These are constant prayers of mine. My journey of self improvement continues. I am grateful for the advances I've made. Lately I'm impressing myself at how I respond to challenges that come my way. My resolve to press forward and live my best life, takes deeper roots everyday. Getting to know yourself after making a change is an amazing journey. I am stronger and braver than I ever could have imagined. Blessings friends...live well.
Friday, February 21, 2014
I have come across some wonderful communicators in my day. I admire and to some extent envy them. The ability to speak openly from the heart and let someone know exactly who you feel, is definitely not something that comes naturally to me. It has been nice to connect with people who worked hard to help me develop that characteristic. I think I do have a way with words. But here's the thing about me: I have to trust you implicitly in order to speak freely from my heart. Those who know me best probably don't even recognize this is a struggle for me. I am open, honest, detailed, graphic, and passionate in my communication. But you could have known me for most of my life and get little more than jovial sarcasm, and pleasantries from me, if you're not in my inner circle. It's even worse if I don't trust you. I may as well be a social mute. Insight into my mind and heart will not be granted. I am self described "nice" but not necessarily "friendly". I am not on a quest to socially isolate someone, but I am also not on a quest to make friends either.
So dearly and purely do I love those in my inner sanctum. But I am hard pressed to add to the list. I have loved and trusted them all for so long. I have no intention of every letting go of "my people". I have even less ambition to add to said circle. We all come across people who intrigue us. Who we want to sit and chat with. To understand more about them and their perspective in the world. But I have not added anyone new to my list of true friendships in years. You never know what kind of special connection you can make with someone if you don't occasionally take a risk. It's humbling to me, when someone thinks I am interesting and wants to cultivate a deeper relationship. In 15 years or so there are only about 5 people I have taken a risk on. Not all of them made the cut. However, one of them I am now happily married to.
Things change when I sit down with a keyboard. It's an opportunity for me to pour out everything my tongue is unwilling to say. I feel so unfettered. It's almost like an opportunity to be more of who I am. More of who I want someone to know. I'm trying to understand why I operate this way. Is it cowardice? I don't think so. I'm not one who shies away form conflict if it absolutely has to be dealt with. Is it a control issue? Again I don't think so. I am told pretty often that I have excellent communications skills. I always enjoyed Active Listening lessons in both Psychology and Communications courses during my college years. I don't have to control the pace or content of a conversation. I think it all boils down to issues with intimacy. I am intimate with very few people. I like it that way. Because I don't know how to do anything less than love family and friends with my whole heart.
When I sit down to write, I do very little editing. What I write is what I am feeling in that moment. It's a snapshot into my brain, or my heart, or my soul. But I think I have really fine tuned the ability to expose only what I want someone to know in the midst of that communication. It gives me the chance to titrate just the right about if openness or intimacy if you will that seems appropriate for a given circumstance.I can give someone all of the words, with just the right amount of personal exposure. I must say it's been wonderful in allowing me to express myself positively and appropriately. I hope to continue cultivating this craft. I feel confident that writing will prove to be one thing that will allow me to reap benefits both personally and professionally in the future.
Friday, February 14, 2014
I look at the picture below and hope that's where I'm heading with my lover. He is the only man in the whole wide world who has ever truly loved me. It turns out, ONE was all I needed. So on Valentine's Day and every other day, I thank God for restoring my faith that Real Love does exist. My heart is full of gratitude. A broken woman who took so long to understand what love is...what it means, was gifted with unconditional love. A gift from God expressed through man.
Friends whether you have that right now or not, don't take it for granted when it finally comes your way. More importantly, don't ever settle for anything less. We all deserved to be loved. Love yourself enough to walk away from anyone who does not love you. You won't regret it. Don't be distracted by dysfunction. Don't let the baggage of your past clutter your heart. Get rid of it so the love you are meant to give and receive can flourish and grow. I can attest to the fact that it is worth it.
Love and peace to you my friends, on today and everyday. Xoxo
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
I recall a conversation with my oldest friend when we were around 22 and 23. She and I have been friends since we were 2 and 3 years old. We talked about how different our world perspectives were at that time compared to when we were finishing high school. We had come to the realization that the world as we understood it would keep shifting...probably forever.
I can say without a doubt that the woman who sits here closer to 40, looks at the world much differently than the young lady who was closer to 20 when she had that conversation. For several years in between I hit a plateau. I have official come to the end of said plateau, and fallen over the edge. Here's the funny thing. Even thought I don't "know things" right now. I am fairly comfortable as I navigate and learn. I am blessed to have a wonderful husband who is figuring it out with me. I have a beautiful, soulful, spiritually mature best friend, and even my same girlfriend who I originally referenced. I am on the same page with the most important people in my life. And we continue to say "I don't know, but let's keep going and figure this out." That might not be as good as being at a high point in life. Those moments when everything is clicking and going right for you. But it's definitely an ok place to be. I'm ok. We're ok. Everything is going to be ok...