For me it is now. Whatever there is in now. I have grown to appreciate it. It used to be shy and hide from me behind all the stuff but now it peaks out more often. Everything else can be lost to me even the memories that are priceless.
I must say I found this difficult; not the question but the statement. I have lots of people I care for from close family to wider family, friends, work colleagues and pets. I find difficulty in seeing it as a blessing. For me it’s so much tied up with obligation and sucking my energy and resources. Is the blessing that I care about people ie that I love them enough to care? I see that as a blessing – who doesn’t need to give love? But not necessarily just caring for someone. I feel I am missing and resisting something.
Out walking in nature; with my dog plonked down beside me by the fire; at one with a boat when I am on the helm and it feels optimally balanced.
I am awed by the contributions today and moved by what has been shared. My own struggles at the moment are modest in comparison (though I have my downs as well as ups). These daily questions and the answers that are shared are a significant growth opportunity for me right now.
A small blind cat leaning in to me with a welcoming purr.
The day is near done for me. What I am working on at the moment are the micro-goods: tiny things that may have a positive impact on others. I’m only starting to flex that muscle but am looking forward to what it may bring.
At my age compared to me years ago, the years have gotten me more comfortable with me, warts and all. Also I appreciate the moment more as it is a diminishing quantity!
Everyone is weird, quirky, unusual. As I get older I’ve got more comfortable with that in other people. More importantly still, it’s in me, and all the light is flavoured with the dark. It’s what it is to be human. I’ve got more comfortable with that over time. I don’t need to be “fixed*: all of that makes me who I am. That’s not a licence for destructive action as I have a choice how to act. I think a lot of healing happens when we acknowledge our humanity and praise the flawed beauty of it.
My senior dog got himself up on his old bones and started another day. A kindness to my family and he doesn’t even know it. Also an act of kindness to myself. Went into an art gallery that had an exhibition I wanted to see. Good to have some soul nurturing from time to time.
The “who” throws me in this question. I want to know more about things in the world but am not going out of my way to find out more about people. I just let that evolve at its own pace. I’ve always wanted to learn more about me but I’ve worked through a lot of that and am now learning just through a little mindfulness on the thoughts doing their gymnastics in my cranium. Much better than interrogating myself.
I think for me not imposing a lot of conditions on what I have to fulfill in order to feel satisfied. Less can be more. Yes, completing tasks gives me satisfaction but so also does an unstructured day that unfolds before me and I just climb in and enjoy the ride.
A piece of music that just gets to you so much that you tear up.
I love it that many of the daily questions stump me, shock me out of routine thinking. Some of them I don’t answer for that reason, but am grateful to read other contributors’ answers.
With this one, my intellectual mind took over trying to analyse what the question means: what is magnificence; what is my true nature; why don’t I feel it.
Then I let the head go and sat with it a while. What dawned on me was a resistance to believing that a part of me could be magnificent. Was it a fear of a proud ego, that “magnificence” is too much of an exaggeration, or that I am just not worthy? It was probably a mix of those but leaning towards “not worthy”.
Then I realised that the magnificence is not my doing; it’s the work of creation. It’s in all of us. To be open to it in myself I must be open to it in all. There is something calming for me in feeling that magnificence, and letting go to it without letting my ego get in the way.
Yes, Trevor, there’s something about sail power. I’m generally not that far from shore, though. Also I mostly race which is pretty energising!
Love that, Gina. Never thought of eating Dandelions! I also think as you’ve said “sometimes weeds are just as beautiful and delicious if we only gave them a chance”. A weed is only a label. Aren’t they all wild flowers?
Thanks, Grateful Sea, didn’t know about these resources.
Thanks Anna. I have had quite some time off recently so going for a bit of unstructured hasn’t been too hard. Back to the grindstone in a few weeks so we’ll see then how my inner strength plays out!
Yes that was the first thing that came to my mind!
Thanks Antoinette. Where would we be without questions!
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