Sunday, January 6, 2008

Thank you

Life Balance: a feat we try to achieve while searching to be the best that we can we, while simultaneously raising our children to do the same. This is the equilibrium in our inner life force whereby our heartbeat matches the divine force that exists all around us. When this life balance peaks, our sense of peace, joy, love and wisdom act as one with our very soul.

"Thank you, God."--Wayne Dyer, from "Change your thoughts and Change your life."

Wayne Dyer talks about starting each day with meditation and prayer. This may be an overwhelming concept for some people, so he suggests simply starting with "Thank you. Thank you, God. Thank you for this day." Feel the silence, take the time to be grateful. Give thanks. Count your blessings. Start your day from a point of living in God's grace by recognizing his vast rewards in our life.

This is often a difficult concept to teach to our children. We get up each and start running at full speed to accomplish everything we need to do in the rush of the morning. Slow down and be quiet are foreign languages. Just the other day, I got up late, and 4 of us had to shower, dress, eat and get driven to school for extra test prep classes, in a scant 30 minute time period. It was loud, it was rushed, at times I was sure WWIII had erupted when we couldn't find what we needed in the exact 2 minutes. Even the dog was looking frantic and harried, running around with her bone from one kid to the next, hoping someone could play.

Time to plan better. Get stuff out the night before. Maybe get some baths in early on days we need to go in early (But bad hair that looks like we stuck our finger in a socket would be the result. I think we might scare the young neighbors and scar their little brains for life.)

Or maybe we just need to slow down, and enjoy the rush of quickness. Having to get ready fast is it's own ride, a joy just to see if we can accomplish it. It can make you smile and laugh if you let it. Enjoy each situation and remember to give thanks, and see the good. Count your blessings.

My friend, Mrs. Super Mom, is getting a transfer at work. It's hard to be real happy at first glance, because it's a lateral move, and not a full promotion as she wanted, no extra money. Office politics have played a hand, and she will need to work smart and do some damage control in the new place. She wishes it was all pizazz instead. She wants the joy.

Well, let's stop and slow down a minute. The new job is closer, saving her 20 minutes ride in and back each day. 20 minutes. I would kill for that extra time and she will have it. She will save $1560 dollars in gas. Wow, that's vacation money. She will have a new opportunity to begin again and prove herself. A fresh start, at last, instead of the mediocrity she was working under. The new boss will be a district person, so Mrs. Super Mom will be in charge quite a bit. Nice. The new boss is a better human being, willing to listen and trains and inspire her employees. That will be so empowering to work under.

Oh, and did I mention a fresh start? How many times do we get those?

So, look within and find the good. Slow down, and give thanks. Even if that's the only prayer today, let's do it.

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