A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. ~Nelson Mandela Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Heads and Facial Features Hope you enjoy my entry for this week’s challenge. Hubby in the way of the shot. Otter … Continue reading
After some of my most heart wrenching moments, I found myself curled in a ball clutching my heart in a desperate attempt to shield it. Enveloped in a few moments of solace. The problem that developed was dependence on the place that felt safe and distanced from potential discomfort. Even a caccoon which is designed to swaddle the caterpillar during metamorphisis becomes a cage to the butterfly unless she is able to break herself free when it’s time to fly. Everyone needs a place of respite. A safe place where we can go and rest and feel comforted, and protected, and secure. But if we remain there too long our ability to function becomes atrophied like unused muscles. Withered. Wasting away.
While we think we are protecting ourselves, it’s easy to lose our ability to freely trust or love or hope. Protection can turn to entrapment. We might begin to feel insecure, doubt ourselves, or fear the pain more than we desire to live fully. At some point we have to allow ourselves to uncurl.
Re-enter our messy, beautiful life.
When the sting of pain begins to wain, extend, move and stretch. Reach for the fullness of life.
Pain is a part of life. We can’t escape it.
Enveloped within in each tiny seed is hope. There is more than a wish within its contents. There is promise and potential and grand purpose.
We must reach beyond what we can see.
Life is enveloped within the seed.
It’s hard to imagine the full potential in small beginnings.
But it’s there.
Unfolding it is simple.
Don’t hold too tightly to what is.
Give in and accept change.
Reach for what can be.
The benefit of loving and laughing abundantly… Is a beautiful life! Live beautifully and abundantly, D
Aotearoa The common translation is “the land of the long white cloud”. In some traditional stories, Aotearoa was the name of the canoe of the explorer Kupe, and he named the land after it. Kupe’s wife (in some versions, his daughter) … Continue reading
Yeah, the good old days for me are what they are. But at this stage in my life, I am happy to leave them in the past. All the good, the bad and the ugly. All the triumphs and mistakes alike.
I’ve made my share. Haven’t you?
I think it’s understandable because none of us have done this before. It’s all new.
All brand new.
Each day, each step.
And because we are experiencing a lifetime of firsts, we are in a constant state of learning.
Like students, life students.
And students are not masters. They make mistakes.
But we’re all doing our best because that’s what good students do.
We might have to do a few re-do’s or retake a test or two.
Give yourself a break. Relax. Be kind to YOU.
You’re doing your best.
It’s all useful on your life journey.
“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.” -unknown “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” ~Bishop T.D. Jakes “Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of what he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs a little imperfectly, looks at it in disgust, turns from it, and imagines himself exceedingly tired. The little he has done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing.” ~Abraham Lincoln “There’s no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living.”~Nelson Mandela
I discovered a lovely surprise when I discovered how unlonely being alone could be. As I get older I am more and more comfortable with being alone. Being alone does not reflect whether or not I am loveable. It doesn’t … Continue reading
Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope. ~Corazon Aquina If you don’t want the … Continue reading