“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right. “
Seems simple doesn’t it? If all is right with you, then all is right with the world. It is something I’ve heard throughout my life, from a very young age until very recently in my weekly teachings on Tao. But to set the heart “right”, on the one straight path, is far from simple.
Decisions, we’ve all made a few that we wish we hadn’t made. But most choices we make are fueled by the desire to be happy. Again, this is easier said than done.
When I married my wonderful husband, we decided 8 months into our newlywed year to start trying for a family. For over 3 years, we dreamed of a baby to come and bless our world, and when the day finally came, it was clear in our minds : Our lives had a bigger purpose.
Most of you who have kids probably remember the “First time parent” craziness : Books, blogs, gadgets, maniacal preparation and dreams… so many dreams of how this family’s story will unfold. My oh my… Life is much different when you are in the trenches!
And this is where my journey began. The day I realized that plans had to be changed and life didn’t happen the way you thought it would, I started :
- Looking for a way to let go of my expectations and learning to love my child, now children, for who they are, not what I thought I could make them out to be.
- Finding a way to simplify our lives to make their life richer.
- Finding the balance between all my now full-time jobs, be it teacher, nurse, yogi, meditation guru, referee, chef, chauffeur, hair dresser, house keeper, seamstress, artist, nature guide, actor, singer, dancer… all of which mean MOTHER to me.
- Trying to create a healthy and wholesome environment for my children to grow, filled with beauty, freedom, nature and spirituality.
- Finding the strength to be my own person in a world that does not always accept differences as the treasures of who we are.
- Finally becoming happy and grateful for the life I have and the opportunity I was given to live it fully.
In hoping that you will walk a few steps of this road with me, I wish you now, a very peaceful day.