“Whatever you may be celebrating or grieving, may you practice courage every day and let it nurture your spirit however weary or uplifted it may be. There is hope in our celebrations, and strength in our brokenness. May you embrace your own sweet surrender with faith and courage along the way.”
— Lao Tzu
May you find strength in the ones who love you. These are the ones who risk heartbreak to show you they care. Love is unconditional. No matter what, they choose to love you.
May you gain courage from each person to whom you give your heart openly. You lay your heart on the line every time you care for them. To love someone is to be the most genuine version of yourself. That vulnerability is unparalleled.
You have fought for love. You have fought for your happiness. Today is a day to celebrate love in its may forms and revel in the joy love can bring.
I hope that today (and every day) you find a moment to realize how much love surrounds you and know you are more loved than you can possibly imagine.
Love and light,
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Sometimes you don’t feel like getting up. Sometimes you don’t feel like facing the light of day or doing your best or trying at all.
Sometimes, it’s enough to just be. Sometimes, living takes all the courage you have and that’s okay.
Don’t beat yourself up for not being Superman. You woke up. You greeted the world with you own, unique energy.
That took guts. And I’m proud of you.
Love and light,
Personally, I am most comfortable when I can get into my routine. I am very careful to plan my week on a calendar, create a to-do list with sub-to-do lists just to make sure everything gets accomplished. And it’s the deviations from this routine that causes stress and makes me uncomfortable.
But is that really living life- commuting to work from 9-5, getting in a workout, and catching a few reruns of the Big Bang Theory before bed? Is that as good as it gets? Honestly, that’s the trap that Ben Franklin realized a lot of 25-year-olds (okay, I know you’re just pretending…) fall into. And, after all, isn’t that why we call it ‘the grind’?
Ben Franklin was definitely a character with many interests and hobbies. I think he encourage those of us who have sailed into the doldrums of life to bypass the Lethargians and find some ways to spice things up. It might not be a big life-altering decision, but maybe there are some little place you kind add excitement in your schedule. I’ll help you brainstorm.
Wake up early enough to enjoy breakfast in a new restaurant, or leave the lean cuisine at home and try a new restaurant for lunch. Cook a new recipe- autumn’s here so why not something pumpkin? Host a dinner party for some friends, or suggest a Friday night dinner outing at a new place. Switch out the Coors Light for a festive microbrew.
Try a new kind of workout- can you rent a kayak or a bike? Give a spin class or zumba or fly-wheel a shot. You could even change up the route you always run or just run it backwards. Find a mountain, and take a hike. Go fishing. Maybe you don’t work out- take a walk or a swim. Ben was an avid swimmer. Invite someone new to join you. Really not into working out? What about following a new sport- become the expert.
How long has it been since you read a book? What about a mystery or a new genre? What other hobby’s could you find interesting? Homebrewing? Ben’s recipe was called “Poor Richard’s Ale.” I just brewed my first batch last weekend. It’s not that hard to get into, and I’m confident you could do it. What about canning? Maybe it’s just an arrangement of fresh cut flowers on your desk.
Could you take a course in something you’ve always been interested in? Join a bible study or a small group? Join a book club or start an investment club. Meet some new friends. Travel. Take a day-trip or a long weekend. Find out what beautiful landmarks are around you and go photograph them. Then make a rainy-day hobby out of photo editing and make some art out of it.
I don’t know what it is that will make your life more fulfilling and exciting, what that something is that will make you excited to get out of bed. And honestly, one thing probably isn’t enough. If it’s just one thing, it’ll become part of your routine. But always be learning. Experiment. Live. These little things are what make life worth living.
Have a great week, everybody.
I like Mike Tomlin as a coach. The guy is 41 years old and has coached in two Superbowls, including a victory. When Tomlin is on the sideline, he’s intensely focused; another quote attributed to him is “Be where you’re at.” Live in your moment.
Coach Tomlin can be tough on guys who make mistakes and can flash a healthy smile when things are going his way. But what I really like about him is that he isn’t afraid to shake things up if the Steelers’ performance is less than stellar. Playing .500 football isn’t the Steelers’ way, and some stars were held accountable and let go after last season’s lackluster finish and replaced by some young talent. There are a lot of teams (including one across the state) where that kind of objective first attitude wouldn’t fly.
I like the quote for this post, because Tomlin isn’t afraid to do what it takes. He is talking about the way that life manifests itself around what it is that we focus upon. Are you focused on what could go wrong? What you don’t know? A risk? A challenge? Are are you focused on the end? That goal? A dream? Your hopes? Put yourself there, and live in it.
When you read about successful people, you’ll likely read about many devastating failures leading up to and intermixed with their wild successes. And when you meet successful people, you start to learn that the reason they were successful in the first place is because they have a lot of practice failing and have matured and learn from their failures. If you want to learn to be successful, you’ve got to put yourself out there and take chances. You’ve go to apply for jobs you might not ever get and audition for parts you might not fit the role for exactly. You’ll be disappointed and frustrated and angry, but keep pushing. Then, you will find yourself with great responsibilities, great successes, and a heaping sense of fulfillment.