Getting through the pain and ugliness that comes with life so that we can get to a point where we might come to understand and feel peace is not an easy journey. Far too often, we stay stuck in old patterns of behavior or struggle with new ways of thinking.
If we continue to challenge ourselves, we can find moments of peacefulness, but only if we allow ourselves an opportunity to trust. Simply trust.
Trust others. Trust ourselves.
It requires such vulnerability and we often do not know how we can ever open ourselves up to others. Sometimes, we do not see it coming and we are in the throws of it, before we know it.
We allow someone to see the crack in our armor. Before we know it, they ask a question that touches the open wound and it begins to seep.
And then we bleed.
Oh, so carefully, that someone begins to dress our wounds, offers us a tissue or a shoulder as we cry, and allows us to be human in a space where we are safe to do so. Where we feel safe to be ourselves.
It is in these moments that we begin to experience love, connection, and peace. But we must be willing to let go of part of the pain and anguish that life has not just offered us, but dumped on us.
And we start anew.
We focus on something different. Something that might bring us some joy. We see the possibilities of what can be by letting go, even for just a moment.
Then we share our laughter, the gifts of new-found friendship and a bit more peace that when we begin. And we begin to realize what it is
…to have some fun.
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Credits: All photographs and artwork shared above are owned by the author, created on 11/15/2014 at an Intuitive Painting workshop at Artful Dreamers Studio in Tacoma, Washington offered by Creative Coach Nadine Hamil.
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