I look behind me, make sure everything that needs to be taken care of is done and pull the door shut. I hear the teacher from the kindergarten class loud and clear what with all the silence. Her children are laughing, and I hear her say, “Did you all have a wonderful day today?” The kids, their voices still filled with that laughter, go “Yes”. I am totally surprised when the teacher responds with a “Well then, let’s plan on having another wonderful day tomorrow. Time to go home now!” The kids begin to line up and I am blown away. What a lovely way to end the day and set a tone for the next day! There are days when I feel frustrated with things that may not be going my way, day that I feel overwhelmed and then I make a deliberate attempt to feel happy for the things, good things that are happening to other people. As I breathe and smile at their successes, I feel a relief, a feeling of weight being lifted off my shoulders. The joy and the lightness I feel is something I cannot describe. Very often, I practice feeling that deliberately. That is a lovely way to end the day and set the tone for the next day. Some days yoga practice becomes well, a vent out day as my friend and I talk as we practice. I have another yoga friend who calls these kinds of classes as therapy sessions and indeed they are, for the challenge is to hold on to that single pose till the person venting is done. Oh boy the relief mentally and physically for being able to get out of the pose is something that needs to be experienced. Anyways this friend, the wise person that she is, today comments “You know I always tell my children that everyone has their place in the world”. If they look at their place, not somebody else’s and feel proud of who they are and what they have become/are becoming, they will be happy. Such a lovely way to start the day! As I watch my youngest student work her way through a situation, I tell her “S, you know you are such a sweet person?” The child that she is, she responds with a “I know”. So, who else tells you that and without missing a beat she goes “My mom.” Mothers I tell you! They are simply amazing, and I can see the sparkle in the little child’s eyes, a knowing that all that matters is what mom says about her. I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. This year for reasons I cannot explain, the only Mother’s Day wishes I got are from friends that rarely pop in to say hello and that pleased me immensely. Of course, there was that little bouquet in my mail box from a friend wishing that pleased me to no end! What a lovely way to end the day and set the tone for the next day! Is it a coincidence that my vocabulary word of the day is JOMO - a feeling of contentment with one’s own pursuits and activities, without worrying over the possibility of missing out on what others may be doing.