In her post today, Paula wrote a post in response to the Reverb10, Prompt 11: What are 11 things your life doesn't need in 2011?
She listed 11 dreaded things that she wanted to be rid of in 2011. You know all those things that we criticize ourselves about, that make us feel not good enough or like we are “imperfect” human beings that need to be fixed in order to be good, worthy, perfect ?
As I read Paula’s list, I saw many of the same or similar things that I wanted to be rid of in my own life. By the end of the list, like Paula, I was feeling the need to sigh deeply and heavily about all those things that are “wrong” with me and that I better hurry up at “fix” before it’s too late !
Then this other voice within me, the Voice of all Things Right With Me, cried out :
“Screw this list ! You have spent enough of your 45 years focused on what is wrong with you ! Has that “fixed” it all for you? How about focusing on what is Right with you instead ! I promise, that is the key to feeling better about your life, Beautiful One ! That is the key to Loving all that is You !”
I grabbed hold of what that sweet voice said and I wrote this response to Paula…
and to my Self…
and maybe to you…
“You are not really far behind...you are exactly where you are meant to be.
11 things your life doesn't need ? All of us can think 11 or a few dozen things that we can do better at or want to rid ourselves of! Wanting to improve and be a better person is a natural part of living here on this chaotic planet. And yes, facing some of those boogie men is a good thing too.
But I also see how doing this list brought you into deep deep sighs...
How about deciding that the number 1 thing that you can be without in 2011 is focusing on what is wrong with you instead of what is right ? I am truly, truly coming to believe that focusing on what is right with us, what brings joy and mindful living to us is the key to solving even those dreaded "wrong" things !
And guess what, My Lovely, Inspiring, Creative Friend ? On the last day of your life, there will still be some of those 11 icky things on the list of what is wrong. Does that mean you will not have lead a beautiful, rich, deeply loving life ? I think not !
This was a lot of deep thoughts so early on a Tuesday morning for me. But very, very welcome. Every word I wrote here could be a letter to myself too, Miss Paula (Insert your name here).
So here is Kim's Prompt for the day, for you and for me :
What is right with you ? Discuss, explore and celebrate ! ;)
Love to you, My Oh so Right Friend.”
Love on that Beautiful Self today! Happy Tuesday !
PS : I will share my Canadian Chickie gifties for Day 2 and Day 3 of the swap tomorrow. This just felt like the right post for the day…Hugs !