As women we find ourselves mired in responsibility. Children, work, home, community. We must take responsibility for finding inspiration in our lives.
We must find a source of passion that fills us emotionally and enriches our life experience. Something that brings a new element to our lives. Something we can turn to for a recharge when we need it. And, it helps if it’s selfish. I’m not joking. When was the last time you decided to pursue something just for you?
For me this passion is salsa dancing. Dancing brings me joy and energy. The music is contagious, the people are friendly, it’s great exercise, and is an outlet for personal expression. As an adult who was looking for something to add to an already busy plate it is also relatively commitment free. Lessons might be required in the learning stages but after that, it’s a matter of showing up for the dancing when the club has it on their schedule.
What is your passion? Please post a comment!
Have you ever found yourself wondering how you got to a certain point in life? I sometimes look at the series of tiny inconsequential events that it took to bring me to a moment in time. There are so many infinite ways that we could possibly have NOT arrived here. It’s a miracle that we have.
I often marvel at my good fortune. I think it’s good to marvel. Marvelling makes me feel small and helps me see the importance of faith in my life. It’s good to know that we’re not really in charge of our own destiny. Don’t you think?
I mean, sure, we can choose what to order for lunch, or which restaurant to eat at, or whether to stay home and eat. But somehow there is a greater plan for us all. And all of those small choices somehow end up bringing us to now. Divinely it is arranged.
I’ve been blessed recently with a new friend with whom to share so many of the things that I treasure. Dancing. Laughing. Smiling. Poetry. Art. God. Love. And I marvel at how someone who lived so far away such a short time ago found their way before me. But then I realize, it was meant to be.
Here’s a quote from a favorite poet that you might enjoy:
“No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.”
― Kahlil Gibran
If you’ve not read any Gibran, you should. Good stuff here.
When entering into a relationship with another person, it’s important to keep in mind that they are half of the equation. And only half. Loving the other person is vital to a good relationship, but it is not enough.
Though it might sound selfish if you’ve not considered this before, the most important person to love in a relationship is yourself. Doesn’t your mate deserve to love someone who loves themselves? Why should they love you if you do not even love yourself?
Loving yourself doesn’t mean only thinking of yourself. Loving yourself doesn’t mean leaving the other person out of the equation.
Loving yourself means many, many things – all of them necessary for a healthy relationship and all of them necessary to bring you through the ups and downs of life .
Here are a few ways that you can practice loving yourself: Read the rest of this entry →
Do you ever feel lonely despite a barrage of social media? I know that I do. Social media can only go so far to enrich our souls and spirits.
Sure blogging or Facebook or Twitter can add to our sense of connection, but it is no substitute for the joy that friends can bring us. This has always been the case, even since ancient times.
I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 2 John 1:12
In my life I value spending time together with friends. This passage reminds me that real communication is done in person. This is what brings us joy. The joy is only complete when it is shared in person.
Take this time to stop reading my blog, and set up a date with a good friend. Maybe even drop in on them uninvited, the old fashioned way! I’m certain it will bring a renewal of energy to your spirit. You can visit here with me another time.