I have been feeling a bit disconnected since the beginning of the new year. Lots of changes going on within my extended family. Last year I jumped right into finding my OLW. This year not so much. I have been toying with the word mindfulness. About 3 years ago I was having a difficult time emotionally. Someone suggested meditation and I began mindfulness meditation. It was very helpful, but as time has gone on I have not been very consistent. I was thinking if mindfulness was my OLW perhaps I would be more consistent with meditation. Part of me felt that I was using that as a ploy.
Early Saturday morning I drove through the pouring rain and the thick fog for an appointment for a 4 hour remedial reading exam. I was busy thinking about the directions, my coffee, my bagel, my umbrella, etc. I got out of the car and lo and behold I forgot my i.d. I couldn’t take the test.
Surprise! I didn’t yell and scream and beat myself up over it. I got back in the car and remained calm telling myself maybe it was meant to be, maybe I wasn’t ready to take this test and maybe it is all for the best. I had a 40 minute ride home on back country roads behind an elderly couple. I saw this as an opportunity to be mindful that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. It was a wonderful ride home. Mindfulness is officially my 2014 OLW.