Freedom to Respond Instead of Reacting

Frankl Response Freedom

What an inspiring statement! Being free to choose the next step and to create something positive no matter the stimulus in our life is the essence of what it means to be human, aware, and a force for kindness in the world. In choosing to react in a way that inspires others and keeps us focused on a positive outcome for everyone involved, we are not only improving our own lives, but we are also literally making the world a better place, one interaction at a time. We can stop the snowball of negative responses and express a willingness to receive and enact something better and more affirming. This is key to manifesting happiness, abundance, and opportunity in our lives.

What’s more, when we stop to pause, we permit the possibility of a more positive, new perspective of the situation. At the exact moment we receive the stimulus (such as information, a feeling, something breaking, pain, etc.), we may not be able to see another view or a way out, but the time we take to consider can allow us to receive a new view. Take those moments to walk, pray, look at something beautiful, create, read poetry, light a candle, whatever inspires you. Focus on something positive and give yourself a moment to receive what you need to see the benefit in a situation. Those moments are not only a gift for yourself, but for those around you as well, because they help us to manifest what we truly want.

I hope everyone chooses a positive way today. Even if that path should lead you through some piles of sodden snow, may it lead you to a place of peace, happiness, and inspiration.

Purple Egg Deer

St. Patrick’s Day, Green Beer, and the Fairies

We’re all Irish for one day.

Many of us share in rituals that show our love and support for the Celtic community, such as drinking green beer, attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or even dying our hair green.  The same zest for life, stewardship of nature, and boundless joy that we celebrate on March 17th also comes through in the Irish belief in the fairies. No, I’m not talking about fabulous, flamboyant men in sparkly shirts– I mean the tiny little people with wings who according to Celtic folk belief take care of the environment, our animals, and our homes.

Also known as the “Little Folk” or the “Good People,” the fairies offer an inspiring antidote to this era of electronic isolation and cubicle living.  The great Irish poet, W.B. Yeats captured the joyful nature of the fairy folk in his words:

“Come fairies Take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you
Upon the wind and dance
Upon the mountains like a flame.”

We as busy, worried adults can take a lesson from the kids who recognize the value and wonder of the fairies. Through a connection to the beauty and joy around us, we feel better, and we get in touch with our childlike hope for the future. The concept of the fairies is a powerful reminder that worry does not help to improve any situation, and through excitement for life and nature, we can tap into a powerful vision of healing and abundance in our lives.  The positive energy we experience in drawing inspiration from the fairies helps us to bring about happy changes in our life. Happiness, play, and wonder are not only good for children– they are important for adults, too.

Their ecological mission to care for the planet is a powerful part of their message: in order to keep enjoying the beauty of the environment, we have to do our part to protect and preserve the world we live in. It is an investment in the future and in our current comfort and happiness. Besides, the grass feels good on your feet.


My friend Barbara dressed up as a fairy princess.

My friend Barbara dressed as a fairy princess.