August 21st is approaching quickly…good grief…what an uproar the sun and the moon have caused around here in the last couple of weeks! I’m at the point now where I don’t know if I should invest in a bunker or just throw my lawn chair in the back yard, cold beverage in hand, and see how this all unfolds. I’ll probably go with the latter of the two.
All this hype about “totality” really got me thinking about the word…
Webster lists two definitions:
- the quality or state of being total: wholeness
- the phase of an eclipse during which it is total: state of total eclipse
Within the last month there has been extreme focus on the state of total eclipse, I say let’s shift the focus momentarily to the wholeness.
For the last two years, on the morning of my birthday, I have sat down and sketched an outline of an image, and then filled the image with all the things that I want to focus on in that upcoming year.
On my 37th birthday, I started with the outline of a unicorn (surprise) and began filling it with all the things I wanted to be, see, and do in the year ahead. I choose a unicorn because, well, I love them and that’s reason enough. 😊
On the morning of my 38th birthday, I started sketching a tree and on each branch, with much thought, I started filling the branches with my goals towards…well…” totality”. The things I wanted to focus on, to grow, and strive for towards wholeness.
What is wholeness?
I think wholeness can mean multiple things to each person, but to me, it means caring for others and doing what we can to leave this world a little better than we found it. It means connecting to the whole of life. Being open, being flexible, being ready to face challenges, and accept them with grace. It means living a life of integrity, it means being grateful for happiness, and equally grateful for the lessons that come from sadness. It means to be curious, and full of wonder. It means being open to new ideas, embracing the world as it speeds by us… second by second, striving to be present for it all. It means doing things that fill our soul, being open-minded, spontaneous, and full of grace. Wholeness to me is holding my loved ones in my arms and being so thankful that God gave them to me. It means showing up for me, loving myself enough to notice and be grateful for all of the blessings… over the imperfections. It’s a sense of connection with others, the ability to make a positive impact on those around me. It is being part of what is right with the world…instead of what is wrong. It means filing the air with laughter and making my dash dance. It means letting shit go, giving back, being a present wife, and a great mom. Wholeness is prayer and spending time with God. It’s being focused, having an open heart, and being more patient. It’s mountain air and sandy toes. Wholeness is being creative and free. It’s writing another book, and honoring my temple. It’s checking items off my live list faster than I can jot them down. It’s full of adventures, understanding, and smiles. It’s crushing anxiety the moment it tries to seep in. Wholeness is living with gratitude for the life that God has given me. That is what “totality” is to me…
What is it to you?
What if we all worked harder towards being more whole? What if everyday was totality for us?
My wish for you is that totality extends far beyond August 21, 2017.
Cheers to the moon and sun, may everyone stay safe and have fun!