This thought came to mind…
………….after a music weekend away with a friend I’ve know for many years.
She always felt she knew me very well we were best friends who would talk about everything and anything, but now she feels that I’ve changed so much, but she has too.
Since Lockdown and COVID, I’ve spent time really trying to deepen my relationship with Jesus. I start my day with prayers for my closest family, my friends, Christian friends, work colleagues and people that cross my path in need.
Then throughout that day (lunch time & at home) I listen to various Bible plans on the Bible app.
I have found this of great benefit and it has given me wisdom and strengthened my discerning spirit.
My day job is hard, listening to callers saying they are struggling financially due to our current risen energy prices in this country. Issues with homelessness and pending homelessness due to rising rents amongst other things.
As I am talking for over seven hours each day so I need quality time alone to recuperate. I can’t spend 100% of my spare time in the company of others without getting to a point of burn out .
At the weekends I need some quiet time to myself.
Over this weekend once we were awake there was no time to have that quiet time until bed time. Then that time was noisy too.
These days I’m only streaming my tv from apps. Not watching Reality TV or watching soaps.
I tend to read the news online. I can’t miss the up to date info- we get told at work the state of play so we can advise callers accordingly. I listen to personal development audio books while travelling in the car, walking or washing up.
I also follow various organisations on Twitter for real time news.
People and their personalities are like an onion – intricate with
many layers- and sometimes you need to peel back a few layers to really appreciate what they are made of.
My friend told me she was worried about me, that I was living in a different world to her. Sadly, this turned into a heated debate.
Wisdom and discernment has effected my motivations and what I want to spend my time doing, now in my autumn years I feel life is short and I intend to spend my free time working towards something that will honour Jesus, give money to needy causes etc.
My day job role requires me to wear a mask. First layer of an onion. There are certain ways I have to behave and appear when I interact with others. This makes me look more logical, reasonable and analytic personality even though sometimes I feel very emotional due to individuals situations.
I have to have a non bias opinion of what others do in their lives. Equality & Diversity is all around and I am not allowed an opinion on it. Deal with people and not judge their choices.
I’ve spent the last 35+ years being Entrepreneurial and used the internet but most of my friends have no idea about this aspect of my life. Computers/technology haven’t been their interest but I love technology. I have learnt so much in all these years.
Life is a journey and it’s important to move forward and embrace different opportunities and realise that our decisions to do different things shouldn’t make us wrong!
It’s important for us to say, think and speak in a positive way towards others and also about ourselves. Otherwise your life is difficult and you are drawing negativity to yourself.
I believe that Jesus has given me new friendships in the past year and I have got to know others who have been in the background of my life.
The second layer of the onion is where your mask is taken off. People become more themselves when they are at home with family, friends or the ones closest to them. They are not too cautious about how they are seen and communicate with others. In this layer we tend to take our mask off with our first connections.
The sub layers of this mid layer are personality, your values, your vision and your perspective of life.
People are here more open to talk about their real inner self.It is much easier to communicate at this layer. People are more friendly, more welcoming and open in building longer relationship.
The third layer is the deep layer which only you know yourself. It is where you hide your feelings, emotions, thoughts, desires, wishes, fears nobody can reach, It is also the layer where you hide your heart, loves, disappointments, burdens. It is called the bottom of heart.
This layer is the sources of life time relationships and strong trust to each other.
There is another layer which is the deepest and hidden that even people themselves don’t know or not aware about it. Some people with so called 6th sense, can reach or read this layer. This layer has direct connection to subconscious.