Happy Monday gorgeous hearts! Today I am feeling totally inspired by a favorite childhood book. The Velveteen Rabbit is an amazing tale of becoming real. The implications of this 'realness' far exceed that of an adorable stuffed rabbit and skin horse who are at one time nursery toy favorites. Each time I come back to this book, I am reminded of the privilege and honor of being our unique, wild, and wonderful selves. As you begin this week, I invite you to charge forward in authenticity...allow yourself to be REAL!
May You Sweetly Seek
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
"I suppose you are real?" said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled.
"The Boy's Uncle made me Real," he said. "That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.”
―Margery Williams The Velveteen Rabbit