Palate Cleanser: Ready for Connection
Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.
I hope this finds you healthy and hopeful for a beautiful year right around the corner. I’ve taken some time off the blog this week for several reasons, but most importantly, to rest, recharge, and connect with family and friends. I’m calling it a palate cleanser: like a cool, refreshing sliver of pickled ginger to prepare for the gorgeous spicy tuna roll ahead.
That said, I miss you! I woke up this morning with a longing in my heart to say a quick thank you and communicate so much anticipation for 2017. As we wind down this quite quirky 2016, I’m struck by the encouragement and support I’ve gleaned through this weekly conversation with you. Your feedback and insight have been such a lovely gift, those I deeply treasure.
To be honest, the past week has been tough for me. I’ve heard news of so much loss and death on differing planes; some I know personally and others I grew up being entertained and shaped by. I’ve felt a weight of heaviness sweep over me and a fog of lingering confusion that just won’t seem to lift. I want to learn and grow from it, yet I also want to allow space and time for grief to take its inexplicable course.
Let it flow
Stillness and silence are attractive postures for my weary soul as I write this; I’m learning that’s okay. When we stuff and cloak the process of emotion that desperately needs to find voice, we end up self-sabotaging and suffering greatly as a result.
As I ponder two childhood heroes who’ve left us prematurely this week, George Michael and Carrie Fisher, I ponder in my heart how impossible it must have been for them to stay true when the world kept heaping the burden of God-like fame on them no human should attempt to shoulder. Sure, they bought in hard and fast, it’d be hard to resist. Numbing that inner cry for connection would only seem a viable option, a necessary evil. I can’t help but wonder whose face they saw in the mirror as they desperately looked for hopeful answers and loving connection; an imposter of sorts perhaps. And aren’t we all on this same quest? I think so… yet with far less limelight and paparazzi.
Today, I want to reiterate how crucial connection is every single day: connection with self, God/Higher Power, and those whom we share this gloriously messy journey with. I’m putting New Year’s resolutions aside this go around and prayerfully anticipating an abundance of life-giving connection in 2017 instead. That’s the fuel of life. Sure, vulnerability is scary– a risk for sure. Still, I’d rather be known and loved, as painful and often disappointing as it feels, than be safe and lonely in a vault of stale certainty. Let’s keep reaching out, friends.
I sincerely hope you’ll join me on the journey ahead. It’s going to be awesome and I’m thrilled about some new and exciting opportunities I’ve got tucked up my sleeve for you! Please stay tuned for updates in the new year. I’ll leave you with my go to saying, or blessing, from St. Julian of Norwich. It always brings me back to center.
“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
Have a happy and safe New Year!
Love & Gratitude,