Friday, October 07, 2011

surrounded by beauty

I used to be a wall flower
Trying my hardest to blend in
Never wanting to draw attention to myself
Thoughts always running through my head
But words never spoken

Over time I have come out of my shell
I stand deeply in who I am
Not afraid of being seen and heard
I put myself out into the world
And embrace what flows my way

I am fortunate to be surrounded by beauty
Individuals in my every day life that make my heart sing
We have heart opening conversations
Sharing between us sacred thoughts, ideas, and feelings
We take the time to truly see one another

In life we are all a part of many different worlds
Each of them connected through one source, yourself
All of these little circles play a significant part in your life
And for each of them you must show up
As yourself and let yourself be seen

Who you are matters to the circles that surround you
Your being adds to the beauty
Your thoughts and words are impact full
And necessary to be spoken
You just being there is an integral part of the equation

When I hid in the background I was missing out
On all the beauty and opportunity that surrounds me
I was afraid
As I slowly stepped out of my protective barrier
I saw that love was there to hold me gently

I am so grateful for the relationships I have formed
For the kindness that others show me day after day
For conversations, laughter, a wave hello
My heart is overflowing with joy
From all the beauty that swirls around

I would not be here today
Had I not searched for what moved me
Had I not found what inside me really makes me happy
Had I not bravely stepped out and showed the world who I am
And now I stand here with my heart wide open


beth said...

your words and this photo.....truly perfect in so many many ways !

jojo said...

so nice to read your kind comment. yes. liz knows how to throw one soulful retreat! and i love the reminders in your words here ... let yourself be seen. nothing more truer!