September 23, 2011 by teal
Your Moment Is Now
In the last few weeks I have heard stories in the news and or among people regarding pain and suffering being inflicted on others. A beating of a homeless person, a childs death at the hand of their parent or guardian. A woman at the displeasure of her man. But also there is a man who jumped from a building, disappeared intentionally, or hanged himself. My question is what is it truly all about? hmm, stress, unhappiness, guilt, shame, lack, embarrassment, frustration. Yes all of this I know makes anyone feel helpless and hopeless so what do we do. How do we conuqer the fears of such uncertainty in this day and age. The pressures to survive a sort a “new normal” due to unemployment, company downsizing, foreclosures. All of which can make or break a family, frighten our children, and make parents/adults do things that never crossed their minds so they can simply “make it” or save face. The thought of desperate times and desperate measures even makes me shiver. I too want to hold on, “man up” stay strong, be optimistic, full of faith and the fact that I chose to want and need the optimism, the strength, the faith allows me to grab it as my best daily companion.
On my daily run to my local Los Feliz Starbucks I always see Linda. I hope I am spelling her name correctly. The I instead of Y. Nonetheless, By the looks of it Linda is ….homeless. When I observe her through her shoulder length dingy brown hair, she looks as though once upon a time ago she was a lovely and lively lady. Yes she has some quiet settle conversations with herself but other than that I love watching her and actually conversating a lil with her. I am telling you about her for this reason. In the midst of life’s chaos there is someone who is finding a way to make a way in this world. Observing her does something for me especially on those days I have gotten in my own way, or just feel like I need to come up for…air! and although we may feel alone we are not…really, and that is why I talk to Linda. She is my random person that always greets me with a smile and speaks with unconditional endearments to me. How can someone without a solid foundation still find hope in their heart for another tomorrow? Maybe she just does. Maybe she just wakes up and lives and lets the day take care of itself, maybe even with some gentle or even big worries she carries around, she too realizes and ask I am sure, what can really be done about it all?. One thing for sure…she clearly can live- and so can we!
An amazing observation was a patron giving my Linda about $5.00 or $10.00, I can’t remember exactly. I said to her, Linda that was so nice of him. She replied yes it was have you had your coffee yet, can I get you some? and that my friend is your hope. Even when it seems like joy has left your address, just step- out and be open to your daily journey. Don’t let your situation or circumstances define you or alter your behavior in a way you may regret. Look at Linda and be thankful maybe even a lil more like her. You know the old saying, less is more. I think Linda has her more by living with less. So today smile inspite of, love intentionally, dream daringly, share willingly, cry passionately, hug fearlessly, matter magnificently and watch…someone will notice, someone will observe you and like that man who gave to Linda, you too will receive a blessing that you didn’t really expect but the key is…Be Present! Take Your Moment…Live, Live and when all else fails…just keep living!
p.s Linda gets half of my bagel and cream cheese, always and it does me and her good!!
Tips for your moment for the gal or guy:
Bathe your soul with a touch of lavender poured in ( By Aura Cacia @ Wholefoods Stores )
A decent breakfast, no junk! pour a glass of O.J and add a strawberry inside. It looks pretty if nothing else and gives us happy feelings.
For Starbucks drinkers save your cup if your doing just coffee for instance. The refill is only .50cents unless you are a gold card member, Then it’s free.
Whomever you encounter first make sure you say “Good Morning” and wear it with a smile.
As you go about the day, stay focused on something good that will always make your heart dance. The rush you will get gives those happy feeling bursting inside you.
Take your daily tasks as if your the boss (in case your not already) and able to delegate and make decisions wisely. When we believe the condifence becomes attractive and the world responds. So be the CEO of you.
Look at others as you would want someone to view you. Be patient and kind with your observation. You may not agree but you can respect.
Close your day with appreciation. Don’t go for the big especially if that “big” thing didn’t happen..yet. Search the little things and make it not always about you. For example: be appreciative yes that you did well on a test or you got an extention on a past due bill, your boss applauded your efforts or you just had a stress free day, but be appreciative that someone else really does love you, that someone prays for you, that someone likes you inspite of yourself. Be appreciative that although you may not be a Linda, but that you know a Linda and she too can actually make a difference in your life by learning to just wake up and….live, throwing caution to the wind.
Stretch your mind, wash your cares, rub your body, love yourself, style your hair, splash on some color so you can shine when you lay down and when you rise and never ever forget to simply….breathe!