Well, it’s been a couple weeks now since I made my move to the West Coast and I have to say, California is treating me pretty well! Things are really superb and I am truly enjoying every bit of it. Absolutely true that there is no place like home so of course, I’m missing family and friends so thank God for the phone, FaceTime, texts, emails and even a few notes from friends–I seriously have the best people a girl could have in her life….which brings me to this week’s post (acting like I’ve been as diligent as I’d like with weekly post…hehehe, just let me have it :).
These past few months have been so revealing in terms of facing the test of really walking my talk, the people in my life, the desires of my heart, and the strength, well alignment of my soul with what I truly believe. That’s a lot right? So of course, I’m just going to break it all down here and try to be as succinct as I can….but you know me 🙂
Honoring Your Journey: In our day-to-day, it can be very easy to forget that we really only get one shot at this game called life. That being said, though we may be dealt a particular hand that doesn’t always look like it can work in our favor, or the dice may not always roll the way we’d like, or we’ve got competitors, opponents, or even those on our teams who present challenges, our one job is to honor our journey, valuing each day as an ongoing contribution to the bigger plays we put forth. No matter what, keep the game interesting, at least by being in it. Sitting on the sidelines should never be an option. You may not always have the ball, but you can always get in there and run, engage, contribute something. Honor your journey……stay in it, make it worth it, unlock the plays that will yield a story you’re proud to share when the time comes.
Honor Your Heart: Of course for me reflection at this point as it relates to the heart has to do with a guy….another story for another day….but when it comes to honoring your heart, the best way I can articulate what I’d like to get across to you is that it is so important to treat it, to honor it, as the precious pearl that it is. Give yourself the time to know what soothes it, what gives it warmth, what hurts and breaks it, what potentially causes it to writhe in that kind of pain you remember but soon forget once you open it up again. Then, cherish it with a regard as diligent as that which you would have for newborn, yet as carefree and whimsical as that magical heat that lets hot air balloons soar to heights unimagined…accepting that at the end of the day, you don’t want to favor one strategy more than the other. Instead, seek a balance that allows you to experience all that love and life have to offer, appreciating that it is the heart that has the strength to endure that act even when you don’t think you actually can.
Honoring Your Soul: The more I find myself in new and unusual places with new and unfamiliar faces, I experience more what I’ve always known to be true-We are first spirit beings before we are human beings. What does this mean? Well, essentially, long before we are formed in our natural state, we are souls, we are spirits. Our soul is the resting place and launch pad of our values. It’s the source through which we can measure alignment with our beliefs. It’s where our desires take root and stem. And yet, we don’t always do a good job at consistently investing in our souls. A long time ago there was the Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul series. To me, what that was a reminder of was the need for us to take pauses in our day to get in tune with our souls…you know a gut check, if you will. We’ve got to nurture that part of our being. My source is my daily scripture reading and intention setting. We need this, the time that is, no matter what you believe, investing the time in reflection is so critical. We actually crave it without always knowing how to articulate it. For instance, I’ve only been here just two weeks and really only connecting with folks for the past few days. Interestingly enough, I’m the newest person to the circles I’m engaging in and the other folks have actually been here for at least a year and most much longer than that. Yet, consistently conversations have come to “needing to find a church”. And no, I’m not the one actually bringing it up. We all seek nurturing for our souls in some form or another. Take time to honor that.
Remember, while our days are actually many, they’re not promised and so our time here will always be shorter than we desire. That being said, it’s that much more imperative that we
- live every day to the fullest, honoring our journey overall
- gift ourselves time to recognize what different life situations enhance or detract from the heart and foster what is good for it thereby honoring it
- invest in our spiritual growth and development, honoring our souls
Until next time, live fabulously fierce!!!!
Soundtrack of the week: A Double Header 🙂