ICEBREAKER: WHAT IS ONE THING YOU LIKE TO DO THAT SETS YOU UP FOR A GREAT DAY?
I like to think my whole morning routine sets me up for a great day.
Though there is a key component of that routine: before I open my eyes and I feel the imprint of the three beings in my bed and I give thanks. In my mind, I go through the three or four things in my life for which I am most grateful in my moment of waking – not the least of which is simply being alive for one more day. I never want to take my life for granted. Most days that isn’t a hard thing as I am truly grateful for my blessings, but some days can prove to be harder than others. On those days I’m most kind to myself. I am more gentle in my routine. I am slower and more mindful. It is in those days, the lows, that I recognize how much joy I experience on a regular day and allow for the shadow to appear knowing it will pass.
DEEPER QUESTION: IF A CRYSTAL BALL COULD TELL YOU THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR LIFE, THE WORLD, OR ANYTHING ELSE, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW?
I spend my life firmly embedded in the (dis)comfort of the truth found in now, the present moment. I don’t know what my crystal ball would tell me that I don’t already know in my heart. (I write those words with great joy and crushing sadness.) I’ve learned to trust my instincts, they have never been wrong even though sometimes I’d prefer to ignore the inconvenient truth of the messages.
Beyond that, I suppose if I were to venture into wondering about the future I’d like to know a few things: what health issues are key for me to address or be concerned about going forward? Will the US come to its collective senses? Who and when will my children marry? What is the right beginning for my novel? When will I be a grandmother? What do I need to do to assure the success of Seanchai Media Group? What do I need to do to protect those I love from substantial hurt and pain?
In the meantime, I’m content to live my life in gratitude, showing up in the best way I can every day. My behaviour in the present moment will sustain and prepare me for the future.