Just thought I would check back in here to record the effects of today’s “be happy” plan. This day has brought me many things, among them a new mantra: Good things come to those who smile.
Today was one of the best days I’ve had in a while. Nothing monumental happened; there were many tough rehearsals and stinky pointe shoes and all that (ballet) jazz. But something felt so different. I was smiling, happy, energetic- three words that could not have been further from describing me yesterday. This difference, I now realize, came from me. It wasn’t some kind of huge spiritual awakening, or centering of my “qi” (though I am still working on it, ahem, take-home-needles-permanently-stuffed-into-my-hand/back/ear- I’m talking to you), no, it was much simpler than that. All it took was a smile. Today I decided to smile when my alarm went off too early, when I rushed to take all of my many new herb supplements (more perks of acupuncture, weeee), spilt hot tea on my hand, did my first plie of the day, put on the aforementioned stinky pointe shoes, got my bum kicked in rehearsal for Enroulment, did one too many pas de chats en pointe during fairy rehearsal- all of it. I smiled all day, and you know what? The day smiled back.
PS- If you’re in the New England area, come out to see how well my acupuncture/smiling tactics have been working in this weekend’s performance of Up Close On Hope!
*photo by A. Cemal Ekin, pictured are Ruth Whitney and Alan Alberto in Unexpected, from last weekend’s Up Close