Advice from a Retired Warrior Princess 

​Dear Fellow Travelers,

Each day, I spend time reflecting inwardly and pondering what my message to the world should be. I don’t want to say too much or too little,  I don’t want to repeat a bunch of stuff you’ve already heard before and I don’t want to fill you up with a bunch of fluffy, silly ‘feel good’ nonsense because it isn’t practical and you can’t do anything with it or act on it.  The other thing is, because I have found love, happiness, peace and joy within myself, I want very much to share it with the whole world. I want to somehow pass around handfuls of it so that everyone can partake in it together. I think that’s just what happiness does. It wants to spread it’s warm glow all around so everyone can bask in it, just as laughter wants to bubble up in the hearts and lungs of everyone around us and find it’s way out so that it can delight the next person. Love wants to engulf us in the softest blanket imagineable so that we feel safe and warm and treasured and secure. The trouble is, I can’t hand you my happiness nor my joy and laughter. I can certainly extend it to you but it’s far more important that you find and cultivate it within yourself because only then can it be authentic and everlasting. What I can do is offer my love and compassion and have it meet you wherever you currently are in your journey.  I can also promise to see you as you truly are, especially when it’s difficult for you to see that for yourself… If you see yourself as broken, I will see you as whole. If you think you are nothing, I will see you as the wise, capable being that I know all of us to be. If you have given up, given in, and decided to play small because this world has chewed you up and spit you out for the umpteenth time, I will remind you that you have a brave, loving heart and a warrior spirit and I’ll tell you that you didn’t come here to tap out or stand down or allow the world to tell you who or what you are. I can do that for you because I’ve been down some bumpy, treacherous roads in my journey too and looking back, I think it would have been very comforting to know that someone still believed in my greatness and worthiness even when I couldn’t. Within all of that, you still possess the right to deny my version of your truth because it’s up to you to decide who you are as well as to claim it and proudly announce your truth to the world. Meanwhile, I’ll be here walking my path and working through my stuff as well as offering my support and encouragement to all those I meet along the way. One last thing: you know that person I mentioned? The one that exists inside of you and is strong, healthy, loving and whole?  That person is really and truly amazing. Don’t take my word for it though.  Go ahead and see for yourself. 

Big love coming your way,

Yours Truly


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Teach only Love 

​This is a beloved picture of my oldest son who is now nearly 21. The picture was taken by my talented mother and has been a family treasure ever since. Children possess a natural curiosity and a great love for the human, plant, and animal kingdoms; especially if we help foster and cultivate that love and respect within them. Reading, writing and arithmetic are wonderful but let’s not forget to teach love. ❤

Heavenly Humor

​And the Lord said “Many are called but few are chosen. Mainly because no one answers their phone or listens to their voicemail anymore. I really need to learn how to text!”

Little something I came up with during the wee hours. I hope it won’t be considered blasphemous. I’m already in enough trouble for all the guardian angels that have been quitting on account of me. Who knew angels could have nervous breakdowns?! 😉

Photo source: Pixabay

Open Letter to the World’s People 

​I’m one of those souls that laughs with you when you’re laughing, celebrates your victories and personal wins, cries with you and for you, supports your goals and dreams, reminds you of your greatness and shines a light to guide you out of the darkness. I’m also a soul who loves and accepts you exactly as you are and wouldn’t dream of changing you. I don’t judge the mood you’re in and I won’t shame you or blame you ever, for any reason. There’s always a reason for every mood and emotion that we experience and none are better or less than in any case. I see them as messages from our mind and soul that provide guidance and meaning to consider and act upon, if necessary. As I tend to be a bright and joyful, happy soul, that’s what I broadcast. It isn’t that I’m luckier than anyone or more blessed. It isn’t that I’ve been spared from the many challenges and difficulties of Earthly life and it isn’t that I’m not familiar with feelings such as emotional turmoil, negativity, anxiety, fear, depression, stress, etc. I suppose that due to my inner disposition, I tend to experience less of that sort of thing than I used to but also that when I do experience it, I allow it. I don’t fight it or judge it or get angry at myself or think that I’m weak. I allow whatever feelings are coming to come. I sit with them, fully present. I mire in them and mull them over but most importantly, I allow them to pass through me. And they always do. And that’s wonderful because that wasn’t always the case, way back when. The message I would like to get across with this though, is that I don’t ever want anyone to feel that I’m telling people to be happy, to be peaceful and/or to love every last person on the planet, etc. First of all, that’s my job LOL LOL, sorry, the humor always has to make its presence known in my life! Anyway, all I want for you is whatever YOU want for YOU. Your joy is my joy. We all are responsible for choosing and discovering our own happiness. I’m there with you also when you’re depressed, anxious, angry, jealous, spiteful, nervous, fearful, etc. I won’t partake in it with you because that’s not necessary and it isn’t meant for me; but I don’t want you to think that I’m not right there with you loving you and supporting you through whatever you may be going through and I will NOT be judging any part of it or suggesting that you should feel or be something else other than what’s present in the current moment. I guess I just have this need to let you know that it’s all ok. Whatever way you’re feeling is appropriate and acceptable and necessary for your particular journey. You may beat yourself up and belittle yourself for it or you may get annoyed and irritated with my way of being but whatever the case may be, I’ll still be right here loving you and supporting you as I always have. And the thing is, you’re going to have to give me the freedom and the right to do just that. Doesn’t really matter. I’m a rebel. I’ll keep doing it anyway. 😉 Big love coming at you, fellow travelers… Always big love. 

High Praise for the Ground Crew

​Attention all people who are out there doing whatever they can to put some joy, peace, love, humor and healing into this beautiful world of ours: THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! You are my peace partners and I’m so grateful for you and all that you do!! Don’t worry about whether or not it’s enough, it is. Don’t fret about whether or not you’re doing it the right way, you are. Just keep showing up and doing what you do in your own special way and know that you’ve made a positive impact and a difference. Big love coming at you my friends… very big love. ❤

No Plans to Save the World 

​Every now and again, a friend or an acquaintance will jokingly accuse me of trying to save the world. I know it’s meant as a compliment and I take it as such because it means they recognize the big love and deep reverence that dwells in my heart for all people. With that said, I’d now like to clear up this matter. I have no plans to save the world and I wouldn’t even bother trying… Anticipated reactions: What? Gasp!! Mon Dieu!! I don’t actually have any French acquaintances. Just thought I’d throw that in there for fun. 😉

Anyway, as much as I love people and the world, I know that I can’t do a darned thing to save any of you because I personally believe that it’s up to each of us individually to save ourselves, and in doing so we heal the world little by little. As some of you may know, I make a point to be of service to others in whatever way I can. In regard to this matter, I assist by loving people exactly as they are, despite how flawed or unworthy or unlovable they think they are; and I support their inner healing process and do my best to guide them to the awareness that maybe, just maybe, they’re pretty darn fabulous and worthy and loveable right here, right now, no matter what. If they can get to that point, they have a decent shot at healing from within and saving themselves and that’s rather huge and empowering if you ask me. Building on that, at the end of the day, the truth of the matter is that we did NOT come here to stand down or play small or be less than. We came to stand in our glory and shine the heck out of it all over the stinking place in the hopes of helping others to stand in their glory and shine it all over the place too so that we can all be happy and shiny together and have peace on Earth. Ok, that got a little silly but hopefully you get the gist. The other thing is this: I didn’t come here to be a leader and I sure as heck didn’t come here to be a follower. To be one, you need the other and that just doesn’t spell out personal freedom to me. Instead, I invite you to join me on even, solid ground as your friend and as your equal because the thing is, we are ALL walking each other home and I am so incredibly happy to know you and to walk with you because from what I’ve seen, you’re all pretty darned amazing. Journey on my friends. See you out there on the road.
Big love coming at you,
Yours Truly

To-do List

Lofty goals for the day: 

– replace chipping blue nail polish with a different blue nail polish because… blue. No other color can compare.

– either purchase a new hat or figure out something else to do with my hair in this heat and humidity. My plaid hat, though cute, is becoming a bit too recognizable and I like to maintain my obscurity.

– remind all the people of the world that they’re fabulous and wonderful and loveable exactly as they are and tell those who struggle with getting out of bed in the morning due to stress or anxiety that they ARE NOT WEAK!! They are STRONG and BRAVE!! Perhaps even braver than the rest of us because we’re not facing that sort of adversity. I know it’s hard and difficult and perhaps even painful but you’re doing it friends. GOOD ON YOU!!! I love you and if you don’t like that or can’t deal with it, TOO BAD. I’m gonna do it anyway because you all are worth it and you deserve it and because I don’t know how not to do it and wouldn’t stop even if I did. 

– love everyone and I mean EVERYONE.

– lastly, continue to honor who I am and be kind and gentle with myself and respect myself because I deserve that and I would be doing the world a great disservice if I went around acting all lowly and “less than” because that isn’t the truth. I am born and made of greatness and divinity as are we all. 

Peace out my friends. I gotta go show this world what we’re made of and I’ve got a lot of ground to cover…

Family Picture 

​One big, happy family. I’m not known for being stubborn but gosh darn it, I will be stubborn about this. I will continue to work toward this reality and I will continue to believe in it no matter what because this is the type of world we all deserve and I know it’s the one I came here for. By the way fam, great picture huh? We look pretty darn good together, don’t we? XoXo. I love ya. Yep, deal with it. 😉❤

The Revelatory Nature of Love

​One day I decided to change the way that I listened to people. I began to listen with my heart instead of with my mind, I began to feel their words as though they were my own rather than analyze them like a foreign concept, I listened to the space between each word and dipped my toes into the underlying emotion of what they were trying to convey. It was then that I discovered that whether they were speaking from a place of anger, or fear, or profound sadness, it all boiled down to the same thing. It didn’t matter which words were said or in what order. The message lay in the silence, somewhere in the realm of the unspoken. It couldn’t be detected with the ears because they were too busy hearing what they wanted to hear. It couldn’t be deciphered by the mind because it was too busy making assumptions and passing judgment. It was understood only by an open heart. And the heart knew that the sad and angry and fearful words were all a call for love. And so instead of doling out a bunch of my own words, I began to surround people with love and little by little, the world started to change all around me and the people around me felt that they’d been heard and understood and the dense fog that separated us began to dissipate and it was if we were all seeing each other clearly for the first time. And in this way, I learned that beyond the shadow of a doubt, love is always what’s called for. Not once has it been the wrong answer, regardless of the question or situation. So if you’re in distress and you’re struggling with your words and how to express yourself, don’t worry. I’ll be quiet and I’ll listen with my heart and we’ll find each other through the light of love.

Blessings,

Yours Truly