On Monday mornings when I work out I spend a few moments thinking of how I want to be for the week. What is the thought that I want to keep in my mind.Usually something in my music is what tweaks my thought patterns.
Since I am currently adjusting to a new medicine that I take at bedtime and can no longer seem to drag my ass out of bed in the mornings there was no Monday morning workout. I did get a fantastic workout in my dreams when I was running around in the world made of ships & water with my friend the talking tail-less squirrel named Michael.
So this weeks lesson is something I was thinking about over the weekend. Natalie Merchant spoke to me through my ear buds. She was reminding me how wonderful it is that we are each lucky enough to meet people all through our lives that can teach us things.
The lesson was not for me to know about myself. It was for me to notice in each and every person in my life the specialness that is in them and that makes them unique and truly amazing.
Sometimes you meet someone and there is something that just glows from the inside out in them. Some quality that makes them a magnet for other people. It can be more difficult finding the smaller glow in the people around you that maybe doesn’t shine so bright. Maybe it’s buried under a mask of obnoxiousness. Once you see it and acknowledge it I think you’ll find that most of the time it grows and grows.For instance, I have someone in my life that I run into occasionally. I find him very difficult to deal with. He’s truly aggravating and most of the time completely thoughtless and uncaring about anyone around him. I have however also been lucky to see the part of him that believes one of the most important things is family and rallying around your family and friends in times of need. He believes in the power of community even though most people would probably describe him as selfish. Occasionally I find myself picturing implements of hardened steel appearing in my hands while I am talking to him and then I remind myself about a conversation we had about grief. Totally different perspective on him.
These are the days you’ll remember
Never before and never since, I promise
Will the whole world be warm as this
And as you feel it,
You’ll know it’s true
That you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you
Are touched by something
That will grow and bloom in you
Don’t forget to notice the beauty that is in others even if you really have to spend some time trying to find it.
And when you think about people in your past that maybe you’ve judged harshly it might be a good exercise to remember a good thing about them too.