A LIFE LONG PRACTICE
Choosing to live ones life with hope, joy, acceptance, peace, contentment, love, and understanding does not mean ones life will be perfect or continually happy... it does however, mean that the filter through which emotion, fear, guilt, shame, and pain pass will allow for grace towards oneself, so that the actions taken heal instead of hurt, bringing about light instead of channeling the dark.
One day I hope my face is lined with times passing; marked with whimsical furrows, accentuating my smile, creasing by the twinkle in my age old eyes. I long to have a face aged by joy and serenity. Far too often I fall short and feel my muscles forming furrows of fear and sorrow. And so I need to choose to (as my mother used to say), "flip that frown upside down" take a deep breath (inhale the good, exhale the bad) and smile.
This is a challenge to myself. To choose to smile, choose to find the good inside the bad (it is like natural Botox you guys!). It is the holidays after all! A time of warmth and love, joy, peace, family, friends, and hope... it is also a time of material stress, time management problems, and budgeting issues (woof)... BUT if I focus on the former rather than the latter, how much more enjoyable will the holiday season be?
Today is better than yesterday. You always have a choice.
What will your challenge be?
*The other night Drew and I went to see a movie at The Grove (a mall in LA) and as we left the theater snow fell about our shoulders, Christmas lights twinkled over head, and "White Christmas" serenaded us while we walked through the crowd. My heart couldn't help but smile, allowing the stresses of life to melt away in pure, unadulterated joy.