Sunday, April 29, 2012

Updates...and growing love

I was hoping to get some stuff done this weekend....but it's still super frosty here at night so gardening is on hold... :(  And regular domestic matters are kinda taking priority over getting anything fun or creative accomplished... :(  So I'm kinda feeling a little bit "rutty" lately.

On a positive note, health and fitness goals are still on track. :)  I'm meeting with a trainer Wednesday to get a little bit of an actual plan going.  I'm ready to take everything to the next level, but am not really sure where to begin.  So I'm excited for that.

So no updates or anything today really.  But I do have a beautiful bit of poetry I'd like to share with you that I read this morning on block-a-day.  (Love! her blog.)

The light of the soul throws sparks,
can send up flares, build signal fires,
causes proper matters to catch fire.

To display the lantern of the soul in shadowy times like these,
to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both,
are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.

~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

This piece speaks to me in so many ways.  Ever since I was very young I felt that our souls were such powerful, powerful things...and yet, at the same time, so very fragile.  Maybe it was the overwhelming love I had for Jewel growing up and her influence on me at a very impressionable point in my life.  <3  But I do feel  that each one of us has so much potential for love and kindness and beauty...or not.  And unfortunately, it's the "not" that we seem to see more of lately.  I feel like we're experiencing a terrible disconnect in our lives today and that we need so desperately to grow love wherever and whenever we can.  But that no one seems to know, realize or care that that's the case.  For me, I see it in everything from people not waving to me on my runs through the neighborhood (are they too cool? too busy? am I invisible??) to the "me first" attitude that I've experienced first hand on more than one occasion this week (the details on where and with whom I'll leave out...).

All you can do, though, is work on yourself.  I'm glad I opened my blog reader this morning and that these were the first words I saw...I am far from perfect and am so grateful when a beautiful reminder like that falls into my lap.  From a kinda rough week, I was instantly drawn back to center and experienced a great little meditation moment dwelling on those words.  So - many thanks to Lily for sharing.

As for me, I will continue to wave at my neighbors.  We're all just people.  A smile from a stranger always brightens my day, so smile I will. :)  I'll continue to try, and try harder, to extend kindnesses to others and think of the effect my words and actions will have on others before I speak and act.  If it's not our job to make the world a better place - whose is it?

1 comment:

StasaLynn said...

Love the poem.... I shared it with my Stephen Ministry friends...