These are the moments – #ShePersisted – No 77

There are moments when the mundane feels so heavy, the woes so full of dark clouds gathering and the worries so close in, that I forget I have room to breathe. To move. To do. To be. To change.

In those close-in to the darkness moments, it’s easy to forget that I am part of something bigger than just these woes and worries illuminating my flaws with their 1,000 watt klieg-worthy glaring light. Or their words spewing out from TV newscasters mouths or plumping up Twitter threads full of bile or just cluttering up my day with their insistence I pay attention to all that is wrong with me and the world today. 

In those moments of forgetting all the room around me for other things to take up the space of woe and worry, I will tell myself, there’s nothing I can do. I am too flawed. Too tired. Too lost to change anything.

It is in those moments I must remind myself that I can breathe. Not just your everyday, ordinary take a gulp of air and keep on going kind of breath, but a deep, sinking into my toes, filling me from the bottoms up kind of breath that soothes and replenishes, nurtures and reminds me to Stop-Breathe-Listen-See-Feel-Be-Here-Now-I am the Breath of Life – kind of breath.

In that breath where I find myself breathing in the exquisite beauty of all there is Here-Now -in that breath empty of the flotsam of life swimming around in a sea of news and forgettable TV shows I watch only because I’ve forgotten I’m part of something so much bigger, so much greater, so much more mysterious, magical and mystical than this everyday life I tell myself is my burden I gotta keep trudging through, on and on and on, I am reminded – life is a gift. A beautiful, exquisite, priceless gift. Mysterious, magical, mystical, 4th of July fireworks exploding, rollercoaster-fast heart-pounding fierce, breathless kind of gift wrapped up in the miracle of life.

In that breath I am reminded, I Am Alive.

What a beautiful gift. To be alive. To be. Here. Now.

These are the moments to savour.

These are the moments to remember. To grab onto and never let go. To remind myself, I have power over me. I have power in me. I have power. To change. To get accountable. To not be ‘my flaws’ but to see my flaws as part of my beautiful, exquisite human magnificence.

And in those moments I get to choose.

To make excuses for how I am or celebrate who I am, right now, in all my human contradictions, complexities, curves and straight lines adding up to one amazing being who has the power to stand up, speak up, and take action to create change that matters. Change that could just save my own life from being my excuse for not living it truly, madly, deeply in love with all I am and all I do and all I have in this moment, right now.

These are the moments to live. Always.

And to remember to Breathe.

Breathe it all in

and Begin Again.

Breath by life-giving breath to stop making excuses for myself and start living fully accountable for this life that is so precious, so divinely orchestrated, so…. mine.

10 thoughts on “These are the moments – #ShePersisted – No 77

  1. LG,

    First, whatever your perceived flaws – most of us don’t know, and most of us aren’t watching – and most of us have our inventory of flaws too.

    Second – you have the power of words, and like any power tool – you know how to wield that power for good, for negative, and for neutral. And when you use your word-tools, you almost always lift the expectations of others in how you tells your story. It’s like that ‘This old house’ program – every week, rebuilding. You are constantly rebuilding Louise, and you let everyone watch!

    Cheers,

    Mark

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  2. Hi Louise. This is written so poetically. Breathing is such a beautiful way to connect to the present moment. I recently wrote a post about just that. It is lovely to notice the ways in which we are all stretching ourselves to really be here and to notice what is actually going on around us. So grateful for those (like you!) who are encouraging others to do the same.

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    • Hi Caroline, Thank you for stopping in and joining in the conversation. Breathing, being here now, being present are vital! I’d love it if you shared the link to your post so others can find it too — if you put it in the comment box that would be amazing! Thanks again! Breathe deep. Breathe often. Breathe. 🙂 ❤

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