Sunday, December 2, 2012

Attention: This is Operation Hope in a Ziploc! Please Share!

Recently, I have been floating on cloud gratitude thanks to the wonderful support system I have in my life. I am truly blessed. I sat down with a cup of tea the other day- it was cold out but my house was toasty; it was quiet and I was alone with my thoughts. I started thinking about what my options would have been in my lifetime had it not been for the many wonderful people who surround me; people who they themselves mirror out as beautiful gifts. I was humbled when I thought of where my family might be if we weren’t so lovingly surrounded and supported because the truth is, there are so many people who do not have the kind of support I am so fortunate to have.  

I’ve realized that I want my children to understand that life can be very bleak when you stand alone without a community. I want them to grow up sensitive to it and appreciate those who stand with them without expectation. I want to teach my kids that they have the power within their little being too grow up honoring such a priceless community, but respecting that during their time here, it is their responsibility to always pay it forward. I want to show my children what that looks like by being an example they will one day be proud to have learned all of this from. I want them to believe that hope is never lost and the world itself is nothing short of a miracle. I want them to believe right down to their core that people are always a worthwhile investment and humanity is a beautiful thing as long as you are contributing to its beauty. I want them to understand what the holidays are really about, but more importantly, I want them to understand what every day is about...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Being the Change

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?  Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's  not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own life shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others ~ Marianne Williamson"

The little girl in me has always believed that we all have an innate capability within us to make a difference in this world. Maybe we’re not all built to live as the Mother Teresas or the Dalai Lamas of this earth, but within each of us exists a pull toward earning our keep here by being a 'meaningful' contribution to humanity, just as we are; we just don’t always pay attention to that place in us. We’ve gotten side tracked...and as we go through our days, the veil of smoke that covers up what our hearts once knew for certain has gotten too thick to see beyond. I shrug my shoulders because I share this with you from a place of humbled personal experience...