The right thing

March 7, 2009

A little known fact about me is that I pray. A lot.  I find myself praying all day to my higher power.  I pray while driving, I pray while cooking, I pray while showering, I pray while falling asleep.  Sometimes my prayer is for the well being for others.   Sometimes my prayer is for clarity and good health.  Sometimes my prayer is for peace amongst whatever war, internal or external, I’m facing at the moment.  Always, however, my prayer is to do The Next Right Thing, whatever that might be.

I’ve been doing a lot of Right Things lately:

I have been stressing quite a bit about how involved or uninvolved my children are in society and wondering if I’m giving them enough opportunities to experience life outside of our little world of homeschoolers.  Yes, I take them with me everywhere I go, but it’s not quite enough – I mean, you can learn a lot at Target and the Library, but shopping and reading does not a life make.  They each take outside classes once a week – Duck takes yoga and Stealth takes Kindermusik.  It’s good and wonderful, but it doesn’t scratch that Mama Intuition itch I’ve had.  I thought long and hard about what would be good for us and what we could feel good about doing and finally came to a decision – we will volunteer with The Central MO Humane Society. I signed us up and we were approved.  Training is the 28th of this month and then we will spend 5 hours a month for a minimum of 6 months taking care of the animals.  The kids cannot wait.  I think the responsibility will be good for them, the lessons in caring for animals who cannot care for themselves will be great for them, the understanding that we, as blessed citizens, need to give back will be crucial to their development, and let’s not forget the understanding of the word “commitment.”  This is definitely a Right Thing.  Now, fingers crossed that we only bring home one more dog and maybe a rabbit or something …

I’ve been going to my gym since May and had never taken a class, which is totally stupid because, unlike most gyms in the world, the classes come included with membership at my Mecca.  Thursday I took a yoga class.  Now, I’ve been doing yoga for about 13 years and I have to say that it is, by far, the closest thing to Utopia I have ever known.  I love yoga.  I love it more than bellydance, weights, cardio, chocolate, dogs, sushi, and sex combined.  Yes, I love it that much.  Unfortunately, I never found the *right* class for me… until Thursday.  This class I took rocked my little world like a baby in a cradle.  It was the perfect mix of slow and fast, modern words and Sanskrit terms, holistic healing and heart-pounding hard work.  It was a lark that I ended up in this class, but I’m certain it was The Next Right Thing.  The instructor also teaches on Tuesday mornings, so if I add Bellydance on Sundays and throw in some weights and cardio while I’m there, I’ve got 3 amazing workouts that I cannot wait to get to.  Feed the body, feed the soul.  Right Thing.

Things are so right between my kids and myself lately.  It’s been a long hard winter for us, but things are turning around.  I have finally found what makes my little Duck click and have finally convinced my powerhouse Stealth that he does NOT, in fact, rule the world.  We are full of love and light and laughter and peace and wonder and amazement and grace.  Things aren’t always easy for these guys.  Their mother is neurotic and their father has issues of his own, they have a dog who eats their toys, and a whole host of other things that torment the minds of little kids (I’m not so old that I don’t remember — being a kids is HARD!)  Somehow, however, they are doing better that fine – they are AMAZING.  I recently took some time and did one of those little FB Note Thingies – this one was asking your children questions about YOU.  I asked both of them and what came out of the their mouths melted my heart.  I’m not putting it all here, but the gist of it is that they KNOW that I love them.  It is something they don’t even question.  They are HAPPY.  They are EXCITED about life.  They are getting what they need.  Mothering is hard hard work, but I’ve been doing okay.  I’ve been doing The Right Thing.

I’ve been spending money lately.  I know I know, I have issues with this and I’m working on it, but I feel really great about all of my purchases.  They are thought out and planned and really quite responsible.  Today, however, I really spent some good money and voted with my dollars – today I shopped at The Peace Nook.  The Peace Nook is this amazing little basement shop that still is what it started out to be, unlike some other stores in town *coughcoolstuffcough.*  The Nook is all tax free, Earth friendly, and just juju positive.  Today I got a Nasopure (yeah, it REALLY is shooting salt water in one nostril and out the other,) some organic chocolate, some natural sodas, a few Luna bars, and some Free Trade clothing.  I’m stoked … and, frankly, will probably go back and buy more.  We MUST not only stimulate this economy, but we must do it WISELY.  It’s The Right Thing.

I’m human.  I’m not perfect. I make mistakes – a LOT of mistakes.  I’m trying.  It’s all I can do and it is enough.  I will not be perfect in this lifetime, but I can strive to be the best I can be, to always reach higher, to always look further, to always try harder to do The Next Right Thing.

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