And why it matters
Want to know a secret?
Whether you think life is awful or wonderful, you are correct.
The good news: we each have the power to alter our perceptions at any moment.
Live Like My Little Sis
I’ve just returned from the gift of spending time with my younger sister in NY. Well…my sister and her family. During my time there, the following occurred:
- the bathroom mirror literally started to peel off the wall like a Reflective Tower of Pisa
- a washing machine began to “chew” clothing reminiscent of a toddler with teething issues
- the brisket splattered EVERYWHERE (leaving a sticky-savory trail from the oven to the floor — the dogs were smitten)
- children needed to be taken to doctors while work emergencies erupted
And yet, my little sis’ remained calm and easy, all while preparing a thirteen person dinner party to welcome me home.
Humor as Medicine
Listen, I’m sharing a “sample platter” of all the “dishes” my awesome sis’ handled in the days I spent at her home. This chica has A LOT going on.
Were there conflicts that arose? Absolutely.
But Little Sis’ handled whatever came her way with humor and grace.
Humor is an undervalued form of medicine.
Humor makes life’s challenging arrows more palatable.
When we are able to find humor in those tense moments, we alter our perspective. Life’s challenges and heartaches don’t seem as sharp.
Humor softens our focus, working as a balm to our pain or unease.
We Become What We Think
After creating the first and second platters, my sister had the same reaction each time:
“This is so much fun! Look at how cool this is? I love this!”
My Little Sis’ was literally jumping up and down each time she completed the platters.
Her eyes danced with delight each time she completed another step creating her cornbread, her lemon zest ricotta cake, her rosemary and apple-infused turkey — you name the dish, she was lit up more than a tree at Rockefeller Center.
When challenges arose, she de-escalated the issue immediately by:
- focusing on what was working
- offering a helpful suggestion
- bringing her infectious humor
Little Sis’ loves serving the people she cares about. She loves making a difference, loves challenging herself to create new things.
Take it from Oprah:
“What you focus on expands and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it.”
Focusing on the Good is Contagious
We are all energy. So it’s no wonder that my Little Sis’ family “caught” her warmth and love throughout my visit. And, of course, I wasn’t immune either.
Appreciation is a form of meditation.
I started to notice how long my nephew’s eyelashes are when he looked down to focus on the board game we were playing.
I noticed the sound of my older nephew’s laugh made me think of a warm sunrise.
I noticed the comfort and easiness, the vulnerability and strength between my Little Sis’ and her sweet hubby.
The Gift of Slowing Down
As we approach this holiday season, I’m making a concerted effort to focus on slowing down, not speeding up. I want to relish the gift of this life, honoring my reactions and impressions along the way.
We will never get “there” because there is no final destination.
There is only the precious moment of now. And when we choose to focus on how amazing this moment, and the next moment is, our lives grow evermore awesome.