As I rearrange the spaciousness of my mind, I realize that in order to connect and share my passions and gifts with the world, I must be responsible for the choices that I make moving forward.
It's not enough to wave a magic wand, recite affirmations verbatim, click our heels together, or at the very least rely on another to discover our brilliance. Sometimes it takes guts to chose a path less traveled. Sometimes it takes all of our tender energy to say "Yes world, I'm still in!" Amidst the emotional seas of life, underneath the current of guilt, not okay-ness, blame, and shame, there lives the jewel of the treasured lotus blossom. The lotus grows in the murkiest of waters and emerges as the most glorious flower. As Thich Nhat Hahn reminds us, "No mud, no lotus."
Even after the heartbreak, the rejection (most often self inflicted), the grief, the anxiety, the raw energy of our lives, we still have a choice. We can become illuminated with wonder for the sheer perfection of our journey, or we can stand on the sidelines of life waving the flag of the victim. "Why me?"
We have the ability to offer refuge to ourselves and sprinkle our lives with compassion instead of self judgment. Become an enthusiast for your life! Create connections with others. Share your talents. Embrace your 'muddy waters!' As Kahlil Gibran reminds us, "Your joy is your sorrow unmasked....The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain!" Become an ambassador for actively deciding how you will participate with life. Co-create your joy baby! Hop into the pilots seat, connect with the control tower. Offer up prayers of gratitude! Claim your authentic gifts and don't wait for the world to see them! Live your passions. Love your monstrously amazing life! You always have a choice as to how you will respond!
May You Sweetly Seek:)