Hey it’s me...Grace. So why the heck am I showing you my feet?
Cause I want you to always remember to take just the next step. You don’t have to think of all the things that need to be done, just the next thing.
For most of my life I was afraid of moving, of doing, of just plain existing sometimes. I would freeze in place. When I finally figured out it was okay to move forward, I would go into the 2nd phase of this pattern....overwhelm. Ugh!
Even tho I knew what to do and was doing it, I would go into overwhelm thinking of all the things that still had to get done. My head would spin with all the thoughts and my heart would start racing. The only way out was to stop everything, to shut everything down and walk away. Well that ain’t good either, complete shutdown.
A good friend told me these words when when she saw me in this state for the umpteenth time, “just do the next thing Grace”. These words have stuck with me forever. It’s like I now have my own personal guru with me at all times (she sits on my left shoulder y’all, for real!) reminding me again and again if things start to get too haywire-ish.
So I want to help you out too. Remember, if you’re like I was, start doing JUST THE NEXT STEP. Don’t think about, don’t worry about, don’t concern yourself with the next 15 steps. Nah! That’s too much. Think about...then do, just the next one step.
We all know that each step on the journey must be taken yes, but, if you can, slow things down long enough to just get the next step completed, and then the next after that. You’ll still get where you’re supposed to go love. Give yourself permission ....and the grace to go at the pace that’s needed for right now.
Now go on with your badass self. Do the thing you’re meant to be doing. I’m exiting stage left. Know why? Cause I know you got this!
Btw that friend of mine who gave me those awesome words, go check her out @youhavetojuststart. She’s got wisdom galore for you too. 🙏🏽 Jean! 😘
#justthenextstep#workyourmagic#seekyourtruth#dothesoulwork#showup#giveyourselfpermission to #walkingrace
Holy shit there is so much for us to be grateful for!!!! Grateful for the air in your lunges, the ground beneath your feet, the roof over your head, the road that you have travelled, the people who have shared in this journey. Experiences good and bad help shape you. I am grateful for the time left that I can share with this man who is my Dad. He hasn’t been the perfect father (or person for that matter but who is?) yet I have come to realise that we are all on our path and we all struggle and through that may hurt ourselves and each other. At our core though, our true spirit, we are all LOVE and we are all ONE. I am thankful and have so much gratitude that I can see this and can appreciate life for the gift that it is.
I don’t know about you but I’m grateful for everyone and for everyday that comes my way 💓🙏💓🙏
I offered to you
The only gift I truly had to give:
A small plot of earth
In a corner of my heart.
I was there when you put your hands into the black soil
And planted a seed.
We watered it with tears,
We shone the warmth of our laughter upon it.
How we fought for it’s blossoming— weeding out the space
With difficult conversations and honest, sharp words.
It grew into something beautiful.
I don’t know why. All I know is— this hurts.
Right now I want to rip out the love we created.
I want to burn it to ash and spit out the taste of your name on my tongue.
I want to fling the embers in your face and make you feel
The same hot pain that I do.
But for now, these words are balm enough.
Because maybe, once I am past this rage and hurt,
The love I carry for you doesn’t have to go away.
I don’t have to rip it out, roots and all, leaving a ragged hole in my chest.
Maybe, my heart can grow wide enough
To let this sapling you planted become an old, tall tree.
Then, when I am old too,
I will walk in the forests of my heart
Even though I have been left behind a hundred times,
I am nourished by the beauty of having loved— richly, fully, deeply.
And the remembrance of that love might be enough. 🌿
Just a tall man with a tiny book 😆📖
"Readers are Leaders." A simple phrase that sticks with me to this day.
Did you know the majority of people in America stop reading books after school. Many people dont even read 1 book in a year.
As an autodidact I love learning and self-teaching as much as possible, and I do believe mentors are very important as well.
I don't ever want to stop learning and sharing knowledge on my evolution of self-mastery.
Highly recommend this book "As A Man Thinketh." Short, sweet, and full of deep wisdom.
I’ve been journaling a lot lately. Getting everything down on physical paper has done something to my spirit. There’s a sense of discipline. A sense of commitment when you put something on paper. It is a place of curiosity. A place of discovery. Do any of you journal? How does it make you feel?
Wrapping up a long day in clinic today! I typically plan to work about 4 hours on Saturdays and somehow ended up doing closer to 9🤔 i need to remember to pack more snacks 😝. Things I worked on today: muscle aches and pain, sciatica, ovarian cysts, headaches, labor prep ... all in a days work! Now 😴😴😴
The Katha Upanishad says: “The Self-existent made the senses turn outward. Accordingly, man looks toward what is without, and sees not what is within. Rare is he who, longing for freedom, shuts his eyes to what is outside and beholds the Self.”
Awareness of pleasant events....It’s intriguing to watch & so telling.
What is the source of your pleasure?
"iPadLove" As I unwrap the cellophane clinging to the box, I feel tears come to my eyes. I lift off the lid and stroke the surface of the iPad Pro as I slide it out of its plastic sleeve. Oh my gosh! Even the packing is elegant from the paper tabs holding the cord in place to the plug with retractable prongs. And the pencil is more of a magic wand that any pencil I’ve used! It’s nestled in a box specifically designed for its dimensions.
I feel Steve Jobs’ spirit in the room-- smiling silently. This was his intention all along—to shape people’s experience, to show them something they didn’t even know they longed for. My new iPad says her name is “Jade”-- precious and valued since antiquity as a symbol of abundance and good luck.
I lay hands on her back; I bless her and pray she blesses me in return. I imagine all the beautiful ways I can enhance my paintings with my iPad and the powerful apps I have already purchased. I send blessings to you this day that all your new adventures may also bring you joy and expansion! * * *
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