Although It’s Been Said…Many Times…Many Ways…

Such a simple statement…I don’t know why I’ve fought it so all these years…why I’ve insisted that I am different…less than…more than…perhaps because we…as individuals…struggle to be individuals
And while it’s true…I am less than many people…less beautiful…less wealthy…less intelligent…less talented…less courageous…less successful…
The opposite is just as true…I am more than many people…more beautiful…more wealthy…more intelligent…more talented…more courageous…more successful…
But…suddenly…I see that these differences unite me to…rather than separate me from others…for the same is true for them as well…it’s pretty much a Universal Truth…
Now…I know…if we really dug…we might find the one who is at the top or the bottom of these heaps…but I wonder…could we ever clearly identify that person…and would it be a constant status…or would it be continuingly changing…
So…somewhere along the line…I forgot…if I’d ever known…that I was both sides of the equation…in my struggle to be an individual…I found it easier to focus on less than…I was…after all…raised with the belief…that pride was a sin…if I acknowledged that I was also more than…wouldn’t that be pride…
Honestly…I’ve always been more uncomfortable accepting compliments than insults…but…I’m getting better at it…no need to insult me today…really…geez…
We talked about this last night…I was a participant in Jenn Givler and Teresa Morrow’s…Busy Person’s Time Out—Get You Back…then Leah sent me a link to a Brene Brown video which is all about living whole heartedly…and then the message from Carolyn this morning…that ended in the quote of the day…
And…although each message was different…they all dovetailed into each other so nicely…that I couldn’t determine where one ended and the other began…
So…I am different…I am unique…I am less than…I am more than…and…so are you…let’s celebrate that…as we all try to accomplish our destinies…we are the gift…(thanks for that Jenn)
Jane

We travel different paths…but…we all try to accomplish our destiny—Carolyn

I Can See Clearly Now…The Leaves Are Gone…

I love trees…I always have…there’s just something about them…
Traditionally…I’ve been a Spring and Fall girl…loving the leaves when they are tiny green shoots…and again…when they are in all of their colored glory…
One of my favorite neighborhood trees.
But…lately…I’ve been appreciating the trees themselves…winter trees…without their finery…
When I focus on the tree…on the shape…on the bark…on its innate beauty…on its foibles…undistracted by the leaves…it’s a totally different experience…
Bertha tells me that’s how I’ve been with people…my focus has been on their leaves…their clothes…their jobs…their families…their circumstances…that I haven’t seen who they truly are…she says that’s why…I felt that I had little in common with them…like I didn’t really fit in…
But…now…looking beyond the leaves…to the trunks…and the bark…I am learning…I’m not unique…I’m not the only one with insecurities…who wants to be loved…to be heard…to be known…to be understood…
Unlike a tree…it’s easy for me to hide my shape…my bark…my innate beauty…my foibles…nature doesn’t strip me of my leaves for four months out of every year…
Exposing myself as I truly am…is a daily choice…part of living my truth…
There is something quiet and restful about a tree without leaves…something unpretentious…proud…strong…patient…honest…all the things I strive to be…
Jane