As I drive down the tree lined, perfectly manicured streets of southern
California, occasionally a Jaguar, Smart Car or the odd Hummer will
stand out. Sometimes a green VW bug car or even the screaming yellow
Mustang down the street will grab my minds eye for a moment. I have an
opinion about the loudly colored cars...fun! we should have more
color!...and yet that tiny judgmental voice in my head wants to make it
mean something about the owner...needs attention...wears overpowering
cologne...nouveau riche...something...but in general the cars are just
background noise to my day, things that jumble and blend with the rest
like the clothes washer noise in the hallway. Eventually no matter what
color, I don't notice them.
Then we created a game with my sons. Yellow cars are two points! Suddenly cars became exciting, yellow cars, thrilling
We're pointing, playing and shouting with glee.It's a great way to
learn to count by two, add, and take the attention off their brother's
elbow which is encroaching on their sacred seat space.
Suddenly yellow cars are everywhere
taxis, buses, yellow Ferraris, VW bugs, vans and construction vehicles.
I cannot NOT see yellow cars now. Even when the boys are not in the car
my inner voice hollers "Yellow Car! Two points!" My sons are up to
forty something points, I would be at 200 probably. My context for
yellow cars has shifted and where things were mundane before are
suddenly fun. Life can be like that with anything...its all our
It was like that for me yesterday when I created with a
dear friend (we consistently create what we are up to for the day, hold
each other accountable, acknowledge each other...it's great)..so I
create that something AWESOME is going to happen today. Who I am going
to take on is being Miraculous peace and JOY!
Suddenly I am looking
for awesomeness. I am looking for where I can cause something
miraculous to happen. And I don't mean like make a miracle happen
because I planned and strategized. I mean, I look for the miracles that
are already there and actually take a moment to let them be miraculous,
to really Get
something up....like that I have to control everything...and when I give
that up and just be with my family...the miracle of love and joy and
laughter shows up....nothing I could have planned for. Something miraculous.
and miracles pop up everywhere...not at first but when I share with my
sons, "Guys, guess what??? I have this feeling that something AWESOME is
going to happen today!" Suddenly they are on the edge of their seats, I
am too...and we are looking
for awesomeness like the yellow cars.
get a phone call and a gracious woman from the city refunds my account
100 dollars for a class that she really didn't have to refund me.
Awesome! I love this city!
I work on an area of my business which has been unclear to me and I get clarity like an smack in the face. This could not
be awesome..this is not the news I wanted....or it could be awesome, if
I chose to see that once I am clear about where I am not accomplishing
what I want to accomplish, then I can choose to do something new and
create.Clarity and CHOICE. That is awesome.
My friend Sandi calls
me to meet up and she is radiant, grateful and we have an awesome time
chatting, she listens to me and totally empowers me in what I am up to.
Her love and attention is miraculous too, because she is going through
some circumstances in her life that could curl your hair...and she is
being determined and clear about who she is for her family. She is
unconditional love, strength and the embodiment of anything is possible.
I would say that is pretty darn miraculous.
Lots of awesome
things happen. My eldest son performs a dance show for us after dinner.
For someone who has been careful about dancing, he is sweet,vulnerable
and yet unstoppable. He gestures and moves thoughtfully, expressively
and creatively and then he powerfully explains his dance moves, new
names like the "Pancake Flip Flop and XRay Jump". Awesome!
Our middle son learns to swim "ON TOP of the water!"
and beams with pride like a puppy who has just tackled and won his first round of puppy fights. Thrilling!
youngest, 21 mnth old, learns how to string the "Bye bye" with a
person's name and sings "Bye Shaun, Bye Shaun" in the car ride home,
victorious with his progress. Speech is miraculous!
And before bed my husband fixes the kitchen garbage disposal without being asked. Awesome! Miracle!
go to bed grateful, fullfilled and present to how miraculous my life
is. Like yellow cars are everywhere...a game we made up called
life...and I have a million bazillion quadrillion points.
What miracles are there in your life? I would love to know.
P.S. This blog is dedicated to my friend Anisa who says I say Awesome too much :)I love you, you're Awesome.