“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
When I am centered, grounded, and am at peace, each day becomes an adventure. I take what life gives me and I’m able to roll with it. With my calm mind, I’m able to think through tasks better; I don’t take others’ actions personally; I easily see the blessings in each moment. To be at peace is a beautiful feeling. Some days, I feel peaceful. On other days, when my heart feels troubled, simply Imagining Peace allows me to feel better.
Tonight, many of you who are in relationships will be dining with your dates, talking with your trueloves, and sharing smooches with your sweethearts. For the singletons, you might want to party with your peeps, fiesta with your friends, or even go to bed with a beautiful book.
Valentine’s Day isn’t always about professing your undying love to your main squeeze. Sometimes, it’s about acting like a goofball and pouring your heart and soul out to your favorite beverage, like I’ve done here!
I love being in motion, being active, being a Make-It-Happen kind of girl.
With mommying and wifing and writing and RunningMomsRocking, my mind overflows with to-do lists and plans. A large portion of my days is spent making sure that things run smoothly. I plan the work then I work the plan. And, more often than not, my efforts pay off: things get done, and they get done pretty darn well!
I also schedule in time to feed my mind, body, and spirit by exercising, spending time with family and friends, and going to church. While all of these activities promote positive well-being, I still find myself at near full-throttle because of my intense nature.
On this Thanksgiving Eve, as I write and reflect on the meaning of this national holiday, a sense of calm washes over me. Thanksgiving has always been enjoyable. A few days off of school or work. A delicious feast to warm my belly. And the annual Texas A&M vs. UT football game (which will, sadly, be played for the 118th and final time this Thanksgiving.)
Yet, this Thanksgiving, it’s not about the vacation time, or yummy food, or a tradition-filled sports event. This Thanksgiving, my heart is overflowing with gratitude for all of the many blessings in my life. I am grateful for family and friends; health and healing.
Getting us to where we are now, The Past has had its place in our lives. While some moments we cherish and others we would prefer to forget, it’s important to feel gratitude for all of our experiences, events, and lessons. Yet, when we continue to replay and relive moments from The Past, we deprive ourselves of experiencing the fullness of This Moment. When we realize that we deserve the best that life has to offer, we can then sever the ropes which bind us to The Past. No longer tethered to regret, embarrassment, and longing for what was, we breathe with ease.
Why do you exercise? What drives you to get out of your warm bed, in the wee hours of the morning, and lace up those kicks so that you can hit the pavement? What motivates you to plan your days so that you’re able to consistently spend quality time at the gym? What inspires you to get your body in motion while so many others choose to stay glued to their couches? Is it to burn calories? To reduce your risk for lifestyle-related diseases? To shape your body by building muscle? To counteract the daily effects of stress? While all of these are valid, solid reasons, my response to Why do you exercise? can be summed up with one word: endorphins.
Over the years, I’ve built up quite a bag-o-tricks for dealing with anxiety. Recently, listening to calming music has been my go-to self-soother. When I find myself overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed, I’ll turn on my iPod shuffle. This tiny piece of equipment only contains music. In fact, it only contains my Soothing Playlist, peaceful songs which have been proven to lower my heart rate within seconds. Free from the distractions of texts, phone calls, or social media apps, I’m able to tune out everything around me and focus on the music. Some days, I even tell my coworkers, “It’s just one of those days, y’all. If you see me walking around with my earbuds, just roll with it…”
My friend Lisa Hammond, who I describe in Live Inspired as “spunky in spirit, inspiring in tone,” reminded me that today is National Girlfriends Day! What a beautiful day to celebrate our kindred souls who have chosen to walk along life’s path with us.
As Lisa says, “Women today face more challenges than ever—accompanied by feelings of being overwhelmed and spread much too thin. More and more of us are raising our hands and speaking up, telling the truth about how we feel. And as we do, other women are saying, “Me, too! Oh, thank God I’m not the only one!”
On Thursday, June 23, 2011, fellow Social Media enthusiast @MerlinUWard created A Futzing Goal: to be recognized by Klout as influential in #Futzing by July 2, 2011. Over the last few days, our Social Media community has come together to support and cheer on our inspired leader. The clock is ticking and I’m now asking you, dear friend, fan, follower, or reader, to join us as we help him finish strong. You can help by:
Following @MerlinUWard and retweeting any of his #Futzing tweets