Hello and welcome to Friday, October 22, 2021. Today is a rare and precious day that will never come again.
I missed writing last week. Along with all the other amazing opportunities that seem to come my way, I had the good fortune of driving to Colorado where I got to be the officiant of my son’s wedding. It was an incredibly beautiful fall day. My new daughter, Whitney, planned and implemented a flipping amazing ceremony. What a priceless gift to be a part of.
Yesterday morning, as I was sipping my coffee and reflecting on my most recent adventure, I came to the shocking realization that in the traveling time span of seven days, driving over 2,750 miles, never sleeping in the same bed twice, being in close proximity to DC for almost every single moment, and interacting with an abundance of people, not once did I (or DC) have a single complaint.
This doesn’t suggest that there weren’t situations in which complaining could have easily arisen. There were most definitely erratic drivers, road construction, delays, detours, and friends and family who seem to know better than the bride on how things should run. We found that scheduling time to meet with old friends often conflicted with other plans. There were also beds that we’re too soft and one that was too hard. And yet, there was no complaining.
Learning how to engage in the present moment, let go of my opinions, and quickly change my perspective has come about slowly. But I’m seeing that it has come about. A comprehensive Mindfulness practice, I’m witnessing firsthand, really can help to foster these transformative abilities.
We don’t have to complain, be miserable, or even mildly discontent during situations that tend to be challenging. While driving, for instance. I’ll admit, developing a daily Mindfulness practice takes some time and can be frustrating. It doesn’t, however, take as much time as you would think. And while we may find creating consistent new and healthy habits initially challenging, it’s not near as difficult as living a life darkened with complaint.
If you are interested in developing a Mindfulness practice, I’m here to help.
You are Loved by me, Unconditionally!
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