Dates like today make me happy. Not sure why, but they do! I googled the meaning of multiple ‘2’s and this is what popped up: “… a reminder that you are on the right path and doing the right things in life. This number is also a sign of positivity, good luck, and joy.” Ironically, when I sat down to write today, I was planning to write about my “word of the year.” At the beginning of January when I picked my “word of the year”, the word that popped into my head was “positivity!” I made this Zentangle and hung it on my refrigerator where I can see it every day.
I truly believe that positivity is a state of mind. I choose to be positive. It’s not that every day is filled with rainbows and butterflies, but I choose not to dwell on the negative. I choose to expect that good things will happen. And when they don’t, I try not to replay what happened over and over. I try to let it go and refocus on something that makes me feel good.
In my Koru teacher training class, the instructor told us a story about letting go that really resonated with me:
Two traveling monks reached a river where they met a young woman waiting to cross. Scared of the current, the young women asked if one of the monks could carry her across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other bank. She thanked him and then departed.
As the monks continued their journey, the other monk become obsessed and preoccupied with his own thoughts. Unable to hold his silence any longer he spoke out. “Brother, our spiritual training teaches us to avoid any and all contact with women, but you picked that young women up and onto your shoulders then carried her across the river, breaking this most sacred rule”
“Brother,” the second monk calmly replied, “this happened many, many miles back, it was I who carried the young women and it was I who placed her down on the other side, over an hour ago. So why, brother, are you still carrying her?
Is your glass half full or half empty? Mine is half full and tastes delicious!