Today, I awakened to a beautiful sunrise. I thanked my bed for a comfy night’s sleep, thanked God for coffee, sat by my window looking at the mountains, read a spiritual book and prayed. Life is good!
Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
I want to be a loving friend today because we all need one!
I discovered my mantra through an exercise I did with an excellent coach and friend. I hurriedly typed answers to her questions so that I could email her before I left work for the day. I spat out a few sentences about my dreams and aspirations thinking, this is so lame, she’s probably going to fire me as a client. After all, I’m a test case and pay with coffee….sometimes….. and who needs a client like that!
The next day we met. Before she arrived, I read what I had written and asked myself, “did I seriously write that?” I’m actually pretty clear about what I want to do with the rest of my life and then my eyes landed on the why of it all “because the world needs a loving friend.” Don’t we all? Who doesn’t need a loving friend?
My mantra carried me through the day. As I walked up to work I repeated to myself, the world needs a loving friend. As I approached the building and started to say good morning to the same people I see every day, I said to myself, Martin, my boss needs a loving friend today “hi there Martin!”. The early morning janitors need a loving friend today, that lady that nearly clipped my car in the parking lot needs a loving friend today, my office mates need a loving friend today. My day went like that hour after hour until I got home. And it was a pretty fabulous day.
Here’s where the real challenged lies: I arrived home. My daughter needed a loving friend but the dishes were still in the sink and she didn’t like what I was cooking for dinner, and she wasn’t jamming with my spiritual pink cloud, so I wasn’t a very loving friend. I was a cranky bitch! Then, when that didn’t work for me, I was an emotional sob. Thank God, I’m getting better because I said to myself, my daughter needs a loving friend. At that moment of empathy and shift of thinking, a friend of mine that loves us both walked up to our front porch where we were entwined in an spiraling conversation. Her presence broke the spell of tension. She told us about her crazy day and we all laughed. I know that my cranky bitch and emotional sob have to be addressed when I get home today if not before, but thank God, I mean thank God, a new day dawns and the opportunity to be a loving friend dawns with it!
What’s you’re mantra today?