What Truly Matters

You are standing on a sports field with a line of strangers. The grass is just mowed, damp from the morning rain. Gnats are gathering at your ankles, and the sun is shining on your back. The warmth leaves a trickle of sweat down your shirt, but you stay still, listening to the man before you.

“Take a step forward,” the man calls, standing bald and boxy at 5’11. “For every time you said ‘good’ when someone asked how you were doing this week.”

For those of you at home, count your steps in deep breaths.

 “And take a step forward,” he continues, “for every time you tried to hide your tired eyes in skin-colored makeup.”

You listen, and respond with a step.

“Take another step for every moment this week that didn’t go as you planned.”

You walk and walk, until you are circling back across the field.

“And reach your arms to your body in a hug for every time things went their own way, and you followed that new track.”

Chances are, you are not the only one standing in self-embrace at this moment. Chances are, you are not the only one with your arms still at your side. Chances are, where you stand at this moment doesn’t matter. But it’s easy to forget, in seeing where others stand, that this is really the case. We look out for comparison. Are we good? Are we right? Are we keeping up with the pack? We look down at ourselves to see what could be different, perhaps better. We wonder how all of our decisions amounted to this present state. Could we have decided differently?

And we get stuck in a cycle of self-doubt.

If only I were different. If only I knew then what I know now. If only. If only.

If only we would stop! And see that where we are is okay. Because this is what is. This is reality. No, it’s not the same as our neighbor’s reality. And often, it’s not where we hoped we would be at this time in our lives. But oh, boy, is our reality filled with opportunity!

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You lost someone from your life?

Okay. It happened, and now you have a chance to be that energy and strength for yourself.

You faced a roadblock in your job?

Fantastic! The hard part is over, and now you can really, truly grow. Real fulfillment comes from challenge and perseverance anyways!

The reality is, when we get lost in doubt, comparisons, cycles of what ifs, we forget what truly matters: We are powerless. The world, the people around us are not ours to control. AND, in the absence of control, we can find the strength to let life change course, and to still choose to move forward.

So take a deep breath with me, and look into a mirror. Notice your eyes, the authenticity coming from beneath that mask we so often wear. And say aloud – yes, aloud! – “I am powerless, AND I have such strength.”

You are here. And here is good, because here and now is simply what is.

 

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Find a splendid way to get lost in the moment!

Today I Love…

Getting lost in the moment of drilling! What is your splendid way to get lost in the moment? Write it. Share it. Embrace it this next moment!

Today, I love drilling ivory. I love watching the beige tusk spin out from a millimeter of depth. How it rolls and collides in a dance of freedom. I love creating that freedom. And I love taking a deep inhale through my yellow mask, breathing in the burning ivory. I love the scent of burning ivory – like the gift of fresh-baked scone. And I love that the ivory burns less every day.

Today, I love remembering. I love wondering how it felt to first hold the drill. Not too long ago. The day when my hand first met metal. I remember, how I was so clumsy. And I love that I was so clumsy! My lines skidding into a path of improvement. I love that I can see such improvement.

Today, I love finding balance, my fingers resting steady, guiding my drill no deeper than dentin. I love the softness of dentin, and how I can create such precision with my hands. And I love that I now know where to place my fingers, when only two weeks ago, I did not. Today, I love learning, and I love how the challenge of the experience becomes just an afterthought.

Today, I love the serenity in the moments surrounding afterthoughts.

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© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Today, I Love Contemplating Patience

Today, I Love April 20, 2017

A meditation inspired by Kelly Babcock and thishumanlifemanifested.blogspot.com.
Today, I love cool mornings. I love the damp look in the air and moist splash of the grass. I love watching the coolness from the my bedroom window, my legs tucked under the embrace of a yellow throw. I love the warmth of my yellow throw, and how only just recently I realized how much love there is in this world. With every person reaching to embrace. And every inanimate object personified to care. I love watching my inanimate world care, the mug just kind enough to hold the warm tea.
 
Today, I love cupping my fingers across my blue mug. Damp with heat. And holding them there. I love knowing my mug isn’t patient. It has no timeline. But it’s practical, and realistic. I love watching realism startle my nostrils with steam. 
 
Today, I love contemplating patience. I love knowing that patience isn’t secrecy but tolerance – telling the truth, and holding it there. I love patiently holding the phone without words, just to say that “I miss you.” And I love that I can miss you, and go on. And I don’t have to even tell you; because you know. Today, I love how much you know. And I love how I still love you.
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© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Awakening to Love

A beautiful blogger and inspiring friend began a practice of daily gratitude in the reflection of Kelly Babcock’s meditations. And did I mention the word ‘inspired’?!

We all experience so much business and busyness in our lives. Many of us live off a to-do list and a vision of the future. Eventually, we forget why we are still running!

So today, let’s remember. Today, let’s pause and put away the to-do list. Let’s appreciate what is beautiful in this very moment and let’s give the present its due time. Today, let’s follow the inspiring lead of a friend and a blogger, and let’s begin our own practice – however it seems fit for you – from a mindset of mindfulness and gratitude.

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April 18, 2017*

Today, I love waking to the sleep in my eyes, letting it hold me in stillness for a second longer. I love stretching back my arms, and feeling my hand against the wall. I love the walls of my room, how softly they’re painted yellow. And how they turn and bend at the strangest of angles. I love lifting my head, and seeing the white of the fireplace. I love that the fireplace doesn’t work, but that it holds treasures – because I always forget what I throw in there. Today, I love feeling the cool hardwood against my toes, and feeling the cracks in the hundred year old floor. And I love how the cool floor brings out the warm kiss of the room. I love the humidity. I love how mother nature fights with my need to feel ‘pretty,’ just curling my hair to be ‘natural.’ I love turning back to the bed, and seeing the bedsheets slide off. But doing nothing about it. I love that they’ll wait tossled until I’m ready. Today, I love taking a bite of a bagel even though it’s still Passover. I love knowing that I don’t even have to think about the ‘rules’ anymore, that I only think about my health. I love that Judaism bows to my health. Today I love writing while contemplating comedy.

*Don’t mind the date. Responsibility happened ♥

Are you ready to take the TODAY I LOVE challenge? Comment or share on your own blog when you feel inspired.

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Making Headlines

I’m so honored and thrilled to see my latest Huffington Post articles hit dental news! Now that’s a great Friday feeling 🤗

You can find tips for making toothbrushing fun for the family by CLICKING HERE, and you can find the video HERE.

You can find tips to manage dental anxiety by CLICKING HERE, and you can find the video HERE.

Happy reading and healthy smiling this beautiful Friday!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Let Life Guide You Here

Are you stuck in a rut?

                                             Always driving the same streets?

Looking for some inspiration?

Do you love Ed Sheeran?

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CLICK HERE to check out my latest article on Thought Catalog.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the magical destination of Someplace Else ♥

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.