I just read a really flattering comment from someone whose artistry and heart I admire so much…and it inspired me to share this with you.
I’m guessing many of you have heard the expression/philosophy that advises that we need to help ourselves before we help others…
A literal and metaphorical example is the airplane emergency…
The instruction given is that–in event of emergency–you’re to give yourself oxygen first; for, it’s shortsighted to see to another’s needs at the expense of your own.
Put simply….the best way to help is to make sure you’re alive” to do so.
I say this to share that my complex,
are my “oxygen”…
the air that “fills my lungs” so that I can take the deep breaths that relax me…that recharge me…that feed my faith in hope…
that shines a light on the many blessings I’d be blind to otherwise.
In my determination to grow in a direction that uplifts me and focuses on my ever-unfolding best self, I need to use my, renewable, emotional energies in service of the really hard work that growing/thinking/processing can be…
But, growing requires an open mind–and renewal requires an influx of soul fuel.
Having an open mind means one must have a filter/boundaries…or else, any and everything falls in…
and, as we all know, there is much that isn’t good for our psyches–our mental health….much that is toxic and draining.
For example, not many of us would choose to watch the news for hours and hours on end–given the media’s “if it bleeds, it leads” focus (violence, oppression, genocides, abuse of power…on and on…and how fear-inspiring and demoralizing!).
Conversely, we in this blogging community share in order to contribute to the good…to uplift, entertain, impart wisdom, share sights and wonders and foods etc. that other’s might never see otherwise…
And, we share in the event that people can relate to our experiences…our commonalities…whether highs or lows.
So, since (other than during vacation) I can’t write/share more than I do (given time-consuming work responsibilities, relationships in my in-person-world…and, my relationship with myself), I dedicate my creativity to the writing style that gives me the biggest growth for my efforts.
It makes sense that it takes my dedicated supporters additional time and effort (and often, more than one reading) to get what I’m saying…
For, writing each post takes a lot more time than the hours I spend writing….
The word play that has people reading/re-reading–before lighting up with understanding and enjoyment–is much the same (life) process I go through.
Granted, the puns and wordplay come to me spontaneously–and, I easily/immediately get them–but, the foundation of my creatively-expressed points are hard-won/hard-understood life lessons.
It’s tempting to revert to pressuring/expecting myself to get it all right,
make it all better
But, there is no compassion in that…
I’ve learned there are no quick fixes…you need to learn to crawl before you walk, and walk before you can run…and run before you can fly..
But, trying to run from/out run life lessons is short-sighted…and results in taking longer to see that you’ve been going in the wrong direction…like moving through a fog.
So, I’ve said all of this to say that I am so grateful there are those who appreciate and benefit from my best efforts…
As are you, I’m driven to contribute to the good in a way that moves me closer and closer to my highest self…
And, I can’t over-state how blessed I am to have you support me as I navigate a myriad of vulnerabilities….and abject joys!
You are making a difference you can only imagine 🙂
And, a special thank you to
God bless you and your loves, Wonderfuls.
P.S. The complimentary comment was in response to my post
P.P.S. I just got my first response/comment to this post…and, it really choked me up with gratitude…it’s so great to know that I’ve communicated something that means something to someone…so,
Thank you sooo much,
P.P.PS. I’m grateful that anyone would take the time to comment, but I’m sharing the links of the first three people to do so….
Thanks soooo much,