I have to go to the animal kingdom for this. Humans don’t come to mind. So my choice is my dog, melting into the floor, letting out a sigh and watching the room with eyes glazed open.
The lockdown easing where I am just in time to get to a rented holiday house where the travel to it was not restricted. This really was just in time.
My faith in humanity is pretty shook at the moment, at a global level. When I reach more to an individual level, the moments of human contact, good will, compassion, good turns etc allow that faith to nurture. A bit like a plant in a glass house: it’s harsh outside in the bigger world but there’s warmth within.
I can hear the birds and the ticking of the clock. I can see a snapshot of life in front of me. I can feel the breath flowing in my body. My taste and smell are expectant, preparing for the first cup of the day. To stop, notice and appreciate all of this helps me defuse from the mind’s treadmill of what’s wrong with that, what’s wrong with them or what’s wrong with me.
Trustworthy, empathetic, supportive, willing to be helped where needed, good talker, shared values but can see things differently.
Very few who haven’t. The obvious who were are my parents. The less obvious are acquaintances whom I learnt from or treated as mentors and mostly were blissfully unaware of their effect in my life
Interesting question that I have already been pondering recently and am looking at further education to enable me to be of service in a way that more particularly aligns with my values
I have come more to realise that there is growth for me when crises pass through as long as I allow myself to accept and allow the process to adapt me.
When I look at an old photo I took i think about what it would be like to go back and experience that moment just once more, to inhabit it and appreciate that present time just for that short period captured by the camera.
Then I am imagining my future self looking back on now as if it were a photo but then can step into this moment, now. Every nuance, sound, smell, background noises, and visual beauty. And somehow I appreciate this beauty more because the heart is more open to it and ...
Then I am imagining my future self looking back on now as if it were a photo but then can step into this moment, now. Every nuance, sound, smell, background noises, and visual beauty. And somehow I appreciate this beauty more because the heart is more open to it and there is a sense of longing to be here rather than chasing the next moment.
I got pretty rattled in the first few storms. As more of them hit over time, I became more able to adapt around them and increasingly convinced that something good would always come from them. I also became kinder to my responses such as the resistance, the fear. The storms still hit but I relate a little differently to them each time.
I hope no one. I have a rhythm but I don’t expect or want anyone to line up with mine. Everyone has their own unique rhythm.
My threat level was high when I was younger. Now it’s lower. I lived more in distraction. Now I am more present to life’s experience. I thought that I was broken. Now I see less to fix and more to appreciate.
I like the way these questions instil an intention in how we live the day. I am choosing someone now to especially focus in my heart.
Meditation and awareness; time for self reflection; a perceptive spouse; this community.
I’m not sure how truly I currently recognise this. I certainly recognise it. Not sure what I’d change. For me the most important thing is to elect leaders who will take measures to mitigate climate change.
I had my share of that also
Always loved Gary Larson!
Loved the “tidal aspect of possessions”, Howie. I will let that resonate around a bit.
I followed my own suggestion and had a similar response. (I also post before reading other comments). I think the word of the day is getting to a sense of we as humans being able to find a connection with others despite/because of being unique. Like you Kevin, I found the question leading a different way!
I guess one way around that conundrum, Kevin, might be to respond to the question before reading the words for the day? I’m going to try that out next time.
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