If I’m totally honest with you, I never thought that I would ever be illustrating a point I’d like to make from 2 such contrasting examples as I’m going to attempt to do today.
Today I’d like to look at the principles of Reiki (an ancient Japanese method of healing with energy) and a song from Avenue Q (a hilariously crude musical performed by a mixture of humans and puppets). If you haven’t experienced either one of these things I highly recommend both.
I’m going to start with Avenue Q, specifically the final song “only for now”. Pop onto YouTube and have a listen, I’ll wait while you do it.
I hope you enjoyed it (it’s one of the more serious songs in the musical, if you’d like to have a bit of fun have a look at The internet is for porn, or you can be the loud as the hell you want…but do that after read my blog). The song is a lovely reminder that “except for death and paying taxes, everything in life is only for now”. Whether you’re looking at external situations, jobs, relationships, health (or ill-health) or emotions (both good and bad) it seems what Granny used to say was right “This too shall pass”.
Logically we all know this, but when you’re in the middle of something that feels terrible; pain, depression, a shit job, a cold wet winter or, as is currently the case, a heat wave, it’s easy to forget that this will come to an end…but it will.
It’s also easy to forget that things we really value, amazing friendships or relationships, good health and happiness are also temporary, we can fall into taking them for granted. Then we either spoil our enjoyment of them while it’s happening by worrying they’ll end (which they certainly will), or not considering it won’t last forever and having to deal with what feels like a killer blow when these things do end.
Reiki offers a list of principles of how to act in the world; they are lovely, and I may share them in more detail another time. Each principle begins with the phrase “Just for today…” and wow does that take the pressure off!
Just as everything external to yourself will pass, you can’t expect yourself to commit to a certain action, intention or emotion for the next 50 years. “Just for today” means you can choose afresh each morning. If you’re not currently choosing how you want to show up in the world each morning, maybe try it just for today and see what happens. If it has a good impact you can repeat it again tomorrow, if not, give something else a go.
Consider being on a diet, I know it makes me sad to think that I’m not allowed to eat a Toffee Crisp for the next 12 months, however, I’m happy to accept that just for today I’m going to give them a miss…I’ll probably be cool with that tomorrow as well.
Perhaps it makes you want to cry when you think about doing the same job you’re doing at the moment until you’re 65, but just for today you could decide to show up and find as much enjoyment in it as possible. That would certainly put a different spin on things, and probably make the day more enjoyable for you and those around you.
So, just for today take great pleasure in knowing that whatever is happening is only for now.