I got this email the other day…..
If you show up for yourself in your life, the universe will show up for you.
The way we walk into a room says a lot about the way we live our lives. When we walk into a room curious about what’s happening, willing to engage, and perceiving ourselves as an active participant with something to offer, then we have really shown up to the party. When we walk into a room with our eyes down, or nervously smiling, we are holding ourselves back for one reason or another. We may be hurting inside and in need of healing, or we may lack the confidence required to really be present in the room. Still, just noticing that we’re not really showing up, and having a vision of what it will look and feel like when we do, can give us the inspiration we need to recover ourselves.
Even if we are suffering, we can show up to that experience ready to fully engage in it and learn what it has to offer. When we show up for our life, we are actively participating in being a happy person, achieving our goals, and generally living the life our soul really wants. If we need healing, we begin the process of seeking out those who can help us heal. If we need experience, we find the places and opportunities that can give us the experience we need in order to do the work we want to do in the world. Whatever we need, we look for it, and when we find it, we engage in the process of letting ourselves have it. When we do this kind of work, we become lively, confident, and passionate individuals.
There is almost nothing better in the world than the feeling of showing up for our own lives. When we can do this, we become people that are more alive and who have the ability to make things happen in our lives and the lives of the people around us. We walk through the world with the knowledge that we have a lot to offer and the desire to share it.
This and a few other things got me thinking about how present I am with things lately. I admit I am not. I am going from task to task and rightfully do have a lot on my plate. My career, a wedding, house addition/construction, kids, a senior applying to college (a full time job in itself)……….and I feel like spinning plate after spinning plate I am just barely keeping them up. Some days I move from task to task brilliantly and some days I fail miserably. I am normally better at stopping to smell the roses, seeing a sunset and just being present but lately not so much. In fact, when the sun rises I am off to the races.
So many people are reminding me to take it easy yet the word “no” does not seem to escape from my mouth lately. My art journal is neglected and moments like these are far and few between….
Instead of a “Move My Rear” campaign I need a “Stop My Rear” campaign. I am not complaining. I am not ungrateful. I am being honest with myself. So as we move into November, the month of giving thanks (and I have tons to be thankful for)…………………I want to show up. I want to put the phone down more, actually read a book on my ipad, be present in all the things and people in my life. So this morning I started my day by grabbing anything and everything for an art journal session for me.
This was an opportunity to paint for me……back to the basics.
Who knows this feeling? Who is with me? Who needs to Show Up? Leave me a comment. Here is my message today.
Now go take on this TGIF and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
The key, I have learned, lies in letting go. It’s about realizing that, except for your own thoughts, there’s nothing that’s absolutely in your power. Knowing and accepting this gives you the ability to cope effectively with life’s constant stream of little tragedies – an aptitude we call resilience. Ultimately, you can fight life, you can do nothing but complain about what you’re missing, or you can accept everything you have and put it together to create something worth smiling about.”