aha10: keep it light


To “be the peace I seek” is not a new intention for me.

But, today —

Waking to dark skies, dense air and T minus one to debt d-day —

I am discovering it with a new heart.

I must be the peace I seek —

No matter what.

This is level five peace behavior.

Kind eyes.

Loving thoughts.

Sincere smile.

Humility and grace.

No matter what.

Sans the scent of lavender and absent a heartfelt namasté from the other guy.

In the face of what we may perceive as rude or inconsiderate or downright stinky.

When we’re being ignored.  Dismissed.

Even attacked.

With every breath and every step, we can choose peace.

Or not.

Moment by moment, there are things that happen, or don’t happen —

Things that are said, or not said —

That can easily justify any one of a large array of negative emotions or reactions.

The elevator, grocery store, parking lot, inbox or —

Fill in the blank.

If I want to feel misery or express anger, frustration or utter despair — I don’t have to look beyond my own big toe.

I can easily find a million little ways to spend my energy down.

But, I pray to be aware that I always have an option to —

Buy up.

Even in darkness, I can choose to —

Keep it light.

Do you remember the last time you experienced a bad turn?  What was your response?  Did you choose peace? 

ORIGINALLY POSTED AUG 1, 2011 on everydayahas.com

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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