It started out as a comment from my super funny son, Luke. Probably because I made tacos or my famous Jack Daniels chocolate chip cookies. I don’t really remember the reason, but I remember when he said:
“Woah, Mom, give yourself some life points.”
I remember thinking, “Thank you, I will.”
And the next day when I had a green smoothie instead of a pastry, I thought, “Life points for me.” And when I said the thing I needed to say and didn’t say that other thing. Life points. And when I knew exactly where my keys were. Double life points! I started paying attention to every kindness and every discipline and giving myself credit.
Giving myself life points became a habit. At first I whispered the noticing to myself. Then whispers grew into full voice, “Life points!”
Like any good thing it started to overflow. My life point awareness increased and I started telling my friends and family when I saw them scoring those life points.
Paying attention to life points causes me to be present. It loosens the grip of perfectionism and expands gratitude. And expanded gratitude is great for the body and soul; science says so.
We’re so quick to focus on where we fall short and dilute where we’ve come through.
Gratitude orients us and gives us accurate measures.
Give yourself some life points!
- remembered to feed the sourdough starter for Monday’s bread baking session with The Girl
- tended to my correspondence
- slept late <—— this counts big when you haven’t been sleeping
- created pages for next week’s journal keeping.
It’s almost 9pm here in Georgia and I’m just now making it to the computer. I’m committed to this project and sat down to write after a full day of painting the deck. All the life points!
BE in your life,