I am feeling lifted and supported by the love and encouragement around me. Thoughtful, guiding and unexpected cards in the mail (we really all need to make an effort to embrace "snail mail" and what it represents. A "simple" I am thinking of you note in the mail speaks volumes and has the power to warm the heart in a matter of moments). Kind words and compassion towards our family and just knowing that we are thought about. A team of love and help around the house while I embark on a new journey this Fall. So much love and support is constantly flowing around us and it is beyond moving and incredible. It lifts me up. Higher than I ever thought possible.
I am feeling lifted and rejuvenated by words, pictures and songs that seem to come around at just the right time. This morning I read this great post and it is really staying with me. This part in particular is like bells going off in my head:
- Authenticity is liberating. – By allowing yourself to be yourself, you allow others to be themselves around you too. This creates an honest, liberating environment in which to live. In a society where people love to point fingers and poke fun, you can only fight social judgment with naked honesty. When you speak up about your challenges and open yourself up to receiving care and support, you allow others to do the same. The truth is, we’re all in this together, undergoing the same learning process and internal struggles. We’re all equally perfect in our imperfections. There’s no reason to hide behind lies.
How incredible is that? Authenticity is liberating. Wow. Yes. What we bring to any situation, relationship, job or discussion is unique and incredible because WE are unique and incredible. Instead of hiding behind this mask of what I THINK I am supposed to be - the perfect mom, yoga student, future midwife - I am today choosing to be ME. And I am not saying *just* me because that is doing myself a huge disservice. I will be ME and wholly me in all of my awesomeness and being. I make this choice every day to either pretend to be someone, who I think I am supposed to be, or I be myself. No excuses. No apologies. And while I am learning that this is reviving my soul and feels so liberating, I am also learning today that this also causes a ripple effect and allows those around me to be themselves easier as well. And vice versa. How beautiful.
I am feeling lifted by new opportunities this Fall. For a chance to expand on my knowledge and step out of my comfort zone a bit. And to do so with all of my being. I am also comforted by a familiarity that this time of year brings. University application time is fast approaching and I am ready. I am excited and embrace this time of year and what it means for my moving forward.
And finally I am feeling lifted by feathers. I have a deep love and appreciation for feathers and it's no secret that I adore them. Not only are they beautiful but I love what they represent for me. Comfort. Support. Encouragement. And it appears that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as the girls have been spotting these soft beauties everywhere in our backyard the last month or so. It is incredible and also SO comforting. They will run to the house with another feather, of varied sizes and shades of white and add it to our mason jar. I am not kidding - we have a jar that is filling fast. Every time we put another feather in the jar, my heart lifts a bit more. They are appearing in the most interesting places - like a tiny one place on the dash of our truck or the medium sized one that floated right in front of Alanna's face while she was at the craft table. Beautiful.
On this beautiful, (almost) Fall day, I hope that each and every one of you that happens to read this is feeling uplifted and encouraged. Reminding yourself that you are a beautiful soul that is perfect. Another quote that I recently came across and love is this: "We are not all bodies with a soul but rather we are all (beautiful) souls with a body."
We are all souls that need love, support and respect.