Persistent in weeding a particularly weed friendly patch in the garden, I wondered: no one may ever notice that anything has been done in this area. They just see the strawberry plants growing strong and healthy.
We often fail to notice or give ourselves or others credit for the efforts, the energy and the hours that go into the weeding we do in our lives that enable us to be healthy and loving beings. We could have failed a class, let the garbage collect, splurged on ice cream, yelled out that angry thought…. but we didn’t. We often fail to notice the value of all the things we do or don’t do that takes some mindful effort on our parts. What we do overlook may be a clean house, completed homework, kind words or a healthy body.
Critics of the Obama administration tirelessly point out all that is not yet right and perfect with the country. How many of us pause to consider the disasters that have been prevented by careful actions taken, or the ‘band aid treatments’ that have been replaced by more far sighted actions to steer our nation towards the well- being of its citizens and a global movement forward.
I invite you to take a moment to PAUSE and reflect.
Recall all the ways you’ve been putting in efforts to live well, live happy and live true. Perhaps it’s making a conscious choice to be happy each morning or to eating well or helping around the house. Perhaps it is asking for help to learn or heal. There’s will power, humility, generosity, love, letting go of your way… so much that may have gone into that simple act that you do, but perhaps only you know what it has taken before it turned out right!
Allow yourself to really notice and rejoice when you recognize each effort to curb what might otherwise have made you a less than lovely you… to yourself and to all those around you. Notice the many tiny ways you create your life and your experiences! Notice your sincere intention, your choices, your efforts to follow up on the choices and the effects of those choices. If you have not reached the ‘just noticeable difference’ mark, just know that you will.
I have no doubt that when you become more aware of how much effort goes into who you have made of yourself and your life, you are much more likely to re-consider each criticism you levy towards another, and you’re much more likely to wonder about the efforts put in by others even when the results are not apparent.
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