Have you ever sat on the sidelines watching others have fun, desperately wanting to partake but was afraid if you did, you would be told: “you’re not acting your age?” I was often told growing up, “to act my age!” I do not blame my parents. They taught what they knew. Although, I carried this baggage with me into adulthood, proving no real purpose except to prevent me from fully living my life. That was me, until 2 years ago.
My friend Kate was great at bursting out in song and dance. I loved that about her. One day Kate and I left the park after an afternoon of hiking. Shortly after we left, it started to rain. She pulled the car over and asked me to get out. But it’s raining, I said. I gave her a gazillion reasons why getting out of the car was not something I wanted to do. She grabbed my hands pulled me out of the car and said, “let’s dance.” I couldn’t believe how much I resisted her invitation. But I danced in the rain. The more she encouraged me the more I felt myself let go of the resistance and had fun.
To this day, I hold that memory dear to my heart. Something so simple, and yet, it made such a significant impact in my life. It felt freeing to let go and enjoy dancing in the rain with someone who cared enough to help me release a shackle.
The mantra “act your age” still rings in my ear when I want to bring the child out in me to play. But I continue to practice letting go of that mantra, and when the opportunity presents itself, I am reminded by that kind and gentle nudge, to dance in the rain.
Let it go, let it go I Can’t hold it back anymore
Here’s to you, Kate. THANK YOU!
You truly are the best!
More often than not our remedy to being sick is to jump in the car and run to the Dr. without first asking, “What have I been doing to weaken my immune system?”
For the last two weeks, I have been dealing with an infection.
For as long as I can remember, my habit has been to worry. Funny thing is, almost 95% what I worry about never comes to fruition. Yet, I have given much of my time and energy to worrying.
Worry equals stress. Extended worrying equals chronic stress. Our body is not in favor of chronic stress. In fact, it rebels in the form of inflammation, tension and eventually illness or disease sets in.
Since I moved to Florida, I have done more medical interpreting in the last 6 months than I have done in 23 years.
Now I would like to totally blame my recent infection on the exposure to various medical settings. But I know I had a part to play in the weakening of my immune system i.e. worrying, making my body more susceptible.
Your body wants to be healthy. Getting to the root cause lessens the odds of recurring symptoms.
I am not saying not go see the Dr. and let him/her help you resolve the symptoms. But the Dr. is only providing a temporary “Band-aid.”
You can be the REAL hero here by addressing the root cause in an effort to maintain good health.
Nobody does it better. Nobody does it half as good as you. Baby, you’re the best.
So often we forget, without everyone doing their part, we would not be able to navigate through our life with the ease and grace in which we do.
I wondered how I could make a small difference in someone’s life. Particularly, those lives who often go unnoticed.
One morning on my way to work I took the toll road. Instead of just driving away after paying my toll, I collected the name from the nameplate and said, “Thank you, “Mary,” for all you do to make my life a little easier. I appreciate you.” When she stopped her robotic routine of taking, counting and exchanging money, she looked up at me wearing the most beautiful smile and said, “OH, THANK YOU. No one has ever said that to me.”
Since that day, I have incorporated others, in my growing attempt not to take people for granted i.e. convenient store clerks, housekeeping staff, maintenance crews and “busboys.”
It doesn’t take make much to make a difference in someone else’s life.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy
Let your family know you love them…
and love those who show us unconditional love
Give back to your community
Show loving kindness
Enjoy and honor nature for it supports our existence
Take Care of the vessel you have been given
“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” ~ Eileen Caddy
This last year I chose to focus on having a healthy relationship with God, myself, my children, my family, food, and money.
I began by asking myself if am I acting out of obligation, duty, guilt and or fear and if so, I practiced responding differently.
Two days ago my friend wanted me to agree with her perspective. I perceived her situation as unhealthy. Instead of me agreeing with her out of guilt for fear she would be mad at me, I let her have her feelings and let her know even though I disagreed with her situation, I still valued our friendship.
Last night I specifically dedicated my meditation towards the intention of having healthy relationships.
In my dream, I dreamt I ran over my glasses. I interpreted this to mean I destroyed the crutch of my outdated perception.
That morning I received a text from my friend that was honest and sincere, owning her intention for me to agree with her and requesting her need for space. It was so refreshing.
As I continue to open up to living a more healthy and balanced life, it is being reflected in my relationships.
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