Carbonated Holiness is the presence of joy, laughter, wonder, freedom, and gratitude in our lives. When we practice carbonated Holiness we have an inner peace within us no matter what happens around us. Other people recognize it because there is a lightness about us that cannot be dimmed. The last 4 months have tested my gratefulness and the last 3 weeks have deepened my conviction of living in Carbonated Holiness.
Last year I went through a period when I was always tired. I’d thought that my thyroid was swollen so I went to see my doctor, who ran some tests. It looked like I had a hyperparathyroid ( whatever that was ) and it would have to be removed. While preparing for the specialist, I had a CT scan that revealed it was GI- normous!
You know something is up when the tech gets up and runs out of the room, right? This tumor was the size of an ORANGE not your normal olive-size tumor! After all of the smart medical scientists figured out what it was, I was assured it was benign. Phew!!
I thank my lucky stars for that big ol’ tumor. Why? Because the CT scan also revealed that I had some aneurysms in my brain, that I would’ve never known were there if I hadn’t come in for my gi-normous benign tumor. Funny how that turned out, right? Gratitude and wonder are my companions daily.
I had surgery for my right side in December and the final surgery on the left side in January to treat them.
If you’re thinking that was the challenging part, buckle-up: I was released out of the hospital in tip-top shape after my left side’s aneurysms were treated.
My husband and I were happy that I was released early and we were joyous to think I’d be home in my bed by 11:30 am. Off on our merry way we went.
As we arrived we could not help but notice fire trucks and police men everywhere. They had just put a fire out in our building! YIKES! To say we were shocked is an understatement.
We were displaced due to the fire damage. We’ve been back and forth to an airbnb and a hotel for the last 3 weeks as I heal with no prospects to go back home for the next 8 weeks.
The day after I was originally released, I was admitted back into ICU for a lung hemorrhage with a 3 day stay. Pretty epic stuff.
So How Do You Overcome Epic Disasters?
Believe me, I’m not trying to make you feel bad for me. A few people that know my story have asked me how am I still standing. These lovely beings called forth this love letter to Carbonated Holiness.
I have made the life I want by honoring my values. I’ve been through many epic events that have been much more enjoyable, yet, to live epically you need to embrace both sides of the epic coin ;). There is always a gift that arrives no matter which side of the coin you find yourself living through. You get to choose your diamonds. Honoring my values of Truth and Freedom has given me supportive friends and a loving family who are my gems.
1) If You Need Help ASK For It!
I needed my friends and family BIG time. Thank Goodness I was showered with support and genuine kindness by people that knew what was going on.
It’s not an easy thing to ask for help, but if people don’t know they can’t be there. The aid I received was irreplaceable. I am grateful to my bones and in wonder, gratitude, and joy at all of the amazing kindness I have received.
2) In Times of Chaos Beware of Energy Hijackers
You know those people who would create drama or give unsolicited advice? Inexplicably, it’s all about them? You know who they are, those hijackers...
In a crisis you need people that will show up only to support you, no hidden agenda whatsoever! It is okay to have boundaries. Actually, I have found it is absolutely necessary to have boundaries in order to keep those hijackers at bay. This gives us freedom from worrying about what they will do next. This is mandatory for carbonated holiness to be able to thrive and to grow.
3) Focus On The Important Things And Let The Rest Go
I’ll admit, this one is still uncomfortable for me. I want to get things done and see results. Grrr!
I had to take over 2+ extra weeks off to heal. I needed time to get to where I can think well and not mess things up with my scattered mind. It was not the end of the world to let things go, or what I love to say now and forever more is “it’s not brain surgery”.
4) Humor Helps
Keeping things light can work magic everywhere and laughter is proven to be healing. Look for the absurd (because it IS there ) and hang on for dear life to it! Some of the best medicine I received is one night of laughing with a beloved friend… tears streaming down our faces and stomach muscles aching from the laughter: THAT is carbonated holiness.
Carbonated Holiness can be a muscle you exercise daily and in trying times, you can relax into it as a second nature, and trust in your heart that it will all be resolved for the highest good with unexpected jewels for you to treasure and carry with you on this journey of life.
Joy, laughter, wonder, freedom, and gratitude to you,