Have you seen that commercial for an office store where you can hit the “easy” button and then voila`, all is solved? Believe me I have come up with a thousand uses for such a magical disk of red plastic; from the simplest of tasks to world peace.
Hit the easy button and a beautiful, organic, fresh dinner appears on my newly built deck that all of my children will love so there isn’t a single whimper at the table.
Hit the easy button and the cancers are cured and millions can take a big deep breath.
Hit the easy button and the smelly, filthy boy laundry is done, folded and put away.
Hit the easy button and my distinctive artist statement is well written telling my love and need of painting without sounding completely cheesy.
Hit the easy button and equality for all is a reality and a normal way of life, end of story.
and on and on.
But we have to go through it.
We have to learn, expand, and open. We have to cry and laugh and even rage through the uncertainty and fears. We have to learn to trust in those we love and who love us back. We have to open up to the support that is all around us. And we have to expand beyond our boundaries to create new opportunities to share with and validate others, even in the midst of impossible days. Going through it, whatever it may be, connects us.
Last week was so surreal for so many reasons. Nationally, locally, and personally. Extreme highs and lows. It was hard to find and clarity and stability. But what I realized is that there are easy buttons all over the place if you are willing to see them.
In a moment of anger, there is a lipstick (easy button) to write on the mirror to say “I am sorry.” making room for forgiveness. Pretty easy.
In a moment of exhaustion, a snow storm (easy button) dumps and a much needed lazy and joyful day becomes guilt free and easy.
When life is spinning and it is impossible to sit still but not able to really focus, cleaning out and purging all of the stuff in the storage room becomes easy.
Coming home to a plastic pink flamingo in the front yard… is an awesome easy button for pure silliness and JOY!
To dropping off boys at school after 6 days of being home and then escorted home by a beautiful golden eagle… AH!!!! Beautiful and stunning easy button for awe and perspective.
It is my hibiscus plant finally blooming when I am itching for spring and a colorful garden again.
What are easy buttons can you find today?