Wednesday, July 10, 2013
To See Ourselves As Others See Us!
Yesterday I got distracted...by the garden...I was on my way to the pool for warm water exercises and just stopped for a second to look at the cutest little white flower in the front garden. It was all soft and furry and fuzzy and I wanted to capture it for the Garden album. I tried and nothing I could do could get a clear picture of her. All I heard was "I WANT TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PICTURE TOO!!" It her neighbor the bright orange marigold and she was talking to me loud and clear. WHAT??? OK...here you are...a together portrait. It's a lovely combination - bright - vivid - warmth - exuberance and soft, gentle, peaceful. As the day went on, I ketp thinking about those two flowers and their differences and realized that they had chosen to be together in the garden and share in my visions. OK. As usual, I reflect on that for more meaning and relate it to a message for my life!!
Here is my very early morning take. It's about me - the issue I often write about - self acceptance and belonging. It's not just about me but probably resonates with most of you too - truth??? There's an old issue that keeps surfacing - wonder howmany of us have the same experience - over and over again until we 'get it right?" This is who I am - or who I think I am. This is how the world sees me - or how I think the world sees me. Then there is yet another reality. There is another way to see myself and to understand how the world truly sees me. The amazing thing is that the other way is much the more positive wayand in my subconscious that give messages of 'not so good' yet I hear loud and clear, "When can we get together?" "I need my Martie time" "You know so many people" "You have so much to share" "Your work is so creative and beautiful" "You are talented" I continue to look over my shoulder and wonder who these people are talking about? I need to come to the realization that she is NOT over my shoulder but within. Am I the cute frilly white flower or am I the marigold. Do I need to compare? Or do I need to choose which one I am cause I am NOT one or the another but both are a part of me!! Does it really make a difference? NOT AT ALL...the challenge is to know that within lies the pot of gold - not over the next hill or in make self look "better'in relation to others. Within is the pot of gold and the rainbow - the gentle spirit that is full of zest and life and love.
Now consider the hydrangea - we could think it strange that there are both purple and pink flowers on the plant and no blue! For a few years, this plant gave us nothing but green leaves. Bill was about ready to take it out and I begged for another year. Now, she produces and is prolific and gorgeous. Another lesson huh? Mom always called me a late bloomer - is the hydrangea too a representation of something within me? Maybe so. So I am multifaceted and brightly colored and gorgeous like the hydrangea. These are all BE STILL moments and on reflection, there are sooooooooooo many lessons that come from the flowers and other plants in our garden. How to really recognize,learn and pay attention to that?!? Simple, just stop and PAY ATTENTION!! (NOTE: for those of you who read the original - these words were just blank white lines...now they are real)
Now it is time to go and settle in and read The Element by Ken Robinson - friend Bob just sent me "IT" and a laundry list of possibilities as I discover my Element and begin to manifest it. Hey - think about it - aren't I already engaged in the process with this blog and facebook page. Fancy that!!