Author: Sarah Suissa (page 2 of 17)

Melody or Lyrics…Both?!

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When you’re happy you enjoy the music, but when you’re sad you understand the lyrics – Frank Ocean

This saying is so true. We have all lived this exact moment, yet I am sure that no one really noticed this nuance.

There are many times where I need music for the melody, for the rhythm and the beat, which totally puts me in a great mood. It brings me on a high of energy.

Other times, I need music for the words, the lyrics and the messages I can relate too. I guess that when you’re sad, a song can express your emotion in a way you can’t and your feelings simply align to that particular song. When I am sad, the lyrics become my escape and singing the lyrics makes these words powerful. It’s extremely liberating!

Music makes the possibilities seem endless. It allows us to feel every emotion we experience in a unique way. Keep listening… & singing!

Be wYse,

Fears

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Acknowledging our fears is always the first step. The next step is understanding them (not always easy and can take a while!). Lastly, it’s all about developing the skills to overcome them. If we don’t take the time to reflect and question why some of our fears are present, we will empower them and they will keep acting as obstacles in our lives.

Like everyone, I have certain fears. Recently, this one seems to be lingering around.  I have micro fears that seem to have become a fear not being able to live life to the fullest. With everything going on in our crazy world, I feel like life is kind of on pause and all I want to do is hit play. I refuse to accept this reality as the “new normal” as I LOVE life and I believe that slowly slowly, it will come back. For the moment, I fear getting sick and mostly getting someone I love sick. This virus can be invisible and has caused so much sorrow to so many people worldwide.

I am worried about my students, colleagues and myself as this school year definitely lacks school spirit. I am adjusting my lens and my focus towards the things I can control and trying to find ways to up our morale by finding the small joys during the day and spreading them! Once again, I remind myself of the same and best motto Mind over Matter!

Fear

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Being scared is part of being alive,

Understanding the fear is how you thrive.

Although the fears will always reappear,

Your mind can overcome and contrive.

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Emanate love and good energy,

To some degree, it will set you free.

There are times where you rise above,

There are times where you just let things be.

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On some days you just don’t know,

Morale and spirit are low,

You feel helpless and unprepared,

Though, from these hardships, you will grow.

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Keep things in perspective,

As its all relative.

Fill your heart with serenity,

Stay mindful & objective.

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Remember this : NEVER let fear take the joy out of life.

Be wYse,

Worrying

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When your thoughts takeover they can make you lose control of reality. At times, it can be so difficult not to worry and not to let your concerns overcome you. In my case, it makes it better for me to write it out and reread what I know I should do and try to gear my mind in the thought process I know is the best and the healthiest for me. Writing it out acts as my reminder … I know there is a lot of positive around me and I need to focus on these aspects instead of what is worrying me… but its easier said then done.

This blurb is simply to tell myself that there are some things you cannot control, some reactions that are unexpected, some people that have their ways… the only control you have is on yourself and on how you choose to deal and handle it all. 

Be wYse, 

 

Bubble

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Everyone has their bubble where they can live in from time to time. Everyone has an escape to a safe place.

Sometimes, ok often, I like to live in my bubble where I feel reassured, safe and comfortable. What I mean by living in my bubble is more linked to the feeling of being able to be me … FULLY me! It means being surrounded with some indispensable people that to me make me want to live every single day and that know & accept me. It means being honest and truthful. It means feeling inspired and moved by the many little wonders of life. It means that I dont have think, but just be.

On the other hand, there are times where life is so fast pace and times where I don’t even notice that I’m so caught up that I can’t even enjoy being in my little bubble. Sometimes a bubble is a MUST to physically and/or mentally escape real life.  A physical escape is where I would end up in my car driving with no destination, walking around Montreal at crazy hours, staring out at various views, traveling to be inspired… A mental escape is where I would write about so many different things for days, where I practiced a few exercices of mindfulness, where I got lost in my books or movies/shows, where I listened to music for hours and hours. I must say that whether physical or mental, an escape is sometimes needed, and in fact, it’s sometimes healthy.

Be bubbly! Be wYse,

Be as you are

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Inspired from a song I truly love “Be As You Are” by Mike Posner … this is how I felt lately:

“There are moments when you fall to the ground
But you are stronger than you feel you are now.
You don’t always have to speak so loud, 
Just be as you are.
Life is not always a comfortable ride
Everybody’s got scars that they hide
And everybody plays the fool sometimes,
Just be as you are.”

There are moments that are tougher in life and everyone has the right to fall down at times. We tend to think that it’s not normal to feel down, but we should listen to our hearts, feel as we feel and be as we are. I remind myself that its OK to NOT be okay from time to time (which was actually recently explicitly mentioned to me by a friend). I was very reflective about this and came to realise that its my choice to determine what I consider tough and that its more important to try and understand my feelings then fight against them.

I also realised that we often say its not a big deal or that we will be okay, but truthfully we are all different and consider different things difficult and its our right to do so. We should embrace this part as its more telling about who we are and can help us understand and find better ways of coping.

Be wYse, 

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