Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Whew! Can you believe that Summer is just about over? Do you know what that means? That means that this year is about to end and soon it will be fall and Thanksgiving then Christmas and before long we will be celebrating another year. Time flies and life carries us along bouncing and tossing us over the hills, mountains, and by-ways.....it keeps rolling on. And it keeps changing......LOL! Nothing stays the same and believe it or not that is good. Change makes us resilient and strong. Causes us to question ourselves, reasses our direction, and reevaluate our priorities.
I was reading an email that a friend had sent about her reaching her "happy place" I thought wow! I need that....I need a "happy place". You know in the midst of all the requirements, responsibilities, and roles that you must do and fulfill surely there is a placed physical or mental that you can go and just not do or be but just exist. That has to be a "happy place". You know where you don't have to think about cooking dinner, football practice, or did Joe Blow clock in today on time or was he late again because you don't want to have to write him up--surely the "happy place" is a break, get-a-way, a mini-moment at least from all of this? Something like the old Calgon bath commercials----maybe that's it the "happy place" is the Calgon bath coming in and taking you away! LOL!
But I thought about this "happy place" I wondered how do you get there do you buy a ticket? How much does it cost? Who takes the money? Where do I board? and How long is the trip? LOL! I joke but I am very serious.....you wouldn't imagine some of my days not to mention some of the situations.
Well I am pondering on this "happy place" and I am so glad that my friend discovered it. I am so glad that she reached her place of paradise and she has vowed to visit often and I am clapping and celebrating for her. And although inside I wanted to scream Take me! Take me! I know that the journey to one's "happy place" is a self journey that only can be taken by you alone.
So I started to inventory, sort through, and organize because I wanted to find my "happy place" vehicle. Ok, so this "happy place" is a new concept for me so surely there has to be a vehicle to arrive at this spectacular place......my friend said for her it is Yoga.....so I began to sort through and decipher at what point or what action do I do that causes me to reach this mysterious "happy place".
Then suddenly it flooded my mind at once and actually consumed my entire being. I have learned to live in my "happy place" in the midst of my roles, responsibilities, and requirements I have learned that my "happy place" is inside of me. I carry it with me and I attempt to flow from my "happy place" at all times. I am not always successful but when I relax and allow the Peace of God to surpass my understanding and to consume my being I am not moved from my "happy place" at any point.
So when I am running around meeting deadlines, trying to be on time for meetings then when I am in meetings desperately trying to be interested.....Or when my role changes and I am Momma trying to listen and be attentive without shutting him down and being too controlling and still running around trying to make sure we are at school, practice, and Kumon tutoring on time---did I forget about making sure that I cook---oh and making sure that what I cook is nutritious and balanced--McDonalds or anything else is no longer acceptable-- and keeping a clean house, and managing and running a household. Then when my responsibilities shift yet another time and I am the eldest sister and/or child and I have to be the daughter and big sister that my family needs......then it shifts again and I am a friend who tries to be compassionate, honest, and open.....and then there is another shift and my role is a woman and I am experiencing dating and meeting new people that happens to be men...LOL!
But in all of this I have learned that my "happy place" is not a sedentary moment in time that I mentally, physically, or spiritually shut down or pull away---my "happy place" is in the midst of the whirlwind. When it seems like it's all floating by. I may drop a few things....I may get so busy with one role that I neglect another temporarily but I have learned to stay in my "happy place".
The bible says to be rooted and grounded in our faith....and my faith has become my happy place. It's because of my faith that I am able to keep myself as priority and love me because I see the price he paid for me and the love that he has for me that motivated him to pay the price that he paid. This alone is enough to keep one in their "happy place".
So I have learned that in the midst of the deadlines, responsibilities, and roles that I play in life......I can smile because I have learned to operate from my "happy place".