Life happens! I repeat this mantra when I’m feeling overwhelmed and can’t get off the proverbial hamster wheel. One of the things that kept me from launching my blog was my fear of not being able to post consistently. And that is exactly what has happened over the past two weeks- I was running on the hamster wheel trying to manage work, home, and a weekend-long celebration for my daughter’s college graduation and consequently blogging fell to the bottom of my to-do list. Aaargh! But I’m back at it.
Sameness. Comfort. Meaning. Commitment. These are the cornerstones of rituals, the sacred rites we practice throughout our lives. Ebbing and flowing with time, rituals catalog our memories and breathe meaning into our life stories. It is hard to reach midlife without riding a sea of changes: in our relationships (divorce, loss, children launching), our careers, and our physical bodies. When you feel like you’re drowning, rituals are buoys to hold onto and regain balance.
Take a minute to be kind to someone today. It’s contagious!