Laughing in the face of life’s struggles

Learning to laughingly chide at ourselves for getting so invested in life’s temporary problems.

I’m reading and relaxing at Barnes & Noble as I write this, planning for an e-course. I ordered a regular coffee before I sat down and, as usual, I left one gulp in the bottom of the cup. Now it’s cold.

Home. When I walk in my home’s front door later tonight, I will inwardly cringe, quickly take off my shoes and sprint past the unfinished living room, hallway, front entry and into the relative visual safety of kitchen, laundry room and bedroom.

It’s a roller coaster, this being a human. And isn’t it oh-so-easy to let our emotions run wild? A month ago, I wanted our dishwasher installed and the week before that, it was the laundry room, the week before that it was carpet, walls, and so on. And next week, it will be the guest bathroom, and then the whole second side of our house. And when our house is done, it will be something else. You’re getting the picture, right?

Once in a while, we need to step off the hamster wheel and simply observe our emotional ups and downs. Learning to laughingly chide at ourselves for getting so invested in life’s temporary problems. It’s so much easier to write philosophy than it is to live it.

You see, I’m still at Barnes & Noble. This is my retreat from my life’s problems.

Sometimes that’s exactly what we need: a retreat. Stepping on my yoga mat is a mini retreats and I view my yoga mat as sacred space. When I’m on a “real” Dominican or Costa Rican vacation I don’t bring my computer, my work, or my phone. And I apply those same principles to my yoga mat.

And so it goes. Learning to take steps off the hamster wheel — even if it’s just a few hours while at Barnes & Noble.