Where were you during the Eclipse of 2017?
I was in Wyoming in an area where the eclipse was predicted to be 98%. I thought 98% was pretty good. I mean really, how much better could 2% more be?
I wasn’t going to drive 2 ½ hours in the crazy traffic for a measly 2%.
I was close enough to Totality!
Sitting on a chair in front of my house, glasses on I was ready for the experience. Just as predicted – the temperature dropped, crickets began chirping, the light dimmed as if a huge thunder cloud was hovering above – and yet, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
Watching through my glasses the sun and the moon came together for a brief moment as if brushing a kiss on the other’s cheek.
The Eclipse of 2017 had come and gone.
It was interesting. Cool. An experience.
I thought 98% was good enough.
Totality had become the buzz word.
I thought maybe it had been over used.
I thought it had been given too much emphasis – too much importance.
And then, I heard the stories.
The stories of what it was like in the areas of “Totality.”
The complete darkness.
The halo ring that could be seen circling the horizon.
The flowers quickly closing as if it were night and then opening moments later.
The tears, the emotions, the impact.
It was a different experience than I had. There was a difference in that little 2%.
I thought more about the word –
For an eclipse totality was the brief moments when the sun and moon locked together in perfect harmony.
It’s rare. It’s quick. It’s special.
How does Totality happen in our lives? How often are we ever TOTALLY experiencing anything?
There are precious few moments that occur in life that leave a permanent imprint. An impression that is so embedded that the memory of it is clear, in color and alive as if it just happened. The entirety, the wholeness of feelings (good and sad), the fullness of joy, love, happiness…possibly ecstasy.
The ones we may agree on are the moments we held our newborn for the first time.
The moment we said, “I DO,” promised our love and had love promised to us.
Holding a loved one’s hand as they slip to the other side of life when the overwhelming grief is tempered only by the undeniable power of the moment.
How can we create “Totality?”
How can we fully and mindfully engage the total feeling of emotion more often?
When your two-year-old lays on the ground in awe of a bug they have never seen before, lay down with him. Join in the Totality of wonder that comes from seeing something for the first time.
When your teenager hints that they need to talk. Shut off the television, put away your cell phone, let dinner wait – sit eye to eye and knee to knee to experience the Totality of a rare conversation with your child.
When your aging parent wants to tell you a story of their life from years ago – even if it is one you have heard many times – listen. Dive into the Totality of a moment that you may never have the opportunity to enjoy again.
Be aware of life’s precious moments.
Create permanent imprints.
Get up early to see the sun rise.
Watch it fall into the horizon as the day ends.
Soak in the magnificence of the ocean and breathe in the majestic air of the mountains. Play with a puppy.
Eat the pie.
Serve the poor at a soup kitchen.
Hold hands that need to be held and let go of the ones that need to explore.
Speak love, share love, BE love.
Do it all with the wholeness of your being and the entirety of your soul.
Do it ALL in the space of TOTALITY.
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Pennie’s Life Lesson:
“Live life at 100%. Bring the entirety of your soul and being to everything you do. Live in the space of TOTALITY!”
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