I’ve been slowing down lately. Choosing my time more wisely. Thinking about what I want to do from this point forward. I’ve been watching less television, reading more, being kinder to myself. Going inward a bit I guess.
For the last several months, I’ve been going full throttle. Rushing here and there. Some of it has been due to external circumstances and some of it, well, because that’s who I am.
Life has slowed down now. My work, my going here and there. I think there is a reason — a rhythm to our lives — cycles that we go through. If we choose to observe it that way, we can learn much about ourselves. Worrying is pointless. Fighting feelings is futile. What I found is, you have to embrace your feelings — whatever they are — joy, pain, sadness — there’s no way/where to go but through. Our spirits and resolve become stronger, we become wiser.
Intention and Purpose
I think we all have a desire to figure out our purpose in life. I think it changes as we change, as we evolve into whomever we become at the “end” of our lives. I’ve thought about this a lot lately and have come to conclusion that the most painful times in our lives can bring about an awareness we didn’t have before — a realization that we only have so much time in this human form and what we do with our time matters.
It doesn’t have to mean grandiose accomplishments, to me it means doing things — even mundane things, with intention. When we make it a point to do this, even the simple things can be an accomplishment of sorts.
If we approach a task, any task, with intention, the actual doing of the thing, can be a kind of joyful experience. It’s solely how we look at it and when we slow down enough to think of it that way, our perspective of it shifts.
Instead of thinking: I have to do this, with dread or anger, we can think: I have the ability to do this, with a marvel and a respect for our minds and bodies — the vehicle in which our true selves reside. It takes practice and patience as any good intention does.
We take our abilities for granted until something happens to make us more aware of just what an incredible gift we have at our disposal — any time we want to tap into it.
A Little Levity Goes a Long Way
We all go through painful situations in our lives if we live long enough. My grandmother used to say, “If it doesn’t take your breath away, you can get through it.” She was right. Even during the bleakest times, we can find something that makes us smile or laugh. We can come up out of our pain to do that. Over time, we begin to smile and laugh a little more.
I grew up watching Looney Tunes on Saturday mornings. My Dad often imitated Bugs Bunny by moving his eyebrows up and down. His favorite was Road Runner and Wiley Coyote.
I was particularly found of Pepé Le Pew and Penelope. Remember how Penelope would slide underneath something that had wet paint and get a white streak down her back? Pepe mistook her for someone like him and would, with the purest of intentions, pursue her.
Penelope would run and run and run, trying to escape the inevitable. Pepe, on the other hand, would just saunter along. I loved how he always had that satisfied, knowing smile on his face — there wasn’t any alternative for him — despite what he had to go through, he knew joy would be his, in time. He just had to wait it out.
I’ve been feeling like Penelope for awhile now, running, scurrying, worrying, gasping for air, trying to escape.
But I’m beginning to feel a little more like Pepé. I’m starting to discover a purpose again and like Pepé, a smile is beginning to bloom inside my heart and make its way on to my face.
Happy Monday everyone and here’s to good intentions.
What are your good intentions lately? Oh, and who is your favorite Looney Tunes character and why?