The question hung in the air between them, like a cartoon cloud with the words in bold.
‘”Why did you marry my Dad?” There was pain and anger in his eyes as he looked at her with his fists at his sides.
She looked at him, love and tenderness sparkling in her smile as she said,” Oh honey, it was the War! All of us girls married the soldiers going off to War. We knew they wouldn’t make it! It was the least we could do, to carry on their name.” She smiled and opened her arms. He hesitated and walked in, wrapping his arms around her waist, burring his blond head in her apron. Bright teary green eyes looked up and he nodded. He finally understood why his Mom was so happy.
“Every day is a reminder of our freedom, because of what your Dad did. And I would dishonor him and his sacrifice, if I didn’t live my life as happy as I could and loving every minute of it!” She wiped tears off his face and kissed his forehead.
He was looking like his dad more every day, she had said, and that made it ok now. He would never know him, never see him, but he would live every day, with his Dad’s name and the love and respect his Mom had for the man of valor, going off to war. It was ok now, to smile, to laugh, to live.
The question hung in the air between them, like a cartoon cloud with the words in bold.
Have you ever been in a moment where you Stop, and with the information you have, respond with one extreme or the other?
OF COURSE You have!!!
You go through the 3F’s! Freeze. Flight. Fight.
Response time varies with each brain process. Mine is sometimes slow. I probably take a good 2 seconds to figure out if I will F or F.
It was my gf’s bday and we had just come back from a massage where they wrote ‘happy birthday’ in chocolate with a little melting chocolate covered mouse cake and some delightful champagne.
By the time we had got set up with several toasts in and a mini foto shoot at the pool, …Life was good!
And the rest is story.
Looking at the 3Fs, I consider why I respond the way I do.
Is it my commitment? Where my thoughts and emotions are in the moment? Does it have to do with my past experience? Some learned patterns?
What is the reason for responding with a Freeze, Flight or Fight? We all respond.
By wiki definition: a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.
Lets take a look at it, shall we?
Freeze: no need for explanation
Flight: self- explanatory
Okay, so we have outlined what each response does and the conclusion is in the chocolate.
Survival of Self.
Glorious… Fabulous… Extraordinary… Self.
There is something about being on the Ocean, feeling the motion… simply peaceful.
My experience with Lux Life Vacations was extraordinary. Evening sail topped it off! I’ll do it again in a heartbeat!
It became clear to me when I was preparing for my second attempt at a mock presentation that I had a way that life occurs for me. I come in second.
I’m a middle child, I describe myself as being second to the last, and I always pass my tests the second time around. I have Second like its a Statement for my Life! Look Everyone, I’m a Second Place Winner! Yay!
Something that I have told my sons when they are feeling down is, ‘…and remember, you beat the millions!’
Thinking about that today while getting ready for my second mock attempt, I’m actually first! I just have a ‘second place’ occurring in how I view myself, and apart from being perfectly right and cool to keep that occurring, I am also powerful and can create how I will occur newly. Its a choice, and I may have millions of ways in which I can occur for myself.
Being present with my humanity and looking around me at all the people, who are living and breathing and walking and working and laughing and crying and loving and hating and the small people and the big people and the people who stink and the people who smell nice and the People….
They are all Firsts, and They all have beat the Millions, when it counted in the Game of LIFE, and how privileged we all are to be walking around and smiling and laughing and winking at the other people who are First, just like You and just like me! How Awesome is THAT?!
My View I choose is one that allows me to win at my game. I choose to be a Winner, to succeed at what I do today because I am already a number ONE human being!
The balmy dense air touched my skin through my clothes. Clouds moved in thick light puffs across the dark starred sky, blocking. The night lanterns placed here and there dripped with moisture, heat and dimmed the large glass encasings, which brought a kind of romantic hue to the solitary night.
My gaze… appreciating the pink in the martini glass that rested on the low wide wicker arm, watching the tiny bug circle and circle the clear glass, avoiding the condensation.
Mirroring the hushed light of the late night, my mind deep in thought. The days before… behind.
Under the glimmer of dark, I listened to a group of young men, the table over. It was interesting and not. Almost, I piped in to add to the conversation, and …no. Let me, be.
“We followed you out here where it’s cooler.”
Yes, it was simply unbearable in there!
As I sat long reclining on the cushion-less chair, my seat sore from the long drive of the day, I listened and relaxed and enjoyed.
The deep male voices and my pink raspberry martini. Soaking in the night, with me.
A date with me. For a blissful first moment of time, I wasn’t missing something. For a blissful moment, my alone became… beautiful.
The little square of paper tore as the Girl held it between her fingers. She purposefully walked to the center garbage can to be closer, pulled out the tiny swipe of alcohol and began rubbing her fingers with it.
I love your skirt, the Lady had said.
Something had pulled at the Girl. She had seen it in the stranger’s demeanor, her expression. Somehow she knew.
The opening was made. Chitchat. The Girl smiled and the kindness in the Lady’s eyes held hers and she shared her heart.
She shared why she was there. At the gas station. The emotion, the sadness, the overwhelming longing and mystery of discovering Why and When and How and WHY. The Girl, was alone.
The Lady was alone. There was kindness. Content. No, peace.
Do you want to have dinner with me? The Girl asked.
Okay. I’ll follow you. The Lady weighted.
The Girl, not knowing the area, drove here and there searching for a place. All the while, the Lady stayed just behind her.
Thoughts came and went, doubts, scenarios, questions until finally, the Girl found a place in an old hotel that was perfect.
They entered together and kind music carried them to the corner table. The Singer was gentle and sweet and his acoustic guitar soothed the empty bar.
After the Girl unloaded her emotional tirade of self discovery and frustration, the Lady shared her life.
70’s. Alone. 4 sons, 9 grandchildren, top Special Ed teacher in the state. The Lady told stories of her experience as a teacher. Her job was one of the highest drop out jobs, and yet here she was in her 70’s still teaching.
Compassion, tenderness, love. These, she said, were what she gave her students success. The Lady worked with severely emotionally traumatized children and rehabilitated them to be able to attend schools and grow up to have a relatively normal life. How she got through to them was compassion and being able to see to the heart of the child.
She spoke of a tall and very large Boy who had Autism, and wouldn’t do anything. Everyone was afraid of the Boy who, she described as resembling the Pillsbury Dough boy, would scream and throw tantrums and not do anything but stand off to the side, alone.
One day she went over and poked him.
He said, Why did you poke me?
Because I wanted to. She replied.
This went on for days and weeks. It became a game and before long, the Lady and the Boy were dodging each other so much, they were jumping.
Look! We are Dancing! The Lady said.
The Boy with size 16 shoes laughed and began dancing with her.
I’m Dancing! I’m Dancing! I can Dance!! The Boy exclaimed.
After that, the Boy was happy to be at school, be part of the class. That love and compassion shown him, made all the difference.
The Lady impressed on the Girl, No matter what you do in life, make time for compassion and love, for it is the language we all understand.
The Girl and the Lady walked away as friends with a shared understanding of love for others and at the same time, love for themselves.
The Singer, watched the two ladies who knew each other a long time. His voice followed them out as he sang his closing song, California Dreamin’.
The coffee foam swirled in the large cup and I watched it go round and round, watching the cinnamon making lines in the foam inside the circle. I took a sip. Cold.
I thought to myself, who am I? What kind of life do I want to have? What am I doing?
Someone told me a few days back, make a list of all the things in your life you want to improve. Good advice.
I made my list. All the things I want to improve, all the complaints about my life, my home, my career, my time management, my finances, and so on.
As I made this list, I realized something profound. My favorite saying, Questa e la vita cosa che poui fare, This is the life, it is just what it is,… is NOT just what it is, It IS what It ISN’T!
My life, the day in and day out, the moments, with my kids, with friends and fam, the small increments of time I cherish and don’t, the things that don’t get done, the appointments I forget, the big pile of laundry to fold, …the life I create, that is what it is. And it is what it is not.
What it is not is the life that I want and choose for myself. I choose a different life and I am in the same vein, feeling puny and powerless to have that life I choose to have.
Why is that? I’m looking at that life from the view of Here and Now, with my list of upcoming meetings to make, the deadlines needing to be met, and at home… the laundry on my bed, the dishes in the sink, the littler box needing to be cleaned again, the tires on my minivan needing to be changed… This, is my View and that is why I’m feeling powerless to do anything about it.
The life I want to live is free of the constraints of the Here and Now, to have the successes I dream about and want, the lives I want to touch with love and kindness of being who I am, the people I want to help save, the lifestyle I choose to live, the accomplishments I set out to attain, and I am looking at all that, all of it with the view of right Here and right Now. None of it will never get done!!! Its a pussified view and it makes me exhausted to look at it!! I have no way of getting there if I look at it with my pussyglasses. Stop IT!!
Stop being a pussy and get some IRON BALLS! Keep those new Ray Bans View on your face Lady and start living your life with some Giant-Assed Iron Balls! Your future you are living into, is now, RIGHT NOW! Stop the Pussytalk!
I smiled to myself as I got into my minivian and looked through the upside down number 2 my son had drawn with marker on my windshield. I was thinking 5 years from now, how my life will have changed so much and who I will have become, where I will be living. It was with the determination of inspiration, I drove away from the coffee shop.
My day just got fun and very busy.
At times, in this ever changing mental/heart healing state of mind of mine, I am thrown into the grief of sad aloneness where my stores of literary feeling inspire,… I write. I have thought about why the feelings of joy and boundless energy keep me away from my mac, the ache and pain of the dying burrying heart bring me back to it.
There is rhyme and reason to it all, I just don’t get it yet. What I do understand is that my states of mind are my choice and I like it. This sad loneliness of the dying dramatically romantic, is an interesting choice today. I chose it all day long. I used to think I was a victim of my circumstance, that I got dealt the sorry hand and inevitable, my outcome. HA.
This is now. I feel miserable. choice. I feel sad. choice. I feel grey. choice. Feed it cause I like it. Do I want to step into happy joy joy, No, I just want to stay here in my pathetic woe to me, poor me, boo me. If feels great!! Epiphany: I’m happy feeling unhappy.
Do I bring myself out of this smooth ache of the bleeding grey? Yes. Simply, a choice!
Snap! Happy Love Joy Comfort Pounding Vibrant Heart Beat Smile Peace Twinkle Red Wink Yay!
I have a bright spot of happy to step into. Its in this perfect place, the glorious colorful garden of my mind and I can stay here all day if I want to. I think I will. Atleast for the rest of the day, and tomorrow?
I think I’ll attract positive energy, output and in, richly effect my surroundings, the people who meet me, the people who know me as I am, the people who know me as I used to be. Okay.
Its beautiful, this red that is red. And this is where I should stay…
The rain had been coming down in sheets and we were confined inside. Wrapped in my throw, I pulled out my laptop to begin perusing the blogs, emails, while my kids rough-housed on my bed in the other room. The calm at my table was broken by an overwhelming flow of tears burning the blanket in my hands. I was not ok.
The news that my ex was disputing property rents, which actually helped us make it through each month, was a shock, and I was faced with how the hell am I going to make it one more month?!! I was strapped, completely strapped and I still wasn’t divorced! “I am so alone” I bawled.
This was not the only time I found myself in this situation. I seemed to have been here before…
Earlier in the day I had been wrapping my head around the pattern I had noticed. It had nothing to do with finances, actually it had everything to do with love. I was questioning why I was going through my typical relationship #fagetaboutit mental monologue. Was it really because the guy just isn’t interested in me anymore, or something else? It had been… almost 2 months. Yeah, it was time to pull away. Why!?
What made me want to pull out after this long of investing and really liking the guy? Okay, he did say some things that had me question if he really was interested in me, and yes, I still needed to have that “talk” but did he actually say, Babe, I’m not interested in you anymore? No.
I called my life-coach, who said the same thing. Okay, the game’s not over yet deary! However, I still was wondering why this pattern… why did I invest in recon, get my heart there, then mission abort? It did not make sense, and I wanted a relationship, I really liked this guy!
Analyzing patterns was a typical thing inside my brain. I wanted perfection, to be whole, for a new relationship.
It had something to do with feeling alone. Alone, I did very well! I was alone in college, before that even! I was alone in my marriage, my long long marriage, I am alone now…
‘I can do Alone beautifully!’ I told my coach. But what I didn’t want was to BE alone. I didn’t want to feel alone. I wanted to feel loved, to know someone, somewhere, loved me and thought of me and was interested in me, the actual me, not just the physical side, which is of course great as well!
This interesting mental dialogue was difficult to face. I had developed a very tough exterior, so tough that complements didn’t land on me. I had a problem receiving acknowledgment, praise. This was part of it too. Somewhere along my crazy life, I developed an ‘I am not loved’ way to be. It worked perfectly. Attached to that was probably, I am alone. So with “I am not loved, I’m alone” girl, I made my life a living source of powerful strength and in there was the shield of unlovability and that Sucks! That Sucks right there!
Peel away another layer of that onion Sweetheart! Still didn’t have the answer, but at least I was on to something. For everything else, the silver lining always comes with the pink rainbow in the morning and I could smile.
Everywhere, everyone, has had one …or many, at one point ….or several points, in their life.
Some end up on The Bucket List, some get lost in the responsibilities of living, and some of them even are powerfully realized.
I’m talking about dreams here People! Big people have Dreams and pursue them and everyone, Everyone is a Big person!
Now that we are all on the same playing field, what is your Dream, and what are you doing to keep it alive?
I went on a quest, if you will, a mental pursuance of how to make the dreams I have come alive.
Early on, I was labeled a Dreamer. Day dreaming was a favorite escape, not much got done in grade school when I set my focus on greater things rather than long division or the molecular makeup of atoms. I dreamed of being a great singer, a great actress, a great dancer, a cool FBI agent, an unsuspecting spy… hence the vivid imagination of a young adolescent…
I listened to motivational speakers, I read up on how to make your dreams come true, I talked to people, I watched the vids of successful people speak of how they got there, and it sunk in what I needed to begin doing.
1. Vision Board
4. Yeah, I’m not there yet… Still repeating 2 and 3
Create a Vision Board. All the things I want for my life, in short term and long.
Imagine how I’ll feel doing it, have it in my hands, and living how I want, where I want, when I am living my Dream.
Do whatever I have to to keep my dream a reality. Go test drive that sports car, sign up for those helicopter lessons, take a vacation to that town you’ll buy a house in someday, visit the real estate office there. Start making your Dream a reality.
When a Big person puts their Dream in their hands, the feel of it makes it a reality. No longer is the Dream a floating idea out there, you got it! It’s between your hands!
This actually works, as silly as it may sound, and I’m still learning! I’m keeping my Dreams alive, every single one of them, and they are becoming realized now!
What will you do with your Dream, Big Person?