Life can never be lived perfectly.
It won’t always go the way you planned.
At times it can be frustrating, annoying, disappointing and painful all at the same time.
And when our world is spinning out of control we can feel our choices are limited.
But … we always get a choice … about how we respond…
It’s easy to become frustrated or beat ourselves up when things aren’t going well. We can feel justified in the way we feel, vindicated even.
That is, until we remember that we always have a choice in how we respond.
When we choose to take a different position, when we step into different actions, then
I know I’m weird because the other day I was cooking a BBQ, fooling around and using strange voices. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a neighbourhood kid in the yard steering at me with a look of part bewilderment and part horror. I asked if I was being a bit weird and she nodded slowly. “I bet your dad does weird and crazy things at home?” I inquired hoping for a favourable response.
Her face lit up as she replied “he sure does”.
“We are all weird Marama,” I replied with a smile, “we are all weird.” And with that she nodded and carried on playing with my kids.
Funny isn’t it how we can behave weirdly at home, but we conform in public and at work. For some strange reason we don’t want people to know we’re weird, even though we know that everyone is a little weird.
I wonder if life wouldn’t be a little more fun and vibrant if we weren’t weird when we’re out more often. I wonder if that wouldn’t help us break down more barriers, laugh more, and enable us to not take ourselves so seriously.
We are all weird.
Therefore… do something weird today!
I dare you!