14 February 2012

Choosing Happiness

choosing happiness
Here we are doing the recording for BYU Radio on the show called "Choosing Happiness".  If you missed the live segment, you can listen to it here in their archives, where it is available for streaming or podcast.  

We had quite a day leading up to the recording.  Danny raced from work to get to the sound studio.  He was stuck in traffic so bad he had to ditch his car on the upper east side and RUN! to the subway to get downtown.  I raced from Brooklyn after a very intense day full of deadlines + I was ditching my house guests.  Due to so many obligations, Danny & I didn't even have time to discuss our thoughts or think about what they might ask us.  I can assure you that as we approached that recording, we had to apply everything that we write about on the blog.....be still, dismiss fear & worry, etc., etc.  Well, it worked.  It always does.  We just gave each other a quick kiss and sat in the chairs.  I had a copy of "Mother's Day for an Infertile Woman" on my lap.  I guess I just wanted to remind myself of what choosing happiness has been like for me.  

Even though Danny & I had never been on the radio before, somehow we felt calm, because we had been doing the work to dismiss the pressure & intensity of our day.  If you hear my voice tremble as we got started, it was not out of fear.  It was because I was enveloped with emotion & gratitude, even with a tear in my eye.  I just felt humbled that after four months, someone would actually want to interview us on the radio.  And I felt grateful for the tools that I had to focus my heart & feel full of peace in that moment...even as I was about to discuss that very topic for all to hear.  It was beautiful to see, again & again, that we always have a choice in how we react to our circumstances.  Whether they are great or small, we always have a choice to tap into something beautiful. 

Wishing you all a LOVELY Valentine's Day!

With Love,

Mara

P.S.  Two more sexy Haikus coming up later today!!

18 comments:

  1. I can't wait to listen to it! You two are so uplifting.

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  2. Clicking link soon! Thanks for all you do to lift others! Happy Valentine's Day.

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  3. Congrats! You guys deserve it, I listened to the link and loved it.

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  4. I am listening to your talk right now. You are both doing a great job! I did notice your voice in the very beginning and I am glad to know that it was that you were overcome with JOY !!! How awesome. You guys ARE changing us. My husband and I were talking about your ideas at the Valentine breakfast table today. You have such wisdom and you are right, this wisdom can change families. It can be quite challenging to implement as you begin but it is so good.

    I am presenting a talk on parenting and marriage Thursday night for a parenting education series and I am incorporating some if these ideas too.

    Blessings to you and Happy Valentine's day!!!!

    Kim

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    1. 3 Peanuts - - thank you so much for this.....it really means a lot.

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  5. I wanted to come back to say that I loved your talk! Danny, I love how you so clearly explained the scenario of when your spouse snaps at you thinking about how they must be having a hard day rather than how YOU feel and acting out of love instead of defensiveness...very well phrased.
    Mara..I specifically loved what you said about walking into a room and if you are sizing everyone up and comparing yourself that is being selfish (self centered) rather than loving. Unfortunately, the audio ended abruptly there before you finished. Can you possibly finish that though here.....

    Sorry to ask. I know you are all so busy but it is such an important thing and I think it is really a struggle for many people today.

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    1. HI !! I just got word from the producer that they are aware of the audio glitch on the web and they are fixing the problem. Thanks!

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  6. I had a problem with the end cutting off too. Hopefully they'll repost the link with a fix?

    Great stuff!

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    1. Just got word from the producer that they are fixing the problem right now ! Thanks, Sage!

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  7. Loved the talk! It was fantastic and I'll be sending the link to my family.

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  8. I loved it. You two are so refreshing! It was great to hear the passion come through your voices, thank you for helping us all.

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  9. I enjoyed so much your interview on 89.1. I'm also glad to have reference to your blog now. The wisdom you share that you have attained over your short lives with be a great blessing to everyone that hears it.
    Thank you for giving us very real tangible ways to be true followers of Christ. I hope as I practice these principles, they will soon becomee a natural way of being for me. God's riches blessings on your heads!

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  10. I will check it out! Also, Mara - I have to know where you got your top, who it's by, etc. You guys always look so amazing!!! I'd also love a post on all your favorite lipsticks - that might sound silly, but I'd love it! So fun to see you guys doing great!

    --Megan

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    1. Megan - thank you! The top is by HARVEY FAIRCLOTH. The one I have is actually one of the samples from the collection. And the lipstick post is coming :)

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  11. Yay! Thank you Mara! I've checked out Harvey online and I LOVE their stuff - where can I buy it online? Is it sold in any shops here (NYC) locally?
    --Megan

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    1. It's available at A. Cheng in Brooklyn. You can also email harvey@harveyfaircloth.com to find out the latest boutiques carrying it...

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  12. I was so enlightened and uplifted by this. I loved hearing your voices and putting your voice to your words on your blog now. I'm completely addicted to your blog and I'm finding it's changing my life. It's slow (like you said), but I'm working on it. I'm beginning to learn to love myself in a way that I haven't been able to before. In the past, I've had such self-destructing thoughts about myself and my self-worth, always comparing myself to others, envying them, and feeling like I constantly fall short and have nothing to offer anyone. My perspective is most definitely changing. In church on Sunday or in Relief Society, something will be said and I'll immediately link it back to something you've said on your blog. I am so thankful for you and Danny and for all you do to help others. It's a journey to get to the place that you are at, but I feel inspired, excited, and I know I can get to that place.

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    1. Wow - this really warmed my heart. So thankful that the message is affecting you for the better & helping you to have a different perspective....that is HUGE, my dear. Only good things to come. I, too, sit in church now and hear this same message come out with every word. So glad I can now see how it all fits together & how it deeply applies to all of us.

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