Just look up

I didn’t have the best day today.  Nothing tragic happened, I just had moderate annoyances sprinkled throughout the day (from waking up with shin pain; to getting caught in pouring rain – twice; to feeling indecisive about totally dinky and unimportant things; to feeling way too self-absorbed and whiny when I really have absolutely nothing to complain about in my ridiculously blessed life….).  Ugh.  Sigh.

But whatev.  As each twinge, drop, feeling, and thought came, I honestly acknowledged them, then gently set them aside.  I engaged in this gentle dance with my internal life, over, and over, and over again.  See, acknowledge, release, repeat.

By mid-morning, I wasn’t feeling frustrated or hostile by this repetitive exercise so much as I was feeling…. disappointed.  Disappointed that the perpetual stream of automatic thoughts haven’t ceased.  Disappointed that I have to work at relaxing.  Disappointed that I’m not yet ‘enlightened’, that I’m still oh-so-human.

But today there were tasks that needed to be done, so I went about completing them.  I wrote the grocery list, drove to the store, picked up the plums and the broccoli…and it was there, in the middle of the store, feeling achy, soggy, and foggy, that I saw this:

A lovely overt reminder that joy really is all around – if I’m willing to look up to see it.

Thanks universe, I appreciate this.  Particularly today.  🙂

Stef

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About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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20 Responses to Just look up

  1. Loved your picture – I bet you made someones day when they spotted you taking pictures of plastic cups LOL

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  2. I would have assumed that you were taking pictures of items at the store to maybe ask a roommate or spouse if THIS is the right kind they want? I’ve seen people do that before….nothing people take photos of really surprises me anymore…..
    Glad you were sent a marshmallow smile today 🙂

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    • Stef says:

      It’s interesting…. once upon a time I used to think that people who were talking to themselves were a bit mentally ill; now I just assume they are on a headset. Funny how times (and perceptions!) change so quickly…

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  3. Mama said there’d be days like this! We’ve all been there. You really should be proud of yourself for being so self-aware (acknowledging thoughts and then setting them aside) and always keeping your eyes open for reasons to smile! That’s an achievement in itself.

    Cat

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    • Stef says:

      Thanks Cat! Yup, no one ever promised me a rose garden; I’m grateful that I’m truly learning how to see all things as impermanent (both the wonderful and the uncomfortable), and that my awareness keeps growing… It’s good stuff. 🙂

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  4. nrhatch says:

    One step toward enlightenment . . . two steps back. 😀

    Eventually, if we persisit, we re-program our thoughts to gravitate to the positive.
    In the meantime, we are more aware of the need to let non-productive thoughts drift away.

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  5. carlaat says:

    I love the description – achy, soggy, foggy. Glad the marshmallow smile came along just at the right time. Hugs!

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  6. Hi Stef,
    I love your honesty & freshness. Keep it up.
    be good to yourself
    David

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  7. okay, so I’m dyslexic and I read the ‘up and up’ as ‘du and du”. So, yeah, do look up and do keep bringing us smiles.

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  8. rutheh says:

    What a happy find! And just when you needed it 🙂

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    • Stef says:

      It’s “funny” how my life seems to always go that way; just when I need something, somehow it always ‘magically’ appears. I’m a lucky, lucky gal, I tell you what…

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  9. Christine says:

    Somebody went to Target – aka the best store EVER. Packaging like the one you took the photo of is why the store is so awesome.

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