“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Play with abandon. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends.” … Mary Anne Radmacher
I have found that life is full of twists and turns, highs and lows and thrills and chills. Each day brings the potential for new surprises and delights and whilst it is true that the possibilities lie inherent for less than pleasant things to happen as well, I prefer to place my focus on the up side of life. I know that if my life, or at the very least this one day, is going to unfold the way in which I would prefer it go then it is up to me to contribute in as many positive and Life-affirming ways as possible. It is my intention to live joyfully and with love.
Whilst it is true that I like a certain amount of stability in my life it is also true that I am and have always been a dock jumper … you know one of those people who hear a new idea, grab hold of it and run off giggling and excited to explore it. I am frequently heard to respond to the question: “Why would you do that?” with the answer: “Well it seemed like a good idea at the time.” I believe that my late son would have understood me – he loved the edge too – another dock jumper in training. Like mother – like son I guess – two souls gloriously enthusiastic about life and its opportunities: walking to the edge and playing with abandon.
When I look back on my life I find that whilst; there are many things that I wish I had done better or faster or ideas that I wish that I had known sooner, in general, I have few regrets. I raised both my boys as a stay-at-home mom and loved every minute of my time with them. With my children I learned to listen better … to “listen hard” … to hear the unspoken words behind the run-on patter. Life taught me that to live in fear was to keep it as a constant companion whose sole purpose was to make me miserable; but to dance with Life – no matter how unexplored the road – was to welcome in joy and learn to love the unexpected. Unhappy and challenging times brought new friends into my life – some of whom have stayed and some of whom have left … reason, season lifetime … I appreciate them all.
And so … I find myself in the wonderful space of gratitude. I am thrilled to be able to see the gold nugget hiding inside the grungy exterior of my challenges. I feel blessed that; no matter what comes along and no matter how close to the edge I dance, Life … in the form of friends, family and synchronicities … is always there to catch me and encourage me to continue on my way. I live in gratitude for the blessings that flow into and around my life. The more I look for them, the more of them I see; the more I see them the more active they become, and the more active they become the more gratitude I have. Nice cycle! Many thanks Universe … and keep up the good work … your sharing is greatly appreciated!
Godspeed and Arinaste (from my heart to your heart)