Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A-to-Z Challenge: B is for Bravery

Lac de Vassiviere 
        Paulo Coelho

B' is for 'Bravery'. Something that was touched on in Ema's blog yesterday.

There have been many moments since we arrived in the Limousin where I have felt anything but brave.

At times I have found the cultural adjustment, language, paperwork & bureaucracy, getting registered with the tax authorities & 'legalised' within & integrated into the health system, need to start afresh creating an income, the cold in January & February (locals tell us it's been mild!), the many bits & bobs that need doing on the house, etc. etc. completely overwhelming & have questioned the wisdom of our decision.

In Brighton we had a life which, whilst not perfect, was ours. We understood it, our work paid the bills, and our friends, hobbies and families were close by, but........

My work as a Singing Teacher has always been about supporting people in finding their own, true voice, letting go of their fears, allowing themselves to sing & not listening to the ego chatter that tells them – us – what we can & can't do.

I realised within a couple of months that I needed help in dealing with my own conditioned minds negative chatter which, if I let it have its way, would keep me in a cosy corner somewhere never attempting anything different & probably sabotaging my dreams if I let it.
I turned to an old friend, A Course In Miracles (ACIM). My lesson from the course for today - 'I could see peace instead of this (insert your own problem/opportunity)'. 
I have a choice in how I look at the people, things, events in my life.

Bottom line, for me; I love my life & this gorgeous place we live; I love the beautiful shining star who is my wife; I love the work I did in Brighton helping my students to believe in & BE the beautiful shining stars that they are, & I love that here is another opportunity to teach what I most need to learn.... that life is & we are, an amazing & wonderful thing!

So, I commit to this – when there is a 'problem', or I perceive things as 'impossible', I will remember that I can see peace instead, deny the voices of doom in my head, acknowledge my many blessings & enjoy this Blooming Brilliant Business of life, with all of it's challenges, ups & downs. 

As they say in France, Bon

Peter  :@)

De Tout Coeur Limousin

Lac de Vassiviere 


  1. I'm in awe of those who are able to up sticks and start a new life in a new culture. I hope it's everything you dreamed it would be.

    Visiting from AtoZChallenge

    1. Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments. :-)

  2. What a beautiful part of the country to be in. ... You're so brave for jumping into a new life ... Bon chance.

    1. Hi there Fil - yes it really is a stunning part of the world, and so lucky to be able to explore it in more detail now that we are living here. Thanks for your visit :-)


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