Please Remember the River
(This is a love letter of sorts to you, my readers)
Dear Your Name, (I know that doesn’t really go, but work with me and personalize it)
This will be almost stream-of-consciousness. I don’t usually do that…in fact, I don’t think I ever have.
I really respect the time you take to read this blog and engage with me and so I do not take it for granted. That said, I usually spend quite a bit of time and thought preparing and articulating my ideas in the posts I publish.
However, tonight (it’s about 11:48 p.m.) my intuition–or that last piece of pepperoni pizza–tells me to do something a little bit differently. I’m going to write very personally…from my heart, and I hope it does not come across as self-indulgent, because I’m imagining that it is just you and I sitting here silently with a cup of tea or coffee. This is what I would say…
You and I spend a lot of time on this site talking about our minds and personal development and embracing life. We discuss pursuing our dreams…heck, we actually share our dreams sometimes here.
But what about the valleys? What about when you can’t present the “happy” face to the world? What about when you feel like you’ve kinda been kicked in the gut?
It’s generally my style to share some experiences or tips or advice, but I’m going to hold back and just do something kinda counter-intuitive (well, at least it would seem that way, but since I’m following my intuition, maybe it is all intuitive).
That life is cyclical and circumstances flow like a river through our lives.
That you can let the “debris” flow out with the river and allow the cycle off life to cleanse you.
That you are strong as an oak and the river doesn’t move the oak, it nourishes it at the roots–even if you can’t see it.
That someone is sitting under the shade of your branches.
That someone looks up into your canopy with wonder and awe.
That all the knots in your trunk make the most beautiful, seasoned planks when they are sanded and finished.
That imperfections are okay.
That the only thing expected of you is what you came here to do: live and grow.
That’s all. Nothing more.
You survive and you are standing, still at the side of the river. Silent testament of strength. It is enough. Take a deep breath. Remember. Smile.
That’s all you have to do today. Be you. Nothing more. Nothing less.
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