Today’s book reading shares information on finding our Authentic Selves. Thoughts of staying in the flow of life, going with the flow, accepting what is happening and riding the wave all come forth with this page of the book for this date.
Who is that person?
According to what the author writes, it is the you at your best…when deep down you feel right on target…everything is right with the world…I suppose you could think of it as Yourself…when you feel totally In Sync with …well…everthing!
Now, I ponder…
Is it in our nature as humans to seek out happiness, joy and tranquility? Or are we more gleeful hearing of tragedy and strife. I wonder as I write these blurbs if writing everything as a positive upbeat recording of abundance has any draw to readers. Are we actually more drawn to read accounts of people less fortunate than us so that we may feel as if we are somehow hanging on to life in a more satisfied way?
I always want to start my writings tell you about the uphill battles I’ve had for the day. Then I reason to myself that my purpose here is to NOT dwell on those things I see as a hinderance, but draw attention to the blessings noted for the day. But, perhaps keeping every post glistening with happiness and excitement is not what the ‘authentic selves’ of many people desire to read about. Give that some thought.
Perhaps if we are more drawn to the sad and downtrodden stories and continue to surround ourselves with them (i.e. the news) then maybe our sad stories of the day then look like gems by comparison. Do we then ever really experience a bout of joy? Or is that a ‘settling’ of what could just be something mediocre in emotion?
When our authentic self is at it’s best, I feel it is marked by the most elated, most free feelings. Think “let your hair down”, “running with the wind”, “giving it your all”, “everything going just perfectly”… That satisfaction, that elation, that moment of feeling so totally perfectly in the right place at the right time…that is the moment when you meet, see and recognize your Authentic Self.
What if you could meet that person daily? Not just on your wedding day, as you exchange vows, not just at your birthday as you open the perfect gift, not just at some marked occasion that only happens once in a while…and only if the caterer is on time and brings the perfect warmers!
So far, that is what I have found is the most profound affect of following this book so far. Finding that perfectly satisfied, completely elated, feeling that brings you back to your ‘authentic self’ each and every time you notice and acknowledge a simple small ‘blessing’ for the day.
I know for some of you you will scoff and think that this sounds incredibly ‘fluffy’ and somewhat trivial…but I dare you to try it. Go ahead. Dare yourselves.
Today we got called to repair another part of the apartment we just remodeled. It was a small job, relative to the large overhaul of last week. It took us hours to load the truck and to stop at the store to get parts, then drive out to area. We climbed 6 flights of stairs, 3 stories up to bring all the things up then down again. This was today’s challenge, thus far.
In all that, my Authentic Self found these blessings:
1. It’s a wonderfully COLD day for Hawaii weather and the drive out to pick up parts and get to the site was fantastic! There was no traffic, the wind was blowing and gusting, and the weather was just fantastic! Cool, comfortable and crisp!
2. The drive is beautiful out to Nanakuli! The ocean is right there along your left side…the surfers were out in the water, the waves were manageable and the ocean waves always make for soothing sounds. The air was crisp with salt water waves.
3. At the apartment, no one was around. The parking lot was mostly empty, there were no maintenance workers around, it was quiet and serene. We got in and out of the place with ease.
4. The view from the 3rd floor was different today than it was last week. The ocean view revealed mostly flat water…instead of the high surf of last week. The colors were a deep dark blue…I wanted to paint a mural on the wall that continued the view of the living room! 🙂 [must have activated my creative arsty self!]
5. We were done, loaded the truck, cleaned up and were on the road in a flash! The drive back kept the sun out of our eyes, traffic was clear all the way home. We stopped at one place and the people were friendly and smiley. And, most of all…I spent the entire morning with my best friend…my wonderful husband. All that while ‘working’ at our ‘job’!
I hope that my ‘happy thoughts’ find a way into your life to bring a smile, a nod, maybe a nudge into something more that just ‘mediocrity’. Don’t settle for average…find a way to reach down and let out a big ‘whoo hooo’! The first whoo hooo may be a little difficult, a little embarrassing…but the ones that follow are frequent and burst forth easily!
alicia in Hawaii
(that, by the way, started as just a daily record to share with a few plurk people…but I feel will somehow morph into more than just a recording)…as everything changes as others interact with it.