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Your Life is Your Life.

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The Laughing Heart (excerpt)

your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

How It Was

I used to spend a lot of time worrying and wondering. What if this happens, what if this person does that. What a waste.

I was angry and it took all my time.

I would think and wish negative things for people that I perceived hurt me. Or people who I thought were selfish, mean- spirited.

I thought I knew what they should think and feel. In my head (and heart), I was certain I was right.

How It Is Now

Today, thank goodness, I am no longer certain.

I’m not certain that I’m right. I believe that how other people feel and think is their business.

This doesn’t mean that unacceptable behavior is acceptable. It means that I don’t have a corner on what’s right.

I want to live up to my ‘marvelous’ potential.

One way to do that is pay attention to my attitude, my words, my thoughts. What if the sweetest, kindest person I know could hear everything I said? Would they be shocked? disappointed? hurt?

When I am driving, talking, working, relaxing… I pretend that the kind, generous person, who deserves only the best… is listening. Am I’m working to make her proud.

In the meantime, I look in the mirror and work to be proud of the person I see there. After all, this is my life, and I intend to ‘know it while I have it. ‘

Image credit: The Laughing HearCharles Bukowski

3 Responses
  • Irana van Oostrum
    October 23, 2018

    beautiful article, debbie. your urge to change your life for the better is inspiring. small steps can definitely make a huge difference. the kind person you came up with sounds like a wonderful idea. personally, I’ve been working a lot with trying to switch out denial with acceptance (for many months now actually) and I feel that I am finally starting to succeed. and my life has been so much more positive because of it. sending you hugs.

  • Deborah
    October 24, 2018

    Hi Irana, the kind person is based on my great Aunt Dorothy who was an amazing person and my role model. She never judged, anyone. She looked for what was good in each person, but she was wise to their shortcomings. She just didn’t hold those short comings against them. She laughed easily, loved unconditionally, and had a generosity of spirit that, I’d like to think, lives on in me today. Hugs to you! D

  • Irana van Oostrum
    October 25, 2018

    Aunt Dorothy sounds like an amazing, kind-hearted person.. ❤ I am so glad to hear you had someone like that in your life to look up to (and still do!). bless her heart and soul. I am sure she’s proudly looking down at you, seeing how you’re keeping her spirit alive with such good intentions and positive thought of mind.

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