Tuesday, June 26

Welcome To Sheep School 2

Disclaimer - PLEASE NOTE POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING : DEPRESSION,SELF HARM, EATING DISORDERS &, FLASHBACKS, SEXUAL ABUSE - These things are mentioned not explained in much detail)
Dear Readers,
I can't run a back to basics series without first explaining why I even have this site or do what I do.
I am going to share my testimony with you.
 These days when asked my story I tend to word it along the lines of Jesus gave me beauty for ashes, I was broken little girl, but Jesus found me and led me through a very painful, sometimes messy healing journey and now because of Him I am a confident, strong woman with a heart for God and a heart for people and my mission in life is to teach God's broken daughters how to fly again.

Going A Little Deeper... ( Please Note I mention potential triggers : Sexual Abuse, Depression, Self Harm & Eating Disorders  in this portion of this post)

I was brought up as a Christian, my first word was hallelujah ( no seriously it was, I still can't spell it though) so I guess you could say I was always destined to be a Christian. My parents gave both my brother and myself the choice of faith, because they believed that for faith to be real it must be chosen not forced. I completely agree with this. I gave my heart to Jesus Christ at 3 years old of my own free will, but it wasn't until I was 15 that my faith really became my own, before this I believed, and had even had some experiences, but I had not been tested and until that test came, I didn't really know what real faith is.
That test came in the form of getting sexually abused and severely bullied at school, which led me on a very dark path of depression, eating disorders and extreme pain. I was a mess, I knew Jesus, but you can still know Jesus and be angry at God at the same time, and at this point that is exactly where I was. I had to learn to forgive, let go of the pain and move on with my life, all this was part of the healing journey process, but the reason that this post is even getting written is because there is one more element to the healing journey that needs to take place for me, many years after the fact.

Finding Restoration 

 You get to the point when you have been healed and set free where you just don't want to associate with your story anymore, but part of being truly healed means embracing  your story, because it is only when you own your story and it doesn't hurt anymore, that you can give it over to God to use as He chooses to do so. Often times God will not lead His children to share publicly the struggles and very real pain they have encountered, Indeed in most cases it is not wise to do so, but occasionally He does ask and this is purely because there is power in our testimony, but even then we must seek the Holy Spirit for wisdom and the right words, I can assure you I have done this and will continue to do so until this post is finished.
Yes as  I sit here today, I am a woman who has been broken to the very core, abused in different forms and some of this abuse was self-inflicted. I have known the darkest of depressions and walked some very rocky ground, but I am also a woman who has been healed from the inside out, set free and able to write this with no pain at all. Even as the flashbacks pop up as I am typing they don't hurt and that is because when Jesus heals us, He doesn't just heal the pain of the event, He makes us whole and this includes healing the memory of the event also. Where pain once sat, I now have a very grateful and contented heart.
I shared recently that I got discriminated in a professional setting because of what I have been through, some people won't understand, and to some, people who have/do suffer with mental health issues or have encountered are scary, there is a reason that the stigma surrounding mental health issues, unfortunately it is very much the case of the minority running for the majority. The majority of mental health suffers, have a story of real pain and do not want to burden anyone with themselves, as they see themselves in a very low opinion because of what they have.  It is called suffering with mental health issues for a reason too. These people are not monsters, they just want the same as everyone else alive, to be loved, to belong and to feel like they matter, because deep down some part of them knows they do, because we all do.
I won't ever stop fighting for this cause, because Jesus cares about everyone's suffering regardless of it is seen or not.

Jesus Christ is the good shepherd and His love for His sheep led Him to the Cross.

How can I not say thank you and give Him permission to use my story? If this helps one person, it's worth all the rubbish I know I am likely to get for being so open. If you're thinking of going public about mental illness read this first.
I don't care though. I rather stand for something and there are no greater causes then those that Jesus cares about.
So there you go, a little of my testimony. Now I can get on to what I wanted to cover in this post.

The Point Of The Post

You see, all woman have one thing that plagues us, it is often the reason we paint out faces, wear certain clothes and become almost unrecognizable to fit in. Even within the church, as sincere as we desire to be there often times is that small nagging voice in the back of our heads that urges us to hold back. That little voice, belongs to a creature that doesn't care about race, culture or where you have been or where you are going, it makes all woman feel that sense of not being good enough, as if we are thirteen again and completely unsure of ourselves. I think the reason thirteen is such a tough age for most girls is because it's the first big transition a young woman will go through, as they say the first cut is almost always the deepest.  I like to call this little creature with that annoying nagging little voice the worm called insecurity, because that little worm seems to know how to wiggle its way into just about any situation.
I can feel really confident in a certain dress, but if I can't get it to sit right with the rest of my outfit, then I am going to go change into something else, unfortunately I am one of those woman who has plenty of clothes but can still be found really upset because I think I have nothing to wear. It's madness, but that little worm had most likely been commenting in my head on how ridiculous I look or the shade not matching my eyes or something equally stupid, and as usual I will have gone back into my insecure 13-year-old shell and decided to change. I am getting better with this now, since identifying it but still, like many other woman I struggle with insecurities. I know men struggle with their own insecurities too, but woman, because so much of what our world is about is to do with how things look and it's all in the details  I think it's a little more intensified for us, especially since that worm shuvs his head in our face and refuses to be ignored until we dismiss each of his statements about us one by one. Ladies, we can all feel insecure, but that worm is a liar, you are beautiful just the way you are inside and out, and Daisy Change exists to help you release that and then release your potential.
The events of my story don't really matter, because at the heart of it I was just as insecure as everyone else. I still had the same battles of growing up that every other young woman faces, but we get to choose what we are going to do with those insecurities. Everyone has a story, but our story doesn't have to be our identity.
This blog is my way of making it clear to that little worm that ate away at my confidence, health and even some of what could have been, that it doesn't get to control me anymore because I know who I am in Christ and nothing is going to stop me from shouting His praises. Nothing.
I am not my past, present or future. I am a daughter of the most high king, I am loved, accepted, a part of His family and designed for a purpose only I can do, and so are you. You are breathtakingly beautiful, but most ladies find that hard to believe about ourselves.
I want to see other young woman learn how God sees them and tell their own little worms where to go, knowing they are amazing, because God made them and He doesn't make mistakes.
That in a nut shell is the story behind the blog.
Once you know who you are, you become very dangerous to the darkness in this world, you become unstoppable.
I consider this post foundations laid for the next season that is starting, complete with its new heights and challenges.
Bring it on.

Welcome To Sheep School 2

Disclaimer - PLEASE NOTE POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING : DEPRESSION,SELF HARM, EATING DISORDERS &, FLASHBACKS, SEXUAL ABUSE - These things are mentioned not explained in much detail)
Dear Readers,
I can't run a back to basics series without first explaining why I even have this site or do what I do.
I am going to share my testimony with you.
 These days when asked my story I tend to word it along the lines of Jesus gave me beauty for ashes, I was broken little girl, but Jesus found me and led me through a very painful, sometimes messy healing journey and now because of Him I am a confident, strong woman with a heart for God and a heart for people and my mission in life is to teach God's broken daughters how to fly again.

Going A Little Deeper... ( Please Note I mention potential triggers : Sexual Abuse, Depression, Self Harm & Eating Disorders  in this portion of this post)

I was brought up as a Christian, my first word was hallelujah ( no seriously it was, I still can't spell it though) so I guess you could say I was always destined to be a Christian. My parents gave both my brother and myself the choice of faith, because they believed that for faith to be real it must be chosen not forced. I completely agree with this. I gave my heart to Jesus Christ at 3 years old of my own free will, but it wasn't until I was 15 that my faith really became my own, before this I believed, and had even had some experiences, but I had not been tested and until that test came, I didn't really know what real faith is.
That test came in the form of getting sexually abused and severely bullied at school, which led me on a very dark path of depression, eating disorders and extreme pain. I was a mess, I knew Jesus, but you can still know Jesus and be angry at God at the same time, and at this point that is exactly where I was. I had to learn to forgive, let go of the pain and move on with my life, all this was part of the healing journey process, but the reason that this post is even getting written is because there is one more element to the healing journey that needs to take place for me, many years after the fact.

Finding Restoration 

 You get to the point when you have been healed and set free where you just don't want to associate with your story anymore, but part of being truly healed means embracing  your story, because it is only when you own your story and it doesn't hurt anymore, that you can give it over to God to use as He chooses to do so. Often times God will not lead His children to share publicly the struggles and very real pain they have encountered, Indeed in most cases it is not wise to do so, but occasionally He does ask and this is purely because there is power in our testimony, but even then we must seek the Holy Spirit for wisdom and the right words, I can assure you I have done this and will continue to do so until this post is finished.
Yes as  I sit here today, I am a woman who has been broken to the very core, abused in different forms and some of this abuse was self-inflicted. I have known the darkest of depressions and walked some very rocky ground, but I am also a woman who has been healed from the inside out, set free and able to write this with no pain at all. Even as the flashbacks pop up as I am typing they don't hurt and that is because when Jesus heals us, He doesn't just heal the pain of the event, He makes us whole and this includes healing the memory of the event also. Where pain once sat, I now have a very grateful and contented heart.
I shared recently that I got discriminated in a professional setting because of what I have been through, some people won't understand, and to some, people who have/do suffer with mental health issues or have encountered are scary, there is a reason that the stigma surrounding mental health issues, unfortunately it is very much the case of the minority running for the majority. The majority of mental health suffers, have a story of real pain and do not want to burden anyone with themselves, as they see themselves in a very low opinion because of what they have.  It is called suffering with mental health issues for a reason too. These people are not monsters, they just want the same as everyone else alive, to be loved, to belong and to feel like they matter, because deep down some part of them knows they do, because we all do.
I won't ever stop fighting for this cause, because Jesus cares about everyone's suffering regardless of it is seen or not.

Jesus Christ is the good shepherd and His love for His sheep led Him to the Cross.

How can I not say thank you and give Him permission to use my story? If this helps one person, it's worth all the rubbish I know I am likely to get for being so open. If you're thinking of going public about mental illness read this first.
I don't care though. I rather stand for something and there are no greater causes then those that Jesus cares about.
So there you go, a little of my testimony. Now I can get on to what I wanted to cover in this post.

The Point Of The Post

You see, all woman have one thing that plagues us, it is often the reason we paint out faces, wear certain clothes and become almost unrecognizable to fit in. Even within the church, as sincere as we desire to be there often times is that small nagging voice in the back of our heads that urges us to hold back. That little voice, belongs to a creature that doesn't care about race, culture or where you have been or where you are going, it makes all woman feel that sense of not being good enough, as if we are thirteen again and completely unsure of ourselves. I think the reason thirteen is such a tough age for most girls is because it's the first big transition a young woman will go through, as they say the first cut is almost always the deepest.  I like to call this little creature with that annoying nagging little voice the worm called insecurity, because that little worm seems to know how to wiggle its way into just about any situation.
I can feel really confident in a certain dress, but if I can't get it to sit right with the rest of my outfit, then I am going to go change into something else, unfortunately I am one of those woman who has plenty of clothes but can still be found really upset because I think I have nothing to wear. It's madness, but that little worm had most likely been commenting in my head on how ridiculous I look or the shade not matching my eyes or something equally stupid, and as usual I will have gone back into my insecure 13-year-old shell and decided to change. I am getting better with this now, since identifying it but still, like many other woman I struggle with insecurities. I know men struggle with their own insecurities too, but woman, because so much of what our world is about is to do with how things look and it's all in the details  I think it's a little more intensified for us, especially since that worm shuvs his head in our face and refuses to be ignored until we dismiss each of his statements about us one by one. Ladies, we can all feel insecure, but that worm is a liar, you are beautiful just the way you are inside and out, and Daisy Change exists to help you release that and then release your potential.
The events of my story don't really matter, because at the heart of it I was just as insecure as everyone else. I still had the same battles of growing up that every other young woman faces, but we get to choose what we are going to do with those insecurities. Everyone has a story, but our story doesn't have to be our identity.
This blog is my way of making it clear to that little worm that ate away at my confidence, health and even some of what could have been, that it doesn't get to control me anymore because I know who I am in Christ and nothing is going to stop me from shouting His praises. Nothing.
I am not my past, present or future. I am a daughter of the most high king, I am loved, accepted, a part of His family and designed for a purpose only I can do, and so are you. You are breathtakingly beautiful, but most ladies find that hard to believe about ourselves.
I want to see other young woman learn how God sees them and tell their own little worms where to go, knowing they are amazing, because God made them and He doesn't make mistakes.
That in a nut shell is the story behind the blog.
Once you know who you are, you become very dangerous to the darkness in this world, you become unstoppable.
I consider this post foundations laid for the next season that is starting, complete with its new heights and challenges.
Bring it on.

Monday, June 18

Welcome To Sheep School

Dear Readers,
I know that many of you like myself our entering into a new season in your life.  It is after all back to school season. With this in mind, I want to strip all the bells and whistles away and get back to basics this month on Daisy Change. I think that there is more than enough long, layered posts published on Daisy Change, now it's time to really get back to basics.
  • This month we are going to look at what is the very simple message and mission of any follower of Christ.
  • The basics of setting up a new business or project and yes this does mean some blogging tips will be thrown into the mix.
I think that for me, where I am in my life right now, it is vital that I get the heart and mission of Daisy Change clearly across to anyone that stumbles upon my site,  so first I will state it in this post, then in the next few posts we will get into how this actually works.

The Mission & Heart Behind Daisy Change

Firstly, to be a platform on which God can communicate His heart to His daughters, including what He thinks of them. A majority of my readers are female, many of which are in their teens or early twenties. All woman struggle with identity. There isn't one of us that is not sometimes prone to what I like to call crazy woman logic, but God loves us anyway and each of us has a unique place in his plan. Now don't get me wrong I do care about God's sons too, but even Jesus stuck to his mission and so I have got to stick to mine which revolves around other women.
Secondly to act as a small step to recovery for those that are hurting.
Daisy Change does a lot of work to do with ending the stigma around mental health, and working to be a living example that there is always hope and a mental health diagnosis does not mean the end of your life or chance of a hopeful, happy future.
Also, resource lists and articles designed to encourage the reader that there is always hope, they are not alone and they matter.
Thirdly, to help teach God's broken daughters how to fly again. 
It's one thing to encourage hurting people, but another to actually teach them how to get up. I learned how, through my own very painful, messy recovery journey. Now God has called me to help teach His other daughters how to get up and fly, because you can no matter what you have done or where you have been.
This is not a call I would have chosen for myself. I ran, and I ran hard and long from this, but now at long last I have accepted that being a child of God requires obedience and so no more running for me.
I am not anything special for doing this, I'm just willing and God can do an awful lot with us when we work with Him. Also, the peace, joy and fulfillment that has come from being where I know God wants me to be, can not be compared to anything. The thing I once ran from has become a passion of mine and so you will find many many posts on this site designed to help anyone that wants to, to get up, fly high and find freedom and fulfillment both in Christ and life.
This is done through faith-based personal development type articles, resource lists and lots of testimony - lead-by-example type articles.
Finally to encourage new businesses and bloggers to make their projects the best they can be. This is done through tips, in-depth articles and resource lists. Professionally, I am a business woman with a passion for promotion anything and everything I think is needed or awesome. I have learned a lot and I have also got some amazing business contacts I would love to link my readers to and so I have a space dedicated to this cause on all of my Daisy Change sites.

Bottom line, I see Daisy Change as a pair of hands,

  • We Point to Jesus Christ in everything done under the Daisy Change banner. 
  • We reach out to His daughters and a lost, hurting world. 
  • we lay our hands flat for others to stand on so we can push them up. 
So that's me and my little blog's mission, how about yours?
Do you know what you stand for? If so please feel free to share in the comments. 
Catch you next time guys,
Take Care,
Love Hayley
xXx

Welcome To Sheep School

Dear Readers,
I know that many of you like myself our entering into a new season in your life.  It is after all back to school season. With this in mind, I want to strip all the bells and whistles away and get back to basics this month on Daisy Change. I think that there is more than enough long, layered posts published on Daisy Change, now it's time to really get back to basics.
  • This month we are going to look at what is the very simple message and mission of any follower of Christ.
  • The basics of setting up a new business or project and yes this does mean some blogging tips will be thrown into the mix.
I think that for me, where I am in my life right now, it is vital that I get the heart and mission of Daisy Change clearly across to anyone that stumbles upon my site,  so first I will state it in this post, then in the next few posts we will get into how this actually works.

The Mission & Heart Behind Daisy Change

Firstly, to be a platform on which God can communicate His heart to His daughters, including what He thinks of them. A majority of my readers are female, many of which are in their teens or early twenties. All woman struggle with identity. There isn't one of us that is not sometimes prone to what I like to call crazy woman logic, but God loves us anyway and each of us has a unique place in his plan. Now don't get me wrong I do care about God's sons too, but even Jesus stuck to his mission and so I have got to stick to mine which revolves around other women.
Secondly to act as a small step to recovery for those that are hurting.
Daisy Change does a lot of work to do with ending the stigma around mental health, and working to be a living example that there is always hope and a mental health diagnosis does not mean the end of your life or chance of a hopeful, happy future.
Also, resource lists and articles designed to encourage the reader that there is always hope, they are not alone and they matter.
Thirdly, to help teach God's broken daughters how to fly again. 
It's one thing to encourage hurting people, but another to actually teach them how to get up. I learned how, through my own very painful, messy recovery journey. Now God has called me to help teach His other daughters how to get up and fly, because you can no matter what you have done or where you have been.
This is not a call I would have chosen for myself. I ran, and I ran hard and long from this, but now at long last I have accepted that being a child of God requires obedience and so no more running for me.
I am not anything special for doing this, I'm just willing and God can do an awful lot with us when we work with Him. Also, the peace, joy and fulfillment that has come from being where I know God wants me to be, can not be compared to anything. The thing I once ran from has become a passion of mine and so you will find many many posts on this site designed to help anyone that wants to, to get up, fly high and find freedom and fulfillment both in Christ and life.
This is done through faith-based personal development type articles, resource lists and lots of testimony - lead-by-example type articles.
Finally to encourage new businesses and bloggers to make their projects the best they can be. This is done through tips, in-depth articles and resource lists. Professionally, I am a business woman with a passion for promotion anything and everything I think is needed or awesome. I have learned a lot and I have also got some amazing business contacts I would love to link my readers to and so I have a space dedicated to this cause on all of my Daisy Change sites.

Bottom line, I see Daisy Change as a pair of hands,

  • We Point to Jesus Christ in everything done under the Daisy Change banner. 
  • We reach out to His daughters and a lost, hurting world. 
  • we lay our hands flat for others to stand on so we can push them up. 
So that's me and my little blog's mission, how about yours?
Do you know what you stand for? If so please feel free to share in the comments. 
Catch you next time guys,
Take Care,
Love Hayley
xXx

Tuesday, June 12

Sheep! The Role of the Shepherd & Conclusion

In last weeks post, I said that the secret of the simple life is to trust the Shepherd, but how exactly can we know the shepherd can be trusted? Who is this Shepherd anyway?
In this post, I am going to answer both those questions and explain a little more of the role of the Shepherd.
Now, I know that some of my readers will think I am about to get all religious on you. While I am going to mention a higher power, I am also very aware that not all my readers even believe in such things and so I will keep it brief when we come to that part.
In order to answer these questions we first need to take a closer look at sheep and why we as humans need a shepherd just as much as they do.
Sheep have a tendency to wonder off. It's no secret they can be really stupid sometimes, but so can humans. We as humans, have a tendency to want to do our own thing, no one likes to be told what to do so the idea of appealing to a higher power, or a shepherd may seem like the most ridicules idea ever because we tend to think we are fine on our own and want to be in control of our own lives.
The truth is though, we were not designed that way. No matter what you believe in, it's not hard to accept we all need people, we all need relationships of different kinds and I would argue that one of those relationships should be with a higher power greater then yourself that has sight of the big picture and your best interest at heart. I believe that we are all designed with a hole in our lives, even if we have all the things that would indicate success if you are missing the most important relationship of all, a relationship with your Shepherd, then it will all feel rather empty. In contrast, if all you have is a relationship with your Savior , the shepherd of which I speak, everything else falls into place.
I can only really speak on my own personal experience. When we try to do things are own way we can end up hurt, broken, lost and confused. It is a completely human and normal thing to feel lonely even in a crowed of people, but when the Shepherd comes and picks you up and carries you to a safe place then that loneliness disappears.
I wanted to have a post on my blog that relates strongly to my faith in Jesus, but if you have followed me for a while you will know that I don't believe in forcing my views and I certainly don't believe in writing posts that are laden with religion! However, I do also have Christian readers and I myself am a Christian and I wanted that to be something I am open about, even if I don't mention it much.
So then going back to those first questions we started with what is the role of the shepherd?
To look after His sheep, meet their needs, not their greed and to guide the sheep in the direction that is best for them away from the wolves and other dangers that are lurk in wait of a silly little sheep that has strayed off and gotten lost. When a sheep does get lost, the shepherd will leave his flock and go in search of that one sheep. This is a biblical principle but Alice Cooper, Sylvester Sloane, Beyonce, Owl City, Skillet and Brian Welch, can all vouch for the truth in it.
Who is the Shepherd? 
I would say that best shepherd you can have is Jesus Christ, however there are lots of different shepherd figures in our lives and we all have them. Personal fitness coach, fashion guru's, medical professionals, Pastors, teachers or even your boss can be a Shepherd in some form .
It is said that whatever masters you is your God. Be it food, people or something else, just be careful who or what you make the Lord of your Life. Your "Shepherd" is leading you somewhere..are you happy with where you are going?
That concludes everything I wanted to say in this series.
Untill next time, take care
Love Hayley
xXx
Go check out the artist!
http://alexbaxthedarkside.deviantart.com/

Sheep! The Role of the Shepherd & Conclusion

In last weeks post, I said that the secret of the simple life is to trust the Shepherd, but how exactly can we know the shepherd can be trusted? Who is this Shepherd anyway?
In this post, I am going to answer both those questions and explain a little more of the role of the Shepherd.
Now, I know that some of my readers will think I am about to get all religious on you. While I am going to mention a higher power, I am also very aware that not all my readers even believe in such things and so I will keep it brief when we come to that part.
In order to answer these questions we first need to take a closer look at sheep and why we as humans need a shepherd just as much as they do.
Sheep have a tendency to wonder off. It's no secret they can be really stupid sometimes, but so can humans. We as humans, have a tendency to want to do our own thing, no one likes to be told what to do so the idea of appealing to a higher power, or a shepherd may seem like the most ridicules idea ever because we tend to think we are fine on our own and want to be in control of our own lives.
The truth is though, we were not designed that way. No matter what you believe in, it's not hard to accept we all need people, we all need relationships of different kinds and I would argue that one of those relationships should be with a higher power greater then yourself that has sight of the big picture and your best interest at heart. I believe that we are all designed with a hole in our lives, even if we have all the things that would indicate success if you are missing the most important relationship of all, a relationship with your Shepherd, then it will all feel rather empty. In contrast, if all you have is a relationship with your Savior , the shepherd of which I speak, everything else falls into place.
I can only really speak on my own personal experience. When we try to do things are own way we can end up hurt, broken, lost and confused. It is a completely human and normal thing to feel lonely even in a crowed of people, but when the Shepherd comes and picks you up and carries you to a safe place then that loneliness disappears.
I wanted to have a post on my blog that relates strongly to my faith in Jesus, but if you have followed me for a while you will know that I don't believe in forcing my views and I certainly don't believe in writing posts that are laden with religion! However, I do also have Christian readers and I myself am a Christian and I wanted that to be something I am open about, even if I don't mention it much.
So then going back to those first questions we started with what is the role of the shepherd?
To look after His sheep, meet their needs, not their greed and to guide the sheep in the direction that is best for them away from the wolves and other dangers that are lurk in wait of a silly little sheep that has strayed off and gotten lost. When a sheep does get lost, the shepherd will leave his flock and go in search of that one sheep. This is a biblical principle but Alice Cooper, Sylvester Sloane, Beyonce, Owl City, Skillet and Brian Welch, can all vouch for the truth in it.
Who is the Shepherd? 
I would say that best shepherd you can have is Jesus Christ, however there are lots of different shepherd figures in our lives and we all have them. Personal fitness coach, fashion guru's, medical professionals, Pastors, teachers or even your boss can be a Shepherd in some form .
It is said that whatever masters you is your God. Be it food, people or something else, just be careful who or what you make the Lord of your Life. Your "Shepherd" is leading you somewhere..are you happy with where you are going?
That concludes everything I wanted to say in this series.
Untill next time, take care
Love Hayley
xXx
Go check out the artist!
http://alexbaxthedarkside.deviantart.com/

Tuesday, June 5

Sheep! An Alternate Approach

I'm Welsh, and as such, I have heard allot of jokes and stereotypes about Welsh people and sheep. Usually stereotypes are a negative thing and the "Welsh sheep" stereotypes are no exception However it doesn't have to be. Don't get me wrong, I don't endorse labels, prejudice or racism of any kind. I believe we should treat everyone with an unconditional positive regard no matter what, but the fact is as horrible as they can be, people still label and stereotype other people. People even label themselves and more often then not, we can be are own worse enemies. Some people wear their labels with pride and turn those negative experiences into something positive and that is awesome! It those people that inspire me to write the first part of this post. You see one very common stereotype associated with the Welsh and sheep is that we are a simple people
 
In the age of technology, advances in science that previous generations could have only dreamed of and being smart is finally considered cool, (mostly) it's easy to understand why being called a simple people or bunch of sheep could be offensive however maybe being simple is not necessarily a bad thing. Before I go any further, I am not speaking on behalf of all Welsh people everywhere, how other people choose to handle stereotypes and labels is entirely up to them. This post is purely my opinion and since I knew that it would come up that I am a Welsh girl writing a series about sheep and there would inevitably be so much scope for the trolls to come out, I decided to hit this issue head on. I didn't choose to write about sheep because I am Welsh, I chose to write about sheep because I can see so many little lessons from them that I thought would make for a good series for this blog, most of which come from the Bible and have noting to do with my being Welsh but if I really must bring that into my blog, then I am going to attempt to reclaim that label of "simple sheep" from a positive perspective.
 
Usually I give no time to trolls, if they want to waste their time then that is up to them, but on this occasion, it all just fits in so perfectly with where I intend to go with this series anyway that it seemed like the perfect chance to bring a small element of my Welsh pride into my writing. 
 

 
On to this weeks Lesson from Sheep...

Sheep don't care what people think and they don't care about yesterday! 

Sheep only care about a few things but what other sheep think about how they what happened yesterday 
certainly doesn't come into it. Sheep live for the day, they just enjoy the lush green grass when they are out on the field and the protection of their Shepherd. Yes they are simple and yes they can be a little silly sometimes, but they don't care about that because all their needs are met by their shepherd.  
 
Making mistakes is apart of being human and we can all me just as silly as sheep sometimes. We stupidly care about what other people think, so we try to fit in with a certain group. We stupidly try to handle to much on our own and so we end up putting out health at risk. We stupidly try to fill that nagging in our souls with quick fixs, only to find that nothing works because we were all designed for a greater purpose. We stupidly refuse to forgive those that hurt us, and end up bitter and unable to move on from the past. We stupidly do allot of things, so we can be just as stupid as sheep, in that sense, all of humanity can be a bit like a silly sheep sometimes so lets be clear I am not advocating you be a stupid sheep I am only suggesting that maybe learning the lesson of simplicity from sheep may make your life a little easier. 
 
Let me explain, Sheep live the simple life. They get up, they eat, they play, they sleep and they have not a care in the world and all of this is made possible because they have faith in their shepherd. We will explore a little more of the role of the shepherd in a later post but for now, let me leave you with a few thoughts. 
 
 
Sooner or later you have to think about how your life style is impacting your health. Sheep don't care about how they look, there are no magazines telling a sheep how it should look. Don't let the Photoshoped images plastered across the media define how you feel about yourself. You are special because you are the only you there will ever be and that's an excellent reason to be exactly who you are.
 
Sooner or later you have to say to yourself yes I have a past who doesn't? Brush yourself down and move on from yesterday. Sheep do this simply by sleeping on it, tomorrow is a new day, make it count.
 
Sooner or later you have to decide what really matters? Working all the hours of the day or spending time with those you care about. Money isn't everything. Sheep don't have a bank account, yet they are happy to enjoy the sun. They don't worry about a thing, and that is really what I am getting at here. 

Ofcourse we have to work, we can't have it literally as easy as sheep but we can learn the lesson to let our worries float away when we close our eyes at night. For me that is really what the simple life is all about and the secret to being free from the stress and worry of the world is simple. Cast your cares on something bigger then yourself, in other words,

Trust the shepherd. 

 
Love Hayley 
 
xXx 

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