I've been a divided in what to do for my E post. My first idea was “Enjoy.” Years ago, I read Steven Covey's classic “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and he had an anecdote about his kid on a baseball team He was fumbling badly, and Mr. Covey was trying to flex his Performance Coach skills on him, to no avail. All involved were just getting more frustrated. After some soul-searching, Covey changed his tack, and realized that he was trying too hard. He decided to just enjoy his child for who he was. The child has flourished, and grown in his own right, into he's supposed to be, not what his parents would script for him.
Since then, I've tried hard to appreciate my loved ones without expectations. As a parent (about 12 years later), it's struck home. Fortunately, I have a baby who's just delightful, and we can giggle together a-plenty! Perhaps the next one will be more moody, but today, I can just talk nonsense to her, and watch her light up! She also loves to be sung to – yesterday, I was called the “Coolest Dad Ever” for singing Deftones and Rage Against The Machine to her. (I was showing-off, just a little)
My other idEa (cute) was Energy. I was struck many years ago to learn that it's what we're made of. As our technology gets better, we've seen that when we look past the cells that we're made of, past the atoms and molecules, the stuff that we're made of isn't very solid. In fact, it will alternate between particles (matter) and waves (energy). I haven't the time (or the education) to explore the MASSIVE ramifications of this, but what comes to mind first, is that Energy Never Dies (not a huge Black Eyed Peas fan, but they did say it really well!), it is transformed! And that can really do a number on your fear of death – it doesn't happen! But now I'm mixing science with belief. Fortunately, they finally seem to be in accord. Through this challenge, I've found a Blog that explored this better :http://stephentremp.blogspot.com/ Enjoy!