January 4: “This Isn’t a Dress Rehearsal”

Leading Lady

Are you the leading lady in your life?  What habits do you have to make your day more special?

Candles seem to be a popular custom for many people.  In my home, it is just my husband Danny, me, and our dog Abby, but I light candles in the kitchen while I am cooking dinner and while we eat.  It makes everything feel more special.

If you make a conscious effort to be present in every moment, everything that you do can be a special ritual.  Feel your feet connect with the earth when they hit the ground in the morning.  Listen to the sound of the shower, smell the scent of your soap and shampoo, feel the warmth of the water on your skin.  When you head out the door, smell the fresh air, listen to the sound of the breeze and the birds.  Don’t you love birds?  Every time I see a bird, I smile.  Every time I see a butterfly, I drop what I am doing and drink in its mysterious beauty until I can no longer see it.

Focus on your family members when they are telling you about their day.  We all want to be heard.  Stop what you are doing and look them in the eye.  Feel their energy in your presence.  How different would the energy be in your home if everyone stopped what they were doing, took their eyes off of their electronic devices, and looked each other in the eye when they were being spoken to?

For your rituals that make your day more special, do you practice them whether or not you are feeling well or having a bad day?  It occurs to me as I am writing this that while I was feeling poorly, I did not follow my usual routine.  I didn’t bother to light candles, nor was I present in every (or any) moment.  But now I wonder, if I had sucked it up and lit those candles and focused on the peace that they normally bring to my heart, what would my experience have been?  Would it have helped me to find the peace and contentment that live inside me in spite of how poorly I was feeling?

What do you do to feel like the leading lady in your life?  Please share with us!