First, the last six months have not been as heavy for me as for the people I love but I have carried the events of my friends and family with them. Two, it is all a matter of perspective.
Yes, there have been a lot of emotional and challenging events in the first six months of the year. And yet, when I focus on the challenges, there have been years much more challenging than this one so far. (Note to the Universe: that is NOT a challenge, I'm grateful.) Yet it seems heavier when I am currently processing and know several friends are struggling as well. My perspective from inside is always different from once I am passed it and looking back.
I usually try to redirect my focus to all the positive things happening; to expand my focus away from only the struggles. But today I let my mind wander back through all the years of challenges as I compare. And rather than being sucked into the old, I am putting a new spin on it. You know what I have decided? We all deserve a heavy weight championship medal for the challenges we have navigated and survived.
Do you know what that medal looks like? Go look in the mirror. Smile. Go ahead and give a little laugh, if you can. If you aren't quite through the most recent boxing match and laughter won't come, or perhaps a smile isn't even available, then just look through the beautiful person's eyes in the mirror to the soul that has come through so much and still going.
I will be honest, my own reflection looks a bit like hell. My eyes are still puffy and tired and the smile reflected is small. But the reflection starring back at me is worth more than gold because I have been through plenty and I am still standing. My heavy weight championship medal is one of a kind. We each earned ours through different circumstances but here we are still going. So cheers to you! Cheers to me! Cheers to all that makes us stronger!
I'm grateful for everything that made me who I am today. I'm grateful for every situation that brought me to this point of my life with a loving family, amazing supportive friends, and the titles I hold dear, like "Mommy". I'm grateful for the reflection in the mirror even if I need some sleep. I'm grateful for the haircut that helps me look put together even when I just rolled out of bed. I'm grateful for the love all around me. I'm grateful to give myself this medal and I hope you give yourself one as well. I'm grateful for you and your strength. I'm grateful for all that makes us stronger and I'm even more grateful for the breath in between that allows us to process and integrate.
What do you see in the mirror? What major events helped you into the person you are today?
May today help us through our most recent challenges. May we focus on the good times, find strength in the challenges, and relish the breath in between. Have a beautiful day!