I am in a place of transition, physically, mentally and spiritually. The life i am living no longer works for me. I feel that I have allowed things to become to complicated.I experienced a real burn out. Taking on responsibility way beyond my means. Falsely believing that If I don’t do it, it won’t get done. Constantly taking on other peoples problems. What I had failed to realize was that in order to be a better person, I needed to learn to nurture myself. To slow down and really embrace the simpler things in this life. It sounds so cliche, but yet it is so true. This transition for me is about taking care of self in order to be able to help others. This transition for me is about taking the time to really listen to what God is speaking to me about instead filling my head with other things that muffle his voice. This transition for me is about stepping up to my purpose. I know that I have been called to do more, so now its time to do it! Stop, breathe, enjoy the simpler things. The things we take for granted assuming that these things will always be here. Speak no evil, don’t gossip. Drop all things toxic. People, foods, habits that serve no purpose. Simple is best…Simple is peaceful…Simple can bring joy…Think about it, when is the last time you really just stopped to breathe and to listen to your own breath…That is God breathing life into you…Embrace it!
KEEP IT SIMPLE, SIMPLE IS BEAUTIFUL!
As summer was coming to a close, I was contemplating going back to work after a long vacation. I had just completed a move from one city to another. I had purged items from my life that no longer held meaning. I, somehow, lost all of the contacts in my phone, so I took that as an opportunity to purge people who no longer held any meaning for me. Of course, these are the people who only come around when there is a need. So one morning as I am walking down a beautiful block in my new neighborhood, I walk upon an overgrown lot. It appeared that there had once been some kind of community garden in place, but maybe the caretakers could no longer take care of it. So it sat alone,being overtaken by the strong presence urban weeds. As I got closer to the gate of this garden to take a closer look around, I saw several bursts of purple. The color was vibrant and there was a glow… The weeds although sparse could not hide the beauty of these flowers. The glow was amazing! This reminded me of how life sometimes seems to overwhelm us with the ugliness of everyday life. We feel that no one will be able to see
us,that there is no way out. But we must remember that inside of each and everyone of us there is an amazing power. The power to change any situation and turn it into a positive. That inner glow! That light that people see when we just simply start the process of change. That light that shows when we just begin to show up. Its there and through meditation, exercise, prayer and other means we can begin to tap into that glow. Through my move to the new city and all of the purging of things that no longer held meaning, I too unleashed my inner glow. I tapped into and unveiled that light that is within…Grateful to have had the summer to do this.
This weekend I attended my family’s 14th annual family reunion in New Orleans, Louisiana.The awesome family branch in that city coordinated the event. Amazing undertaking, There were approximately 150 plus people in attendance. The people traveled from different parts of the United States to attend. The anticipation of reuniting with family members and meeting new additions to the family continued to build up in me as the weekend was approaching. My nerves got the best of me. I am truly a creative type and that part of me that loves to be on my own was now going to have to be put aside for the event. I traveled with my youngest daughter , annoyed that my oldest could not join me, but we arrived safely. I arrived late on the first night, so I did not really see anyone. But the second and third day proved to be non stop fun and filled with multiple tokens of love. The city of New Orleans is truly beautiful and I feel grateful to have family connection there. How Blessed I am to have so much love in my life. How Blessed I am to be a part of such a loving group. I told my daughter, who is 16 years of age, we are related to just about every single person in this banquet room. Through bloodline, by spirit, and by God’s grace we are one. As the weekend came to an end, I felt full,overwhelmed with emotion.Not able to really do anything but smile. Words could not express my feelings but I am now ready for anything… and the battery has been recharged. Now when I am working and feel unappreciated for my efforts, I can draw upon the memories of being embraced. The next time I am driving and someone cuts me off , instead of cussing at them, I can smile because I think they just need more love in their life. I started thinking about how a jewelry artist will sometimes use precious jewels in their creations. In this case God used some of his most precious jewels to create this family. No one is perfect, not even diamonds are truly flawless, but with the embrace of a family we can be molded into amazing people. Family is everything. It is, truly it is.
God Bless my family…..