CHANGES & UPDATES
written on Friday 19th May 2023
It’s been busy in Spirited Talk Towers. As I write this, we have a chippy in and fitting the five new doors for the newly decorated hallway. I somewhat dislike the chaos that comes with such work being done. Sawdust everywhere, dirty footprints on the new floor and basic mess as the work is being complete. I know, it’s transient, get over yourself!
Meanwhile, some of the changes have also been happening to my digital work online. This week, the ‘More WFSIW’ were sent from their new home as a sub-section of ‘The Inspired Spirit’. No change visible to the readers, just a big deal for me in administering it.
I also decided to make the newish AI podcasts free to all and I went through and removed all the paywalls from around 100 short podcasts, including the new AI podclass editions. My thinking behind this decision was because the subscription service had only two people. This meant that nobody was hearing the new podcasts. My work was not reaching an audience. So, rather than nobody hearing the new podcasts, I felt it would be better to just give them away free and find some alternative ways to raise the needed funds.
The buffer of productions I had created has nearly run out. Over the coming weeks I hope to build that buffer back up and try to get ahead once more, as the decorating comes to a halt for a month. Two more key changes are coming into place later this year. These are regarding the Facebook group, and these free Sunday archived editions.
Regarding the FB group, I am currently planning to close the group before the year ends. It appears to serve no purpose as fewer than ever members are choosing to interact in the group. The competition offering free readings from Maxine Meilleur only attracted a handful of interested members and that really surprised me. Even the diehard members have showed no interest. So, unless there are good reasons offered by the community, the group will close overnight at some point this year.
The final change to tell you about is regarding this Sunday edition. I have planned to stop it altogether at some point. It was originally created in the hope of attracting readers to switch to the subscription service on the ‘More WFSIW’ & ‘The Inspired Spirit’. But over the year of producing this edition, only one person has chosen to subscribe. Therefore this edition will have to end soon.
I’m excited about the future plans. I see myself being able to continue with this format of writing and producing podcasts for some time to come, the main difference being there will be no schedules to abide to.
“I think if there is one thing I can suggest to you as a reader and follower, and someone that reads newsletters, emails and content online, it would be to occasionally acknowledge your appreciation, or disappointment with anyone that creates content that you read or hear. I know I do this with other writers and content creators. I let them know with a comment every now and then, or an occasional like. Equally, I also unsubscribe to anything I don’t want in my email inbox! A compliment, a comment, or feedback costs nothing, yet means so much. I think that is a good lesson for all of us as we digest so much free material online. “
This session was originally written on Friday 4th November 2022 and published in More WFSIW #64 on 28th December 2022
Good evening. We are ready to begin. Clear your mind and just write the words you are hearing. You are in danger of having too active a mind. You were almost trying to decide what the subject was going to be this time, but you should know by now that it is us that make that decision on most occasions.
I have a question for you to ponder over after I’ve finished with you.
What would you do differently each day if you were to find out that you had a year of your time to live?
Now the problem that most people have with answering the question is that they do so with the comfort that it is only a rhetorical question and not really going to happen. But even so, most will declare details of things they’ll get done in those remaining days and weeks. They’ll suggest visiting lost or distant family members. Perhaps they’ll decide to go places they’ve not been yet but want to go. They’ll live life with more care for themselves for fear of reducing the time accidentally.
They’ll get all their things in order, such as wills. And as that time remaining reduces, they’ll panic even more and reduce their sleeping time. They’ll eat more food and their attitudes will change. They’ll become sad, disappointed and angry.
So why am I asking this question? Well, it’s not for the reasons you might think. I’m not asking it so you can appreciate your days more. Nor am I asking it because it relates to you, because it doesn’t. I’m asking it because time on earth is the most undervalued asset that you all have.
We know there’s nothing you can do to stop time flowing by. But there is something you can do with it now. That is to appreciate it more and spend more time being aware of the here and now. Living with your thoughts too much on future plans and events is a sure way to make time pass faster.
Many of the stress-related worries people have are future based. Worrying about things that might happen tomorrow. Even living in the past is stressful because too much energy is spent on missing things that happened and judging how much better those days were apparently, compared with nowadays. [sentence reworded from original]
Think of the timeline as the arm across the weighing scales. Too much time spent in the past and in the future off-balances the scales, whereas living in the here and now brings balance and stability.
When people have that example in their minds, they can learn to recognise how balanced their imaginary scales are. Time is precious of course. But a normal balanced life isn’t lived by constantly thinking about it. However, living life with an attitude and awareness of how time is used does bring with it more peace of mind.
Keeping the balance of mind right is one really good way to honour the time you have. Everybody on earth will, at some point, take their last breath. Worrying about it or when it will be is nothing more than wasting energy. Equally, worrying about every thought and moment of time is also wasteful energy. Being occasionally grateful by reminding yourself how important this time is, is appreciating the gift of time. Appreciation is one of the most powerful and positively charged emotions to live life by.
Have you understood my message this time? Thank you for letting my words be heard in your world.
An audio version of this session is now available.
Friday 19th May 2023 - 196 days later
In my original afterthoughts about this session I made a big deal about the subject of balance in life, as discussed by this speaker. I did include this following simple graphic to establish the point:
But of course, as with so many of the words of wisdom shared with us from those the other side, these messages are easier said than done. Life is hectic and it is often very difficult, if not impossible, to establish new ways of living that differ to that we are used to. I believe it is therefore quite natural to accept these deep and meaningful messages as guidelines for our lives, rather than hard and fast rules that we should obey.
It is most unlikely that when we wake in our beds at the start of a new day, we’re going to approach it as if it’s our last on earth. If we did, our lives would be chaotic at the very least. But the sentiment that we can take from this message is that we should work harder on appreciating the time we have, forget the past as it is gone, don’t worry too much about the future as we don’t know what might happen, and learn to live more in the here and now.
Reading this session again seven months after originally transcribing it, I believe the message it contains is really a good one to consider. The subscribers to the ‘More WFSIW’ series will have read the transcript when it was originally published, but I bet that reading it again now brings fresh eyes and ears to the core message.
Your feedback is always welcome. Leave your comments below.
Thank you for posting this subject Trevor.
It reminds me of the saying, yesterday is gone, tomorrow isn't promised ,that's why today is called the present. The present 🎁 is the gift we have all received when we woke up today.
What would we do if we only had a year to live we know it's hypothetical so we can take out the real panic out off it.
Everyone is an individual and I guess adding our age groups into the mix would probably generate different answers.
I can say that my own Dad at 83 yrs old was told he had motor neuron disease. Life expectancy was 9 to 18 months.
My Dad lived 10 months from diagnosis. Just celebrating his 84th birthday a month before he passed.
My Dad had the Bulbar version which affects the neck muscles, swallowing reflex and paralysis of the vocal cords before his leg muscles packed in.
Before he lost his voice and had to use a machine to speak for him like Stephen Hawkins.
I asked him did he have anything he wanted to do?
His answer was no just to spend it with his loved ones. Why waste energy on running round in circles in a panic !!!
My Dad said he was glad he would die before my mum because he didn't want to live without her.
I said what about your 3 children and 3 grandchildren ?
His answer was I love you all but you are not your mother? At the time I felt a bit hurt by his remark seeing my face he explained.
I know your mother will carry on because of all of you, maternal instinct will keep her going.
I wouldn't have the same motivation. My Dad was a brilliant father but my mother was his one true love.
My Dad was right my mum lived another 10.5 yrs and saw her oldest two great grandchildren born. They gave her a new lease of life and she lived to 91 yrs old.
I know my Dad would just give in and pine for my mum in retrospect.
I think being honest with ourselves and living our life the best we can.
If we aren't happy with our lives then make the changes life is too short.
Living in the moment is really what counts otherwise it's a waste of energy looking backwards into the past.
The future isn't set in stone or guaranteed and you can waste time on unrealistic pipe dreams.
Enjoy your present because not everyone gets one we all will one day take that last breath.
Until then concentrate on the here and now.