What life has this button seen?
A wedding, a funeral,
A cheerful greeting,
A bitter quarrel,
And ordinary moments
Filled with the extraordinary.
Breath and sight,
Words and step,
Taste and touch.
Bless all buttons,
And fasten me to this life
With energy and love.
Buttons have seen a lot of life. It’s a pretty intriguing thought if you really ponder it.
And we’ve seen a lot of life too. But how do we keep on keeping on? Day in and day out, how do we fasten ourselves to life with energy and love?
We’ll save the love for another time (and I find that one easier), but energy. Wow. It’s not always easy to have the emotional and physical energy to step lively with life.
When I was thinking about this post, I read a slew of tips on how to have more energy:
Drink a combination of grape and lemon juice.
Unroll your ears in the morning (never heard of ear unrolling!)
Change your socks.
Do not consume caffeine.
Get your entire office to stand up in their cubicles and sing a rock song (in unison).
Wear an energy patch.
(Raise my right hand, as my dad used to do, I read each of these tips on some pretty fascinating websites.)
I’ve only tried the socks (a bit of a pleasant pick-me-up) and various experiments with yes and no to caffeine.
CNN’s Heath site has some ideas that have worked for me including Tip #2 Faking it, Tip #3 Spin your situation, and Tip #4 Change up your routine. These take some energy, actually, to implement, but they are worth trying and can help you get to the root of your energy troubles. They can spur other energizing techniques, too.
For a boost of mental energy, especially when you’ve hit close to bottom, counting your blessings can help. Write those blessing down or say them slowly, with intention.
Make sure you include buttons!
Photo Above: A lone, brave button. Photo Below: Eyes light up when you mention Grandma’s button box. Many a grownup can tell stories of rainy days and winter days when that button box empowered the building of roads, the creation of a collage, the fastening of handmade doll clothes, the detailing of puppets, and countless other happy pastimes.
“Bless All Buttons” was published somewhere, because I have the invoice for payment, but I don’t remember which magazine. I wonder if any of my buttons remember. Bet so!