I find life humbling in two ways: How simple the directions are to be happy, and how hard it is for me to follow them. Oh, and a third: How happy I am despite myself.
This recent photo with my grandsons reminds me
I find life humbling in two ways:
How simple the directions are to be happy
And how hard it is for me to follow them
Oh, and a third:
How happy I am despite myself.
I’m always amused when someone calls me peaceful. I used to think, sweetheart, take a breath. Now I accept that I actually may be peaceful compared to somebody else in a given moment. (I may be a singer compared to somebody else in a given moment, too, but that doesn’t make me Bruce.) Plus what the heck. We’re all each other’s teachers one way or another, and the universe sure has a sweet tooth for irony. She doesn’t care how fast I’m dancing not to be a raving maniac.
Here are some of those simple directions I find so helpful…and ignore so often:
- Say yes with your whole heart, or say no.
- Be a citizen of the world.
- Love the person in front of you.
- Compare yourself only to your own potential.
- Be responsible for your every thought, feeling and action.
- Make friends with death.
- Forgive everything.
- Consider all a gift to help you grow love.
- Solve every problem with the question, “Who am I?”
- Never be afraid to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans.*
I get lost in my fear; everyone is harmed. Mercilessly self-judgmental my default reaction. Now less. Now less. More kindness, forgiveness, more love of the mess. Even dabbling in those simple directions seems like winning the lottery.