Wow! This week's Monday Quote was basically all about recognizing that we are constantly encountering how much "conditions" change on a daily basis. No sooner did my assistant hit "send" when I started to live daily adjustments in living color. In fact, this blogette was supposed to go out yesterday and it just didn't happen. Rather than over extending myself and trying to write something from an exhausted place it felt more graceful to go to bed and start fresh in the morning. I might have done it differently in the past.
When my ego was the only voice that got my attention, I would have pushed to share some words of wisdom, even though it probably would have taken me twice as long and would not have come from my best self. I would have been mostly concerned about what people would think and always imagining only getting criticism, even though I truly wanted (and continue on that path) to simply share whatever I'm grateful to have learned over the years.
Fortunately, I continue to evolve, which means still making mistakes, aka having learning opportunities, only I'm more and more open to sharing them in hopes of at least being a warning if I can't be a good example, LOL.
Back to this week's observation ... I attended a large and wonderful wedding last weekend. I was also involved in some of the preparation during the week before. I realized that while there are things that we would call "major events" in our lives, in reality, we are always confronted with the unexpected and we are called upon to make adjustments. It might be that instead of meeting someone at noontime, we're asked to get together a little earlier or later. Maybe we hoped to see a movie and found out it was sold out. Or, (and this happened to me) we decide to use a gift certificate at a particular theatre and find out their "system is down". Rather than pay full price, I decided that the Universe was redirecting me and I came up with another plan, which was perfect.
A big part of going with the flow depends on being present and mindful. One of the reasons I love teaching meditation and mindfulness is because it's a way to have tools that can be used on a daily basis. When I am in-the-moment, I can make a calm decision around "what's next". If I'm not fully present, I can easily fall into an overly dramatic reaction that ends up serving no one. Ultimately, it's the difference between activating a stress response and releasing cortisol or, in a more healthy way, rolling with whatever is going on. With practice, this can build up your comeback muscle on a regular basis. In turn, this allows you to respond to almost anything life presents with elegance and ease ... this is what I wish for you.
Sparkles and Love,