Do you have moments that bring you back to certain moments of time? What is it? It could be a song… one perhaps by Donna Lewis, or even better yet, Sophie B. and suddenly you are going for a spin, around your room, wearing an over sized dress, with lipstick smeared past the perimeters of your lips, and a popsicle now dripping down the stick. Life was so big then, and it felt so…I don’t know full.
Back in the 90’s, when time seemed a friend… I guess, back when didn’t know any better, we hadn’t been fully bitten by life yet, back when it all seemed simple. We’d watch movie’s like “Now and Then”, and create a bike troupe around the neighborhood, wearing our jelly shoes or Keds, riding through the sprinklers, yelling chants out, thinking that we were to cool. Just hoping that a boy might somehow appear upon the road, however, knowing the only one to show their face would be your elderly neighbor cruising to the mailbox with his cane… hi Mr. Rogers… or you know, insert name. still… life had a certain charm to it…. A walking emblem of the song “Love Fool” by the Cardigans… etching his name on my wall, practicing making out with my hand and my JTT posters, oh yes, life was good and possible.
I flash back to that moment as I tweeze my eyebrows in the mirror, notice my lipstick is running a bit beneath my bottom lip, I am listening to #Pandora sounds like #DonnaLewis radio, and I am completely taken aback. A flood through all of my sense, sight, touch, smell, sound, taste…. Creamy sweetness ushers through my lips and back dives off my tongue, the scent of summer, rolls through, the feel of wet grass, a heavenly due. Again in that moment, life feels new, and everything seems possible as I ponder a destination. Where to?
Labor day… what a day, what a meaning? And how does my story of the sweet flash of a memory, of the taste of hope on a moment tie in? ….why just read this definition of Labor Day as according to Wikepedia; “For many countries (more than 80 world wide), "Labour Day" is synonymous with, or linked with, International Workers' Day, which occurs on May 1st. It is a celebration of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.”
A tribute to strength, prosperity, to well being. Can we have that now, without looking back? Can we taste the sweet moments of our achievements can we learn from what we did amazing, AND from what we can work on? And can we bring some of that same richness and moral back into our systems, into our states, homes, hearts, daily life’s. Can we start by committing ourselves to doing what we love, and until we can do just exactly that, perhaps along the path we just commit to doing what we do and putting love into it, according to science if thought and vibration effect then, we could consciously begin to shape our future just from that space.
In some spiritual work, you do exercises, you are consciously drawn back and reminisce on such moments… to visually and in other ways through all of your sense, remember why, as you remember when… remember the things you love about life, and the things that we remember, and the words that we retain, do tell us often much about how/and what we love…today. So, I invite you into that space on this Labor Day.
One where, I got lucky, and had that moment just gazing into the mirror, a second past my pupils into life’s never ending, and methodic echo, a place through the looking glass… but one we all can go. Look today, remember what you love, look back upon the past year and all of our social and economic achievements, and focus on those moments, along with the actions that we can take…today..ok, perhaps not today, keep lounging and eating great food, tomorrow! That tomorrow, we can start doing more of, and putting more love and effort in.
Remembering where we came from, have been, where we are going, and arguably most important, where we are right here, right now, this night. Soak it up! Like icing melting into a hot cinnamon roll! Feel it with all your senses, press it into your life, into your art, share it with loved ones and friends.
Here’s me hoping you are all having amazing evenings.
Happy Labor Day.
By Ashley Davene