Once upon a time, in the wee stages of life, the darkness felt too vast and terrifying to bear – my heart would shudder at the thought and I needed some external source to light the way.
And yet, as I grew older, I began to realize there was nothing within the inky blackness that had the power to hold sway over me. For indeed there was a light inside of me that shone brighter than the sun and moon…and it is a light that does not extinguish, no matter what night…neither life…has to say.
Life isn’t always easy – it just goes without saying that there will be ups and downs, diagonals and roundabouts… And, yes, maybe even some tornado-twirls thrown in for good measure.
But. . .we always have a choice in how we manage events, and how we handle ourselves and our emotions. I DEFINITELY could do a better job of being “in the moment” myself – it’s something I work on every day, particularly as my Empathetic self feels so profoundly.
While it is something I try to stay ever mindful of, though, reminders never hurt. This morning I woke up feeling down – I felt “old,” and that’s a feeling I’ve not yet experienced. And yet here I am…happy, healthy, ALIVE. . .and so incredibly blessed. . .that “feeling down” is the part that doesn’t fit!
We ARE allowed to feel – so I’m not angry with myself for being human. I know it’s more than okay – and frankly most healthy – to acknowledge and be aware of the feelings. But I also don’t want them to ruin my day and keep me from the activities I need to be doing!
So…I reread this wonderful quotation, took a deep breath, and said my thanks with a smile. I may not always be able to choose the tune – or the onset of a feeling – but I can choose how I dance to it.
And…how about this…I CAN dance in the first place, and that’s one more blessing to add to the heap! 😉