2.04.2011

A Gentle Spirit

I suppose I should have blogged about this before the JOY posting.  Isn't it funny how we bloggers tend to paint such a "happy life" picture for everyone?  It's easier to share the good, right?  I mean who wants to hear bad stuff?  Certainly not me.  But here's the deal folks.  It has been a roller coaster week.  Seriously.  I literally spent Tuesday and Wednesday in a bit of what one would call a "funk".  Sulked, ate crappy food, drank way too much red wine, and began to feel myself creep into a state of ickiness.  But you know what, with every bad news of 3 usually the most amazing good emerges from the rubble.  It always happens this way for me.  And maybe the bad three come along as a gentle reminder that coasting through life is not an acceptable way to live.  That we must experience the extreme high's and low's to truly appreciate who we are.  And to truly grow as human beings.  Now, I am not saying someone should suffer for me to have something good come out of it.  NO freakin' way would I wish any of the pain these families are experiencing.  But this week has totally made me stop and reflect on many things.  Many.  And yesterday's JOY was spilling over because of  the changes that are around the corner. 


I have a gentle spirit.  I do.  I am as fragile as those two pink flowers above.  And yet.....I am a very strong minded.  I know who I love.  And more importantly I know how to love.  I know how to embrace change.  I recognize when things need to shift.  I recognize when others need space and when they need smothering.  Yes, I am a gentle spirit.  This week will pass, and all those involved will forever be changed. 

A dear friend sent me this and I just have to share it with you.  I printed it out and posted it in my art room.  The words are so beautiful. 


"May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into
your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to
sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us."

9 comments:

donna!ee said...

know you are ALWAYS prayed for, appreciated & supported... :)

Felicia said...

That which doesn't kill you will make you stronger.... I hope you have a lovely weekend with nothing but joy.

Bev said...

life is messy...we all go through it...
i received my print yesterday..."american dream"...love it! framing it for our trailer...
xo

sydney @ memorable minutes said...

jenni, i really needed to read a post like this today. thanks for sharing. I'm taking some of your words with me. sometimes it's harder to let sink into our bones while we're riding through it.

Alicia said...

This is a beautiful work. Sorry to hear your week has had some rough spots. Thank you for sharing the quote.

susan said...

Give yourself permission to know you are where you are meant to be. Great things are waiting!

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing! I needed to hear this too. I've had some ups and downs also. Just need to get the courage to make a change!

cheryl.mccann said...

ahhh, thanks for this reminder. sometimes when i read certain blogs i think to myself 'i want her life'. it's important to remember that we all have ups and downs. some just choose to not share the downs.

Suzanne said...

I bet this post surprised a lot of your readers. You paint such upbeat, happy things, we all just think you must be happy all the time. Good for you for moving on, recognizing that it happens, but you'll get out of it.

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