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In fact, I looked right at the eclipse more than once.
I looked up, wondering if the clouds were ever going to part, and there it was! The eclipse!
It was so exciting! It was thrilling!!
But, it was also dumb. I could have burned out my retinas. I didn't; but, I could have.
I ran up to my son's classroom to let the kids know and, like the good kids they are, they dutifully pulled out their dark glasses and looked. They couldn't see a thing.
But, I could -- and so, I looked again. It was so cool!!
Then, I developed a massive headache. So, like any self-respecting modern woman, I googled it.
Guess what? Google told me to go straight to the eye doctor. Whoops.
Coincidentally (perhaps?), I had to pick up my new contacts, and I sheepishly confessed to the receptionist what I had done. I was also quite worried.
Could I really have been that stupid?
She looked at me aghast, then made an appointment for me immediately. She pulled the optician aside, told her what had happened, and the optician, full of foreboding, took me in for an eye exam.
Turns out I am really lucky -- no serious damage. Phew.
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And then, I thought, "Don't I know better?"
I'm a Mom, for **sake, and my first rule is: stay safe. My second rule is: Follow directions.
Duh. Of course I do!
But, apparently, I also make mistakes --
Really foolish ones!
Are my eyes important to me? Of course they are!! I rely on them for everything! My livelihood, my favorite activities -- everything.
I'm telling you this story not just because it's funny and a little sad and a lot ridiculous.
I'm telling you this story because --
- yes -- I did create a super cool process to help you create your personal style
- yes -- I am smart and funny and a really good Mom
- but no -- I am *not* going to sit in judgement of you
- and yes -- I make really foolish mistakes
According to Mystic Mama, a total eclipse marks the closing out of one phase. The lesson of this particular eclipse is you are who you are precisely because of the choices you have made.
It also marks the opening up to a new phase. You can choose who you are becoming.
I want to help you with that choice.
The lesson of this eclipse for me (clearly! or is that blurrily?) is compassion.
Compassion for myself (making mistakes) and compassion for others (helping you through the process of becoming).
Compassion is one of my style words and is the hallmark of the work I do.
What was Friday's lesson for you?
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