When we walk into a room curious about what’s happening, willing to engage, and perceiving ourselves as an active participant with something to offer, then we have really shown up to the party. When we walk into a room with our eyes down, or nervously smiling, we are holding ourselves back for one reason or another. We may be hurting inside and in need of healing, or we may lack the confidence required to really be present in the room. Still, just noticing that we’re not really showing up, and having a vision of what it will look and feel like when we do, can give us the inspiration we need to recover ourselves.
Even if we are suffering, we can show up to that experience ready to fully engage in it and learn what it has to offer. When we show up for our life, we are actively participating in being a happy person, achieving our goals, and generally living the life our soul really wants. If we need healing, we begin the process of seeking out those who can help us heal. If we need experience, we find the places and opportunities that can give us the experience we need in order to do the work we want to do in the world. Whatever we need, we look for it, and when we find it, we engage in the process of letting ourselves have it. When we do this kind of work, we become lively, confident, and passionate individuals.
There is almost nothing better in the world than the feeling of showing up for our own lives. When we can do this, we become people that are more alive and who have the ability to make things happen in our lives and the lives of the people around us. We walk through the world with the knowledge that we have a lot to offer and the desire to share it.
I thought about posting the pictures I've taken lately and writing about the events and accomplishments they illustrate -- meeting my new niece, making Halloween costumes with my boys -- but it had a ring of hollowness to it. The truth is, I often struggle with being truly present, and those things in and of themselves aren't as exciting to me as the fact that I was actually able to be present and experience them with joy in a way that wasn't possible for me in the past. For this I credit the work I have done and continue to do on myself. That work got a big push when I had kids and realized my way of being in the world had a crucial impact on others besides myself, and another big push when I developed the health problems (severe chronic fatigue & pain) that rendered me almost constantly miserable and angry for a while until I decided I could not go on like that.
It has been a complicated and lengthy process, finding things that work and ways to stay committed to practicing them. One of the things that helps me is trying to be authentic, open, and inspiring with others. Hence the oversharing! Apropos of being inspiring, here are some words of wisdom I received in my inbox today that I hope will inspire someone else as much as they did me.
That's from dailyom.com.
Well now I think I will share some pictures and descriptions after all! (Now that I've made sure no one mistakenly thinks I'm trying to present myself or my life as enviably picture perfect!)
Holding Scarlett, my beautiful sister's and brother-in-law's beautiful baby girl!!!!!!!
Syrus enjoying his new "robot" (as he calls his robe)
Tucker making letters for his "Alphabet Man" costume
Gabriel looking handsome in his new PJs
That's all for now... finished costumes next time! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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