As I sat there feeling out my rolled ankle and rubbing my bruised knee I knew I needed to find a way to shift this energy funk fast. Tis the season for pumpkin symbolism so I decided I needed to decide right there what face I was going to carve into my jack-o-lantern today. I don't mean physically, I haven't even bought the pumpkins yet. I mean symbolically, as in how will I choose for my face to react to this day.
While I do love the lopsided, jagged-mouth traditional look I decided my own reaction would be best served with a smile, a laugh, or at least a maniacal grin. Shortly after this decision my day turned around. The energy shifted in my favor and things started running more smoothly, or at least my interpretation was more positive. Did my preschooler have several more meltdowns? Yes. But I handled most all of them with grace and patience, I mean I am still human.
I'm grateful to recognize the need to set my intentions for something more positive. I'm grateful to clear the funk that was following me. I'm grateful for being young enough to bounce and to be okay after my tumble. I'm grateful for the ability to laugh. I'm grateful for my girls' smiles that brighten my day. I'm grateful to have patience and respond with love to my preschooler during her struggles. And I'm grateful to give myself grace for being human when I lose some of that ability. I'm grateful to be humble enough to apologize when it happens. And I'm grateful for forgiveness. I'm grateful to have had a good day and had a few chances to remember to slow down and just be in the moment.
How do you set an intention for your day? What symbolism speaks to you?
May today remind us our intention and our perspective are very important to how our story is written. May we choose to carve happy jack-o-lanterns and write a story of love and gratitude. Have a beautiful day!