Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Monday's Motivational Magnets

I find a lot of irony in today's world when it comes to little pieces of happiness.  For example, I would think that motivation is reborn from actions or spoken words — perhaps not from seeing a quote on a magnet or a picture on the Internet.  Nevertheless, the uplifting images or the inspirational sayings plastered on websites such as Pinterest speak to the masses.  I'm guilty of 'pinning' those after a short reflection almost never to see them again.  Except for two...

In 2011, I ran my 1st marathon.  The way in which I organized the race and had my team rally around/for me, I feel, inspired people.  I know personal stories in which lives were changed that day, certainly, mine being one of them.  I honestly can't remember the timing, but I received a card from a friend sometime shortly before or after my race.  The words in that card (saved in a box) warmed my heart, but the magnet inside resonates to this day.

This magnet lives on my refrigerator.  I see it multiple times in a day.  There are a lot of commands in this 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 square.  I certainly do not follow its direction in entirety every day, but in the morning I give it a read while trying to hold on to one piece that will carry me forward.  At the end of the day, usually when packing away dinner or reaching for that bottle of 'Orchata, I'll glance again for a split second to reflect on a moment, situation, or time in which I did one of those things.

Last week was the first full week I worked since pre-Christmas.  The girls went back to school and I jumped back into the work inferno.  We had a rough-go for a Monday.  Ava, all bundled up, came to me for a hug before going out to the bus stop with the hubbs.  I hugged her tight and kissed the top of her fluffy hat (cue fuzzies sticking to my lip gloss).  I pulled away and said, "Ava, be your best today."  She affirmatively responded with, "Mommy, I'm my best every day."  Yup, she blew that magnet out of the water.
So, starting today, be your best.
Be compassionate.
Be strong.
Be human.

We are on the same team, playing the game of Life.
"Live as if this is all there is."