The image above is from an artist and writer that I met a few years ago. I'm a big fan and am continually inspired by her approach to life. Christine Mason Miller has an old Rocket typewriter, and on her Facebook page, she regularly shares "Notes from the Rocket." These little juicy nuggets are always right on target.
Stop and take a look around. Really soak up everything around you.
Breathe in this perfect moment. See the sky like you are looking at it for the very first time. That tree. The singsong birds twittering overhead.
It it unbelievable how beautiful and amazing this world is when we are really paying attention.
I have always had emotions that are too big. Too sad. Too happy. Too emotional. Too much. Tears well up at drop of a hat (though only those very close to me know that). Though I have come a long way, it can still be a struggle for me to allow space for these emotions to exist.
For some, tears are a sign of weakness. For me, they are a release. A way to process intense feelings. And for years, I swallowed them down pretending they weren't there, developing an eating disorder in an effort to appear easy going.
Though my eating issues are behind me, I am still learning. Still reminding myself to stop and listen. To allow. And then, and only then, to react.
This acceptance, this daring act of self love is the only way to know our true power, to become all that we can be.
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within."
- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
On another note, last week I mentioned that I am having an art show! Check out the details below. If you are in the Denver area this fall, I would sure love to see you.