I’ve been reading Brene Brown’s book, “Daring Greatly.” It is extraordinary. What she has researched and writes about is what my heart intuitively knows. Soooo much more to come, but I wanted to share this…
Living courageously is choosing to find, notice, cultivate, and savor the good RIGHT here in our everyday lives! It’s choosing to connect instead of close off or disconnect because you feel vulnerable and scared, brought on by ollllllld wiring in your brain that is NO LONGER useful!
Today is hardly an ideal day. We have one sick one – high fever. Brian is working. We both have to teach tonight — it’s the first night of a series we are part of facilitating at church. We have a two year old who wants mom’s attention. Crazy ads are appearing on my blog and website and facebook page. We have a ton of things to do for this upcoming week. Lunch needs to be made. You know how it is. You want to create, you have work to do, kids are crying and fighting, your hair isn’t done and you forgot to shave your legs (again!), let alone you haven’t exercised or meditated today.
This is EXACTLY when we need to PAUSE. To stop right in that moment you feel a tightness coming across your chest. And soften. Looooook fooooor the gooooooood. It’s right here. In your everyday life. This is where the magic is — right here in the messiness of our ordinary day. Put down your cell phone. Let the dinner-making be for a bit. Pull out a popsicle if you need to! And hold your little one – your toddler or teenager – and look at them! Look at them with regard and love.
Today, I am delighting in Little C’s rainboots and batgirl outfit and how she has a story going on at any given moment of the day. I’m holding our little five year old with a fever and…doing nothing extraordinary — just trying to be present and kind and love him. THAT is magic. THAT is courage in action.