I shared my reasons for taking this course on Choosing Beauty’s private Facebook page and this is what I said:
“The first reason is that I’ve taken courses from Liv in the past and I never come out of them saying, “geez, I wish I didn’t do that,” and instead feel inspired by the light that she shares. The second reason is that I’m trying to find ways to live (day-to-day and moment-to-moment) more consistently and connected to what I know is true about this life. I believe that we are all here on a journey for soul growth, and are filled with light and love…. but the distractions of day-to-day life and responsibility too often leads me to thinking patterns that aren’t consistent with that belief. I find that gratitude, giving, and seeing the beauty in life always brings me closer to what is really true and I know that this course will give me more tools to keep me on a path of thinking and behaving in ways that reflect the true nature of this life’s purpose.”
There you have it. Life is busy. I’d like to stop and smell the flowers and actually enjoy doing so, see the world as it is…. a miracle.
I woke up this morning and read my daily email for the course. There was an assignment. Begin to document the beauty around you, stop and notice it, take it in, enjoy it, embrace it.
“Okay,” I thought, “I can do that. Easy peasy. So easy.”
I didn’t get 7 steps out of bed before I looked out the window and saw a bunch of snow falling.
“Oh, crap,” I thought, “now I have leave earlier, scrape my car, find our winter coats, and trudge through this mess on the way to work.”
Within an instant, though, I realized that a picture of this would be perfect for my DAY ONE Choosing Beauty assignment.
“Okay, so I’ll hurry and get ready so that I have time to take a couple of pictures out there and get it on my blog later. Assignment done,” I thought. Then a feeling of relief came over for a second, knowing that I’d be all finished up with that ‘work’ for today.
I wasn’t savvy enough to realize it at that point but later on in the morning, I sat down and realized that I MISSED THE WHOLE POINT!
I took the pictures to knock something off my ‘to-do list’ and completely pooped all over the REAL task at hand, which was NOT work at all. It was the part of my day that I got to reconnect with the real part of who I know I am and what this life is really about… the part that I’m trying to GET BACK by taking this course in the first place.
So, here’s the picture I took…
Yea, it’s pretty. There’s beauty in it…. TOO. BAD. I. DIDN’T. SEE. THE. BEAUTY. WHEN. I. TOOK. THE. PICTURE. I was too busy mentally crossing this task off my to-do list. Yea, you remembered correctly, this was the whole reason I signed up for the course in the first place. Owning the fact that I was already cheating, trying to retrain my brain to actually STOP and SEE the beauty, I immediately knew what my Day One beauty would be.
This Day One beauty was chosen because I haven’t been able to STOP seeing the beauty in it!
My newly released picture book, Sprinkle Your Sparkles, has been a hit with my own children. Ella, my 6 year old daughter has been sprinkling sparkles all over town (and all over our house) both literally and metaphorically since we got our copies in the mail.
Yesterday after school, in the middle of doing homework, she stopped and said, “Mom, I was so sad today because I saw a teacher bring a boy inside from recess and he said that someone punched him. He had blood on his face and on his clothes. I wanted to help him but I didn’t know how because I don’t even know who he was. When I got back to my classroom, I sprinkled sparkles to him, all over him, and I do think that helped.”
It was music to my ears, and tears welling up in my eyes. Beauty. Sheer beauty at its core. It was beautiful then and it’s still beautiful today.
I think about the many situations in life when she might feel helpless and I know that, because she knows how to send her own loving energy using intention (and sparkles), she won’t ever feel completely helpless.
I’ve started to send sparkles with Reiki. I have a feeling she’ll be doing that one day too.
Genuine compassion coming from children is my REAL Day One documented beauty.