When was the last time that you took a moment to enjoy the little things? And by little things, I don’t mean that overpriced cup of junk.....uhh.. java, that you bought at Starbucks. Or that nice, shiny rock that your significant other bought you. Or even the shiny new credit card that came in the mail. You know, the one with a higher credit limit than what the El Gordo lottery pays out?
I’m talking about the little wonders that surround us each and every day. Unfortunately, far too many people are so involved in the rat race called life, that they fail to notice the small wonders that present themselves each and every day.
Think about it for a moment. When was the last time that something made you stop, and be completely marvelled by it? No-no, go ahead, take your time, I’ll wait. I’ll be over here in the corner, absorbed in my whistling. *Who knew it would be SO hard to whistle Metallica tunes? Phew! LOL*
Wow, nothing yet, huh? If you’re still filing through your cerebral rolodex, and you’re back into the 1990's, just STOP. Right now. You skim through that rolodex anymore, and your brain’s gonna heat up, and go into meltdown. If it’s been that long, you haven’t been in control of your life. Life’s been controlling you.
When WAS the last time that you took the time to just enjoy a moment? The warmth on your face, as you tilted your head towards the sun. The feel of the cool, crisp air, as it passes through your nasal passages as you inhale deeply. The warmth of a hot shower, as it permeates to the very core of your being. The reflection of the sun as it bounces off a rippling pool of water. Watching a squirrel, perched on a tree branch, as he/she eats their daily meal. The bright colors of a blue jay or cardinal, as they perch on the fence outside a window. By being so wrapped up in life, how many of the aforementioned have passed you by, or have you never even thought of taking the time to enjoy? It is only when we become aware of, and appreciate the little gifts in life, that life truly becomes great.
Roll your chair a little closer to the computer. Go ahead, I don’t bite. Let me give you a little glimpse into my world of small wonders this morning.
When I woke up this morning, I was greeted by Beser (one of the Clan O’Kitties), as she draped her paws across my outstretched forearm, with her head resting on her paws. If you want a wake up call, try the gentle tapping of a cold kitty nose on a closed eye-lid. That’s what I got from Beser this morning. A short time later, I was surrounded by the ‘circle of fur’. Miss Piggy to my left, Shorty to my right, and Beser at the foot of the bed. Shorty’s teeth-rattling purring. Almost like having one of those vibrating beds, but not having to feed quarters into it. LOL Miss Piggy, as she laid on my chest, gently purring away. Beser, as she crawled under the bed covers, and curled up next to me for a bit. The gentle pitter-pattering of rain, as it found its way to the snow-covered ground. I spent an extra hour in bed, just to enjoy those little moments. All of that, and all before 7:30 a.m. Imagine how many more wonders I, and you, can come across during the span of a day!
When you take the time to recognize the great number of little things that happen around you to brighten your day, stress just melts away. All stress is self-imposed. If you allow it to consume you and your day, it is because you made that choice. Why not make a better choice, and focus on all of the good things that surround you?
Make that better choice right now. Log off your computer, push your chair away from your desk, and seek out your own small wonders. You’ll be happier, and you’ll have a better day for it.
At last!! Dr. D. has finally unleashed me to wreak havoc amongst the masses!! Mwhahahahaha!! Man, I can't wait.......What?.....Really?...*tap**tap*....this keyboard is on? Ummm...hmmm...yeah. Ummm...heh-heh. *smiles, waving meekly* *cough* : )
Being the first entry, it only seems appropriate to take the time to reflect upon the past. After all, how can we truly appreciate the path that we have travelled, and the knowledge and experience we have gained, if we don’t take time to look back?
In December of 2004, I was in a very different place. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. As I look back at the past year, it’s hard to believe that there has been such an energetic personal transformation, on all levels. If someone had told me last year that so many positive changes would take place in one year, I would have said, “Pffttt! Yeah, right!” And I would have been wrong.
Last year at this time, I was at, for me, a heavy weight of 176 pounds. On a vertically challenged 5'3" and change frame. Not my heaviest (188 lbs in 2000), but certainly not a healthy weight. I had no energy, nor ambition. I was sleeping 10-11 hours a night, and never feeling rested. A pool of cold molasses was moving quicker than my mind could. Not a pretty sight at all.
While doing some online holiday shopping at Amazon.com, Dr. D’Adamo’s book Eat Right 4 Your Type popped up as a suggested book. Coincidence? There is no such thing. Reading the reviews, the analytical part of my Sagittarian being kicked in, and I delved into the ‘theory’ behind ER4YT. Even through the muck of my slower than molasses mind, it made sense, so I ordered the book as a Christmas gift to myself. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was about to embark on one helluva roller-coaster ride!
Within a few weeks of adjusting my dietary intake, changes were already happening. Where before I was practically dragging myself up a flight of stairs at work, I was bounding up them, two at a time. I was starting to sleep better. I began to find the energy to start completing long ago started projects around the house.
As winter turned into spring, the pounds slowly started to fall away. Four pounds here, four pounds there. With my energy returning, I started to work out again. And while the scale may not have continually shown progress, the loosening of my wardrobe let me know that I was still headed in the right direction.
But even as my outer world was changing, my inner world was being turned upside down as well. Worn out patterns were falling away, greater understanding of lifes workings were coming to light. The muck of my mind was finally clearing out. At times, it was frustrating, trying to adjust to many of the changes. But as Florence Scovel-Shinn noted, “It is always darkest before the dawn. But the dawn always comes. Trust in the dawn”. Remembering this helped to get me through what can only be described as a metamorphosis of profound proportions.
Where am I a year later? In a totally different space, and frame of mind. Where I was 176 lbs last year, I was down to 141 lbs in September. From weightlifting, and gaining muscle mass, I’ve crept back up to 145 lbs. But it’s a good weight. Where I was wearing tight 34" waist jeans last year, I’m now wearing loose 31" jeans. I’m sleeping 6-7 hours a night, and feeling well rested upon awakening. From my other weight-loss program (donating blood at the hospital), I’ve found that my blood pressure has steadily dropped 30 points in the past year.
ER4YT was the beginning that has made many other happenings in my life this year possible. I finally completed renovating three rooms in my home. With the home being feng-shui’d, it is a much more comfortable, and calmer home. Not just for me, but for the Clan O’ Kitties as well. Having done a good amount of energy work in the past year, I’m much more sensitive to the subtle energy shifts that surround me in my day to day life. Instead of my world being controlled by outside influences, I am now more in control of my life, and who I am.
With as much change that has happened in the past year, I can only wonder what this next year will bring. But I guess we’ll both find out, as I continue this journey down a new path in life. And for once in my life, I’m looking forward to that change, no matter where it might take me.
So until next time, I leave you with this affirmation. May all that is yours by Divine Right manifest in the coming year, under Grace, in miraculous ways.
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