I was reminded today how hard it is to keep myself in check. Often times, I have the best intentions. I look forward to the weekend or getting out to do something with family but sometimes the best intentions fall by the wayside. I was in a great mood yesterday. Sometimes I am able to step away from all the stress and just breathe again. That was my plan for the last two days. Unfortunately I absorb all that is around me and if I don’t find a way to reach that place of balance, I crumble. After hours of spending time around someone completely disengaged followed by another who dumps his responsibilities onto everybody else, I slowly deflate. The negative energy just consumes me until I become it myself. So my good mood has slowly come to a close. It’s easy to say that other people aren’t responsible for your happiness but I argue that the people around me are often responsible for my unhappiness. There are some people in our lives that we cannot just dismiss or remove. We can’t delete them like they are some random Facebook friend but at the same time we cannot allow them to destroy our happiness or inner peace. I am not looking for sympathy or having a pity party. I am writing this post as a reminder that who we are affects everyone around us. Our mood, our lack of concern, our negligence, our bad attitude, our words and especially our actions are equally if not more powerful than any positive we think we put off. Just ask yourself today, what is the energy I am bringing to this place? How am I affecting the people around me? It’s the only way to finally understand just how much we are all connected.
Sadly, we have become parallel lines.
This is a beautiful post! I am so grateful I took the time to read it today.
Sit with me a while.
I’ve caught your attention, fleetingly, in between the everything-else of your world. What were you just doing? What’s next? What’s been hooked in the nets of your memory today? Which moments stand out?
I want you to remember them, one at a time. Hold them gently in the cupped palms of recollection, then give them wings and let them go. Not because they don’t matter, but because I want you here. With me.
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Last night, like so many others, I sat outside with my daughter and watched the moon. I don’t normally spend a Sunday evening out under the stars and I must admit, it was kind of nice. I could feel the first hint of fall hidden in the chilly night. There is something about being outside that fills me with a sense of peace. As a kid, I was out there all the time but life is much different now than it was thirty years ago. All these distractions keep us away from what our souls need the most, a little time to be in nature away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy world. I hope you took a few minutes to sit outside too. I couldn’t help but think of how connected I felt to all the others who were out there somewhere doing exactly the same thing. That connection is powerful and it is palpable if you are paying attention. So how about you? Did you spend some time looking at the moon?
Sometimes it seems like people are so disconnected. They wander around, rarely taking the time to look up from their cell phone. I like to observe people. I just can’t help myself. It’s fascinating to me and yes, there are days, I don’t have anything better to do. I can’t help but wonder, what is going on behind those sad eyes or why is the person so excited that is sitting in the corner smiling and phoning a friend?
Today I dropped my son off at school and I made a quick trip into Walgreens. There was a girl standing in front of me that had a look of dread on her face. You could almost feel her pain as she patiently waited for the cashier to ring her up. Then I saw it on the counter. It was a pregnancy test and it was obvious that it was not something she wanted to be buying today. I am guessing she was in her young 20’s but not yet married. I really felt for the girl in that moment. She looked sick as she walked away from the counter, bag in hand.
Pay attention to what is going on around you. It’s easy to get caught up in that own little world we create for ourselves. The truth is, life is going on all around us and there are people everywhere feeling so many different emotions. Some are experiencing pain and challenges and others may be having the best day of their entire life. Just notice. Reconnect. Be there.
The number one thing I love about blogging is simple. Fellow bloggers are so kind. So many times, it’s your words that make my day. They inspire me, they lift me up, they make me smile. Sometimes the regular readers know more about my life than my so called friends. It’s amazing to me that you can make such beautiful connections with so many beautiful souls. What is it about bloggers? Is it that we make ourselves vulnerable and therefore make deeper connections than the people all around us? Maybe it’s because we share all aspects of ourselves without apology and we are very interested in following the lives of the people we follow. Maybe there should be a “connecting” button instead of one that says follow. It’s so much more than that and it is hard to put into words. Our care and concern for each other goes beyond what even seems possible. Whatever it is, from the bottom of my heart, I say thank you. Thank you for being there when no one else is. Thank you for challenging me, respecting who I am and cheering me on with your words of encouragement while I backpack across this journey of life. I am so blessed that my life has been touched so deeply by yours. Kindness of strangers can be life altering. I so grateful I can now call so many of you my friends.
You know the feeling that is so amazing you close your eyes to take it in a little more deeper? I felt that last night. I was reminded just how important connection really is. We went to a concert. It was cold and I was feeling really tired but I forced myself to get dressed and go anyway. To see the enthusiasm in the crowd, to actually feel it and share it and be a part of it was really amazing. It feels right to be connected to people. It’s like something inside opens up and the feeling of belonging and sharing and being part of something much larger than myself just opened up and blossomed right then and there. Imagine if there were more events like this one that brought us together? Imagine how different we would feel walking away from more of what leaves us feeling so good. We are meant to share of lives. We are meant to feel good and when those two things come together, there is no place I’d rather be.