#340 Feeling it in your bones

Born and blasted into the world you’re a baby brain with wide eyes, chubby legs, and cloudy thoughts. Mom lifts you and picks you, eyes open and close, and fogs rise and settle. Tears stream and faces scream as your swirling brain twists and turns into thoughts…

Nothing makes sense till it does.

Nothing feels right till it does.

Chalk raps on blackboards beside times tables, language stirs sounds into sentences, and stories send you flying into faraway worlds. Book reports and homework inspections, chemistry labs and biology dissections, all fill your spinning brain with numbers and theories and thoughts…

Nothing makes sense till it does.

Nothing feels right till it does.

Teenage sleepovers and late night walks, summertime camps and suppertime talks, keep expanding your mind and your understanding of the world. First kisses and first touches, first fights and first blushes, all fill your heart with dreams, expand your brain’s book shelf, and get you thinking about a life below the surface of yourself.

Nothing makes sense till it does.

Nothing feels right till it does.

But … sometimes challenging lectures or scattering friends, confusing debates without exams at the end, can frighten your mind and scare dreams away, can frighten your life and trade tomorrows for todays. Family pressures and social graces, broken promises from trusted faces, could suddenly swirl you upside down and scatter your mind or dim your heart…

When nothing makes sense …

… … When nothing feels right …

… … … … When it gets scary to realize…

… … … … … … There are no instructions in life…

That’s when it’s time to stop, it’s time to think, it’s time to pause, it’s time to blink. When you hit the end of the year open your eyes and look behind you. When you hit the end of the year open your eyes and look inside you.

Because today you’re right here …

… … And there’s so far to go …

… … … … And today there’s still fear …

… … … … … … But there’s only one way to know …

Feel it in your bones, feel it in your bones, feel it in your bones.

Feel your bones to move forward, feel your bones to move on, feel your bones to forget, feel your bones to carry on… just feel your bones to say you’re sorry, feel your bones to show you care, feel your bones to choose tomorrow, and feel those bones to get you there.

Because when your world sorts itself out, when your head moves aside, when your heart thumps up front, when that blood bubbles inside, well that’s when you know, that’s when you see, that’s when you finally become … what you were meant to be.

So whatever you’re thinking about today …. stop trying to choose and choose. Whatever you’re searching for today … just look inside for clues. Yes, whatever you’re thinking about … just stop and feel instead. Cause when you feel it in your bones you can smile and forget your head.

Nothing makes sense till it does.

Nothing feels right till it does.

Nothing makes sense till you feel it.

Nothing feels right till you know.

AWESOME!

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Thanks sincerely for reading and happy new year!

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101 thoughts on “#340 Feeling it in your bones

  1. These beautiful words of wisdom are something I will hold near to my heart as I move through 2011, which is bound to be a year of great change. Thank you for this amazing post.

  2. You are right on. I am a logical and analytical thinker, most big decisions involve spreadsheets (yes, my wife gives me a hard time). This year I had two big decisions that I did not have time to fully analyze, but in the compressed time frame I could find no logical reason not to say Yes. However, my gut told me No. I said Yes because analysis always comes thru for me eventually; I’m 40 and don’t know how to listen to my bones. Now I’m stuck with a few big, permanent burdens, and am having trouble moving on from not listening to my gut. In 2010, I learned I need to look “inside for clues” and “just stop and feel instead”, and respect that answer.

    So this is perfect. And written very well. Thank you.

  3. Your book is so “Awesome.” Ha… My wife just bought it for me for christmas. We have started a blog which was inspired, in a way, by this. Come visit it. It is called “Bystanding 1000 befuddlements.” It is 1000 interesting quirks and oddity’s that we find or have seen throughout our lives. Some are really funny to ponder.

    Come visit our blog too.

  4. Your book is so “Awesome.” My wife bought it for me for christmas. We have started a blog which was inspired, in a way, by this. Come visit it. It is called “Bystanding 1000 befuddlements.” It is 1000 interesting quirks and oddity’s that we find or have seen throughout our lives. Some are really funny to ponder.

    Come visit our blog too.

  5. Wow. I read this on new years day and it spoke to me so much. I can’t express how those were the EXACT words I needed to hear. I made me feel wholesome unlike I had in a long time.
    I love the ‘there are no instructions to life.’ We are all just clueless people thrown into the life and wandering.
    this post was AWESOME!

  6. This is beautiful! What a inspiration! Thanks Gretchen Rubin from The Happiness Project for sharing this awesome blog! I will be checking back daily!

  7. Just Brilliant! Found you via an email from TED today, watched your talk. Concise, funny, poignant, true, a very entertaining view.
    You should be proud of what you have achieved, the blog, the book and how they were conceived,
    It just proves the point that if you don’t lose your focus, a positive attitude is a good one for all of us!
    Warm Wishes
    SundayL

  8. My God, this post is ME, and my confusing journey over the last couple years, since university – being lost then found, lost then found, over and over again. What a beautiful peice of writing, thank you for sharing!

  9. Hello from India,

    Thanks for the wonderful post! I am yet to read your other posts and know about you. But this single post has made my day. Going through a not so good time in life, you just cheered me up. Keep up the good work of spreading the joy & positivity : )

    Regards,
    Carol

  10. These words moved me so much I had to write this. Thank you for doing this. I think it was meant to be that I read this at this exact moment. Some things just work that way.
    Thank you :)

  11. Reading this made me cry…I’ve planned my entire life around my ex-boyfriend. Literally, planned it all (almost had to bc of the army)
    And 3 months later, i’m still coping because I have no plans for my life and it scares me. John told me that I needed to be more spontaneous, and i’m working on it. But #340 really touched my heart. I had to reread it because every word just made my life seem a little bit better and less painful. John was my feeling in the bones.

    1. Cynthia, I hope you receive this.
      I’ve had a John, or two. You are not alone, most people have, I think?!*
      A friend gave me a book titled, “How to survive the loss of a love,”
      by Melba Colgrove PH.D., Harold Bloomfield M.D. and Peter McWilliams.
      This is full of wonderful healing poems and tools, how to take care of yourself, nourish self with colourful fruits and vegies; fill your space with life, like a new plant, (not flowers, they die and enforce the loss). Get fresh air, even from a window! Touch the earth, by the water, in a park and take in the sounds the sun rises every day- even throught he clouds, bask in it:)
      “Are you missing the love, or the dream that never really was?”
      Remember to blast great tunes like Annie Lennox “Better to have lost in love than never to have loved at all.”
      The Beatles, “Hey Jude” and dance, dance, dance!!!
      Abba, “Chickatita,” music is so healing.
      Build a new life, one breath, one moment, one day…one mindfully awesome awareness at a time.

  12. This just made my bad week alot better. Definitely one of my favorite posts. Thanks for the encouraging words :)

  13. Been feeling a whole lot of shaking going on.
    Been needing some Beatles, “HELP!”
    Been too afraid to ask.
    Been thinking worthless and pointless thoughts.
    Been in the head and it hurts in the heart.
    Thanks for the kick in the but-t; the reminder, I’ll read time and time again.
    Best get into my bones, get my “GO-GO Boots” and carry on, up the path of least resistance with a select formed committee and team cheerleaders auspicious. This is life saving and sustaining.
    Feeling it in my bones…and thank you for this other world place to go.

  14. Wow. Nearly one year and i finally caught up! Still have the bruise from the back yard ice rink on my hip~ still Feel it in my bones<3
    "Winter is here, best time of year, come on along sing a skating song.
    First on the ice we go slipping and sliding and then we fall down and go merrily gliding. Now slipping and sliding are graceful and gliding so come sing and skate along!"

  15. this is great! stumbled on this site when I searched for ‘feeling in your bones’… coz I was trying… hoping there’d be some sort of explanation how it happens when you get that feeling in your bones… especially coz I consistently get that when a certain memory flashes in my head…
    well, I guess it’s true
    ‘nothing makes sense till it does…
    and nothing does feel right till it does..’

  16. I was at 363 awesomes streak but since there was a time change it messed up and went back to 1. Today was supposed to be 364 I was so close to 365 awesomes.

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