I believe most of us get up in the morning, with the best intentions, and say, how can I make this a good day? Or how can I get through this day with my challenges? Or how can I make the world a better place.? I think we set out wanting to conquer it all but get a little deflated when we may not get it ALL done.
I woke up this morning, did my routine, stretched, gave myself my motivation self care loving talk, and went out for my walk. I did a podcast - topic - acceptance.
I got home, grabbed my grocery bags and set out for the market. Now I was feeling a little nervous. I was feeling a little overwhelmed with my thoughts. I know! Even after my podcast. But it's not like I have these mind blowing realizations and everything just falls in place. I have these AHA moments and then I practice the new "learning" material over and over and over again throughout the day when different things come up. Oh since I woke up this morning, I've been irritated, nervous, and slightly grumpy. I'm not perfect. While I was writing this blog, I kept getting interrupted from family and I felt like a dog with a bone. Hey! I'm writing! Then I realize the humor that I'm writing about acceptance and kindness and I'm barring teeth. So I have to go at it again - take deep breaths - accept there's more inner work to do. I'm happy to say, I've also had lovely moments this morning - smiles, lovely connections, and feeling appreciative about things. Those are good.
I did my marketing and when I got up to the cashier, he and I had such a lovely exchange. I always bag my own groceries. I like to do it. But this guy said, thank you. He was so relieved not to have to do it. I told him - heck - you have all day - I don't mind helping. Plus, for me, I get to put them in the bags to make it easier to put away when I get home. He felt it was kind. We spoke about kindness. We spoke about just wanting to do the right thing - show a little kindness - make a little difference. I told him it feels easier to be kind than mean. It takes a lot of energy to be mean and angry. He lit up. I said it's nice to find others who get it. I really appreciate these exchanges with people. It makes me feel like there are a lot of us out there who just want to feel connected.
Okay, it's funny. I took a selfie on my walk. I forgot about the picture until just now. I had a little fun with the app. I just love this thing. I looked at the picture and the shirt I chose to wear today. It made me smile. So I say to you - Go SAVE THE DAY! Do it YOUR WAY! Do it with kindness.
I feel, in all this self discovery work I'm doing, acceptance is important. We can't change everyone. We can't push ourselves beyond what we can legitimately do. But we CAN try these baby steps of accepting who we are, what we CAN do, what we appreciate in others - and how we CAN make a difference.
Acceptance. It's a big word. It's a big task . But it has big rewards.