This Weeks Inspiration: A Short Guide to a Happy Life

This week I am inspired by a little book that I’ve rediscovered while cleaning my bookshelf.  It’s a book I received for being a bridesmaid at my college friends wedding.  It’s titled A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen.   Thought I’d share some excerpts with you that have resonated with me over this week:

“…When you come to a fork in the road, take it!  You are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life.  Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer.  Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart.  Not just your bank account, but your soul…”

“…People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore.  It’s so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit.” But a resume is cold comfort on a winter night, or when you’re sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you’ve gotten back to the chest x-ray and it doesn’t look so good, or when the doctor writes “prognosis, poor…”

“… So the best piece of advice I could give anyone is pretty simple:  get a life.  A real life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger paycheck, the larger house…  Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over a pond and a stand of pines.  Get a life in which you pay attention to the baby as she scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a Cheerio with her thumb and first finger.  Turn off your cell phone.  Keep still.  Be present.  Get a life in which you are not alone.  Find people you love, and who love you.  And remember that love is not leisure, it is work…. learn everyday to be human…”

My soul has been eating at me for the past many months.. trying to live and teach my yoga in an environment that I didn’t resonate with.  The one (of several) eye opening moments I had last week started with a facebook challenge of not complaining for a whole day that snow balled into a week of no complaining.  How powerful it was for me to just recognize how often I was complaining about my situation.  It was the heart of many conversations and sleepless nights.  A very awesome yogi and friend, Lacy, topped off my week of “no complaining awareness” with her very own inspirational way of living.  I have been at the fork in the road for quite a while now, scared of choosing the wrong path and keeping my eye on the stability of a paycheck.  The words of my teacher to choose freedom over stability keeps ringing in my head, but yet my feet won’t move.  But this week the Universe kept nudging me in all directions and She whispers to me that She will never throw anything at me that I can’t handle. She was loud and clear when I sat on the beach this past weekend and a flock of seagulls fly over head.  The moment I thought, uh oh… plop! Guess who was the lucky one?  Lucky I am indeed to have realized that it’s a simple choice we can make.  Take the fork in the road and stop getting shit on! So bring it on, baby!

Seagull blessings 🙂

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