What are your strengths?

I was doing a bit of a quiz today and it assessed that ‘Love of Learning’ was high on my strengths list. So it seems, on the weekend I was playing to my strengths and I learnt (or rather was reminded of) all of these lessons:

  • There is something super special about pleasant unexpected events – you see, with my husband, we went on a bit of an adventure on the weekend – what I’d imagined was pretty average – but in fact what we got was so much more enriching than I thought it would have been!  And to be honest, I’m still on a high!
  • Going somewhere you have never been before every once in awhile is refreshing.  The Dalai Lama was spot on.  I have felt more receptive and present since going there.
  • Meeting good people restores your faith that they still exist.  People who are genuine and authentic are the ones who fit into my ‘good people’ category.  The type who do what they say they will for no personal gain.  If you are looking for some of these, I honestly believe they are at a higher saturation in rural areas.
  • Rural communities are truly extraordinary.  What you see is what you get.  The common goal is appreciation of just how lucky we are as humans to live where we live.
  • Laughter really is good for you – How good would it be if, that as a health professional, I could advise someone to ‘…go and have a good belly laugh…’  And to inform them they aren’t doing it right until they are struggling to breath due to their intense laughter!  I had one of these laughs on the weekend, and still 24 hours later, even the thought of that time makes me chuckle.  The long lasting happy effects of a good belly laugh cannot be ignored!
  • Reliving happy days from your younger years can be a whole lot of fun.  On the weekend, I felt like I had ‘gone back in time’ and was reliving my youth – in a good way, for sure!  Thus, proving, deja vu can be awesome!
  • You can’t plan everything – wisely or not, I went along with my husband making most of the plans for the weekend we just had.  There was a moment last week that a little anxiety struck me, but as it turned out, I had nothing to worry about – things just worked out!
  • Just enjoy the ride – normally, I’m the planner, but something else I learnt on the weekend is that sometimes you need to ‘let it go’ (for all the Frozen fans, and their parents!)  Sometimes just going along for the ride is all part of the learning.

Reflecting on the positives of an experience a valuable exercise, as is knowing your strengths.

Do you know your strengths?

If not, how about this week you set about discovering them?  There are many websites that you can help, but to get the ball rolling, ask someone close to you if you need somewhere to start!  You might just be pleasantly surprised!

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Celebrating Rural Women

There a two topics I’d like to briefly touch on this week are Mental Health Week and the International Day of Rural Women.

Firstly and briefly, its Mental Health Week – I talked about this very important topic in last week’s blog and encouraged people to actually ‘do’ something towards improving their mental health – you can read it here https://wordpress.com/post/wellnessassistblog.wordpress.com/3425

You know, actions are what often set people apart – what do your actions say about you – are they actions that actually improve your mental health?

Whilst this blogs chosen topics seem to be miles apart – I think they can be linked in one word – Resilience.

As I have cited before, resilience is about navigating and negotiating available resources in a particular context…. so, then, rural women are the epitomy of resilience.  They might not have access to some of the support and tools that their city counterparts do, but they sure know how to make a such a incredible and valuable contribution to themselves, their families and their rural and regional communities.

Rural women play a vital role in every part of rural communities.  They know adversity, sacrifice and hard work but also comradery, support and leadership.

I’ve consider myself fortunate to have witnessed these qualities firsthand, and believe that the massive contribution that rural women make should absolutely be celebrated!

So, this Saturday (or at least this week), how about you make it your mission to talk to a rural woman?  Ask them about what they do each day and how they have the courage and strength to ‘walk the walk’ of rural life each and every day.

Here’s to our Rural Women!

PS – How good does that green grass look in the image?!  There is just something about green grass that makes my heart sing!!

Featured Image:  Photo credit: Yours Truly