Afraid Of The Dark

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.

We Can’t Always Choose The Music But…

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.

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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! 😉