On yesterday’s Challenge, Susan M wrote something that I think is really interesting and pretty important:
“Today was a jam packed day. Not any “driveway moments” today to sit and ponder. But just having this intention and practicing mindfulness has initiated an underground shift in me. It is coming more easily and naturally. Today I found myself to be much more attentive to each person I interacted with. That felt so good.”
I recognize what she’s talking about and I wonder if you do as well. The first week of this process I was completely aware of it throughout the day, finding all sorts of things to pay attention to and ooh and aah over. In this second week, that sense of wonder and every-moment engagement has faded, but there is a difference in the underlying feeling about my finances. Not that it’s solved or the stress has completely faded. But there’s an “underground shift”, as Susan M put it, toward a sense of hope and optimism that I’ve never had before.
I think both phases are valuable. It might make identifying the specific daily miracles a little more challenging in this phase, but it’s the shift in attitude that IS the miracle.
And I expect that there will be another phase that will show up soon, too. Something that I don’t even know to expect yet. I wonder what it will be?
Hey guys – we’re almost half way done! I hope you’re feeling great about the work that you’ve done so far. And if you’ve missed a bunch of days or haven’t started yet but think you might want to, we’re ready and willing to cheer you on! There’s nothing stopping you – you can start posting today! Information is here.