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Find and fill your life with JOY. Tips, tricks, skills and shifts to create a life you love and bring your dreams to life. 

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In my quest to find more joy and peace in life, presence has become absolutely key. When I choose to be still in my heart, all fear, anxiety, stress and frustration are cast aside.  Recently I’ve been recognizing a phenomenon during random moments when I’m present that I refer to as “all is well” moments.  These moments often surprise me, coming out of nowhere and arising from seemingly random events.  However, when they come, I make a special effort to breathe them in and soak them up for as long as possible. Doing this energizes me and brings greater peace and happiness for the entire day.

“All is well” moments are when the whole world may be swirling wildly around you, but peace comes into your heart and you feel deeply that no matter what is going on, “all is well” in your life.  I’m a sunny optimistic, so I even take it a step further, recognizing in these moments that “all is well AND perfect” in my life.  Perfect to me simply means right.  I don’t believe in accidents and I fully trust that every experience – painful or joyful – is for my learning and growth.  Sometimes it’s difficult to be grateful for pain and struggle, but as I watch for and embrace “all is well” moments, no matter what the external circumstances are, I find inner peace.

As a woman of faith, I know these “all is well” moments come from God.  They are tender mercies where I feel of His deep, abiding love for me.  I am also strengthened to know that no matter how messy life may seem, “all can be well” and I can find true happiness and peace.

Here are some examples of recent “all is well” moments:

  • After worrying about Claire (my 6 year old daughter) and wondering if she’s adjusting to all of the changes in our life well, I watched through the window of her ballet class to see her and the other little ballerinas being silly and trading places on the barre when their teacher’s back was turned.  It’s a game they all love to play to try to surprise and confuse their teacher.  Seeing her play with the other girls and be so comfortable in her dance class, peace flowed into my heart and I recognized that truly “all is well.”
  • Things have shifted in our household due to my business and other endeavors going so well.  Now, Randy is home with our children much more and it’s been an adjustment, mostly in good ways, but an adjustment (with some stress) nonetheless.  I’ve wondered if we’ll ever get things running as smoothly as I’d like in our household.  Then, Randy surprised me one night by simply scooping me up in his arms.  He held me so tightly that I could feel of his strength and commitment, recognizing that no matter how messy our life may be in this transition, “all is well” in our love and marriage.
  • Randy signed Tate up for a roller skate “crew” where they learn how to roller skate and dance (usually looks like break dancing on roller skates).  Initially I was really opposed to this choice, but they were both so excited by it that I let it go.  However, I didn’t let the nagging worry go that Tate isn’t having the social growth I think he needs right now.  Not long ago I went to one of his skate crew performances, though, and as I was watching him and all the other kids having so much fun skating, it warmed my heart.  Then I heard his skating coach encouraging the kids to be respectful and true so they would represent their team well.  I had no idea Tate was learning such important things through this experience and I loved it!  As Tate and I went to collect his team’s prize for winning 2nd place in their skating competition, his excitement brought on an “all is well” moment where I couldn’t deny that Tate is doing absolutely great and engaged in something really cool.
  • With all of the recent transitions (moving included) I have been crazy-busy.  This has made it so that instead of a million things that “need” to be done every moment, there’s now a billion things.  As a result, I’ve been running around much more and spending less time snuggling and holding my little ones.  This past weekend Lena (2.5 years old) got really sick and so she, Jules and I stayed home together from family dinner.  Part of me wanted to be super-productive while she was resting and watching a show.  But, I resisted that temptation for awhile and simply held her.  She told me about things in the show and as she talked and let me hold her, I felt of her love for me and of how important it is to her for me to recognize and nurture her.  Quickly I was wrapped into a beautiful “all is well” moment.

On days when I’m too “busy” to recognize “all is well” moments (for they just come, I can’t cause them to come, but by being peaceful and prayerful they have greater opportunity of coming), I find I am more stressed and less connected to my loved ones, God and my life.  Striving to live in a way that I can feel “all is well” moments throughout the day is changing how I engage with my life.  I’m going at it more peacefully and appreciating how happiness and peace are found in the little moments.

This makes it easier to not be deceived by the misconception that happiness and peace are found in arriving at desired destinations (i.e. 20 pounds thinner, $1000/month richer, cleaner house, smarter kids, recognition, etc.), but are instead found in the journey.  I’ve lived much of my life where I would base whether or not “all is well” by the majority of moments in a day.  If the majority were good, then life was good.  If the majority were painful or stressful, then life was horrible, hard and difficult.  This can be a very fragile and painful way to live, making it easier for everyone’s actions outside of you to rule your peace and happiness.

Seeking to do God’s will each day and then watching for “all is well” moments can bring greater peace and strength to life.  Honoring the “all is well” moments in a day can shift your perspective to embrace more easily all that is good, wonderful and sweet in your life.  This will in turn bring more goodness and sweetness into your life, no matter what the circumstances.

What “all is well”moments have you experienced lately?  Watch today for “all is well” moments and see what comes of it.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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Find and fill your life with JOY. Tips, tricks, skills and shifts to create a life you love and bring your dreams to life. 

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