Life on Life’s Terms
God is doing for me what I can not do for myself.
This morning I woke up [thank you God] enthusiastically pumped to share this positive message with you on this Terrific Transformation Tuesday!
Side note: Check out the origins of that word “Terrific” and learn about the fascinating evolution of that term.
The meditation from THE LANGUAGE OF LETTING GO by author Melody Beattie for May 3, 2022 is entitled “Freedom from Self-Seeking.”
It is a great reading and I was excitedly looking forward to sharing it with you on a YouTube video!
God had other plans for me.
But before I get to that, I want to share an update on my recent idea to create a voluntary phone confiscation basket (pictured above) to help eliminate my compulsion to allow myself to be distracted by my phone mornings while I’m supposed to be focused on getting ready for work.
In all honesty today was only my 2nd time attempting to use the basket placed high on a shelf with my Daddy’s memorial flag for serving our country and our community; first as a member of the Navy, and next as a heroic firefighter. He may not exist in the physical form here with us any longer, but I carry him with me in my heart always.
And since I went off on a tangent “talking” about my Dad with you; I may as well also share with you that one of the most poignant moments in my life was when my husband asked my father for my hand in marriage as we both kneeled at his graveside at Riverside National Cemetery.
Now back to the confiscation basket! Today I changed it up a bit by turning on my music shuffle before placing it in the basket.
All morning I danced as I got ready for work and our kitty Dez thoroughly enjoyed chasing me in this game he was certain was solely for his entertainment!
Anyway, the basket served it’s purpose and I am now one step closer to obtaining the screen life balance that contributes to a healthy mind, body, and soul in The Art of Well-Being.
Unfortunately you will have to read the meditation from The Language of Letting Go on your own today because as previously mentioned, God had other plans for me this morning.
Although I am a slow learner, I do learn. And if there’s one thing I have learned along this joyful journey of progress over perfection, it’s SURRENDER!
I must fully and completely surrender to God’s Will for me in order to “Live My Best Life” to borrow an overly used trendy cliché.
So when my Higher Power said to me this morning:
“My precious daughter on your daily commute to work you will empathically LISTEN to another’s deep heartfelt pain and suffering, instead of self-seeking via recording another video.”
I willingly obeyed with a resounding “Yes, Lord!”
Thy Will be Done.
Instead of reading the meditation, I was presented with an opportunity to live it out loud.
Once again, God is doing for me what I can not do for myself.
Having shared that, I do want to emphasize the equally vital part of the May 3rd meditation which is the importance of self-care.
At the risk of trivializing this point by borrowing another popular modern cliché: “Self care is not selfish.”
In fact, reaching an optimal balance of service and self-care is necessary for well-being
I could site multiple verses to support that, but for now I’ll simply refer to the beloved classic Psalm 23.
And for those who may not be Believers, a healthy balance of self-care with whatever endeavors you are passionate about pursuing is highly recommended for your overall good mental, physical, and emotional health.
Some examples of self-care:
*Relaxing Bubble Bath
*Calming music and/or meditation
*Reading an enjoyable book
*Coffee (or beverage of your choice) with a friend
*Yoga (or physical activity of your choosing)
*Drawing or Journaling
*Practicing mindfulness by savoring a delectable nutritious meal noticing the pleasant aroma, visual appeal, interesting textures, and of course exquisite mouth-watering tastes.
*Nature Walk - stop and smell the flowers and soak up the vitamin D ☀️
These are a few of my favorite self-care activities.
What are some of yours?
“Life is like a box of chocolates. And so am I! You never know what you’re going to get!” Thanks Forrest! 👋🏼 ;)
And yesterday a #justforfun as Gwen Stacy 🕷video here:
I say just for fun, but it’s also for a multi-purpose:
*Embracing my current body and giving God praise and thanks for all the things it can do!
*A sincere Thank You to my subscribers! :)
*Role-modeling [cos]PLAY — outdoors (screen life balance), physical activity, imagination, FUN! 🤩
*A visual representation of FAITH like a child, as I play like a child.
What do you like to do for fun?
Looking forward to reading your responses to the questions above!