Book: When we begin a new endeavor we have no idea of the outcome, be cool with playing the fool
Guidance: Trust the journey and enter the mystery with a sense of playfulness
I used to take everything I did so seriously as if every word out of my mouth was going to define the rest of my life and as if every action I took had grand consequences. I've since learned that while there are definitely things in my life that matter and should be taken seriously, a lot of what goes on in my life is not that important at all and that if I approach it with a little more humor and a lot less stress, my life will be better. It also helps a lot that I allow myself to make mistakes and to laugh about it. Making mistakes is one of the biggest learning experiences there is and when we can allow ourselves to screw up and learn from it, we are more at peace with who we are and we end up learning something along the way.
The other change I've made is that I refuse to let people who are in my life who degrade me for making mistakes. I spent too many years hearing that everything I did and who I was was a mistake! No more. And I refuse to treat my kids that way. I might give them guidance and suggestions, but ultimately they need to learn from their own mistakes. The funny thing is that I find that as I get older, I am better able to learn from other's mistakes as I'm able to put their experiences into context in my own life.
The other important lesson is to trust the journey. I have absolutely no idea where my degree will take me and where I'll end up, but I do know that I'm being guided and taken care of and that if I open my heart and trust, life will be good.
I'm grateful that I got to sleep late
I'm grateful that I got homework done
I'm grateful for the interesting readings
I'm grateful for the cool weather
I'm grateful for getting to just chill out