Many of us live in this constant state of fear, uncertainty and vulnerabilty even when our lives are full of joy and happiness. I’ve come to accept this uncertainty over the short span of my life because of many different people or circumstances which have crossed my path, touched my life and schooled me in this school of life.
A wise woman said to me, “Lauren, the only certain thing in life is that life is uncertain. If you can live in this state of uncertainty day to day, and come to accept it, then you can be happy anywhere, with anything and with anyone.”
So I AM. I still struggle.
BUT…. The videos below have really helped. Thank you Dr. Berne Brown and her incredible book Daring Greatly
Here are her TEDx talks. Each are 20 minutes long, but were so worth the watch for me. I watched each a few years ago now, but still watch from time to time to reconnect and center myself.
People. People important to you, people unimportant to you cross your life, touch it with love or carelessness and move on. There are people who leave you and you breathe a sigh of relief and wonder why you ever came into contact with them. There are people who leave you and you breathe a sigh of remorse and wonder why they had to go away and leave such a gaping hole. Children leave parents, parent leave friends. Acquaintances move on. Friends love and move on. You think of the many who have moved into your hazy memory. You look on those present and wonder.
I believe this is all part of a master plan. People move in and out of our lives, and each leaves his mark on the other. You find you are made up of bits and pieces of all who ever touched your life, and you are more because of it, and you would be less if they had not touched you.
So far this is who I know that I am...
I am a Spanish teacher (lucky enough to teach grade K-8!) living in the Chicago area. I am a yoga alliance registered and certified yoga instructor. I am pursuing MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) certification and simply happy to be alive to write this and share with others.
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