Equanimity

A very dear friend of mine suggested I do the Wednesday word of the day.

Equanimity

–noun

mental or emotional stability or composure, esp. under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.
Synonyms: serenity, self-possession, aplomb.

Antonyms: panic, disquiet, discomposure, agitation.

Thanks to dictionary.com for this information.

I have used this word to help my son and I get through our daily life.  Because my son is 9 years old, to help him understand this concept more clearly,  I have made up my own definition, which is as follows;

Equanimity is the relationship in your life between what is happening to you and what you are doing about it.

For instance, if the back of your hand itches and you scratch it, you are demonstrating equanimity.

Doing something about it, instead of whining and waiting for someone else to fix it.

You get out of life whatever you put into it.

So whatever you focus your attention on the most will define what kind of a life you end up with.

It’s imperative to make sure you decide what kind of a life you want, and then be determined to live it.

*I have learned that focusing on someone else’s faults, quirks, habits and misbehavior is counter productive and toxic to both of you. I strive to practice kindness because ultimately it will come back to serve everyone. Find balance and others will thank you for it.*

My family and I are determined to have a happy life together.  No matter where we live, ultimately, we love each other by showing respect for one another.  It’s a healthy cycle that defines our daily life and allows light and love into our home.

Although we have had some very challenging days (as if home-schooling weren’t enough, throw in the fact that we live in Brasil), overall our adventure here has been wonderfully full of friends and fun.

We are getting ready to move back to Michigan next Wednesday.  We will spend our remaining time hanging out with our friends, eating our favorite Brasilian foods and marvelling at the beauty of this country.  We will also be filling out paperwork, packing up the suitcases and cleaning the house.  Busy, busy, busy!

Have you ever heard of this word before?  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  I look forward to your opinions!

Tchau for now,

Pam

In response to the stormy seas of life, my husband Blake and I have created this website to be a Current of Inspiration, a wave of love and joy to wash away hate and fear. By posting every week, it's our commitment to making our world a better place. We hope you find it uplifting and will share it with your friends! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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