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Losing Our Way, Finding Our Way

We always knew where we wanted to be. In our imaginations we lived, in the countryside. A straw bale house, a yurt or little stone cottage would be perfect. Photovoltaic panels and wind turbine, our own spring water and three or four acres of land. Self-sufficiency and definitely off-grid.
Getting there for us continues to be an ever- evolving  path that has at times been blocked or littered with surprising and often annoying detours. Looking back at the "What-ifs" it's easy to say we should have got those jobs in the south of France or took that extended holiday in a Catskills community. Where would we be now and what kind of people would we have become? Well, we made our choices, some right and some wrong, but  we still want that same way of life we dreamed about all those years ago, but now we know how to get there. What got us lost on the path was certainly negativity. Negativity about all kinds of things...Where is the money going to come from to do this? How do we escape the trap that is our mortgage? Why do we put up with a neighbour who cannot accept us and our way of life? Negative thoughts fester and multiply ; you get sidetracked, confused, lose focus and before you know it nothing seems good or will ever improve. There is a way out and it's SO simple it's laughable.
We decided to have an adventure. We did a wild and (to our family) crazy thing. We drove 300 miles to see a rural cottage with it's own spring on seven acres of land. We fell in love with it. We became excited about the possibilities before us, the opportunities that began to unfold. We put our house on the market, truly believing that it would sell. We sold it in a week, moved ourselves to our new home, immediately found the jobs we needed and happily settled into our rural idyll. The key I believe to our good fortune is intrinsically linked to the way we think. We became positive thinkers. We genuinely felt (and continue to feel) grateful for all we had.and have. We live our lives with optimism and happiness, believing that the good things we desire will come to us. We have seen our desires manifested so many times that it amazes us. We have gone in a very short space of time from a life of seemingly unending misery to a place of joy where our dreams and goals are being made real.
No longer do we worry about how our goals will be achieved, we believe that we are already living that life and we see our thoughts and aspirations being created around us. By being truly grateful for what we already have, by sharing and by giving to others of our time and above all, being positive and grateful, we have found our way back to the path and know that there are no more obstacles or detours in our way. The lifestyle we truly want is now waiting for us. We are not interested in the knowing how it will happen, but it will happen soon for us, of that we have no doubt.
Yours positively,
Simon.
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