"How tremendously powerful you are, dear one. Can't you see how much love you can create for yourself? How much suffering you can obliterate?" -- Sarah Blondin, Live Awake Podcast.
It is early October. The city is painted with beautiful golden leaves.
And like a scene from a 90s horror flick, we round the corner, only to be confronted by a hideous masked man, wielding a bloody butcher knife. It is winter. And it has taken us all by surprise.
My kids are ecstatic! All they can talk about is snowmen, and snowball fights, and hot chocolate!
Me, on the other hand? I am in the corner, trying not to pout. Hmph. Really, mother nature?! Really?!?!
Perspective is everything. And this is a lesson my kiddos remind me of me of, every single day. Positivity is a choice. And it is up to us to call it into action.
Sure, you can choose not to find joy in the snow. But if you make that choice, you will have less joy in your life....and still....the same amount of snow.
So why not choose to smile about it?!
Embracing light over darkness isn't always easy. And there are certain seasons of our lives that may seem impossibly heavy.
This past month has been a rough one for me. But even in the depths of heartbreak, I have been able to hold pearls of love in my hand, that I wouldn't have otherwise been able to unearth. There is beauty in everything. If we allow ourselves to see it.
And truly, guys? The quality of our life depends on our willingness to choose joy.
All too often, we blame outside circumstances for our unhappiness. But in those triggering moments, we can choose to hold the hand of joy, and set ourselves free.
One of the most self-defeating choices I used to make as a young mom, was to ignore my own well-being. I would tell myself that my kids needed me, more than I needed me. And over and over again, I would put myself last. Choosing to feel forlorn. Poor me.
I was exhausted. I was burnt out. And I was unhealthy, both physically and mentally.
But the second I started shifting my mindset towards gratitude, everything changed.
All of a sudden, I started to see that I wasn't alone. People were willing and able to help me out. And I actually did have pockets of time in my day that could be carved out as "me time." I was empowered. I priotized my own health. And in turn, I became a better mom, because I was a better me.
Negativity breeds negativity. And it was almost as if I had blinders on, unable to see how I was actually creating my own prison.
I made the conscious choice to see things differently. With positivty. And it was like a veil was lifted. Aha! I'm not as stuck as I thought I was.
And so in those moments that your fiery self wants to wage war on all goodness, shouting form the rooftops about the injustice of it all.....fill your lungs with a conscious breath, and see what it feels like to make a snow-angel in the midst of the snow-storm.