The last few weeks have left me with a heavy heart:
Hearing about the recent loss of a precious toddler has been profoundly sad. I uncontrollably wept as I read his story via his parent's blog.
Through another blog, I read about a dedicated young mom who suffered a massive stroke and was then found by her daughter. Her slow recovery is nothing but a miracle.
And now the tragedy in Japan.
As I watch the images on I TV, I can only think about what if that happened here.
More than anything, the events in Japan have further impacted what has already been swirling in my head for the last few weeks. I have been evaluating how I can live my live more consciously. How can I take a greater role in making decisions that will have a positive impact in my life and consequently in the lives surrounding me.
For me it means a few things:
It means putting my gadgets down more often than not.
It means stop what I'm preoccupied with at the moment to look at my children when they are speaking to me.
It means less, "wait a minute, Honey" when the little guys ask me to play with them.
It means assuming the best in people instead of the worst.
It means less time with negative self talk and more time spent using my strengths to help others.
It means starting and ending the day in prayer. I need lots of it! So do others.
It means taking a deep breath when the cereal spills all over the floor instead of reacting in frustration.
In means saying lots of "I love you's" to each person in this house during the day.
What does living consciously mean for you? Please share.