So Many Berthas…

BerthaOver the years… I’ve had people tell me that they wished… Bertha… would come and stay with them for a while… I’ve also had people tell me that they missed… Bertha’s… wisdom when I didn’t write for a while…

So… today… Bertha… said that I should remind everyone… that… everyone has their very own… Bertha… with them… every moment of every day…

That’s right… you may call her Maude or Millie… or call him Fred or Frank… but regardless of the name… each of us has a voice of inner wisdom… even if you don’t listen… it’s always there… and it’s always guiding you…

Bertha… says the funny part is… the less you listen… the quieter the voice… and the more you listen… the more clearly you can hear it… she says it’s kind of like developing a muscle… the more you use it… the stronger it gets… or in her case… the louder

Of course… even after all these years… and as loud as she talks… I don’t always hear her… especially when I’m determined to do things… my way… and I ignore those gut feelings… that sense of heaviness and that something just isn’t right… but I stomp my foot and do it anyway… even though by that time… Bertha… is doing her best rendition of the robot on Lost in Space… you remember… danger Will Robinson… danger Will Robinson… while I get captured by the Martians…

Thankfully… there are more times now that I do listen… I visit a friend on a hunch… just to find that they needed to talk… or that I did… I pass on an opportunity… then find out that it wasn’t as great as it was presented…

But… I have to say… I most enjoy… Bertha… when she is relating common, everyday things to my life in general… like when she showed me that a flower growing in the middle of my dry creek had to do with resilience after being tossed around by the winds of life…

Yes… those are the messages that I love… and she assures me… that Millie and Frank… have wonderful lessons for you… all you have to do… is get quiet enough to hear them whisper… and soon… they’ll they will be talking nonstop…

Jane…

A Whole New Persona…

I had a fun comment on my blog the other day…

I so needed Bertha. My kids think I’m crazy when I tell them I have found an imaginary friend like they had as kids! She made me smile and laugh again. Thank you!

Which made me consider something that I haven’t before…this was my response….

It is my belief that we all have a…Bertha…that voice of wisdom within who can easily take on a persona all of her own…perhaps…they are the same imaginary friends of childhood…perhaps…there was just a time that the noise of our life drowned them out…perhaps…

Interestingly…now that I think about it…once I had given…Bertha…a persona…it was much easier to listen to her…to hear what she was trying to tell me…to see her on her soapbox…to imagine her fun outfits…

Now…I’m not saying that everyone should dress their inner voice in spandex and high-heels…although from personal experience it is fun…rather…I’m only suggesting…that the wisdom is there…and…you might want to give creating a persona a try…

Jane