Self-portrait update, April 1, 2008, Paris.
An excerpt from Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron:
"Being able to lighten up is the key to feeling at home with your body, mind and emotions, to feeling worthy to live on this planet. For example, you can hear the slogan "always maintain only a joyful mind" and start beating yourself over the head for never being joyful..."
"This earnestness, this seriousness about everything in our lives...this goal-oriented "We're going to do it or else" attitude is the world's greatest killjoy. There's no sense of appreciation because we're so solemn about everything. In contrast, a joyful mind is very ordinary and relaxed. So lighten up. Don't make such a big deal."
"When your aspiration is to lighten up, you begin to have a sense of humour... In addition to a sense of humour, a basic support for a joyful mind is curiosity, paying attention, taking an interest in the world around you. Happiness is not required, but being curious without a judgemental attitude helps. If you are judgemental, you can even be curious about that."
"Curiosity encourages cheering up. So does simply remembering to do something different. We are so locked into this sense of burden - Big Deal Joy and Big Deal Unhappiness - that it's sometimes helpful just to change the pattern. Anything out of the ordinary will help. You can go to the window and look at the sky, you can splash cold water on your face, you can sing in the shower, you can go jogging - anything against your usual pattern. That's how things start to lighten up."
I pay attention to details and try to learn something new and do something different every single day. To me, routine and regimen without variation ultimately result in apathy and boredom. What do you do to shake things up in your life?
And won't you please take a moment to watch this powerful video, on a day where polls show 81 percent of Americans think our country is on the wrong track?