It’s gone now – for another four years. Our bonus day. I hope you made the most of it, which may not have been so easy since it fell on a Monday and Mondays can be hard days to make the most of.
Four years ago, on the leap year day 29 February, 2012, I was still flush with gratitude, having only recently returned from our year living in Canada. I was holding tight to the things we’d experienced, just as I was appreciating anew all the wonderful things we have here in Australia. There was little sense of what constitutes ‘normal life’ and lots of gratitude for life in all its beauty.
I heard the birdsong and my heart sang. I found peace in the park with a very Little Yang. I cooked a nice lunch for hubby, washed down with a beer (the ordinary 4X Gold variety as opposed to the more exotic/craft beers we seem to have grown accustomed to in the last four years). Miss Yin did her acrobatics demo and Little Yang (just 2) tried to follow along. My heart swelled.
I made a simple video to record this special day but it remains lost to the ether at the moment – the memories remain.
Fast forward four years. Are you dizzy?
What have you embraced now that you were too scared to four years ago? What have you finally let go of?
Did you stop to make the most of this day, forgetting for a moment about the days, months, years that have gone before and the days etc that will follow?
This is how it started for me – a cloudy grey sky was hardly inspiring but there are always ‘pink’ patches if you look for them. Ruffus (the Wrecker) was happy regardless – no sense of occasion, just normal dog exuberance.
I took myself off to an early (6.30am) Monday morning yoga class (with the beautiful Eunice) and it was just what I needed to prepare myself to teach yoga and work in between and ferry kids to school and swimming, and cook dinner and……just enjoy.
Beautiful feedback from my morning students, and a beautiful gift from the yoga studio owners (who happen to be my friends) had me on a high.
On the way to class we were stopped at the lights for maybe 2 minutes, max. I observed the driver next to me pulling faces, tapping her steering wheel, then pounding it in frustration. Making numerous expressions of sheer annoyance she even banged her head at one stage. If I could have measured her anxiety/anger it would have gone off the Richter Scale. Why?
And then the lights changed and I made my way to teach, and to receive the lovely feedback, and to feel energized.
Showering at home afterwards, I caught the light shining on my Smiling Buddhas and had to smile. The light falls that way often in our bathroom, I just don’t notice. How important is it to simply notice?!
You don’t have to DO anything really, just notice. It’s that easy.
I returned to teach my second (and favourite) class – yin yoga. My beautiful friend came to class and tells me she floated out afterwards. I felt alive and inspired, and basked in the glow of gratitude from my students.
I belatedly took a photo of the sun slowly setting on our bonus day, but forget to take a photo of my dear yogi friend and I (here’s one I prepared earlier).
I realise that we can choose to focus on the day – this bonus day. Or we can choose to focus on the four years in between leap year days. We can choose to leap, or we can ground ourselves. (Hint – grounding yourself before leaping will probably guarantee best results).
Maybe there is no right or wrong way – long-term dreams are great. Fond memories are beautiful to recall. There’s always room to plan, room to learn.
But isn’t it all happening NOW? In the present.
I have a new car (I know exciting)!!!! Especially for me who worked my good, old, faithful car (a 2000 Honda CRV) into the ground. And NOW I have a brand, spanking new one that I will try not to hot yoga sweat on too much!
Anyways – my new Sat Nav (cool) likes to tell me that I live in Be-NOW-a.
I kid you now. I meant NOT!
BE with slight emphasis on the ‘ee’ – NOW – Ahhh.
The suburb is normally pronounced Be- NO-UH.
You see don’t you? It’s all about NOW. Happiness IS where it IS at.
Out of curiosity (following Elizabeth Gilbert’s mantra to follow your curiosities more than pursuing your passions), I rediscovered the delightful Ben Lee today.
He’s back with a new dose of happiness (an album released last year) and the opportunity for me to see him live in a few weeks (which I will NOW be taking).
Meantime my yin yoga class made smiles with their bodies in banana shapes as we hummed along to happiness. Do yourself a favour (watch, listen, buy) – this is happiness on a stick, joy sweetened even more.
We’re all in this together, as Ben Lee famously mused ten years ago, and we still are.