Disney is known for creating magical experiences for theme park visitors and movie goers by giving us more than we expect. They do this by building a crescendo of “Wows”, each more amazing that then next. I take it as a new metaphor for my life, and also for what the MKE is opening up for me. Bye bye ego rule. Hello again Observer. Yes to the Magical Kingdom Subby is creating with my help.
After one month of MKE webinars, practices and assignments, I am wowed. Not only by the program, which is providing a structure and community I didn’t even know I needed I’m also wowed when I think about all of the experiences that Mark and Davine accumulated, and the principles they assimilated, and the work it took to bring this to us. To me. In this very moment.
Most importantly, I’m wowed by myself. I’m wowed by myself for jumping on my blog assignment after being on the Week 5 webinar for two hours and then the Q & A for another hour. I’m energized. I don’t need to eat yet, go to the bathroom, or do anything else except Do it Now! That said, I’m looking foward to a nice dinner. “Get the blog done first”. No question!
I’m wowed by my DMP, and I’m wowed by my guide, Nancy, who brought me through the revisions, and sent me a Marco Polo while dancing to Cole Porter music. I’m wowed by those behind the scenes who read and helped make my DMP more concise and powerful. I’m wowed by the support that is summoned when I say, “Yes” to myself and “No” to others’ plans for me, and to old habits. I’m wowed by what can happen in a month. And I’m wowed by synchronicity.
Mumsy and Liberty
One of my PPNs is Liberty. I’ve been living with my mother for the past few months as she is in need of some assistance. I recently stopped living with my partner of five years and also have a house in FL, but mom and some of my other close family members are here in Minneapolis. It was natural for me to take this step. I might not sound liberating, but it is right now. Mumsy is 96 years old and inspires me every day. She can be seen wearing a cute pair of red shoes, a red beret and a red cape, or doing balance exercises in the kitchen to Latin Music as she holds onto the back of a kitchen chair. She likes to watch television using captions. I don’t watch much TV. However, as I walk by her sitting area, or if I’m sitting next to her, a Liberty Insurance commercial comes on sometimes, and I see these words typed across the screen: Liberty. Liberty. Liberty. Liberty. Liberty. Apparently it’s a commercial jingle. I’m wowed by the synchronicity. The universe has interesting ways of communicating, and I’m noticing more of it.
Going Up even if I Don’t Go Down
I’ve noticed also that my mood is UP, and that’s not typical when I’m leaning into a Minnesota winter. I hope to get to FL, but I said “Yes” to what is needed, and bought a green wool hat with a BIG pompom on it from Target, and I love it. While shopping there on Friday, I sneezed and someone said, “Bless You”, and since I’m practicing giving something to everyone I encounter, we struck up a conversation about where the gestur of saying, “Bless you” when someone sneezes came from, and what I had learned is that it came from the fact that you can’t sneeze and breathe at the same time, so it is customary to offer up a prayer of protection. So she blessed me, and I gave her a story and a connection we don’t usually get with other shoppers. I felt UP when I told my mom that that it is a gift to be able to spend time with her and that I feel happy living here. I felt UP when I thanked my brother for the opportunity to give him a ride to work.
I thought I was living a pay-it-forward life, but I see I’ve only been paying forward a small fraction of what I’m capable of. It’s empowering to see my capacity to give grow while my own happiness increases. And I especially love that it’s not about grand gestures (though it can be), but that it’s about doing the work to achieve our heart’s desire.
Okay, now a word about this new exercise we have to not share opinions. I am going to so rise to this challenge. Maybe I’m going to write all of the opionions I have down for the first few days, just to get them out of my system. I found this quote by Don Miquel Ruiz:
“Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.
According to this quote, not having opinions will free me. That is LIBERTY! Liberty. Liberty. Liberty. Liberty.
I also found this quote from Tolkien, and I relate to it:
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
I get to decide what to do with the time that is given me, and I’m deciding to go for my definite major purpose, and to do it with gusto.
I’m grateful to everyone helping to make this possible and I’m especially grateful to myself for my willingness to learn, grow, adapt and develop the new habit of doing it now!
Being of Icelandic descent, among others, I decided to look up the translation for thank you and do it now. Here they are. I’m going to ask Mumsy to help me pronounce the words!
hvað gerir þakka þér fyrir (thank you in Icelandic).
gerðu það núna (do it now in Icelandic).