That right there folks.

  • When I start to recognize the little bubbles of anxiety rising up in my belly and my throat.
  • When I start to feel panic about the size of my to-do list or how many things are left undone.
  • When unnecessary worry starts piling up in my mind
  • Or when my negative self-talk gets louder and louder…

… I step outside and find the moon.

And I think about how that brilliant piece of astronomy is 385,000 km away (that’s 240,000 miles for all of my non-metric friends).

That helps me reflect on how big this world is, and how the universe expands infinitely beyond that.

And then, I feel like a speck. Which is actually a wonderful feeling once in a while.

This speck right here does not need to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders. Or even the weight of her town or house for that matter.

There are millions of people on this planet who have problems much larger than mine – when I stop and reflect on that, a few of my worries start falling off of that pile in my mind and a few items on my to-do list dissolve into thin air.

(Although, to be perfectly honest, often a few more jump on at that point – like “make Red Cross donation”… or, “drop off too-small-stuff at Coat’s for Kids”…)

That beautiful moon also makes me pause and reflect on how we are all in this together. All of us. This entire planet of human beings. There are so many things out there – every single news station, social media attacks, stigma with every mental and physical illness – so many things that disconnect us. But it’s also our choice to feel disconnected and to feel the hate.

In order to feel the love and connection we have to be the love and connection.

Today’s Goal: I will show love. And I will connect. I can handle adding those two things to my to-do list. How about you?

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