Aren’t we humans a mess? We add so much unnecessary stress to our daily lives.. trying to live up to some imaginary scenario about how we should appear in public, weigh, keep house, parent, and work. We base this “ideal” on self- perception (as dictated by societal “norms”)… rather than the finality of truth.
The fall edition of Magnolia Journal centers around a popular term these days…wholeness. The title reads “In Pursuit of Happiness////Wholeness.
Joanna said she picked up immediately from her team when they talked about “wholeness” that somehow we have gotten the wrong idea that being “whole” is reaching utopia or perfection. Not so…according to editor Joanna Gaines.
Joanna believes it is all the parts of our individual stories that make us “complete/whole”…the sad, sorrowful, broken, hard times deserve just as much time in our stories as the good, happy, and successful times. We need to be accepting of ourselves as all that we already are….a continuous work in progress…not just what we aim to be. We are “whole” every day.
Next time you make a daily To-Do list….title it EVERYTHING I’M SUPPOSED TO DO TODAY. (the unrealistic societal list) and then at the end of the day reflect on what you actually did that day. Be ready to laugh and have fun again laughing at ourselves and enjoying life to the fullest. Many times things do get done…just not the way we thought! 🙂
And now the heading: WHAT I ACTUALLY DID TODAY!
EAT A BALANCED BREAKFAST
CUT BACK ON CAFFEINE
GOT MY CARDIO IN
WASHED MY HAIR
SHARED A MEAL AS A FAMILY- NO DISHES REQUIRED
DIDN’T MAKE IT TO BED..BUT GOT A FULL FOUR HOURS
“When we’re willing to loosen our grip on the to-do list and laugh at life’s unexpected twists, suddenly the day becomes a little more do-able and a lot more interesting….no longer a failure but fulfilling.”
So until tomorrow….Smile and just keep smiling…life is worth each one.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
Yesterday morning when I went to my “office” and sat on the sofa in the early morning hours…I was lost in thought about an idea for this blog post. Suddenly the sun shot in and lightened my round rocking chair rug with lights and shadows. So pretty!
As tempting as it is in life sometimes to just sit and rock while watching our round world turn over and over between night and day, brightness and darkness, light and shadows ….we will never be remembered for a life of sedentary rocking…unless we “rock” to the beat of our own drum leading us along our path to fulfillment.