What happened this weekend was a great example of what it looks like for me to live my life in alignment.
Living in alignment with our true selves has been a regular topic of discussion in the Walker household of late.
Alignment means/goes somewhat like this:
- Does this feel in sync with my inner constitution? Such as, does this feel like the me that inherently am? Or am I doing this for someone else or for some other shallow reason (ie, for the sake of earning money or impressing someone)?
- Does this make me feel alive or dead? (does it light my fire or throw a big ‘ole water bucket on it)
- Does this follow the same path that my goals follow? Or will it take me off track, leading me away from my goals?
You get the point.
We believe we will be happier and healthier if we love life more, hate life less, and stay “on course” with out goals.
So getting back to this weekend…
Saturday: Valley Family Visit
Joe and Andrea Valley get my big fat stamp of approval!
Awesome people. Totally living in alignment. Friends for life.
Andrea and I made dinner while Joe, Eric and the kiddos ran around the house like and played crazy music on the keyboard.
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Sunday: My first guitar show in a LONG time.
I call this living in alignment because I love playing the guitar. It’s a part of who I am.
But it also presented a test. I learned a lot from the experience.
See my daughter sitting up on the stage with me?
If I hadn’t allowed her to sit next to me, there would have been a major shit storm. A serious meltdown. I wouldn’t have been able to go on that stage without Ella bawling her eyes out and screaming for me to pick her up.
So I thought, you know what? This is okay. I know she’s going through a very attached time period right now.
Recognizing this, seeing the tears well up in her eyes, I asked her if she’d like to join me on stage. She happily accepted my invitation.
And so, for the 45 minutes that I played my set, Ella sat silently next to me on that bench (except for one interaction when she pointed out the huge moose that was hanging on the wall. She also handed me pick when I needed it).
Eric wore Lucan in our Ergo and took photos (yes, he rules!).
She talked about it for the rest of the night, all the way up to bedtime when I asked her what she remembered enjoying through her day – it’s one of our nighttime rituals. Ella said, “sitting next to you at Old Dog on the bench when you played your guitar!”
This is a perfect example of what I mean when I talk about living in alignment.
No, Eric was not going to take her out to the car to cry it out while I played my songs.
No, my grandmother was not going to distract her with a Shirley Temple from the bar.
My daughter sat with me on the stage and it was great. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
I am in love with my life and with creating a life that I love! This weekend was a testament to that.
How are you practicing living in alignment? Any stories to share? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!