So much to learn

498852229You never know how you will be impacted by those who come into your life. What will you take away from those experiences of meeting new people or even going a little deeper with those you are surrounded by. We need connection. We need to learn from others and their stories.

Over this past weekend I was able to have my daughter get together with two different girls from her online academy. It was so fun to meet kids with different personalities, backgrounds, to understand their own hopes, to hear about their aspirations, to listen to their dreams. It was inspiring.

12One of our new friends had already performed at a famous theater here in Utah as the lead. She sings, dances, sews, knits, plays the piano and guitar & is taking aerial silks. It was fun to get to know her & learn of her many talents. It was also nice to meet her mother who was from Ukraine. At one point during our afternoon I asked this young girl if she ever thought she would visit her mother’s home country to get a better understanding of her mother & her history. The girl looked at me and said, “the country has been ruined from war and I don’t know if we would ever go back. It is not like it use to be.”  It was wonderful to listen to stories of how her mother grew up with a father who only put vegetables in the garden and not “beauty.” I took this young girl to a local nursery to pick out some flowers & make our own little pot of “beauty.”  She walked the nursery saying, “my mother loves flowers. She would love this one. She loves petunia’s….” It made me have a whole new appreciation for “beautiful flowers.”  When we dropped off our new friend, I looked at her mother’s flower pots that she had all over her yard & I thought about her perspective on “beauty” and I smiled at her pots and pots of flowers.  We take so much for granted.

 

20151201183649-young-woman-opening-curtains-hope-window-free-leisure-relaxing-lisht-brightOur other new friend has been suffering from an unknown illness that has put her in the hospital numerous times, has been through three surgeries and still wonders if she is going to be okay. She still has flare ups.  We sat at an outdoor eatery & talked about her experiences & how she wants to go into medicine even further because of her illness. She said it was the hardest to see her parents go through everything with her. She was an incredible girl with so many hopes and dreams. I sat and listened to her explain how she had read about a doctor who spends most of his year in third world countries and how she would like to follow in his footsteps. My admiration for her dream soared. She talked about constantly learning about medicine, learning more about homeopathic medicine, trying to find different ways to cope with her illness. She was so strong & so alive & so smart and beautiful. She lit up talking about playing the guitar & piano & is constantly learning new things. She was an inspiration.      I thought to myself, she is so young, has learned so much & continues to pursue anything and everything her heart desires. If we could all be like that!! Maybe being sick, wondering if you may live and always searching for answers leaves you aching for more of what life has to offer.  I am sure every day is a new day filled with possibility for her.

 

Spending a few hours with these girls made me see there is always so much to learn from everyone you meet, every day you have. We have so much to learn in this life. We have so many things to pursue, to read, to aspire to see, experience, to dream, to be grateful for…its a beautiful life.

Every single person you meet may have something to share with you, so listen. We can all learn so much from one another.

Peace, love and beauty to you today.  -H

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Finding your Sacred in the Ordinary

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Sacredinspiring awe or reverence among believers in a given set of spiritual ideas.

“The sacred is in the ordinary…it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s own backyard…travel may be a flight from confronting the sacred–this lesson can be easily lost. To be looking elsewhere for miracles is to me a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.”   -Abraham Harold Maslow

Finding the Sacred in the Ordinary—

SILENCE: I recently heard a podcast where inmates were being interviewed & asked what physical comfort they missed most. All sorts of ideas circled in my mind thinking their answer would be sex, a favorite food, etc. The answer…Silence. It truly struck me. I had never even thought of that, how we take for granted a fleeting moment of silence or don’t truly understand how accessible this gift truly is and we don’t utilize it like we should. We have every opportunity to turn off the television, quiet the children with calming words held within a book, can go beyond our personal limitations through moments of meditation & we choose to fill our days with noise. It struck me & has made me think twice when the whirls of media chime into my life. I am going to take back those moments & remember the gift of silence.

LOVE: finding the love even when the love seems to be hidden. I came across this quote that made me think…“It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God: but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, and this is not learned in five minutes.”  -Oswald Chambers        I live in a predominately one religion neighborhood & my small family does not join in, so we often feel left alone. I have found that in order to be able to find a small piece of love we have to go out of our way to send it by doing small acts of service—taking cookies, leaving inspirational Cd’s, little tokens of kindness to have a connection in some way.      It is easy to find sacred moments when you are serving some kind of LOVE in some small way.

CAPTURE IT! You can find something beautiful if you look to capture it!! Look at everything like you are seeking to capture a moment with a fluttering butterfly—it is there and gone within a moment. You will not see anything if you don’t seek it. When you are outside even for a moment look for some small detail that captures you!! It stikes a moment of awe, it draws you for a closer look. Stop, take out your camera (most people these days have them on their phones) and capture it!! I have done this many times on my daily walks. I look for anything that draws me in, a leaf in the shape of a heart, a bird nest, a rain drop on a leaf, tree bark patterns, the whimsical poppies that dance in the wind, on and on. Nature is just one place to look—can you find tiny details within your home, your day?? Can you capture a sweet smile, does your cup of coffee seem to hold a sacred moment for your day. There are moments to capture all around you…find the sacred within them.

LITTLE THINGS: We can find the sacred in the small things that bring us joy, like the comfort of a cozy blanket, sitting on a warm heater vent, appreciating the warm flow of a shower, picking out beautiful strawberries that are in abundance, enjoying fresh, clean water, so many small details of little things we are gifted each day.

FAMILY: “Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.”  -Paul Pearshall    Our families should be one of our most sacred gifts. We should strive to fill their days with gratitude and appreciation for the love that is shared.

The sacred things you hold are held in the eyes of the beholder. What you see sacred becomes sacred, what you feel is sacred becomes inspiring, what creates awe and wonder through your lenses is what will hold your attention and help you to find the sacred in the every day ordinary. Best wishes on your journey to find the small, ordinary things that will make each day beautiful, blessed…sacred.

Lots of love and awe inspired moments.  -Heather