Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my readers no matter who or where you are and how you celebrate and with whom you celebrate. I am glad I celebrated this day with “the little people” in person with the Fire & Ice Tower and then by mail in the last few days! It is so easy for life to take over and to miss, not by decision but by life, celebrating special days with loved ones. This is a day for the 4 and 6 year olds to be children with valentines and parties and just sugaring out!
The theme of the day shouldbe love and beauty and courage and respect. It is for the living but it is also for those who have transitioned this past week. It is also for those who I will witness in jury duty for the next two weeks. It is for lovers, for entertainers, for the old and the young because it is what you make it. And, yes, financial freedom allows you to celebrate with love, with beauty, with courage, and with respect. But the love underlying it all can be your choice when you are feeling your financial freedom. You have removed the pressure of having to use money for every choice you make…that is the freedom!
Making changes in your life is hard. We get used to doing the same things all of the time until we know we have to stop and that it is time to transform. Water, living near Lake Erie, has always been an important part of my life with beach walking and collecting beach glass. And then I moved a half hour away from the lake to Oberlin, Ohio where there is no body of water. I stopped making the trip to Lake Erie probably because of time, but my Higher Power can conspire against me until I realize something is not right and that something was everything that could go wrong with water flowing into my life broke. I talked about that yesterday. So I felt compelled to change beginning today, I am making the time to go to the Lake as often as possible. More than that, a book I read years ago THE HIDDEN MESSAGES IN WATER by Masaru Emoto was availableat the Oberlin Public Library. So that is tonight’s reading. It is like a love letter to water to tell it that I treasure it as a part of my life. This morning I was at Lakeview Park at the East Beach for a nice part of the morning walking in the wind, following the massive flock of lake gulls as they took flight, settled in the water and returned to land when I had passed. It was a beautiful morning peaceful and quiet and the added touch was the massive rose garden they have at Lakeview. Yes, it was walking, yes, it was windy, yes, it was sunny, but more than anything the water knew I was there finding the peace and also finding the beauty of the roses and the gulls. I think water and I are going to be ok.
Spring is finally departing today as we celebrate the first day of Summer. But the dogwood is an annual celebration of new life, and here it is in Oberlin in front of FAVA. A beautiful awe moment as I do my walking whenever the weather permits. It takes a strong tree to face the Ohio winters and then come alive to welcome the warmer months. It does remind me of strong women and the book dealing with strong women by Amy Morin. She shares 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG WOMEN DON’T DO:
they do not compare themselves to other people
they do not insist on perfection
they do not see vulnerability as a weakness
they do not let self doubts stop them from reaching their goals
they do not overthink everything
they do not avoid tough challenges
they do not fear breaking the rules
they do not put others down to lift themselves up
they do not let others limit their potential
they do not blame themselves when something goes wrong
they do not stay silent
they do not feel bad about reinvesting themselves
they do not downplay their success
Like the dogwood, they know their strength and they know their beauty. They are strong women who know that emerging is not as hard as it looks…
Lately, my computer has been slowing down, so this morning I rebooted everything, and now I know from how I have been feeling since the beginning of the year–an experience in estrangement, the launching of a co-collaboration of Ageless Women of Wisdom, the extreme focus of getting the collaboration flowing, and then the dissolution of the collaboration and beginning the company anew as a solo entrepreneur. As usual, I get through the down time, just like the computer, but the energy begins to lag, and then…
Something or someone happens into your life with hope. The computer responds, and I begin to respond. The company will make it through a few down days while I re-organize now that the fundamentals have been changed to reflect my solo management of Ageless Women of Wisdom. Not only do I begin to believe, I begin to emerge once again in Oberlin, and I begin to want to fly. The start will begin this weekend, and then I will see where my wings will take me.
Emerging is a process, and what a lovely process it is. Just like this Dogwood which caught my eye yesterday in Oberlin on an AWE walk, its buds were submerged, hidden, for months, and now it is a glorious tree. It is a cyclical occurence happening in the Spring, the season of its beauty. People can live much of their life submerged with their family, their friends, their work, and more. Sooner or later, many, not all, emerge, and it is always a glorious occasion. So what happens after someone emerges…
As Esther Hicks often says, “Getting ready to be ready, to be ready.” And that is what beach glass does. It is also what caterpillars do, I think. Both beach glass and butterflies, two of my favorite things, are part of transformational change on their own personal level. And, in the end, they become the beautiful creations of nature that are dearly collected and loved. We, as humans, are much the same. We start as an embryo, hidden away from even the one who is about to give birth to us. We become infants, helpless but develop into toddlers, teens, young adults, and with our aging we constantly change. It is as we age, if we take the time, we can see the beauty–the beauty of our soul–manifest differently than the beauty of a new born baby. We have spent our whole existence getting ready to be ready to be ready to be ready for the AWEsomeness of maturity and the wisdom that we have accumulated through each stage of life!
It is quite obvious that the pictured bejeweled butterfly has had some help becoming as beautiful as she is. It is like the commercial for the Maya and Marty television show, silly to the point of nonsensical, where Maya Rudolph contemplates edible diamonds. Everyone knows that diamonds have no nutritional value, they are beautiful and valued. Just like this beautiful blue butterfly has been cosmeticized by humans. But we still enjoy the beauty of the butterfly and the humor of Maya Rudolph’s diamonds. We know they are not real, but we enjoy them anyway. And everyone can be beautiful in their own way. It does not have to make sense, it just has to be enjoyed. Find your butterfly or your diamond today and enjoy its beauty and the beauty it brings to your life. No matter how little or how much it costs in money, time, or laughter.
Butterflies have a wonderful story. They begin as caterpillars, thinking (but we really do not know what they think, do we?) that they are destined to be furry creatures that capture the attention of both young and old. What we do know about butterflies is that they do go through a transition more than once in their lifetimes.
They transform from the caterpillar into a cocoon and a chrysalis, and then all of a sudden, they emerge as a butterfly!
Even then, they may all be different according to their species. There are beautiful butterflies in all types of wing configuration and color. It would be wonderful to know what the butterfly was thinking, to know if they know the important role they play in pollination and pure beauty. They do not, as far as we know, have a mirror to look into and like or dislike what they see. But I am sure they have their own story, which may be a good story or a bad story.
And yet, we look at them and only see the beauty…so what is their story. Do they know that they are a universal symbol of transformation. Just wondering what their story is…
Take the time during the holidays to appreciate the simple beauty all around you, such as a butterfly… Time at this time of the year is a precious commodity, and I, for one, have come to resent, the hustle bustle when I work so hard to keep calm and serenity in my life. But I find that if I take the time to meditate on something beautiful in nature, it takes me back to peace and serenity. And, if nothing else, contemplate your own beauty–how intricately you as a human being have been put together and then move on in aw of your own natural beauty!