Once Upon A Time

Just BE

Once upon a time I was just me.

I didn’t have to tweet it, share it or take a picture of it.

I didn’t have to believe I was any more or less than I was and I certainly didn’t have to convince anyone else of it.

I wasn’t photoshopped, filmed, managed or mocked.

I didn’t need your approval nor was I addicted to your likes.

I didn’t check on the progress of my post or rely on your views to feel seen.

I moved through my life with the ease of knowing I may not be seen and I didn’t need to be.

The world had only two eyes and they were mine.

Those eyes looked into the face of others when we passed on the street, they saw the leaves blowing on the trees and the falling snow as it lightly landed on my eyelashes.

I walked with my head held high and I didn’t think about posting the beautiful scenery around me.

Once upon a time life was real and each moment simply passed without the need to capture it on a screen.

Once upon a time I was just me and you were just you and there was no need for our paths to criss cross multiple times throughout the day.

We didn’t need to survey and compare who we are and where each event in our life was leading us because once upon a time we simply lived for the joy of being and not the constant distraction of trying to be.

Xoxo

Change Brings Change

Change-Quotes-8_thumb11We spend so much time in pursuit but I wonder how much time we spend preparing to receive.

If you are one of the blessed few who truly know what they want are you one of even fewer who is ready to receive it?

You must make room for the results and prepare yourself because when you get what you’re so fervently pursuing it will change you and it will change your life.

It will also tear from you some of the things you cherish most about your current life.

The bigger the pursuit, the bigger the change, the more you will need to release from the space you’re in now.

These are things to be considered yet not feared.

There are very unpleasant aspects to growing into something new unless you are currently living in absolute misery. Be prepared to let go.

Your fear will have you hanging onto the past while reaching for the future but unfortunately it doesn’t happen that way.

Your wingspan is not wide enough to cling to both.

There is a point of free fall when you will not have a firm grasp on either.

It’s the free fall that makes the difference.

It’s the letting go of what is real in your physical world with nothing but faith in what is real in your imaginary world that prepares you to receive… and it is the most difficult thing you’ll ever do.

The Darkness Within

aloneJust decide that you want to make a difference and you will.
You are a living breathing message of hope and change whether you know it or not.
No matter who you are or how insignificant you believe yourself to be every day offers a chance to inspire one person with your attitude or enable them with your voice.
Take a look back at your life and recognize the patterns and the lessons and the experiences that continue to repeat themselves, whether good or bad, because they are the clues to your legacy.
Take a look at your greatest accomplishments and your greatest failures or struggles and find the parallels that lie within for they are intricately connected.
Every great obstacle you overcome becomes your lesson to teach; your message to share.
You may not choose to share in a large public forum but rising above difficulty with patience, love and a smile is what affects change in those around you, even if it is just family, friends and colleagues.
Freedom is only ever about attitude. You must find freedom within the confines of your mind before you will ever find it in relationships or money or profession.
It is your ability to stand up as a leader in your life, emulate those who shine, set your sights on a bigger brighter environment for those you love that brings the freedom you desire.
I have seen the darkness and have come to realize it rests within me, always.
It rises to the surface when I take my eyes off what is good and right and beautiful in my life.
It weighs me down when I stop believing in the work I’m doing and refuse to see the change that is happening all around me.
It threatens to drown me like a heavy rock I hold within my arms until I simply let go.
My affirmation for you on this day is this,
Today I will choose to accept that although the darkness is always there it is only because I have closed my eyes. Every moment that I feel pain or uncertainty; anxiety or depression; fear or abandonment; I will simply acknowledge 10 things around me that are beautiful and I will know that my choice to do so is the foundation of the difference I’ve decided to make.

With love,

Sheila