When I woke up this morning, this is what I found:
- It’s cold, outside.
- It’s dark, outside.
- The heat, inside, isn’t working the way I would expect.
This is the way I have reacted to that same scenario, many times before:
With fear. With a sense of powerlessness. Feeling alone.
This is what I’m telling myself, this morning:
It’s okay. It’s warm enough inside. If there is a problem, you and other people will figure it out and fix it.
And I believed it, almost immediately.
That seemed different.
In this post, I want to include one more example of “doing it differently.”
On Friday, I observed the 50th anniversary of (1) President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and (2) my first heart surgery and cardiac pacemaker implantation, at age 10.
That day, I received an e-mail from a very dear, long-time friend. Here’s an excerpt from that e-mail:
You are on my mind today, and I wanted to tell you about a dream I had a few nights ago. It was the day of your surgery, fifty years ago, and you were a kid again, and I was a kid too, right there with you. We were waiting together in the hospital for Ann, who seemed to be your twin sister, to come out of surgery. The doctor came out and told us that everything had gone well, and that Ann would live a long, long and wonderful life. We were really glad! It was a great dream.
I am very moved by that dream, that my friend dreamed for me, of doing it differently. It reminds me of this: There are many, many ways to do things differently.
What are some visuals, for “doing it differently”? Let’s check “Google Images.”
Lots to choose from!
There were so many images, I had trouble deciding.
Sometimes, though, words are worth a thousand pictures. A few more, from my friend’s e-mail:
You are the girl who lived. Something really big and scary and powerful was after you, but you prevailed.
As we all prevail, with help from others.
Many thanks to my friend, to dreamers everywhere, to all who do it differently, and to you — of course! — for reading today.
* From Kylie Legge and “In Public Space We Trust.”
** From Living with RA.
*** From “good morning” creativity.
**** From Practical Pages.
***** From Theridion.
****** From birdwings.