Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Beginning (what else?)

You've asked, so I'm answering: "How do you keep smiling with everything you deal with?"

My humble beginnings, lol. That's where it always starts, isn't it?

I grew up in New Jersey, lower-middle class, and I was loved very well. My family attended church semi-regularly. That is to say, more often than just Easter and Christmas. It was often enough that I developed a strong faith, not only in God, but in my ability to communicate with Him, very early on.

What does that have to do with anything?

I run on instincts and I trust in the Universal energy that brings us all together. Call it God, the Great Spirit, the Universal Source of all things, it really doesn't matter. What matters is that it's very real and it is my foundation.

Peace. The process.
Newton's Third Law of motion states:

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Everything in your life is completely in your control. EVERYTHING. So, when you find yourself in a tough spot, do you get tougher? Do you fight when confronted? That's how they do it on TV! That's what celebrities do!
I had a conversation at the gym yesterday with a teaching nurse. She works in a local hospital where she not only deals with her patients and nursing students, she also has superiors to answer to, for herself and her whole department. She was extremely frustrated with a superior who consistently discourages her students by being verbally abusive, and giving good students, poor performance evaluations. Her first reaction? She got angry, stormed into said superiors office and gave her a piece of her mind, essentially putting her own job in jeopardy.

What would you do?

Early on, I found my peace as a result of chaos. Whenever something went other than according to plan, my instinct was to go to my cave. Get quiet, or even sleep. I put as much distance between myself and unpleasantness as I possibly could. In that quiet, I found me. The real me. My Blessed Higher Self. That part of me who still lives on the other side. Home. In communing with the highest part of me, I find my peace.

Then, for a long time, I would go into that space to prepare for any chaos I may encounter. It took a conscious effort to "go there" and quiet my mind. Today, it's part of who I am. I simply don't allow stress to be a part of my life. I live in the moment, and I handle each new situation as it arises  I do not allow myself to marinate and stew on a problem. The second I have something or someone to deal with, I do it.

I'm going to share some of the daily things I encounter and how I handle them as they come up, in this blog.

~Mama Nature

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