There was an ease that came with today...it was easy to smile, easy to work, easy to play. I'm hopeful getting rid of some psychological baggage did the trick. With its weight lifted off me, I found it easier to embrace the challenges as opportunities to learn and to look for solutions when conflict is wiggling its way into our day.
And I have had some aha moments I'd like to take the time to capture for future reference. In no particular order...
...sometimes it is beneficial to print our recipes from the internet. Like when you are preparing a Chinese New Year feast and the website you found with easy but authentic recipes is having technical difficulties. Chalk it up to another opportunity to practice agility!
...when planning a cooking activity for a group to do, it really is okay to plan which person will do each part of the recipe. In hindsight, this seems like a no-brainer. But now I know for sure. Plan out every little detail. The experience will be a lot smoother.
...our minds are extremely powerful and one simple bend in our perspective can make enormous changes. An exercise I participated in today was finding a way to balance two seemingly opposing forces. Like, say, balancing the desire for an organized house with the desire for relaxed, playful experiences with one's children. The trick is to literally have the "organized" part of yourself ask the "playful" part of yourself to share ideas of how to make "organized" more playful. My playful side told me that singing and playing games during tidy-up time would be fun.
...feeling a craving to be hooked up to social media is my mind's way of saying it's time to get out and be with people again. The wheels are in motion to be line up a few skiing dates over the next couple of weekends.
Yes, it's true that we never stop learning. I'm grateful to have this lovely little space to capture some of the lessons life has fired my way.