I do my best to appreciate everything in all manifestations, be it celebratory or challenging. When times are good, it is easy to appreciate. But when situations become fatigued or even futile, it becomes a much more difficult task to embrace and appreciate. But simply having that ability to choose how I act and react in those tough times is a valuable tool.
I say I have the ability to choose, and I believe I do, but I don’t always think about that when it comes time to make a choice. It’s like I completely forget that I control myself. That requires discipline. I need diligence. Sometimes those times come, and I forget to choose a more composed path, giving in to the stubborn, childlike voice in my head. It’s easier than being disciplined. And the inner child in me feeds on those roller coasters of emotion.
Reacting calmly and carefully to another person’s anxious and aggressive inner child is indeed a challenge, especially when in my mind it seems so obvious to not let your emotions get a hold of you. I wish I could practice what I preach. Here I am, saying ‘don’t let your emotions get a grip on your ability to choose how to react’, but yet I can hardly profess strong proficiency in my own narrative.
Taking the time each day to appreciate what I have; to literally speak the words; say it out loud, realize all that is good is everything and everywhere, and all the challenging bits are just small things; mini bumps to try to throw me off center; these things will resonate with me deeply – more than any reactive outburst ever will.
Just appreciate, be thankful, enjoy, love, learn and live.