As a predominantly introverted person, I adore solitude. I love being alone and allowing my day to unfold or fully engaging in what I intend to do. I don’t have a fear of missing out on activities. I am completely content filling my day with whatever inspires me or tugs at my heart strings. I experience joy in a broad range of activities, too; anything from singing and dancing around my house to journaling to spending time in nature.

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There are many different types of support: emotional, moral, spiritual, physical, and mental support. They can be interrelated yet uniquely individual. Support is not about ‘fixing’ a situation or taking on the responsibility for another person. I like to think of it as a boost…imagine interlaced fingers, cupped hands, and someone placing their foot in your hand. The boost of support is like a sprinkle of fairy dust, revealing your own inner magic.

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Have you ever done a little soul searching about whether or not you live of life of integrity? Do you strive to do right or be right? Do you choose integrity in certain situations or at all times? Does your life model the values you believe in? Where is the dividing line between discernment and integrity?

When I reflect on these questions, I can see moments of fear winning over integrity.

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Pausing to reflect on the day is a powerful tool to foster awareness. It doesn’t matter when you pause or if you choose to pause multiple times throughout the day—simply pause. I

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Although vulnerability encompasses openness and innocence to trust, it seems as though the willingness to get hurt is the more challenging aspect…at least it is for me. I crave the openness and the innocence but definitely do NOT long for getting hurt.

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There are quite a few “F” words that contribute to worry, frustration and resentment:
Fear
Frantic
Futility
Falsehoods
Funk
Falter
Fret
But the word I am referring to is FORIGVENESS. All of the other “F” words listed take us out of the place of love and firmly into a place of fear. Forgiveness fosters the extension of love…to yourself and to others.

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Do you ever find yourself spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere? Feeling like every effort you’re making is yielding, “access denied” or “effort declined”? If so, you’re not alone.

When I find myself running into walls like that, I need to pause and pay attention. What am I bringing to the situation that is providing an unintentional (or unconscious) road block? How am I creating resistance?

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Maybe this would be better phrased as the intolerable need for honesty and the uncertainty that keeps me stuck. There is a weight on my heart that I feel needs to be seen and heard, but there is such uncertainty around it all: how will it be received? How will I deal with the fear that is sure to come up after I share? What impact will it make in my world, both professionally and personally?

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Love exists within each of us from the moment we are born and waits to be discovered from then on.
~Elif Shafak

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Peace
Such an elusive ideal.
We pray for peace.
Crave inner peace.
Long for world peace.

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