Hello beautiful friends! I hope your Monday is off to a really exceptional start. Today is another “Shakin Things Up” kinda day, and we’ll be back with more thrilling GBD’s super soon. (*Note: “we” really means just “me,” but sometimes it just feels more satisfying to write about ourselves in the plural, am I right?… : )
- I am grateful for a lovely phone call this morning with my buddy Andrew. He is a talented, kind, and incredible guy, and you should probably keep your eye out for him and remember his name, because he is ridiculously amazing http://www.andrewnielson.com
- I am grateful for the thoughtful people here in St. Petersburg who drive me places on a consistent basis, due to my Out-of-Towner-Car-less-ness.
- I am grateful to have such wonderful, respectful, considerate roommates right now. Living with other actors in an “actor housing” situation can be a crapshoot sometimes, and I hit the jackpot!
(A roomie baking adventure! Dark chocolate dipped Ginger Newman-Os with sea salt, and Pumpkin Spice Oreos dipped in white chocolate, dusted with cinnamon!)
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ve probably pieced together that I’m an actor, and that right now I’m working on a musical called Into the Woods. If you’re not familiar with the story, Into the Woods is a really thrilling mash-up of some familiar fairy tale characters, with the added journey of a baker and his wife who must go on a perilous and exciting scavenger hunt of sorts to break a curse that has been rendering them childless. Each fairy tale character (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack of beanstalk fame, and lots more!) is also on a journey to see their respective wishes granted. The second act of the musical deals with the reckoning that comes with getting what we think we want. Some say “Into the Woods is about what happens AFTER happily ever after.” Add an incredible musical score, (If you don’t know it, you should check it out, probably) http://www.amazon.com/Into-Woods-Original-Broadway-Recording/dp/B004VWXUWS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1414430404&sr=8-5&keywords=Into+the+Woods a giant, some beans, and a whole lot of brilliant lyrics that will make you laugh and cry – and in the nuttiest of nutshells, you’ve got an idea of what Into the Woods is about.
Since I’ve been living in this world for a significant part of my waking (and non-waking, frankly) hours, it only seems appropriate that it warrants a blog post. And one that I think relates very much to the idea of “Little Bits of Good.”
The musical opens with the lyric “I wish,” as we learn what many of the characters are dreaming passionately about. Each is hoping to escape their current existence and create or find a life that is better than the one they are currently living. I think about this wishing, as related to my own life. I spend a lot of time looking ahead, and probably we all do. Wishing for something “better” than what I have at the moment, feeling so sure that it (“it” being whatever the elusive thing is, in that moment) will make me happier, more fulfilled, or more “successful.” All the moments spent trying to get somewhere, instead of looking down at my feet – at the path, and saying “Wow…this is pretty great, too.”
(Wishing to go to the Festival!)
Striking a balance between a healthy dose of dreaming/reaching/wishing, and looking at our lives and being content/thankful/appreciative for exactly where we are at can be hard. Because we live a little bit in a culture that tells us that if we aren’t striving for something more that we are lazy, or not keeping up with “them.” (*Who IS this “them,” is what I’d like to know!) But this week I am going to challenge myself (and I invite you to join me) to recognize all the little bits of good that are already present in my life, and really celebrating them. Some ideas…
- Instead of making my “three statements of gratitude” once a week, I’m going to get back to my gratitude journal and challenge myself to write daily statements, for this week
- Remember where you were at on this day, last year. Where were you at geographically, emotionally, mentally, etc? Make a list of all the ways you’ve grown, since then. It can be easy to focus on where we want to be, or how far we feel from where we want to wind up…but take a moment to celebrate your progress, because we all make it!
- Who are your cheerleaders? Think of the important people in your life right now. Maybe some have been a part of your life for awhile, and maybe some are brand new. Celebrate the people who are your supporters – who lift you up, keep you smiling, and remind you that you are doing great. The people who are helping make your life, at this moment, magical just as it is.
- Look at your surroundings. For all that you may want to change about your home or current living situation – what DO you like about it? There’s got to be something, whether it’s a perfect pillow, a window with a view that makes you happy, or a toaster that actually works. Celebrate those comforting little bits!
- For all that you hope to accomplish, make a list of all that you HAVE accomplished. It can be as simple as reading a book you didn’t think you had the focus-level to get through, or as big as accomplishing a career goal!
Have a great week, Celebrationists! A week of celebrating who we are, where we are, and what we are doing in THIS moment. That maybe if we focus on what we think we want…we might be missing out on what we already have. That sometimes sensible running shoes are better than a golden slipper.
And knowing that in this moment we are already enough, already on the path, and if we stray from it – it’s all part of the journey.