When I woke up the second time, the sun was streaming through the window. “There is no doubt it’s morning.” The birds started singing even earlier, my first wake-up call, to announce the brand new day. These days, many hours are spent in my writing room on various projects and passions. I am making time, though, for walking, swimming, stretching and dancing!
I turn 67 this year. This birthday is not the celebratory arrival of 65, a landmark age in our country’s countdown of aging. It’s not even 66, which slid by before I noticed I was one year older. 67? Well, 67 has significance for me. It is that much closer to 70, which looms large in my mind. 70, an official elder. How can that be?
I always skip now and move toward then, its a habit to escape the difficulties around us. If I stay with anticipation instead of lived reality, I can avoid the feelings that come with everyday concerns or even the more serious challenges. It’s easy to develop that pattern, isn’t it? Especially, if you are faced with fears and pain in the present moment. But if there is breathing room, I take a pause and tune in to now.... “Lisa, you’re not 70. At the time of this writing, you’re not even 67! Instead, stay in this day... this hour... this moment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life’s a journey, not a destination.” What is the journey I am on today, this one day, on God’s green earth? What person will I be asked to love? What accomplishment will I complete to support the greater good, the human family? Does cleaning under the kitchen sink count? Well, it does ease my mind...less stress gives me more space for love.
I choose love. When I encounter feelings of distrust or hurt or confusion in my relationships, I try to see them as lessons in love. When I address the disconnect within myself, I am freer to love this person, fully, just as they are. I seek a practice of “generosity of spirit” to all I meet - barista, storekeeper, doctor, street person, neighbor - each a Child of God.
Some days are easier than others, but it’s a great way to live in the world. Each of us, bumbling along, sharing our best selves, shining our Light. May it be so!
with a grateful heart, Lisa