“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us,
we enter the warrior's world.”
-- Pema Chödrön
That happened again just now as I surfed to the National Weather Service local weather page. I would even say that a sense of "dread" emerged as I stared at the details: High temperatures. High humidity. Damn. It's going to be a journey to the freakin' hell realms!
Then, I remember. I let go of the thoughts careening through my head, take a long, slow, conscious breath, relax my shoulders -- and turn to my attention to the very next moment:
Right now, a cool, gentle breeze is blowing through the bedroom window. I can feel it's caress on the skin of my arms. Rather than the fiery furnace of thought that my mind had created moments ago, I notice that I'm a bit chilled and that the warmth of this laptop feels quite grand on my thighs as I sit here with my back propped up against the pillows. Outside the window leaves dance and birds sing.
Life actually feels quite wonderful at the moment.