I AM YOU ARE

I am not here to teach you
Life will do that
I am not here to judge you
You will do that
I am not here to take from you
You will give that
I am here to see myself
In parts of you I discover
I am here to find myself
In parts of you I do not understand
I am here to heal myself
In parts of you I do not accept

You are not here to teach me
Life will do that
You are not here to judge me
I will do that
You are not here to take from me
I will give that
You are here to see yourself
In parts of me you discover
You are here to find yourself
In parts of me you do not understand
You are here to heal yourself
In parts of me you don’t accept

 

“Lose Some To Win Some…Story of a Champion” – Jay Z

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

A champion. Someone to be admired. Usually a master at their craft and usually, that’s when we notice them – when they have mastered their craft.

We do not see the trial and errors. We do not see the failures. We do not see the 1000 times they fell and the 1001 times they got back up.

And before that 1001 times they got back up? Still a Champion. Because a Champion earns their badge by failing and trying again. They earn their badge by moving forward, using what happened yesterday as a PUSH towards their goal.  They do not sit idle waiting, they sit to REST when they need to.

A champion. In every struggle, in every failure. We get back up. Earn our badge. And still a Champion.

“Stop Shrinking Yourself to Fit in Places You’ve Outgrown” – Unknown

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

We hold on to what’s comfortable. We hold on so tightly, that we become part of it. Where we live, a significant other, a job, a habit. We believe we belong to it and it belongs to us. Even if it no longer makes us grow. Even if the shoe no longer fits, the love becomes stale, the job sucks at our soul, the habit becomes destructive – it’s comfortable and we hold on.

The thing about comfort is that it convinces us anything outside of it is too foreign to accept. Anything outside of it is scary. Anything outside of it will not fit. Anything outside of it is past our ability to understand. But our roots know better. Our roots know in order to grow, it needs to grow past comfort zones.

And if the things we belong to no longer serves our growth, if the love is stale, the shoe is too small, the job has left our soul thirsty, our habits have become destructive, we have contracted. We have forced ourselves to shrink. We have forced ourselves to fit into places our roots have grown past. Our roots know, it’s ok if we expand as well. Because LOVE is the energy that expands and FEAR is the energy that contracts.

So, choose LOVE. Grow. Expand. The other side of comfort waits.

“Wherever You Go, There You Are” – Unknown

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

We sit and look around wishing for a change of scenery. Maybe to more tropical climates. Maybe far away from the hustle and bustle of life. Maybe closer to the sea or far into the woods. Wherever it may be, we are calling for a change of scenery.  Apparently, where we sit now is not fulfilling our spirit. What we see is not feeding our soul. We are not connected to the place we are living in.

A change of scenery is calling.

And some of us will answer that call and move ourselves to these places. To warmer climates. Closer to the sea or into the woods. We will again seek fulfillment for our spirit, for our soul. Looking outside to the world to fill our cup. And then we realize, this change of scenery is not what we thought it would be.

The beauty of a new place fades, we still seek fulfillment, we still seek.

Until we see our reflection in that window looking out into the world, we see ourselves. The same eyes, the same spirit, the same soul, waiting for the change of scenery to give us whatever we are asking for.  But how can a change of scenery give us – the same eyes, the same spirit, the same soul – the fulfillment we are demanding?

How can an unchanged perspective invite in change? How can a closed mind accept something different? How can we seek SOUL food when we stuff ourselves with egoic waste?

The change of scenery will not be a CHANGE of scenery unless we ourselves are open to the CHANGE. Wherever we go, there we are. We are always the common denominator in life. Yesterday, today, tomorrow. If we want change, we need to begin with ourselves FIRST, because once we are able to “change the way we look at things, things change.” And it is quite possible that wherever we are sitting today, is actually the perfect place for our spirit and soul to grow. Eventually guiding us to a change of scenery for a fulfilled spirit, fed soul, and a better connection to life.

“I’ll Tell You What Freedom Is to Me. No Fear” – Nina Simone

Written for and Published on The Seeds 4 Life.

Oh, wildflowers. Ever notice how they bloom stubbornly? How they do not ask for permission to grow. How they do not compete for space. They reach through soil, through rock, through concrete. Adding life with colors with their fearless audacity.

The monarch butterfly. From the moment it spreads its wings, it ages rapidly. It dances with the wind while time plans to end the music in a possible 6 weeks. But the monarch dances. It kisses flowers and welcomes the instinct to migrate south so it may continue to dance with warmer winds. A courage blind to the certain outcome, but fully living feeling that breeze.

Then, there is us. Seeking the freedom to be who we are while being told who we should be. Staring at the horizon and preparing ourselves to take that first step. And although we may stand stall like trees, our roots we may take wherever we may go.

We are free to choose a direction and to tell our feet, “Onward.” And much like wildflowers, we do not need permission to grow. We are born free to do so. And much like the monarch butterfly, the winds of life welcome us to dance.

We are free to accept the invitation. Courageously. One step at a time. Liberated.

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10. Low expectations lead to less disappointment.

9. Help others for them, not for you.

8. Change may be uncomfortable, but it’ll be painful if resisted.

7. Go inward as often as your spirit calls you to.

6. Self Care is vital for happiness.

5. What we allow, will continue.

4. It’s all about consistency.

3. Don’t tie self value on how someone else sees you.

2. At the end of every chapter, take inventory of your life. Get rid of the clutter and keep the things that give you peace of mind.

1. Worry less about what/who is fake and produce more of what is real.

“Patience Is Also a Form of Action” – Auguste Rodin

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

We hesitantly say hello to patience and try to hurry past it. In that hurry, we trip and fall. Patience comes to help us up and we realize it is there to keep us for a while. It is not offended by our resistance or our annoyance. It is wiser than that.

Patience is always coming with wisdom. Unfortunately, we are so consumed with irritation that we are deaf to what it has to share. We assume we are kept from what matters and we are wasting time from reaching our destination. We are held against our will by this patience and we try to figure out shortcuts and plan B’s to get to where we were going before patience tripped us. But we fail.

No shortcuts, no plan B’s. Patience is wiser than that. Patience is the opportunity to refocus the blur we create when we hurry. It’s the necessary silence when the noise drowns out our inner voice. It’s the calibration of our compass. It’s the STOP so we may look both ways. It’s the reminder to take a deep breath and the necessary pull to be present in our growth.

Patience is wise. It understands the purpose of the journey is not the destination, but the journey itself. Say hello to patience. Sit down with it for as long as it’ll have you.

“You Cannot Breathe the Air of Anxiety and Expect to Live in an Atmosphere of Peace” – Steven Furtick

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

This morning, some of us are rebuilding. Some of us are sitting with uncertainty. Some of us are saddened by the loss of a love gone too soon. Some of us are sitting in rubble. Some of us are holding on to the only thing we have left, faith.

Faith is strong; it’ll hold the door closed so hopelessness does not barge in. It reminds us to stand tall and to face the sun so our shadow falls behind us, but with the current atmosphere of constant change, many of which are out of our control, faith is tested. Our mind wanders to the places where the air is thick with anxiety and our tight grip on faith is slowly lost by our desperation to try to catch a breath of fresh air.

We gasp and take in more anxiety, as if the oxygen level on the planet has diminished and all we are able to focus on is that breath we need in order to find some faith again. Until we realize our breathing is shallow and we have forgotten the exercise of the deep breath. The breath where we inhale peace, where our chest rises and our rib cage expands as wide as it can, and where we exhale all that is holding our focus hostage – The worry, the hopelessness, the frustration, the fear.

Breathe. Breathe deeply. Expand the rib cage so the heart may have more room to beat for a few seconds. Close your eyes and breathe in deep. This breath is a gift. This life is temporary. The rebuilding will soon be the prelude to a home again. The uncertainty will soon bring answers. The sadness will soon become acceptance. The rubble will soon give way to a new foundation. Faith is always present and will accompany us for as long as we hold its hand. Take a deep breath and reach out your hand.

“One Day or Day One. You decide.” -Unknown

Written for and Published in The Seeds for Life.

We speak of our future with goals and dreams, but when that future becomes our today, how many goals and dreams are unrealized? 

“One day…” we tell ourselves, while one-day turns into many days, a week, a month, and years, without the dream or goal realized.

But the today we are present in is different. Today we will decide WHY we have unrealized dreams? What excuses have we made? Why have we allowed dreams to stay dreams? Time?  Finances? Fear? Circumstances are plenty; but if it is important, we will find a way, if not, we will find an excuse. We decide. 

Today, stand firm and take a step forward. Mark the calendar with DAY ONE, because the truth of the matter is, ONE DAY may never come.