Hi there! I hope everyone is well, healthy and safe! I was wondering what to write about this week when a nudge from the universe came through my precious friend Liz, whom you will meet shortly on The Truista interview series.
Liz texted me a quote by Maya Angelou (one of my many heroes), “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it’s destination full of hope.” Yes, yes, yes, another deﬁnition to add to my arsenal! And I’ve already used it; so I know it works! When I was tempted to judge a situation this week which would end up pushing me further from love; I stopped and I thought, love jumps hurdles, leaps fences, goes through walls and arrives with hope, and I will not be the one to stop that. I will not put a block up to love. Instead I will let it shine through my heart and expand. And guess what? I felt so much better than if I had gone and followed my own thoughtless, reactionary way. Thank you Maya for your wise words which will live on in memoriam.
The second nudge came through a post on Instagram by Glennon Doyle, the author of Untamed (truly a must read if interested in liberating yourself). She writes: On Deep Self-Care: Not Breaking Trust with Ourselves “I love myself now. Self-love means that I have a relationship with myself built on trust and loyalty. I trust myself to have my own back, so my allegiance is to the voice within. I’ll abandon everyone else’s expectations of me before I’ll abandon myself.”
I love this because I believe it can break us out of herd mentality. We can be who we are; not who people in our life expect us to be. There’s so much power when you are free to express yourself and so little when your truth is bottled up and hidden. And eventually, I believe truth strives to be released in some capacity anyway. Perhaps the easiest way to release yourself and free yourself is to be exactly who you were created to be. If others are not OK with that, then they may need to head down a separate path. And that’s OK, because then those who are aligned with you, who celebrate you, who lift you up will come in! It makes me think, ain’t love grand? Love always, Ailsa