Three small words. Three big tasks.
Live for today. Live in the now. Live with myself. Live in myself and accept my whole self for who I am. Sometimes living is just about breathing, and we breath every few seconds of every minute of every day. How we live is our choice. To live in this present moment can sometimes be a real challenge. trying to let go of all the thoughts and worries about later today or tomorrow. I know I am not always going to be living in the present moment, but when I do become aware that I am off thinking and worrying about the future, I stop, take a breath and focus on exactly what I am doing right now and find one part of it that I can be grateful for.
Laugh. The challenge here is have a good laugh without putting someone else down. to laugh with people not at them. I was sitting listening to two children in my class at school. They were talking about Friendship Week, and all the reminders about how we can be good friends to one another. One of the reminders was to not put people down, but to respect them. One boy said to the other, "Does that mean we can't laugh when someone falls in the yard?" Simple and they got it.
Love. To love is to accept. I do a Circle Dance to the Pacebel Canon. The dance has a specific hand hold. First the left hand is placed on our own hearts. Before we can reach out to another, we first reach in and touch our own hearts. We hold ourselves in compassion and love. Accepting ourselves for who we are. Be the compassion that we are for others but first with ourselves. This is a tough one. Then we can reach out and be that compassionate presence for another. We can truly love another unconditionally when we have loved ourselves with all our failings.
This is what comes to me when I think of these three words. What comes to you?