Grounded

Trust creates peace.

~ From a Yogi Tea bag tag

Dogwood reflection

I had one of those ah-ha! moments  yesterday afternoon.  I read those three simple words on the Yogi Tea (Classic India Spice) bag tag, and there it was, a light bulb moment.  Trust creates peace.  How simple.

That simple sentence provided me with a world of answers, and more questions.  Isn’t that always the way of these things?  First an answer, then another question stemming from the answer.

I find that trust has to begin with me.  I have to trust that I know what I’m doing when I set goals, and trust myself to take the right steps towards those goals.  It dawned on me that my set-backs can often be attributed to a lack of trust in myself and/or in my goals.

An interesting caterpillar I found today.

I think a fear of success might stem from lack of trust.

A lack of trust in one’s goals, one’s abilities, and most of all, in what will happen if one is successful.  The process of meeting a goal often brings about changes, small and large.  And once you succeed at a goal, there is no turning back from that.

I’ll give you an example.  A lot of my attempts to quit smoking failed within the first month or two.  You might think that after going through the physical withdrawal from nicotine, things would get easier, and after a month it shouldn’t be too bad at all.  But it was usually about a month or so into a quit that I would panic about succeeding because I’d suddenly get the notion in my head that if I succeeded, it meant I would never smoke again.

That was the whole idea, of course.  To not smoke again.  The worry or panic boiled down to being too successful.  The further I made it into a quit, the bigger the changes, and the more likely it was that I’d reach a point of no return.  It’s much easier to fail at the beginning.  You don’t fall as far.

Now that I’m over ten years into being an ex-smoker, those fear of success feelings regarding my quit are gone.  It’s at the start of any challenge or goal that I tend to regard failure as an option as long as I don’t get too far into the challenge.  Now that I recognize some of what is at play, I can use this knowledge to help me with some challenges that I have not done well at.  All because of a Yogi Tea bag tag.

In other news…

The weather here in the Bogs lately must be perfect for fungi.  There are mushrooms popping up all over the place.  Some very pretty mushrooms, too.  I don’t remember seeing so many mushrooms last year.  Perhaps I wasn’t looking down enough.

The floor of the woods is dotted with tiny, brightly colored mushrooms of various colors.  You probably don’t want to eat them, though, or you’ll end up like these guys.

I spent a lot of time looking at the ground while out on today’s walk.  There are all sorts of interesting things on the ground.

The rain from the past two days has made it soggy and boggy, as usual.  I really, really, really need to invest in a good pair of muck boots.  They have some cute boots for rainy days.

No rain for us so far today.  It started cloudy, but the sky cleared and the sun came out around noon and it’s been nice ever since.

The rain will return sometime tomorrow and stick around for a few days as that low pressure system sitting near Chicago finally makes its way through.

It is day 2 of my yoga and food challenges.  All went well with this morning’s practice.  No cat fights, no alarms going off, no phones ringing, no other distractions.  Just me, on the mat doing twists, and moving with my breath.  It was lovely.

Well, that’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks for dropping by and joining me on my daily ramble.  🙂

Visiting the creek.

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39 Comments on “Grounded”

  1. tedgriffith says:

    Beautiful images today! I especially like the dogwood relection- very peaceful. If I may, I would like to offer this observation- trust is faith in action.

  2. Bo Mackison says:

    Great post today, Robin. That “afraid of success” is powerful, at least for me it is. I think you are right, success means change, and change…I start to think “wow, can I manage that change?” I hate playing mind games with myself, and yet I do it all the time!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bo. 🙂

      The great thing about mind games is that we can use them to be successful, too. It’s just a matter of changing perspective. I wonder why it’s so much easier to automatically do it in negative ways, but requires thought and effort to use mind games as a positive force…?

  3. Kudos for your new, daily commitment. I am not disciplined enough to exercise at home. I have to have someone tell me what to do. Oh well . . . !

    • Robin says:

      lol, Teresita! I have DVD’s for that (to tell me what to do). I’ve often thought it would be good for me to hire a personal trainer for a few sessions to kick my butt in high gear. It would be nice to get someone out here who could show me ways to exercise around the property. On the other hand, they’d probably have me doing things I already do (chop wood, haul things, etc.). lol!

  4. You have some really odd (but very interesting) pictures for us today!
    I love that little red tree, tucked away and being protected by all the big green trees.

    Congratulations on quitting smoking! That is quite an accomplishment! Both my parents smoked, and my dad was able to quit cold turkey. The closest my mom ever came to quitting is saying that she wanted to :-/ They were probably the reason that I never started smoking (never even tried)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Michaela. 🙂

      My parents both smoked too. My father quit when I about 10 years old, but my mother had to die to quit. 😦 She had small-cell lung cancer which is the one cancer they can link definitively to smoking (and coal mining, but my mother never set foot in a coal mine).

      I quit cold turkey. I didn’t like the idea of having wean off of something else. Quitting was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Life is much better without cigarettes. 😀

  5. Wow, Robin, who would have imagined mushrooms could be so exquisite–speak so much. I love the solid, simple substance of the first image–like the insight you’ve had about fear of succeeding.

    Wonderful post, my friend! Really lovely.

    Kathy

  6. Every image of the bogs today looks fantastic Robin….love the fungi, love the caterpillar and the dogwood trees reflecting on the pond….well….sometimes I see beautiful photos and their beauty gives me goosebumps! (That probably sounds weird, but that’s just me. Lol.)

    “Trust creates peace” are such powerful words, as you have realised. When you trust, you drop your defences, which in turn feels as if a weight has been lifted from your shoulders, creating peace. So simply, and yet so wonderful. The simple things in life really are the best. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Joanne. 🙂

      You’re right. The simple things are the best. 😀 I know what you mean about beautiful images giving you goosebumps. That happens to me too.

  7. Beautiful pictures! We all need to believe in ourselves more and to trust so when we are successful, we find something else to work toward and keep moving. I like your new blog look!

  8. ceceliafutch says:

    As usual, you have shared some beautiful sights with us today. I love the mushrooms. I’ll have to get out and become more acquainted with the environment in these parts. Thanks for another inviting post.

  9. freespirit2 says:

    I love the dogwood picture. Very beautiful! The saying is so true, “trust is peace”. When there is peace, there is love. Your blog is inspiring. Peace, love and light. Namaste

  10. Pat Bean says:

    What a great walk with you this morning. I truly needed it because today I will be driving California interstates around Los Angles.Thanks for sharing.

  11. penpusherpen says:

    loved every photo Robin, and you are so right, trust in oneself is paramount. I question myself and my abilities far too often instead of accepting the fact that even if I get something wrong, I can put it right.. Peace comes with acceptance.. (mind you, I say these things and then something happens and peace goes out of the window for a while. . but returns …. eventually!!) I like to think you’re showing the mushrooms as a warning, look but don’t touch kind of?.. ‘cos I have this question as to who was it tried out the eatable and safe mushrooms first?… as in was there someone else saying, ‘go on, try it, I bet it’s wonderfully tasty ‘ and then they waited a while to see if they were right… Voila’ 😀 … Extra special photo’s of the creek there, the colours are mind blowing and the atmospheric feeling was utterly magical… signing off now… xPenx

  12. homespunvita says:

    How big was that caterpillar!?! Wow! All of your pictures are really.. I dont even have the words to describe them.. just amazing and so beautiful. I really enjoyed looking. Thanks Sibb

  13. Love the fungi and the atmosphere in these shots!

  14. Christine Grote says:

    Those are some incredible mushrooms. I love the fall reflection photos and can’t wait to see what’s yet to come.

  15. eof737 says:

    These photos are absolutely stunning Robin! I kept wondering what the firt shot was and now i know — a mushroom form heaven… See you changed your template and gravatar again… I love this too… Quite soothing… TY! 🙂
    Eliz of Mirth and Motivation

  16. carlaat says:

    Trust creates peace. This is right on time for me. Along with your musings around it. Thank you, Robin.

  17. The colors in your photos have been so ethereal lately, Robin… The mushrooms and caterpillar seem to spring from a fairy tale and yet are at the same time grounded, earthy…

  18. Dana says:

    I’m relieved to know I’m not the only person who takes solace in the Yogi Tea bag wisdom. I’ve been comforted on more than one occasion by my pre-printed tea bag fortune. 🙂


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