When I woke at two this morning, it was not from anticipation however. It was from a cough that rattles my chest. Not exactly how I was hoping to kick off a new year, but hey, there is still a day to ditch the cough.
As I lay in bed going back and forth between coughing quiet to not wake my husband and coughing with all my might to clear out whatever is the cause; I found myself wondering what the positive side of this could be. I decided rather than fight the cough with shallow breaths I would fight it with deep, oxygenating breaths.
Making my lungs expand as full as they could I could feel the slight tremor of my body wanting to cough. Yet as I continued forcing these deep breaths the coughs rarely came. Instead I felt a surge of energy from all that oxygen.
Energy is not exactly what I wanted this early in the morning but it does feel good to take in nice big breaths. It occurred to me that maybe this is exactly what I need to kick off my next year of life. So as I sit here both humble and oxygenated I once again allow the excitement for a new year to roll in with each inhale.
I'm grateful for another year to celebrate. I'm grateful for the year ahead and all that it will bring. I'm grateful to be reminded the importance of deep breaths and for how good it feels to take them. I'm grateful that breathing deep does not actually make me cough more and I'm grateful that my coughs are surely clearing out what my body doesn't need. I'm grateful to accept this middle of the night energy and I'm grateful for the possibility of getting a little more sleep before my husband's alarm goes off.
What is your favorite symbolism in birthdays? How do you mark the start of a new fresh year of you? When was the last time you consciously took big, deep breaths?
May today leave us refreshed and renewed. May we clear out the old easily so there is plenty of room to build the new. Have a beautiful day!