Let me state that another way….my 10-year-old daughter ran 6.2 miles this morning, which is the farthest she has ever run in her life. And she didn’t quit.
I did not accomplish this feat until I was well into my 30’s.
And I didn’t think she could do it. Sigh.
i had given her every reason to back out…it is hard…you have been sick…you haven’t trained for this…there won’t be many kids doing this.
Let me state this another way…these weren’t her reasons. These were my fears.
She wasn’t afraid. I was.
She knew she could do it. I didn’t.
She knew she was supported by a tribe of strong women out there. I forgot this.
Children have a remarkable ability to tune out fear. Somewhere along the road to adulthood, we lose this. We start telling a story of what we are not capable of doing (Hello FEAR!), and we forget that we are the universe.
My daughter had everything she needed inside of herself. My daughter also had everything she needed outside of herself…a strong female tribe supporting her today.
As she crossed the finish line this morning, and eagerly tossed back the bottle of water, my daughter said to me unprompted, “I am so proud of myself.”
Did I go for a walk, or did I save OUR earth? Both.
The above picture is the result of a 15-minute walk with my dog the other day near our home. We live quasi-country or as we like to say, “city-country.” We feel we have the best of both worlds by being just a little bit out but not too far away.
The fact that most of the bottles and cans that I picked up were beer containers…that is a conversation for another day.
But the volume of plastic that I shuffled home that day caused me to go, “Huh?!?!”
Fact is…the plastic bag that you receive in stores to carry home your purchases is used an average of 12 minutes, but it takes 1,000 years to decompose.
Fact is…about 500 million drinking straws are used daily in this country. They are a one-time use. They have a 200-year lifespan when you toss it out the window.
Fact is…91% of plastic isn’t recycled. Guess where it mostly ends up? OUR water.
I can save OUR earth everyday. I can say “NO” to a straw. Opt fora reusable cup or just drink from the open top.
I can save OUR earth everyday. I can say “NO” to a plastic bag. Carry your items or bring reusable bags to the store.
I can save OUR earth everyday. I can say “NO” to throwing my trash on the ground. Walk two more steps to the garbage or recycling container.
I was cleaning the bathroom the other day. As I glanced in the mirror preparing to wipe away many month’s worth of grime and gross, it dawned on me that I hadn’t been seeing myself clearly for a very long time. My daily time in front of that mirror was always clouded, never clear, and certainly not a true reflection of myself.
With extra time and way more elbow-grease than one should have to apply (it had been a long time!), I had a open visual field. I smiled. I liked what I saw…imperfections and all. I was free and clear to see myself.
Apply this to life.
The barriers or self-created stories that we conjure about people, situations, work and life cloud our vision. We have an opportunity each and every day to clean away the grime and gross and truly see our perfect selves.
Ask yourself these questions today:
-Can I see this situation from a different perspective?
-Can i rid myself of something or someone who does not help me to see a clear image or path?
-Are the stories i tell myself true? Real? Or just a way to keep my fear of moving forward at bay?
Clean off your mirror today. Check out this short video (by our creative manager Daryl Byklum) for inspiration.
We fill up and add “things” to our lives. We welcome in new items, self-help objects, technology, and “stuff” of all kinds. We do this in the belief that these new objects will get us to where we need to be…happiness, success, more money, weight-loss, etc.
The opposite is true.
We need to REMOVE these items and objects to get us to where we need to go.
When you remove, you create more space – essentially for LOVE.
Love for yourself.
Love for others.
Love for life.
Love for nature.
Love for a higher being.
Love for family and friends.
Check out bentmaps.com and discover real-life stores of how one family choose to REMOVE the unnecessary “things” in life, creating more space for love and allowing them to live the richest life possible.