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Hair Appointment Day – It is Going to be a Good Day!

by  Daphne MacNeil

I have developed a tiny habit which tunes me into a positive energy frequency each and every day.  Every morning when my feet touch the floor and as I reach to open the blinds I say, “this is going to be a good day.”  When I do this it is as if every cell in my body aligns with a good feeling place.  This particular morning and every other morning that I had scheduled my hair appointment, I automatically know that it is in fact going to be a very good day!

A few years ago, upon accepting a new position, I no longer had  access to flexible work arrangements which once again impacted my ability to continue being a client of yet another hairstylist who I adored and respected personally and professionally. I had wonderful experiences with hairstylists throughout my adult life (Mary and Dorothy from the Hair Factory in St. John’s)  which meant my new hairstylist was going to have big shoes to fill.  So my search began.  I chatted with several close family members and friends in an effort to find someone who had the qualities I admired.

Carolyn Cobb of Personally Yours Hair Design (St. John’s) and I met through a mutual friend (one of Carolyn’s longstanding clients) who always had a classy hairdo!  There is no doubt how or why we made a solid connection. We both describe the other as being of like-mindedness.

Upon awakening this morning,  I quickly realized it is hair appointment day and my thoughts go something like this, “I get to spend  time with Carolyn today.  Yay!!”  I felt instantly energized.  It set the tone for my day.  What is interesting and fun is that Carolyn has shared with me that she feels the same way.  Carolyn has shared with me that on the days that she opens her appointment book and sees my name written on the page, she thinks, “Daphne is coming in today, this is going to be a good day!”  Isn’t this absolutely awesome? People bringing joy into one another’s lives by just showing up and being their true selves with no hidden agendas, no masks to hide behind and simply celebrating one another’s uniqueness.  What is there not to love about this?

Each one of us are a unique gift to this universe.  Our challenge is to see one another through the lens of unconditional love from a place of inner peace and joy; to create safe places for our lights to shine  brightly.  Yes, this has been a very good day!  I am truly grateful and thankful for the personal and professional relationship I have developed with Carolyn Cobb.  Carolyn possesses an inner and outer beauty; her unique light shines brightly.  She is a star!  If you ever get the chance to meet this marvellous lady, you will find that she is living her passion, she loves the work she is doing and the people whom she serves, because of this, she is living a life she loves.

P.S.  We give each other a Qigong (heart to heart) hug upon greeting one another and as we bid each other a farewell. I have been told by a Qigong Master that  8 hugs a day help us to balance our life energy. Give somebody you know a hug for health today.

 

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Quote – Happiness

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

― Osho, Everyday Osho: 365 Daily Meditations for the Here and Now

What Makes You Happy?

I had made a connection with Leslie Bridger in recent months by attending such events as Momondays – St. John’s (hosted by Barry Lewis Greene and Joel Sweeney) and events organized by “I Am Genie” (hosted by Joshua Dawson and Ingrid Thornhill).  I am so grateful for having made a connection with a growing community of like-minded people who live in and around the greater St. John’s area.

It was at last month’s Momondays event (held at Yuk Yuk’s – Uptown in St. John’s, Newfoundland) when Leslie asked me,  “So what makes you happy Daphne?” To which I quickly responded “It is the little things that make me happy. ‘Being’ here (meaning at MoMondays) makes me happy.”  I like being surrounded by like-minded people who raise one another up as they share stories about who they are, their life’s journey, lessons learned and how they have grown to create better lives for themselves, their families and/or the communities they serve.

Like many others,  I use to think the next big job, a new home, a fancier car would bring me happiness but these days it is all about the little things.  I have come to learn that at some point in time we awaken to the fact that we have all been conditioned (some refer to it as being brainwashed) to believe that we need to acquire many things in order to feel a sense of accomplishment in our lives.  Like a child on Christmas Day, our intrigue in the next new thing creates a level of excitement for a short while; yet these feelings often quickly subside the moment we see the next new thing our friends, colleagues or neighbours have acquired.

I have learned that happiness does not come from the next big purchase or from someone else or something outside of me. Happiness is an inside out job; it is up to me to make decisions and take actions that make me happy. It is up to me to observe my thoughts and reflect upon my behavior to determine whether I am going to serve up greater light or darkness in our universe.

Yes, happiness is all about experiencing the little things that show up in this very moment and being present to receive them. For me, it  can be as simple as taking a mindful walk in nature with my dog, watching as one single bright yellow leaf falls from a tree and gently floats to the ground, listening as birds sing their unique songs, watching as a cat hides in the woods preparing to attack my little dog, Misty; listening to the sound of the river flowing alongside the path I am walking on.  During these mindful walks I am often inspired to write a blog or a poem or to create a meal for my family and friends. This is happiness and peace on earth for me.

I am very blessed to live in a peaceful province (Newfoundland and Labrador) and for aligning myself with a marvellous community of like-minded, mindful and peaceful people.

What makes you happy?

Thank you Leslie, for being the inspiration for today’s blog post.

The Wizard of Awe – Leslie Bridger