Oct 27

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A good influence

I’ve gotten emails from people over the last days asking if everything is all right. Yes, everything is fine and I am grateful for your concern.

Mr. Blue Eyes has been here with me for the past month and he is in the final days of his visit, so I am spending every available moment with him.  However, that is not an excuse for ignoring the commitment I set for myself here at The Miracle Journal.

So here goes…tonight I simply marvel at the magnificence of this man and the joy he is bringing to my life. He is such a good influence on me and I feel different with him.

He is a quiet, gentle and contemplative man. I manifest each of these qualities as well, but in ways that are extremely different. For me, each of them are transitory states of being. For him, they are the make up of his soul.

I'm astounded that he doesn't know who these guys are!!!!

He does not watch television (which creates an extremely repetitive conversation each time I say to him, “Did you see…?” because the answer is pretty much always no. Which is mostly okay with me – except in the case of The Muppets.  How is it okay that he’s NEVER SEEN THE MUPPET SHOW?!?!?!)

Anyway…the point was that for the last month I haven’t watched television. At all. And I haven’t missed it.  There has been something so much sweeter and more wonderful to focus my attention on, and I’ve been happy to do so.  It helps me to see that I use television as a time and attention-filler. Which isn’t necessarily always a bad thing – especially since my life has been spent in entertainment and it gives me a lot of joy – but I don’t need to watch nearly as much as I have. I can put limits on it and still be perfectly happy.

I’ve started thinking about how I will fill my time and attention as winter settles in and he heads home.  I’ve made a couple of inquiries about activities I’d like to be involved in.  I’m waiting to see if a big project, which will take a lot of time and attention, is destined to be.  I’ve made the first step toward finding someone to do PR and marketing for my workshops (and I truly believe the adage that when you take one step, the universe takes 10 steps to meet you.)

None of which means that I’ll miss him any less.  But all of which means that I’ll be in a stronger place to cope with missing him and live my life with joy and fulfillment during the time that we’re apart.

And I actually think that’s pretty darn healthy.

PS – If you suddenly have a desire to get your fill of The Muppets, watch this.  I just did and laughed myself silly once again.  🙂  (Click here if you can’t view it in your browser.)


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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Debra

    So glad you are happy, and SO GLAD you share my love of the muppets!! I am not embarrassed to say I bought Season 1 and plan to get the whole collection, as well as FRAGGLE ROCK (loved it and had a cat named Doozer)…..great post tonight LC 🙂

  2. Lisa LaPlante

    I LOVE THE MUPPETS!!!!! Jim Henson is one of my life’s Mentors and “idols” if I were to allow myself to have an idol.

    Kermit was actually the uniting force that brought my brother-in-law and my sister together.

    “the Hood” rocks! (the neighborhood that is…)

    I think it may be a very joyful thing for you to slowly introduce MBE to the world of Muppet and Henson. =) What a gift that is to share.


  3. Michael Thompson

    This is kind-of freaky; last night I was listening to the CBC (Canadian version of NPR); the show was “The Q” a very good current events/entertainment show; the host, Jian Ghomeshi, is interviewing Jason Segel about the new Muppet Movie (sort of) – here’s the link -http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Radio/Q/Full_Episodes/1475592661/ID=2161229281 – skip forward to the 26 minute mark for the (very good) interview that I’m refering to.

  4. Anna Rose

    Actually, I think it’s wonderful that the only apparent critical flaw in this man is something that you can easily fix. I mean, how many relationships can be back on even footing after half an hour of a 20-year-old “sitcom”?

    There are always things we can’t and shouldn’t “fix” about our partners – and women are particularly bad about recognizing that. However, you are one of the blessed few who can, and SHOULD!


    PS Keep him away from those Fraggles…they’ll just warp him.

  5. Michael Thompson

    Check this out 🙂 http://youtu.be/V2NuFwDqRno

  6. Leah Carey

    I love it Michael! 🙂

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