This life has a way of unfolding in ways we never imagined
It is beautiful and heartbreaking
Lonely and filled with love
It is an incredible journey
With each step we take we never know where we are going to end up
You start in one place but you end up finding yourself someone where else
A place you never imagined
A place you couldn't even have dreamed up because you didn't know of it's possibility
Yes life - it is a grand adventure or nothing at all
It is what you make of it
What will you make of your life?
The year was 2008. I was living on my own in an adorable studio apartment. This sacred space held my heart as I began an epic search to unearth who I was and what I stood for. Like so many times in my life, I felt lost in this great big world. The eternal question “why am I here and what is my purpose?” played on repeat in my head.
Since losing my mom four years ago Mother’s Day has become a reminder that time with our loved ones is finite. We never know when the day will come that we have to say your final goodbye to someone we adore. Either you will have to say goodbye to someone you love or they to you. It is inevitable.
On the first of January, I sat in my meditation corner and thought deeply about how I wanted to move through this year with intention. The end of 2018 felt like a whirlwind and I was ready to slow down. I was tired of rushing from one thing to the next.
I hear it all the time. People talking about how snail mail is a thing of the past. How they don’t send letters anymore. How they don’t even check their mail because they pay all of their bills online and don’t receive anything worth looking at in their mailbox.
On the East Coast, the clocks jumped ahead one hour. This shift in time signifies the end of the dark days of winter and the beginning of more daylight hours after work. It makes my heart smile and breathes life into my tired body.
There is something that I need you to know. And I want you to really listen. Because what I am about to say is the truth. Even if you don’t feel it in the moment, allow it space to sink in.
It’s been a long day. I feel the weight of my interactions on my shoulders. Tension has built. Conversations have gone south. Blame has been cast. It’s been a doozy.
Dear Brave Heart,
Thank you for being with me on this journey called life. I know it hasn’t always been easy. I have put you through the wringer. Together we have traversed deep loss, heartbreak, uncertainty, fear. We rode the waves of emotions and even when we didn’t think we would make it through; we did.
Dear Radiant Heart,
What a beautiful moment you are standing in right now. A brand new day. Another chance to try again. The opportunity to choose what your heart desires. Do not take this tiny moment for granted.
Taking time to notice and appreciate all the beauty this world serves up has become a life-changing practice for me. It pushes me to slow down, be present, and observe how the ordinary moments create something magical.
I never thought that one single jar and little slips of paper would bring me so much joy. But it does.