I found this leaf on a camping trip in the spring of this year. Near the fire pit at my campsite, it literally stopped me in my tracks. It felt like seeing my own heart, lying there on the ground. I was camping alone, in a relationship a man who ran hot & cold, and trying to find my way back to myself.
It’s hard to find our way back to ourselves if we weren’t ever anything solid to begin with, isn’t it? We like the things our guy likes, his hobbies become interesting to us, and we just sort of dissolve into his life.
What if it wasn’t like that? What if we had this beautiful, warm, loving life of our own and found a great way to merge our great life with his great life? What if we stayed ourself and he stayed himself and we just rolled along that way… supporting each other… loving each other… inspiring each other to be our best selves?
Count me in for that.
I believe that once we get our hands, hearts, and minds around who we are and what we’re about, it’s a whole lot easier to decide who gets to enter that life with us. When we can honor our little snags, life just smooths out… because the rough stuff snags. The hurt stuff snags. We can feel it on the way in, can’t we? And we get to love ourselves through that growth and say “I recognize that I have always done it that way, but I am not getting the result I want. I intend to keep my mind and heart open to finding a different way to be in this life. I intend to find a way to feel whole and good.”
Love does not have to come wrapped in pain.