Covid has left many blessings as well as much devastation in its path. The lessons seem to be endless about my fears, judgments of others, the way I take care of my body or the lack thereof, the way I view the world around me. Being separated seems to have touched everyone’s lives in a harsh reality and difficult beyond belief. The lesson that is most unexpected are the emotions I have around being able to gather again.
Recently, after being away from my family for over a year, I was reunited. Living as an expat has many gifts for me. But not being able to travel and hold my daughters and grandchildren for an extended period of time totally caught me off guard.
As I write this post, I am in central Idaho. A state that I had never visited until my daughter was transferred there for work. My thoughts about Idaho were, that is the place where potatoes grow, and pretty much that was a far as my thoughts went. Growing up in Maine, another potato growing state, was all that we ever talked about.
Travel has enriched my life in so many ways. Living in a foreign country has tested my limits on confidence, fears of the unknown and fears of embarrassment. I feel fortunate to experience the world and the people that live in it. But then whenever I visit the country of which I was born I get to view it through different lens. Not in a way that, the grass is always greener, but in a place of awe.
Everything about Idaho is BIG. The sky is a big, bold blue and claims it so proudly. The mountains hold their space so boldly. The rivers and lakes flow smoothly and clean. It can be almost overwhelming, as though the beauty is too much for my eyes to take in.
With all of this beauty and space surrounding me, I turned my thoughts inward and asked myself, “where am I showing up in my life as big and beautiful?” Nature has a way of showing me the way, leaving a path to follow and sometimes it just goes unnoticed. Life gets busy and I often don’t take the time to look up and pause, asking myself, how are am showing up to the world?
Nature gives back every day, do you? Just as a flower bursts through the soil, can you turn your negative thoughts into those that nurture and flow endlessly? As the rivers and streams flow, can you go through life without the struggle of swimming against the current? Nature offers so much reflection of our daily lives.
The pause makes all the difference. The quiet space as you take a moment to breathe in and out, allowing your cup to bubble over with all of the goodness that you have to offer. Letting the overflow lift others up out of the darkness.
The big and beautiful and endless skies has all of that to offer, all you need do is look up and pause.
I have a beautiful life that I created by the thoughts that I think and the action that I took! I hope you find some inspiring thoughts to get you moving. Midlife is a journey where you get to manifest your dreams, using your vision and your words. Come, uncover your new truths.
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