Just the other morning, as I was shoveling out the ashes from our woodstove, I found myself actually enjoying myself. What had felt in the past as an unwelcome task now felt very fulfilling. I admired the little woodstove and the beautiful old bricks it sat upon. I felt happy to be cleaning it and revealing its charms hidden underneath. I felt such a contentment.. this was my very own cute little woodstove in my very own home!
For years I have been taking so many things for granted, rather than appreciating them; instead focusing on the stress of unexpected problems, demands from others, - all those responsibilities that are thrust upon us.
Do you remember your first car...? Did you love to wash it by hand, polish it, vacuum it, and detail the inside? My car was 7 years old when I purchased it, had quite a bit of rust - but I still loved that car. A 1971 Mustang Mach I .. a dream come true. It was a joy for me to care for this material item that I had longed for and now had! It's been years since then and years since I've enjoyed cleaning something. But that was the feeling that I was so lucky to recreate while cleaning the little woodstove this week..
For me, it's easy to love and appreciate my children. Every morning is Christmas morning to me; that is how happy I am to see them. But this week, I was also able to feel the wonder in the simple act of living.. cleaning, breathing, walking, and really SEEING the world, FEELING the world, BEING part of the world.
How did this come about? I had been seeking my purpose while working with Hemal Radia - learning about applying Law of Attraction to my life... it hasn't felt like "work" though. It's been quite fun, honest, and revealing. I have learned to stop trying to force LOA to work, learned to pay attention to my feelings.. and allow LOA to do the work for me.
May you, too, experience the same joy I felt when cleaning my woodstove ~ as you wash the dishes, dig the car out of the snow, or carry the garbage out. It's wonderful to be here, to be alive!