gratitude 2:6:16

In the corner of my room lives a ladybug family. And oftentimes in the middle of a Saturday afternoon, my first opportunity to exhale all week, I lie on my bed and watch them play. At least, I like to believe that they are playing. This small band of orange creatures, black polka dots akimbo, dancing around one another in the wispy sunlight that casts itself across the western facing wall of my house.

Honestly, I’m surprised they are alive. It is Minnesota after all, in the dead of winter, globally warmed to a mere 29 degrees, none of them seem the least bit affected. They mamba and fox-trot and waltz around one another; reveling in the warmth, reflecting the light, shimmering from their little insides out. I love to watch them, mesmerized by their magnificent indifference to anything else but this exact moment, I realize, suddenly, that it is no magic accident that they have been revealed to me.

All week I have been stuck in the future, wondering obsessively how every single challenge encountered, natural occurrences in the growth and development of a business, are going to impede 2017, 2018, even rather audaciously 2019. And as my mind has flitted from anxiety to anxiety, mulling over every possible inconvenience, forecasting egregious outcomes, riding the hamster wheel of my citta vritti, the ladybugs have continued their courtship, in perfect fun, brave, embracing the light.

I let my pinky finger intrude on the party, and one lone, tiny, unafraid bug tickles upward and wraps itself around my wrist; beginning a new journey, fearless, embracing her future, emboldened by her own serendipity. She is free….

About livebig365

Join me as I dive in to the deep end of the pool and challenge myself to live big and love big. What does that mean? In 2012 , I accepted the invitation to push myself beyond my comfort zone, at least once a day, and engaged and responded to my life, or a given situation in my life, in a way that would normally scare the hell out of me. Why did I do it it? Because it was time time to begin, and I was ready! Each day brought a new revelation, lesson, challenge, encounter, a teaching moment, that revealed to me that living big and loving big are uniquely interconnected. Welcome 2013, the year of lovebig 365. Each post was an expression of love experienced, witnessed, inspired, manifested. It didn't always make sense in the moment, and yet its sheer mystery hopefully evoked a beautiful affirmation of life and all of its shimmery brightness; broken up, lovely to behold, tender and full of purpose. 2014, jagged, bumpy, disjointed posts. 2015, silence, and plenty of growth within that silence. Manifesting 2016: The creation of a gathering place for gratitude. Join in the wavering, audacious, unequivocal fun. 2017: Reflection 2018: POWER, MAGIC, TRANSFORMATION
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  1. Linda R Neff says:

    Fly away ladybug – out of the comfort and into the courage! xoxo


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