The other night my grandkids roasted marshmallows over a fire pit we have in back in the yard. I watched them laugh with delight as they grabbed the chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers (while doing much finger licking) and assembled their favorite dessert... S'Mores.
Suddenly, I thought to myself, "I think this is the kind of moment we all need.
Adversity happens in every life... but seeing what is right not wrong in each moment can take us far.
We can eat only so much chocolate (as hard as that is to believe) and I am sure medical experts would not like it if we gorged on marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers!
But, there are no calories in a "Virtual S'More!" Maybe a yummy "Dessert for the Mind" is what we all need to help us remember that our best life comes from building on our changing strengths.
"So, I made myself a "Virtual S'More." And sure enough I was just living in the moment... and having fun.
So, here's my recipe... I hope you like my "cooking." (Trust me... my virtual cooking is way better than the real thing!)
Dr. Teena's "Dessert for the Mind"
S... Stress is part of life. The trick is to learn to manage the stress so that you feel less DISTRESS... OMMM... Put thumb and for fingers together and "hum" while creating a relaxing picture of yourself sitting cross legged on a beautiful sun filled mountain top.
M... Myths... such as the idea of having balance in life are unrealistic. Toss this myth off the mountain as you head back to your home base. Smell the aroma of nature, and replace the myth of balance... with the model of resilience.
O... Opportunity can usually be found within adversity. Pay attention to the moment and listen to the wind... and you may see or hear "hope"... which is the first step to opportunity.
R... Resilience is our innate ability to bounce back from adversity. A resilient life is about trying different paths. We are capable of turning adversity into advantage... we just need to keep trying until we find the right path.
E... Engagement in life, caring about others, and weaving our "webs of connectedness" is one way we can increase resilience, while making a positive contribution to those around us. Look for a way to contribute, and remember... "The Wider our Webs of Connectedness... the Higher we Bounce!"
S... Strengths that are unique to us, are often are our greatest assets in tough times. Look at what is right, not wrong... then build on what you see.
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