The Day After

In the wake of Edith Maxwell’s and my notable milestones of turning in the second books in our series, the Wickeds have been talking a lot about “the day after.” That glorious day when, theoretically, we can justify taking some time off, reflecting on our success, possibly noodling our next masterpiece just a bit, no pressure. We’ve both talked about getting to actually read again, perhaps write something other than our series, however short. Basically, regroup and get our heads together.

I didn’t get to take “the day after” off, but last night I went to see one of my my favorite people, Dr. Ming Wu, an amazing Chinese practitioner. I’ve been seeing him for almost a year, and I must say, the man is a miracle worker. I didn’t go to him with any physical ailments, but his Tong Ren, Tai Chi and Tui Na practices have made such a difference in my life. One small example – I wasn’t looking to give up my beloved coffee, but his tea helped me stop drinking six cups (or more) of it every day. I feel more awake in the mornings than I ever have before.

But the single biggest difference Dr. Wu has made is showing me the gift of the present. His lessons every Monday night center around the idea of being carefree. When you’re carefree, he says, you’re “white paper.” Nothing bothers you. Good and bad are simply states of being,  and you should regard both of them with detachment because they are not permanent.

Dr. Wu performing Tai Chi.
Dr. Wu performing Tai Chi.

I’m sure we’ve all heard these sentiments before. I had too. But when I saw them in practice and met people who’ve experienced the miracles you can bring into your own life, I decided I had to take them seriously.

I wouldn’t say I’ve perfected the art of living carefree – but I’m getting better. For instance, I didn’t spend my “day after” thinking about all the things I could’ve made better in the book  I just turned in – instead, I enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment that came with it. I’m enjoying the present. I’m trying to remember that nothing in life is guaranteed, and today is all we have.

I can’t think of a better way to spend my “day after” than with the man who lives that way every day.

What life lessons are you perfecting?

Liz Mugavero is a marketing and communications professional and animal lover from the Boston, Mass. area, whose canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. The first book in her Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, Kneading to Die, is in stores now.

3 Thoughts

  1. What a great way to celebrate the day after, Liz! My entire day yesterday also had a carefree feeling to it. Since I was home, I let myself play with all kinds of things: I set up Scrivener and went through the tutorial. I spent some time in the historical archives of my town in the library, as research for a project. I brainstormed Book Three, and even read part of of Book One. Even though it was just published, I turned it in almost a year ago and have forgotten parts! And I certainly did not continue tweaking the book I just sent in. (I wanted to go to the beach, too, but those pesky rainstorms kept getting in the way.) Life’s pretty good right now.

  2. You are both such great role models! And Liz, you’ve suggested I visit Dr. Ming Wu, and I am going to make that happen. Congratulations friends!

  3. I’m jealous–since my book 2 isn’t due until September 1 and I’m so far behind right now! But I’m also encouraged and inspired. Can’t wait ’til my Day After!

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