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Delightful Days Ahead

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2013: A brand new day. A brand new beginning.

I was really struck the last few weeks by the sense that the first half of my life has come to a close. 2012 was an intermission of sorts, a time to rest, reflect and release. A time—mixing metaphors here—to turn over the soil in preparation for new growth.

The curtain now rises on the second half, and it’s as if I’m born again, starting over, beginning anew.

That’s why I’m launching “The Mindful Misfit: 365 Days of Delight” on this blog (on a separate page–see menu bar above), as a way to “launch” my life’s second half. It’s a daily reminder to myself to pay attention: to notice those moments that trigger a sense of peace, wonder, gratitude, joy, laughter. Every day is full of them, if we take the time to pay attention. Even on days where darkness won’t let go of its painful grip. So I’m going to record these moments with a photo and a brief written description, and I’m going to record them and post them every single day in 2013.

That’s 365 days. 365 meaningful moments, regardless of what else might be going on in my life. A reflection of and commitment to the way I want to live my life going forward.

Kitchen Sink Wisdom

You ever had a moment where you felt the energy and passion of some unknown calling surging inside you, like waves crashing against rocks? Where you felt the need to do Something Meaningful, or else explode in a fiery ball of frustration? Only problem is, you have no idea what you’re supposed to do.

I experience moments like these from time to time and I usually find them maddening. I try to pin down that elusive but tantalizing energy, to define it and make it show me what I’m meant to do. In my mind I’ll see myself living and working in a beachside villa in Brazil; or being the next Oprah; or discovering the solution to some major social problem; or winning the Mega Millions lottery and using that money to effect social change in ways that make people shake their heads and ask, “Why didn’t we think of that?”

More often than not, though, this momentary surge of energy dissipates, and so do the images. Soon all that remains is a lingering frustration and a hint of despair: Will I ever capture and harness this energy, and actually use it in a meaningful way?

The short answer? Yes. But…

The last time I had one of those energy surges, instead of throwing a temper tantrum and demanding answers and direction, I chose to listen. I powered down the revving engine of my mind, sat in stillness and silence, and simply listened. And you know what I heard?

Your kitchen is dirty. Go clean it. It’ll be good for your soul.

That’s the Something Meaningful. Because it’s the little things that matter the most. Everything you do now matters. At the end of the day, life is about the here and now, and your calling is to live in the here and now.

If you want to get There, you have to start Here first.