My stressy time clearly doesn't hold a candle to what others are going through right now, so it feels selfish to feel stressed. But the stress is there, and what is it that they say?.. You can't fix the problem if you don't acknowledge there IS a problem. Or something like that. Likely something pithier or more clever.
Watching my kids tonight, I realized that they hold the key to getting a handle on serenity. It's NOT that they epitomize serenity personified -- no, they are more "this is what 5-Hour Energy would look like as tiny humans" -- but their outlook and actions hold the keys to bringing life back into balance.
Without further ado, here are lessons from them regarding what to do to reestablish bliss... these all came from a single evening:
- Hug everyone good-bye. Everyone. Every. One.
- If you don't get your way the first time you ask, keep asking. Several times.
- Chat up everyone you encounter. Be sure to introduce them to everyone you are with, including sharing everyone's ages, birthdays, address and phone numbers. It's friendly.
- Walk up to someone you like and sit in their lap, then cuddle up to them. Without asking.
- Challenge people to impromptu foot races. In the hallway. Naked.
- If the urge hits you, grab someone's face with both hands and kiss them. And then do it again. Then follow up with an Eskimo kiss, a butterfly kiss and an upside down kiss for good measure.
- Find your passion and then give it your all, even if your passion is battling fancy tops (beyblades).
- Close your eyes, extend your arms, and spin and spin and spin. Because it's fun.
- Tell someone you love the following, verbatim: "I need to tell you something. I need to tell you something. Hey. Hey. Are you... Hey... Are you hearing me? Hey, so um... This is important. Ready?... 'Kay... I really love you. A lot."