Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Be A Butterfly

Dreams are illustrations...from the book your soul is writing about you. Marsha Norman

Many people have a dream, and they go for it and make it happen. Others vacillate between hope for making it come true and fear that they can't do it. Some know there's a dream inside, but don't know what it is, so they wait for their soul to speak to them. Then there are others who go through life totally unaware that there's anything inside worth expressing. They work every day and pay the bills. Isn't that all there is? NO. We may start out in a cocoon, but each of us has the potential to become a butterfly if we listen and answer our butterfly destiny.

"How does one become a butterfly?" she asked. "You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar." Trina Paulus

I have a friend who felt a calling for a long time, but she brushed it off, feeling she didn't have the potential to become more than she was. Neither of us knew what her calling was, but for years, I saw the butterfly in her, and I carried that vision in my heart. I knew that one day she would discover her dream and pursue it. Well, recently that something came alive in her. She crawled out of her cocoon to fly like a butterfly preparing for work in the field of Energy Medicine. Her face glows with contentment and visions of a beautiful future helping others. And I smile, because I knew it all the time.

One can never consent to creep, when one feels an impulse to soar. Helen Keller

Do you feel something in you that yearns to be expressed? If so, are you one of those who's afraid to answer that call? Maybe you think it's not important enough or it's too great for you to tackle. There are small quiet dreams and large lofty ones. Whatever yours is, it's meant especially for you. You don't have to be rich or famous or produce great achievements for your dream to be worthwhile. Anything you do that satisfies that longing inside and spills over into the world is fulfilling your dream. And you can fly like the butterfly.

Our dreams are there to help us grow and share more of who and what we are. And life becomes more meaningful and sweeter with each one. If you need certain resources to accomplish what you're moved to do, your own heightened energy will attract those resources to you. There's a saying that goes, "Whether you believe you can or you can't, you're right," So why not believe you can...and be a butterfly.

Your wings are beautiful.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Don't Give Up

If you're going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

If we fall into a hole, we work hard to get out of it. If the car breaks down, we try to get it fixed. If we get sick, we try to get help. If we lose our job, we look for another. If we have a dream, we think about pursuing it. And thousands of other issues that take our time and energy. The climb can get steep, leaving us exhausted. And sometimes we say to hell with it, and we go to bed with covers over our head to block it all out. Many people come to a place like this in their life. But is there another way to handle the mess without giving up and letting life slide by while we spend years treading water? Where's the sunshine?

The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. Ivy Baker Priest

You can't see the future. You can only deal with now. But now must be dealt with if you want to be free. Even if you feel you've no energy left, you can't give up and surrender to the status quo. What you're looking at every day is not all there is. There is also you. One of the greatest parts of your life is you. Have you been missing that? If you give up, you might not find you, and what a loss that would be.

It's easier to move forward when you stop--when you take time every day to stop, get quiet, go inside and see what your soul wants for you. Not for all the issues you're dealing with, but for you. So you don't have time to stop? Yeah, you do, if you schedule it. You won't do it if you don't schedule it. It won't be easy, but when you find you, the other stuff will get easier.
1. Keep a running 'to do' list. Upgrade it every night, prioritize, check things off as you accomplish them. Oh, you're not a list type person? Well, maybe discipline is one of your lessons in this life. If that's you, what a wonderful discovery.
2. Organize your errands, and change the way you do some things. Include music in your life every day--and sing along. You don't have to feel like it. Just loosen up and do it, and you might find a smile you didn't know was there.
3. Schedule time for you every day, and don't begrudge yourself the time. Enjoy it.
4. Start each day affirming love. It will fill your heart and go where it's needed.
5. End each day with gratitude. If you look, you'll find a lot to be grateful for.
6. Never criticize. Always praise.

If you have a dream for yourself that will express who you are, pursue it. Do what is yours to do each day, but find your own personal light and let it shine. Believe in yourself. Trust yourself. Discovering you is an ongoing adventure, and there's always more to discover. So stay on the journey, and don't give up. You're worth it.

I wish you happy hunting.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ah, The Music

Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows. Napoleon Bonaparte

I'm in love. I'm in love with 3 teen-age Italian singer's glorious music that's now being heard all over the world. Their music is so inspiring, I had to get their CD. Now I walk around my house waving my arms in the air as if conducting the orchestra with tears running down my face. Their voices are beyond beautiful, and their expression touches my heart with the realization that we humans are blessed with beauty we're not even aware of. Maybe we just don't take the time to hear the music that runs through our lives everyday, and a group like these amazing young men is here to remind us.

Music is everywhere. Mothers hum to their babies, men belt out songs in the shower, and children still sing Itsy Bitsy Spider. But we usually don't pay much attention. We're too busy to think, not only about music we hear, but about the music we don't hear. There's music in every part of our lives, not just through singing or playing a musical instrument. Have you ever heard a song in the wind blowing through trees, in waves that hit the shore, from birds talking to each other, or bees flying around a flower? And most of all the song that's inside each of us. We all have our own voice, the unique way in which we express ourselves, and we have the power to choose our songs.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Berthold Auerbach

When I go to the grocery store, I notice one of the check-out clerks. She always smiles, asks how I'm doing today, and if I want paper or plastic. She sings the same words every day, and the title of her song is, I care about you. I know this, because I feel her voice expressing those words. My cousin plays with her 12 great-grandchildren and works in a medical office one day a week. My niece sings with smiles from her wheelchair, and my writing group puts their songs on paper. Ah, the music.

What do you want to express in your life, and how do you want to express it? You have the voice. Now choose your song and give it to the world. We need it.

I wish you a song in your heart.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Go Ahead And Laugh

Yesterday I was behind a family in the checkout line in the grocery store, and a little girl about 2 years old was sitting in the basket ahead of me. She found the child in me, and we had the best time. We waved, blinked our eyes, and laughed together. It reminded me of the little child in each of us, that part of us that needs to play and laugh, especially in today's world. My experience also brought back a childhood memory that makes me smile. It's recorded in my book, Silent Echoes, and I want to share it with you today in an abbreviated version. It takes place in the Great Depression years when my mother was a widow, and most people were dirt poor. We lived in a combination living room and bedroom with a small kitchen in the basement, and shared a bathroom with other tenants.

There was no spending money for us kids, but we discovered a way to get money for movies and treats. Mama met a store owner down the street named Stanley. He was nice, but Mama made it clear she wasn't interested in a romantic relationship, so he settled for friendship and came to visit occasionally with gum and candy for us.
One afternoon, after Stanley had been for a visit, Jackie found our little brother, Lee, outside playing with a nickel and two pennies.
"Where'd you get the money?" he asked.
"In the chair."
Jackie took us inside to find the place. We stood huddled together while Lee showed us a hole in the back of the old leather chair where Stanley had been sitting. We knew the money had fallen out of his pockets. We couldn't hold back our giggles. There were always people in and out of our apartment, so from then on we sat all the male visitors in that chair, telling them it would be more comfortable. Mama smiled at us and said it's nice to be polite. We just grinned.

I'm not advocating such trickery as portrayed in the above scene, but when times are hard, we need to look to the child in us who knows how to make a kite from an old worn out dishrag. Many children have sadness or pain in their lives, but they're ingenious, and they find ways to survive through laughter. Sometimes that spirit gets lost when we grow up, but we could take a lesson from the little ones. When the sun doesn't shine, look inside for the child in you and remember when you used to laugh. Try it again, even if you don't feel it, because the more you laugh, the more you will feel it. It's wired in us.

I wish you smiles on your journey.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Your Special Light

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. Mary Dunbar

Life is busy, isn't it? Run. Run. Run. Take care of everything on the outside. That's fine, but is that all there is? Who and what you are is not located out there, and you may be surprised at what you'd find if you took a closer look inside. You are unique, different, special, an adventure to be explored. You may find the impression you have of yourself now is quite inadequate. There's so much more.

I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being. Hafiz

Sometimes our self-image reveals more of our weaknesses than our strengths, and we go through life short-changing ourselves. I had a friend who rarely admitted anything admirable about herself--I can't, I mess everything up, I'm homely, I'm not worth much, etc. This impression was not true, but she had never searched for anything else. So I sat her down and gave her my impression. As I rattled off a dozen wonderful qualities I saw in her and cited many times she had expressed these qualities, tears filled her eyes. She said, "No one ever told me that, and I never saw it. Is it really true?" I convinced her to observe herself, and take note each time she expressed her strong points. She amazed herself with each discovery, and her wonderful self became real to her. Over time, she learned to let her light shine even in her own eyes.

There is something innate in each of us that longs to grow on our journey through life. But how can we grow if we're not aware of what we're working with in the first place? When I was a child I watched my brother put together model airplanes. First he opened the box, then laid out each piece on the table and carefully identified each one. Some were ready to us as is, while others needed sanding down and rough edges smoothed out. He was grateful for those ready to use pieces, and happily spent time on those that needed some work. No piece was any more important than the other. He needed all of them to create a plane that would fly. If we're to fly, we need to search inside the box, see all of the pieces, and work with them without judgment.

By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before. Edwin Elliot.

Look inside, discover your light, and shine as you're meant to shine. The world needs your special light.

I wish you a happy adventure