Do you remember learning that song as a kid? Do you remember how exciting it was to constantly be learning and experiencing new things as a child? Or what about seeing the wide-eyed wonderment on a mini-person’s face as she tastes ice cream for the first time, or he comes face to face with a puppy? Children are constantly in a state of learning and absorbing all of the information around them. The world is so new to them and full of exciting happenings. But, something happens as we grow up, and responsibilities and conditioning set in; we kind of forget that life is STILL all about learning. Sometimes we become so used to the activities in our lives, the drive to work, to-do lists, and so on and so forth, that monotony is the norm and we turn on the autopilot switch. How many times have you driven home from work and didn’t even really remember how you got home? And not because you had too many margaritas at happy hour (NEVER drink and drive!). But back to my point… life makes it easy to pass up opportunities to learn and grow. And even when the lesson is heading our way like a dodgeball at full speed, quite frankly, we know how to play the game and rather dodge or duck than feel the full force of a painful lesson.
If we are not learning and growing, what’s the point? We were put on this planet, in this lifetime, for the evolution of our soul. Sometimes this requires pain, sometimes joy, sometimes ups, and sometimes downs, but at the end of it all there’s an upwards and onwards sort of movement and growth that molds who you are into who you’re meant to be; but, only if you’re willing and open to it. Every single day is filled with opportunities for Aha moments, for letting go, for building your faith, for understanding, for love, for truth…and even for those lessons that are not that pretty, but yet necessary if we ever want to move forward. The lessons are there. Life is pretty good about figuring out ways to teach you something, but only if you’re paying attention. If you never stop and smell the roses how will you know if you like the scent? If you’re allergic? If you prefer the scent of tulips? Or if you simply don’t like sniffing flowers? Imagine how much you could grow, how your career could skyrocket, how you could thrive in so many areas of your life if you opened yourself up to learning something new every single day? Are you in? Cool, I thought so. Below I give you a few tips to open your eyes and heart to life’s lessons.
-Breathe, deeply and slowly
-Be aware of thoughts of the past or of the future, release, and become present to this moment
-Take a moment to look around and take in your surroundings
– Feel your body: how do your toes and feet feel on the floor? Are you sitting in a chair…how does it feel? Can you feel the slightest breeze on your cheek if you really slow down?
– Imagine yourself as a child experiencing everything around you for the first time
-In moments of frustration, especially involving others (like a boss, or family member that pushes your buttons) pull back from the impulse to react and ask yourself, “what is this person here to teach me?”
-When you react quickly to triggers, whether in anger, or any other emotion, ask yourself, “what does this tell me about myself?” or “why does that trigger this emotion for me?”
-A few questions to check in with yourself: “Who am I being right now? Do I like this person? What choices can I make to reflect the best version of myself?”
-At the end of the day, before bed, make a journal entry titled “What did I learn today?” It can be one lesson, it can be many
You have 365 days a year to take one, two, or all of these and transform any given moment into a lesson. If you started now, how much could you learn and grow in a year? So, what did you learn today?
Sending you lots of love and unicorn magic,