Posts tagged ‘whelmed’

Return of the Blog Posts

(Reminder that it is Sharon who writes the blog.)

Apologies to those of you (if there are any of you!) who look for new posts here for the long delay.  We–my husband Kevin and I–had the joy of welcoming a new baby into our lives on December 1st.  This baby has come to us via foster care, so his arrival was totally unplanned and unexpected, and most welcome.

So, I have been caught up in mothering an infant son without the usual gestation and preparation time.  It’s been lovely and (over)whelming (see previous post on whelmed).

Our foster son starts daycare tomorrow, so I am hopeful that this week marks the return of a more regular routine for our household, and my more regular routine to blogging.

During our intake with the daycare people, the daycare provider asked the questions I expected of her, about his daily routine now, how we know he is hungry, tired, and so forth.  Then, she asked me a question that caused me to pause–what are the qualities that you admire in him?

Now, here is he, a little ten-week old baby who I loved the moment I saw him in his hospital bassinet.  At the moment she asked the question, I was holding him in my arms, literally close to my heart.

“Of course I love him,” was my first thought.  “He’s an adorable baby!”  But then I paused, and stepped back, and thought about her question.

To name the qualities of those we love, those who are closest to us, is something different than simply loving them.  When we are so close to another–whether it is our spouse, our children, our brother or sister, our best friend–we can get so close that we stop seeing the specific qualities that we first fell in love with, that we admire, that keep us close.

Her question forced me to stop, to pause, to feel the weight of him in my arms, the love of him in my heart, and to name those qualities that I most admire.  In naming those qualities, I experienced my love of him that much more fully.  Understood it a bit more.

I’m working with that question in my own heart and my own life this week.  What are the qualities I admire in those around me, those who are closest to me?  When I name the qualities I admire–in my foster son, it is his steadfastness and his sweetness–I can feel my own heart grow just a bit more.

Thanks to everyone for your loving support on our journey.

Namaste.

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February 7, 2011 at 10:22 am 1 comment

I am whelmed.

My husband and I love to listen to Car Talk on the radio.  I know this is a divisive issue–I’ve yet to meet someone who is neutral about the snorting laughter and general silliness.  However, I have learned a lot about cars listening to them, and I love the snorts.

Whatever you may think of them aside, I do recall one show in which they read a story (probably submitted by a reader and certainly not an original), that took words like “disheveled” and “overwhelmed” and used their roots (as if they had them): sheveled, whelmed, and many others I’ve forgotten.

In this season, with so much movement, travel, and bustle, it is easy for me, and I think many others, to become overwhelmed.  Days that are busiest or that I feel most frenzied for whatever reason, I try to imagine myself being “whelmed.”

What would this day feel like if I were taking in every moment fully, as I take in deep breaths of cold, wintery air?  What would this moment feel like if I stayed fully present to my breath, to myself, and fully present to the experience around me?

What would it feel like to experience the wonder, the excitement that comes with overwhelmed, but stay whelmed–fully present to the moment, overcome by nothing, ever aware of my breath, of myself?

Good luck and good cheer as you move through December and into the new year.  If you are shopping for gifts for anyone, please remember to check the uppup yoga store for wonderful, wearable gifts for women, men, children and babies, including new sizes and a new color for children.

December 8, 2010 at 7:41 am 2 comments


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