Adapting

How quick are you to adapt?

Life is constantly changing and we really have no control over our circumstances, even though we pretend we do. We so want control over our lives and plan every minute, but really we are at the mercy of the universe.

We only get to control how we adapt to what is delivered to us.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin

We are always in a state of change, from aging to health to jobs and friends and living and dying and everything else in between.

How quickly are we even able to realize that life is changing and how quickly do we develop new routines based on our new and ever changing circumstances?

Do we drag our feet? Jump right in? Create new routines? Complain? Embrace the change? Or what?

We all have a free will and we can choose to adapt quickly or drag our feet. We can resist change or we can embrace the change and enjoy the new level of life and accept what is.  This can be really, really hard!  But we must adapt, and the quicker the better so that we can continue living happily ever after on a new plane of what is.

Meet yourself where you’re at. See the change and figure out where you’re going next to become the new, best version of yourself and to enjoy what is, what you have, and who you’re with.

I’m in the process of adapting to having independent teenagers. This is a new summer experience for me and I am adapting to being a chauffeur and chef and not being in charge of creating our shared experiences and accepting that sometimes I am not included in the experiences at all.  It’s not comfortable for me and yet I am adapting, slowly and am ready to speed up the process of acceptance, like today. I’m there.

What about you? What change are you experiencing?  Are you adapting quickly, or dragging your feet? Are you aware that there is even a change occurring?  The quicker we can adapt, the quicker we can find peace and continue creating our new happily ever after.

Don’t you love this constantly changing life?

Thanks Trish, for the topic idea for today!! Sometimes it’s challenging to think about what to write every day and I like how you made me think. Thank you, Love.

Goodnight, BeLoveRs. This world needs our love. Prayers for Maddy’s family in Santa Cruz and may you somehow find peace with the injustice that has come your way.

nAMaste

Be the Change

Be the change you want to feel. Create it.  You have the power.

Be the change you want to see. Choose to change your mind to focus on what’s good, and what you’re thankful for instead of all that is wrong with your given moment. This is hard to do, yet it is critical to our happiness, and is totally doable if we give ourselves permission.

Last night I wanted to change my attitude, so I chose to go for a walk. I was in a pissy mood, and needed to move and stretch and be alone to process my thoughts and to get over my negative feelings.  I don’t write about these things because I want to focus on what’s good versus what’s unpleasant. My life is perfectly imperfect and we’re constantly learning and practicing and hopefully getting better all the time.

Life IS unpleasant many times as we pursue happiness, and we all have our unpleasantries, which is why I choose to not write about my own.  I don’t need to share these details because I think we should focus on what we wish to create, which for me is joy and peace and love.  I choose to share my daily reflections and solutions to dealing with what is and seeing the good even when things are frustrating to me. This helps me to overcome the negative feelings too and to continue down my path of happily ever after.

We all get to choose how we react to what is, and Here I Am is about being present and seeking the good in the middle of the busyness and chaos and pissiness.  I know, that’s probably not a word, but doesn’t it sound good?

By going for a walk, I cleared my head and got exercise and released some really good endorphins. I highly recommend going for a long walk when you’re less than happy. It’s so rewarding in so many ways and I came home feeling more peaceful and open minded.

So the next time you’re feeling pissy or down or any other negative feeling, think about what you can do to get through the feeling until it passes and be the change you wish to feel. Don’t wait for someone else. You have the power. Am I right?

nAMaste

The Night Walk

Tonight I escaped the dinner dishes and went for a night walk all by myself.  It’s good to have time alone and I sure enjoyed the warm evening.

I also loved seeing the sky colors change as the sun set.  

I don’t do this very often but I think I should begin this nightly routine. It’s a good way to end the day. I also liked watching my fit bit tally up the steps from block to block.  And the best part was that when I came home, the kitchen was clean!! Oh I love my family. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.  

Night light.

Good night.   Sleep well. Rest.

Happy Together

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My teenagers came home tonight from their service trip, after being gone for a week, and I could not be happier.

I cried when I saw their faces again and I know it’s only been a week, but it’s symbolic of what’s to come in the next couple of years, I know.

They are growing up and are independent, needing me in different ways. I love these compassionate and thoughtful humans and am so happy to have them back with us again. I loved coming home together, sitting around the table, eating ice cream and hearing their stories about their journey and experiences.

I am thankful they had such a great time and are safely home again.

nAMaste

Anticipation

There was a Wall Street Journal article this week that talked about the ideal vacation and how anticipating and planning the getaway can be half as much fun as the actual experience.

Have you ever thought about that before?  I think it’s true for many things besides travel.

I love the feeling of having something to look forward to and to anticipate. It gives my mind something pretty to focus on and to think about and it makes me excited just knowing that something good is going to happen. 

Sometimes the anticipation and imagination are more enjoyable than the actual reality of the experience!! That’s crazy!! It’s probably because we set our expectations so high that sometimes when reality comes there is a gap in what we dreamed and what was actually created. 

I love having something to anticipate everyday. And it can be so simple as anticipating the first cup of coffee or waiting for my husband to come home from work. I love the feeling of excitement in waiting.

Tonight I am feeling excited and anxious as I patiently wait and anticipate the homecoming of my big kids from their service trip. They’ve been gone for a week and I’ve missed their presence. I am excited to see them again and to hear their stories. I can’t wait!

What are you anticipating? Do you look forward to anything today or this week?  Wishing you peace and love.

nAMaste

Helping One Another

 
I get by with a little help from my friends.  

  

 I was so happy to have had help today building Christian’s new bed.  
Remind me the next time I shop at IKEA for a good deal, that it takes a full day+ to assemble and build their products! Ugh.  At least we spent the day together.  It’s all good.

nAMaste