What do a rock concert, chickens and a friend living with cancer have to do with each other? Quite a bit, actually.
In all seriousness, I have a long-time friend who has been living with stage-4 cancer for over a year. When things took a turn for the worse last month after she had a heart attack, we took a day to drive the 3 hours to pay her a visit. Having someone in your world that is fighting every day to stay alive, tends to help you reflect on your own situation more often than not. In doing so, you realize how much you have to be grateful for and how short our time on this earth can really be.
Live by the spur of the moment… sometimes. It was during this drive that I realized my intuition was guiding me to do something special for myself. The short story is that one of the founding members of my favorite rock band was finally on tour promoting one of their best-known albums. I had only just found out about it and it was coming down to the end of the tour. In spite of the tickets costing more than I remember spending 20 years ago, the closest venue to me being 4 hours away, and taking place in just 2 weeks’ time… I decided to go for it. The result was a mini-vacation for my husband and me, the chance to see one utterly astonishing performance that I’ll never get to see again, and another opportunity to go visit my friend with cancer. It was 2 days worth living for.
Put a new twist on an old routine. I have been talking about getting egg-laying hens since last fall, but things didn’t fall into place for that to happen until just a couple weeks ago. In spite of my husband not being too thrilled with the idea (we’ve never had chickens), I let events unfold that allowed the chickens into our life. Outside of having to build a pen for them, the only other “work” involved was to figure them into my daily routine. I have to say they’ve become quite entertaining! They make happy chicken noises when we take them scraps and they give us two eggs every day. Not a bad trade off!
Allow yourself to daydream. Some of us, as adults, fall into a place of being too serious all the time. We don’t allow ourselves to daydream about owning the 1800’s B&B we’re vacationing in or buying 180 acres of gorgeous mountain land complete with pastures and a stream. Our conscious mind immediately shouts out “Stop! That can’t happen so don’t set yourself up for disappointment by thinking about it.” But, do you know what? It’s better to let our self daydream. Let our mind wander and enjoy all the visions that come to our head about whatever it is. They’ll make us smile. So what if the realities of making it happen seem too great! Instead, we’ll tear down the walls we’ve erected to protect us and allow in a little bit of some much-needed fun.
Above all, remember our friends when they need us because they won’t be around forever. Take the time to visit and be there for them through the rough times. Be that special someone who doesn’t drop off the radar because we’re scared to visit and see our friend deteriorate. It seems to me that most of our so-called friends have a tendency to run when the going gets tough and the only folks who stick around are family. I know my friend thoroughly enjoys visiting with someone other than her relatives and seeing her happy, even for a short period of time, is worth any uncomfortable feelings I might have… which actually hasn’t happened.
By allowing these little freedoms, these diversions from our normal way of behaving, we’re opening up to allow in more good feelings, great ideas, inspiration, and creativity. Laughing and experiencing joy releases all of the tensions that build up, it relaxes our muscles, and the radiance lingers. Listen when intuition speaks and just go with the flow and it’ll all be good.
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