The gate swung open unbidden. The creaking of the hinges shattered the calm of the trees surrounding him, bringing him sharply to his senses.
Beyond the gate he could make out a building. The windows were shuttered, but he had a feeling that the house wasn’t empty, merely sleeping, waiting for the moment when someone would arrive to wake it from its reverie.
The lawns were tended, and he wanted to take a step forward, to get a better look at the garden, but immediately felt as if he would be trespassing, unwanted, into grounds that had been perfectly manicured by a gardener who had every intention of keeping them that way, no matter what happened.
To walk forward or to turn and run? Intruders were definitely not welcome here, and, without any shadow of a doubt, he would be intruding. But he also felt that it was too late. With the opening of that gate, the barrier had been broken and he was left with only one choice.
He felt himself take a step towards the Abbey…
The steepest of hills offer the most stunning of views.
Climb to the top; it will be worth it.
Just take it one step at a time and you will get there.
Never forget when you have come from.
It is a part of who you are, and others will willingly remind you of that.
Your roots are what keep you grounded, so never deny them.
Don’t waste an opportunity when it is presented to you.
Too many of us pass by doors that are just waiting for us.
Live life to its fullest – if something comes up, then go for it.
You can be who you want.
Life is not an exclusive club whose doors are only open to certain people.
The opportunities are yours, so grab them with both hands!
Set your self one goal, one thing to aim for.
As you reach the end of the month, reflect on how well you achieved the resolutions you set yourself at the end of last year.
Did you succeed? How can you keep that momentum into the new month?
The longest of journeys begins with one small step, so don’t feel disappointed with yourself if you fell off whatever waggon you set yourself on on New Year’s Day.
Try again, knowing that you can do what you set your mind to.
Sometimes it is hard to see the wood for the trees.
Separate out what you want to achieve, allow the individual branches to come into focus, and your path forward will become clearer.
Step into the shade, out of the glare of the sun, and you can move towards your goal.
It is all to easy, in current times, to fall back on lethargy and apathy, but these will get you nowhere.
Be focused on your physical fitness, and your mental wellbeing will follow.
It’s good to have something to aim for.
It gives you focus and purpose.
Set your sights realistically, however, and have a plan in place to get you there.
Celebrate your achievements, because you have worked hard to get where you are.
There are enough nay-sayers in the world who are prepared to knock others down, so make your voice heard!