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Some time, I’d like to come back to our bullying series as there is still some help to be had for us. However, today, my cherubs are asleep and it’s only seven PM. My feet are up. I’m sitting by lots of beauty colored in varied hues of sunset, shadow and dusk. Tonight will be short. I will let today end and indulge the coming together of these things. (I am even drinking reheated coffee with lots of whipped cream!)
What I have thought of to share with you my friends, as I’ve enjoyed its friendly work on me today, is the pleasure that should be ours in emotional health.
Bad things will come. We will have anger, lower communication and such. We will wish we hadn’t pushed the call button on the phone by accident when yelling. BUT. But (“Mommy you said a potty word!”). But it will pass. It will not define our day or our perception of self. We won’t catastrophize and we will trust ourselves to show love and mercy to Me in our weakness. This is a pleasure to experience. This is what comes when we have brain health.
If this is what has always been your reality, well great. BUT. But (“Mommy! Why did you say that?). But, many of us know what it is to crave for days when we can say that the blow-ups, outs and ins don’t blot out the sun. They shouldn’t. The pleasure comes with health. Go for it! You are worth it. You were made to feel pleasure.
Questions: When was it that you realized that your emotions and behaviors didn’t rule you or someone you love any more? What did/does that mean to you? Please tell me your story.
(Ah! There goes the last of the sun and the trees are now silhouettes.)
Self-Care Tip #257 – Go for the pleasure of trusting yourself to respond with healthy emotions and behaviors.
Once again, I find myself in a café. This doesn’t happen often enough for me. But here,
at the wonderful le Croissant Bakery, indulging not only in the quiet of my private thoughts, not only in my delectable chocolate croissant with coffee, but also in the ambiance.
Here, there is this completely lovely group of white-headeds, maybe ten of them at a table, sharing the treasured community of each other. None of them walk completely upright. One is wearing his oxygen tubing with tank in tow. The ladies are coiffed irregardless of their folding skin and thin hair.
so blessed to be in their community, testifying to me that aging doesn’t have to be done alone.
sure, 100% sure, that none of them are aging as they dreamed. Each of them have outlived many loved ones and the ground they walk on has changed many many times. They have, each of them, learned to walk again after suffering the type of loss that put’s any of us in bed.
blessed. This collection of café moments they have together does not account for these losses. This does not resolve their ongoing conflicts or pain.
But none of them,
100% sure, did not let those things keep them from having this moment together today.
All this sureness without having checked my notes with them? Yes.
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All my options were poking at me like specters and I’ve been distracted. Sitting in the coffee shop. 2 hours later and I’ve just started to write. This is the first in eons since I’ve had open space in time during daylight hours. I vaguely remember doing this in my past lives, but can’t remember how to do it. I’m awkward. It’s hard to know how to press into an area without boundaries. I’ve walked on the moon here, trying to know how to foot my thoughts. And now that my unbelievably free time is almost over, I realize I’ve procrastinated. A daily planner all filled up just dropped down and I can see what I should do. There’s a comfort in it.
A collaboration between work and play is healthy. We slide or trip across the arc that connects them. The path back can be harder to return to when we stay too long at one pole. Like an unused muscle. Sometimes people get sick and need time off work to recover. They often look at me with bewilderment and ask, “What now?” It’s like telling a kid, it’s time to nap. Everyone else who hears desperately wishes you were talking to them. We can lose the flow and someone or life or a force has to show us how to get back into sync.
Gratitude helps swing the pendulum. That awareness, gratitude, moves us back and forth to see our options, what we want and what we have.
Humility is another fair guide. Kids get this. I respect that about them. Their hearts are open flowers, vulnerable, wanting. They move trusting the momentum and direction from which they pivot. We get more friction as we age. It takes humility to accept redirection. Humility is different from insecurity though. It takes confidence and trust in something to know when to let go. Kids do that better than me too!
Today, some of the resistance in my journey left, and I have more gratitude for my work and for my play. I hope that I respond more easily when I should. Like Samuel who heard God calling, I hope to know when to answer. Let me be like a child.
Self Care Tip #33 – Live with gratitude, humility, and confidence. Be a friend to yourself.
Question: Does this resonate with you? What do you think?