Release me …

For my daughters, the liberty in release:

Feather Floating

 

In life, there will be times when you carry the weight of something that you struggle to release, to let go.

That weight could be guilt about words spoken or not spoken, frustration at action taken or not taken, disappointment at opportunity embraced or not embraced.

It could manifest as embarrassment or shame that embedded itself in your cells, so deep that it prevents you from putting yourself in situations that may flare those feelings, hot and bright, once again.

In short, the list of potential weights and burdens is greater than my imagination can conjure.

I want you to know that we’re not meant to carry every event, every feeling, every everything within us, forever.

In life, as with computers, it is important to regularly ‘clear the cache’.

Life events bring with them information; from each person, situation and experience, we can learn something important.

Honour the learning. Whether it emerges academically, through a shining success, as part of a chance or everyday encounter, or in a dismal and heart-shattering failure; honour the learning and give thanks for the lessons contained within.

Once you’ve gleaned the parts that will make you a better person going forward, release the episode, let it go so that the feelings it evoked do not serve as filters in future encounters, events or opportunities.

Learn the lesson, develop and grow from the learning and take this more evolved Self forward in your day to day life. This is the purpose of life events – to help you create yourself to be the best version of YOU that YOU can be.

And the parts that didn’t feel so good, the parts that linger in your memory and threaten to hold you back from being the best you that you can be?

Imagine them gathered together in concert with this appeal to your wiser Self … “Come on baby, you know it’s time to just let go, cause you just want to be free, and baby – you’ve just got to release me …”

Chase the clouds away …

For my daughters, a few things I can say now, with certainty:   I love the young women you are each creating yourselves to be. I am proud of the choices you make, the effort you expend, the risks you’re willing to take and the kindness and respect you have for others. Being at home…

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine …

It never ceases to amaze me how often people hide the aspects of themselves that make them so unique and special. Somewhere along the way, we’ve learned measures of ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable’ – and we strive to ensure that, in the eyes of others, or perhaps only in the eyes of those whose opinions we’ve…

My Sweet Imagination …

Once upon a time, there was a little girl filled with Wonder, Enchantment, Belief in the Possible, Reverence for Beauty, Love for Music, Humility in the face of Magic, and so much more. She followed the path of her life with Hope in her heart, Enthusiasm for all learning, Faith that she held the capacity…

If you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all …

  For many years, my daughters and I have spent one week, each July, with friends, in the loft of The Trading Post at Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada. It is something we always looked forward to ~ and we always fully enjoyed. This year, only my youngest daughter, aged 17, was able to stay for…