My first passion has always been writing. I started keeping a journal when I was 12 and from that point forward, I wrote for more than 20 years. For most of my life, I felt that I had an important story to tell. I used to envision publishing a memoir and someday sitting across from Oprah, discussing my book. (Ok, I admit it… I still hold this vision.)
I’ve been thinking a lot about hope. Hope is what helps us get through the most difficult times. We hold on to the hope that tomorrow will be better and brighter. Hope is what lifts us out of anguish and despair and makes us believe that things won’t always be this way. Hope gives us permission to dream. It allows us to live optimistically with the idea that anything is possible.
Funny story…as I was painting her, I thought “Hmm, she looks hopeful.” I wanted to include a message on the canvas about hope and birds or feathers to tie it all together. So I Google’d “Hope is like a feather” just to see if I could come up with something clever to write. Little did I know that there is a famous Emily Dickinson poem called “Hope Is The Thing with Feathers”. Synchronicity at work!
We all have an inner child. She lives within each and every one of us, sometimes feeling afraid, forgotten, and alone. As we learn to nurture and listen to her and give her a voice, we help heal our soul.
Hold her hand when she’s scared and assure her you’ll take care of her. She doesn’t have to worry. She doesn’t have to be in charge. You’re the adult and you’ll always protect her.
Tell her she’s pretty. Tell her she’s smart. Tell her she’s talented. Tell her she’s enough. Tell her she can achieve great things. Tell her she can do or be anything she wants. Tell her it’s OK to use her power and be a leader. Tell her you’ll never leave her. Tell her you love her.
I’ve been thinking a lot about our ability to heal from our past wounds.
When I reflect back on the many wounds I’ve endured and how I was able to heal, they all have one thing in common…LOVE. I know, I know…it’s so corny and cliché, but love really does heal all wounds. Love is the answer to every problem, every conflict, every heartache, and every issue.
That is what life is all about…LOVE.
It’s about loving yourself and allowing yourself to be loved. It’s about loving others. It’s about believing you are loved and lovable. It’s about believing in love and it’s power to heal our wounds.