“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
― Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
Michael and I stood back today and looked over all the work we have done these past few weeks. It is coming together and looking better than either one of us imagined.
I’m not saying we aren’t tired. In fact, my story is late today because my planned hour nap turned into a two-hour nap.
I’ve learned listening to my body pays off in the long run. Isn’t that part of being kind? Doesn’t kindness extend to being kind to oneself? Of course it does. This is one lesson that’s taken me a long time to recognize, understand, and learn.
I have to tell you, I’m enjoying each new awareness and I am grateful.
“You have a unique gift to offer this world. Be true to yourself, be kind to yourself, read and learn about everything that interests you and keep away from people who bring you down. When you treat yourself kindly and respect the uniqueness of those around you, you will be giving this world an amazing gift… YOU!”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
Be kind, my friends, remembering that includes being kind to YOU.
~Peace be with you~
Today was a travel day. I’ve had things to get to all over our little area. The problem with all that is I cannot write while I drive. The good part of it is, I had lots of time to think so now I have very different things to write about today.
This morning Michael and I went to our water aerobics class. I cannot endorse this type of exercise strongly enough. For my friends who are working sonographers, find a class and then find a way to really go to it. My back, neck, and shoulders feel the best they have felt in a very long time. I am amazed at how much better we both feel from this type of exercise.
As we drove to our class, we narrowly avoided a serious accident. It’s summer and motorcycles are everywhere. Being a strong advocate for the motorcyclist, I always stress how important it is for drivers to stay very aware when there is a motorcycle in the mix of traffic flow. This morning, it was the motorcycle rider who did not see a truck that must have been in his blind spot. Because bikes are so quick to respond, this rider was well into the other lane before he realized there was a truck already there. The truck driver was paying attention which was why a disaster was avoided. Had the truck driver been distracted or responded more slowly, I doubt whether we all could have stopped quickly enough to avoid hitting each other or the rider. Please, as the summer progresses and more of us travel, be alert to what’s going on around you and stay back.
Lastly, let’s all think about the people in our lives. Over the past few months, several friends have lost family members or friends suddenly or after a very short illness. Our world and our lives are swamped with so much stress and negativity. Take a minute to check in with each other and let those you love know that you love them. It takes only a minute. Do this one thing, make that one quick call or send that note instead of doing the usual, thinking you should do it. This one thing may be the best memory you’ll have for this day. Please, do not let not doing it be one of your biggest regrets.
I have not shared anything from A Guide for the Advanced Soul lately. Here is what I found for us today:
Every time we say “I must do something” it takes an incredible amount of energy. Far more than physically doing it. Gita Bellin
Isn’t that interesting…
I send you all love and prayers for peace.