You may have noticed that I’ve been conspicuously absent. No blog posts, tweets, or Facebook updates. In fact, I’ve only responded to the most urgent of emails.
I’d love to tell you that I’ve been on a creative sabbatical or cooking up fabulous ideas or off on a great adventure.
But I haven’t.
Call it Mercury retrograde, Murphy’s Law, or just plain old life, but I haven’t had the space or the energy to do anything on my own behalf. Outside circumstances have dictated my reality. Each day has been an effort just to get the basics accomplished.
For a while, I wallowed in guilt.
I should be able to get something more done, shouldn’t I?? Perhaps I could get up at 4:00am instead of 5:00am. Maybe I could dictate a few things while driving in the car. Or scribble a few notes while preparing dinner.
(Sleep and avoidance of accidents are high on my priority list.)
Then I fell into frustration.
This doesn’t have to be so hard, I thought. Couldn’t anyone see that I needed a little help here? Couldn’t I have an hour just to relax or create?
(Now and then things are hard.)
Then I marinated in a stew of negativity.
Why me, I asked. Why was this happening, I wondered. Why? Why? Why?
(Sometimes, that’s just the way it is.)
I stayed in this cranky-pants place until I remembered to ask myself a very important question.
What’s right, right now?
In other words, what was working well for me right now? What could I appreciate right now? What could I be happy about right now, regardless of outside circumstances?
I stepped into that question and found… The sight of white camellia blossoms framed by cedar branches. The tantalizing aroma of peanut butter cookies. The silhouette of the moon captured by clouds in the morning sky. The feel of a brisk walk. A hug from my child. Enough money to do what I needed to do. A family that loves me. Friends I adore. A community that matters.
I came out re-energized.
We all experience less-than-perfect times. Focusing on what’s right – in the present moment – shifts your perspective and changes your mood.
If you can paint vibrant, detailed pictures of what’s working well for you right now, you can weather the tough, gritty parts of life and create a wave of energy to carry you to better times – earlier and more often.
Suddenly, things don’t look or feel nearly so bad, do they?
Energize your life with what’s right, right now.