone a friend…
I’ve learned a powerful thing about wobbles – a wobble shared is a wobble that feels less overwhelming, less all-consuming. When you share your wobble with a friend, they may not have a solution for you, but they will have a shoulder to cry on, they will listen, let you wobble and love you all the same.
I also write my “Blog I will not publish”. I get a blank sheet of paper – or a blank screen on my ipad notes, and I write without an agenda. No plan, no topic, no rules or political correctness. I just write. And when I’ve finished I read it through. I’m often surprised by what I read; surprised at the passion and the questions that appear on the page. Most often I’m surprised by the way the tone changes as I write, letting out feelings I’ve been locking away, exposing challenges that have been troubling or puzzling me. And as I read, I often feel the sensation of doubt and negativity leaving me. Draining away to be replaced by confidence and determination.
I also love to watch inspirational videos, that share WOW stories. There are many on my “Favourites” on YouTube *WARNING watch with tissues at the ready! Here is my favourite, which never fails to inspire me – and reduce me to tears – from Caroline Casey, and TED Talks.
What do you do to lift your mood, to restore your sense of WOW when you’re having a wobble? I’d love you to share them here.
4 thoughts on “Dinah’s wobble boosters”
A converstation with my ‘wobble’ friend never fails to help me put things into perspective – it’s also important to me that I can support her during her wobbly times too.
Thank you for sharing Caroline Casey’s talk – what a remarkable woman – a truly inspirational speaker.
I love that Christine, I have my wobble-buddies and I know we’re there for each others wobbles. Jayne often reminds me of the toy from our childhoods – the Weebles “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down” A fabulous reminder that it will pass.
Caroline’s talk still gives me goosebumps every time.
“Being absolutely truly yourself is freedom” That is powerful. “Although stop with the labels, we are not jam jars.” was also superb.
Isn’t her language fabulous Natalie, I loved “disability is the elephant in the room” too and yes, ” stop with the labels, we are not jam jars” is stunning.