A fellow blogger, Abubakar, shared his list of 22 Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier in My Life and then invited each of us to write about things we wish we had known/might have learned the hard way. I have enjoyed reading the wisdom from other blogs, and thought I would share a bit of my own journey in the same way.
I have a confession of sorts..I actually love Miley Cyrus’ song “The Climb”. My children are delighted that I even know who Miley is…here is a snippet of lyrics from her song:
“There’s always gonna be another mountain,
I’m always gonna wanna to make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose…”
And she goes on the describe *the climb*….I won’t share the rest here because truthfully…
There doesn’t have to be a climb, a struggle, a mountain to move.
I will say it again….
There doesn’t have to be a climb, a struggle, a mountain to move…
Honestly, as I reflect back upon my childhood and every stage following, I know that each and every experience was Divinely placed to stitch together my personal tapestry. I would not change anything. To have other knowledge would have changed my path, my essence, myself. But, following along with Abubakar’s 22 things, I have a few “Reflections to my Inner Child” to share with you:
My precious child, as you go about the process of living life, here are a few tips I wish you would incorporate:
You are perfectly made to be exactly who you are as you are in this very moment. You are Loved. You are Worthy and Deserving of abundance and of experiencing each of your heart’s whispers Answered.
Open your heart fully–each and every day–regardless of external circumstances and allow Love to circulate freely. Allow *Divine Love* to wash over you, self love to bathe you, others love to illuminate you. When you close your heart, even a smidgen, you are closing the door on Love. You will find that yes, pain sucks– sucks royally–and our immediate reaction to pain is to close, but I ask you to leave your heart open..to allow Love to touch that pain, to fill those wounded places, to use pain as a tool in growth.
Identify what makes your heart sing, overflow with joy..and then incorporate it into your life. An activity, a color, a song, a food…whatever inspires you to automatically smile when you think of it..*that* is what needs to have abundant space in your life.
Share and receive, unconditionally and generously. Time, energy, resources, Spirit, Love…share with yourself first so that your Energy is pure and overflowing and from that share with others. If you are bitter and resentful, you will share bitter and resentful so release negative before sharing. Please share only what is pure and good from a joy-filled overflowing heart. If you want what you share to be the best, then put in the effort–work hard– to make it the best, for yourself and for others. Include yourself in sharing…be as kind and caring and generous with yourself as you are with others. Just as you share, you shall receive as graciously.
Keep your space clean, allow for fresh air, openness, simplicity, stillness..stretch to expand within that space, revel in that space. When the time is right, that beautiful, fresh, clean space will be full of all that is good. Something wonderful that delights your heart will fill that space. If your space is messy, please don’t criticize yourself–lovingly acknowledge the mess that has accumulated then work on releasing it.
Life isn’t meant to be a struggle, a climb, a swim against the current…life is about sharing energy, golden and pure. Life is about peace, joy, love, faith, creativity. As nature unfolds, so shall your life. If you are struggling, you are not allowing for unfolding. You are not accepting what is as it is, you are deflecting it. *You* are creating the struggle then. So, let the struggle go, let the uphill climb go, let the swim against the current go. Allow your body to be healthy and whole, allow your Spirit to be free, allow your heart to remain open..Allow for, not struggle against. *Revel* in natural beauty, joy, creativity, cycles, stillness. *Find the joy* in each and every step…and if your steps become heavy, find what is weighting you down and release it.
You are beauty filled, joy filled, peace filled..filled with fruits of the Spirit, Energy, golden and pure..but *You* are not the focus of your life..*they* are. Your space in the world matters because your being needs space to exist here, but *You* do not need to matter. Your sole purpose in being placed here is to share energy, plain and simple. You have been given gifts so please make sure to treasure them and find the most purposeful place to share them with others. Your existence here is not about what you may consume, how much you may gather, but about how can you be a conduit for energy to flow most purely and freely among people. When you cling to anything..a person, an object, a thought, anything from nature…you are impeding its growth, hastening its death. Only by loving fully and releasing may you allow for growth. You may enjoy all that is pure and delights your heart but please realize that it is placed in your life for that very moment, not all moments.
In closing, I may not say this often, but I shall as we move forward….You are absolutely precious in all ways. Please allow yourself to experiment, to explore, to create, to make mistakes, to fail, to succeed gloriously, to love deeply, to live fully. I am proud of each and every step you make..I love you exactly as you are…Thank you for Being a beautiful part of me. You are Loved, You are Safe, You are Free…
Love from your older self,
Along with the theme of this post, I have a book giveaway…The book is “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum. I first heard about it when Lance featured a poem that the book is based on in his Sunday Thought. Please click the link to read the poem. I found a paperback edition of the book at the outdoor book mart that I wrote about last Monday. It is an easy read, full of wisdom in a manner that is witty and palatable. If you would like to be entered in the drawing for this book, please state so in your comment. The winner will be picked in a raffle of names on Friday June 18th at 6pm…and announced on Monday’s post…