Friday, February 26, 2010
I ain't never lived this day before!
Recently the blog sisters and I participated in a 21-day Spirituality & Practice e-course called "Catalysts for Change." It's been over a month since the course ended but I'm still just getting around to the lessons. Day 21 was about the importance of imagination and enthusiasm and features a writing by Beatrice Bruteau in Radical Optimism.
She tells a story about a typical Monday morning in an era when there were elevator operators. Workers returning after the weekend were grumpy and sleepy but the elevator operator was whistling and cheerful. When asked why he was so cheerful so early on a Monday morning, he replied, "I ain't never lived this day before!"
Could there possibly be a better way to approach each day? That simple statement says "I'm open to whatever happens today. I'm enthusiastically here to embrace whatever comes my way. Today is a gift I've not yet unwrapped ... who knows what it might hold. It's a new, fresh day that I've never seen before so I'm here to welcome it." I'm going to take that unknown elevator operator into my heart today.
Today is a new day, a new gift, and here in Colorado the day has dawned sunny and bright. Later today I will hang the pieces of art that I've been working on for the past months and years. For the first time, they will hang in a public place. For the first time I will be an "artist hanging in a gallery." It truly is a day I ain't never lived before.
About the image: This digital collage "It's about Time" will be hanging in a gallery in Nederland, Colorado, this afternoon. It is about time.