When I was about 12 I would take the public bus home from school. Usually, the ride went very smoothly but this one time I recall I was preoccupied and I missed my stop.
I was horrified. I sat there wondering what to do and decided that I would just stay seated and wait for the bus to come around the loop in our city and return to my stop. I was too embarassed, mortified in fact, to actually stand up and ask the driver to stop. It was too late!
I truly thought there was no way to undue this terrible mistake. So I sat there silently waiting, wondering how long it would take to see the whole town and ultimately get back to my stop. Surely the bus would right itself, right?
You can imagine my surprise when the bus arrived at the bus depot and parked in an endless sea of buses. The driver turned around and asked me what I was doing.
I nearly started crying. "I missed my stop, I thought you were going to swing around eventually". He took pity on me and helped me figure out how to get on a different bus that was headed out on the route that would get me home.
So often in life we may feel like we are trapped in a certain situation that is unchangeable. A job, a relationship, a living situation.
Most of us have had those situations where there may be some sort of upheaval and we have to step up and make a change - whether it is to step into a leadership role we never imagined or leave an unhealthy situation.
Sometimes your life situation changes in a way that forces you to switch direction. It may be scary, it may be risky - either emotionally, financially or socially - but sometimes you just can't deny it - you just have to step up and get off the bus. It is your life!
Listen to your own intuition to figure out which way to move but please listen. Don't worry if you've been sitting there for awhile - there is no judgment, just go forward and move. Now is the time. Welcome to 2017! There is so much happiness in store for you - go get it.
I am on a path that I would have never imagined. The more I let go of my preconceptions, the more I realize how much I have to offer.
The more I open myself up to unimagined possibilities the more doors seem to appear. We have all heard the phrase "when one door closes, another will appear".
We navigate our way through life doing the best we can but beneath the surface of it all there lies the truth. Life is a gift. Every moment is a gift.
Often lately, I arise with tears down my face, knowing that I am on the right path. I push aside the self criticism and look deep. I am a gift and I am here to share with you.
Every person I touch, whether they know it or not, is able to receive my gift, my love, my happiness. I am beyond fear of rejection. Some may not be ready, willing or able to receive my gift but it is here. I am willing to spread the net wide and offer my love to all. I am here, quietly loving all of you.
Love is patient, love is kind. We are not here to criticize or judge one another. We are here to love and be loved. I am a gift and so are you. Treasure each moment. Open yourself up to your possibilities. The more I give, the more I receive.
You don't need to struggle to find out what your gift is - you ARE the gift. You are a gift to everyone in your life. Thank you!
Have a very blessed holiday
Salty or sweet? or a little of both?
During the holidays it's a struggle to stay on track. It's ok. Enjoy life and all the yumminess it has to offer.
In order to try to counteract some of the effects of the foodie festivities may I suggest the following:
Drink more water than usual - yes this will obviously help flush out the adult beverages but it also will help clean out your system faster from all the higher than usual calorie intake.
Take smaller bites and eat slower - there is no need to rush through a meal. Savor every bite and every minute with your loved ones.
Today I dropped my son off at school in his pajamas. He is in 8th grade. He was so excited to wear his Christmas themed pj pants. As I drove away I realized I forgot to take a photo.
Yes he is 14 years old and 6'2" but his excitement reminded me of what a little boy he still is. So precious. So deserving of a photo - I felt so guilty for not catching him with my iphone to send a facebook post.
Earlier this same morning I received an email from one of my daughter's teachers about some school business. Her last sentence "Alexandra did a great job on her book talk to the class yesterday".
S*** I completely forgot to listen to her practice it. I missed out on timing her and giving her pointers. What kind of mom am I?
Arghhh where does the time go? Things get so busy and as they get older we forget to pay attention to the small things.
Yes, story of most of our lives. When they were younger it seemed so much easier to take photos or video of every little step or first piece of pizza.
But I have to remember to take a step back and not put so much pressure on myself. We all have these moments. As the kids get older different things become more important or memorable.
My son choosing to stay with our family instead of going with his friends for Halloween or my daughter waiting for me to blow dry her hair at night - different yet just as good as those first few steps. It's all good.