I think we all need a hug.
Globally the world is on fire, and emotionally many of us may be feeling somewhat drained. As the holiday season approaches, it may seem like a cliche but I absolutely believe in the therapeutic effects of reflection and thankfulness.
I know some of you may be personally impacted by what’s going on in Paris and Brussels and that many of us are feeling frustration at the waste and anger that’s permeating through the world. But what we cannot change in the big scope, we can mitigate in the individual sense.
We can continue to lead meaningful and contented lives. We can work towards instilling a calmness in our minds. We can be polite and friendly to those around us, and the domino effect will continue so that it will come full circle back to ourselves.
Today, I’m not going to write about how Chinese herbs can help with emotional imbalances or how acupuncture can help when you’re feeling overwhelmed. I will leave that for another time, instead I will leave you with this thought I learned from my six months of baby watching.
Kaiyang always has the brightest, cheery smile every single morning, rain or shine. At six months, the wonder of being suddenly awake after a deep slumber is starting to wear off and she’s more delighted in the world around her being almost as she had left it before she last closed her eyes. She doesn’t really move in her first waking moments, maybe a little bit of head turns, she’s concentrating on drinking it all in with her eyes. And then after about ten minutes or so, possibly a decade in her young mind, she does the most humongous stretch, lifting her arms and fingers as far above her head as she can go. And in that super satisfying stretch she gives out the gummiest grin ever.
This is something we all used to do, and possibly something that some of you still do, but it is definitely something that many of us have forgotten in the grown up world of snooze buttons and deadlines, rushed breakfasts and commutes.
Let’s try to bring some baby-like wonder into our lives and always try to see the boring and mundane with new eyes. Let’s try to bring back the colour.
Image: Flickr / Danny M Viero