Was awakened at early o’clock this morning by the welcomed sound of rain. I could hear the parched grass and plants sighing in relief. Like many places in the country, the Philadelphia area has been a bit bereft of the wet stuff. The upside to it is that I haven’t needed to mow the lawn as often. There have been times in my life during which I have felt dried out, frazzled, crunchy, lacking in the vibrant color that comes from sufficient nourishment. Some may seem circumstantial, but in retrospect, I can see that it came from witholding the cloudbursts of rain in my own life. I have done so by harsh self criticism and doubt, second guessing nearly every action, wondering if I was ‘doing the right thing’, feeling stuck in the muck and mire of previous decisions when my wise mind was on vacation, being led by my impulsive petulant child who wanted what she wanted that felt expedient at the time.
These days, I am taking ongoing inventory throughout the day, of all of the things for which I am grateful that include listening at the moment to the lovely voice of Donna De Lory, wafting through my somewhat doze-y consciousness…remember I got up before 5 a.m. I am in pj’s, wearing a pink t-shirt that reads “Cherish the Journey” and I certainly do, remembering the steps and turns it took to get me where I am right now. In a little while, I will be meeting with friends to look at PR and marketing for our respective work. Yesterday I got together with two other creative souls to plan an empowering retreat for next year. A few months ago, this kind of schedule would not have been possible, since I was at a full time job that, while it was rewarding in many ways, also prevented me from truly living my passion and purpose which is THIS.
Tonight I will be officiating at a wedding for a couple with whom I connected as a result of volunteering for an organization in Philadelphia called Rubye’s Kids that organizes a holiday party for 500 or so inner city children.
Tomorrow and Sunday, I will be immersed in musical magic at the XPoNential Music Fest as I am dancing, singing (probably sweating:) playing and hugging with friends.
Grateful for the showers of blessings in my life as I realize my cup runneth over.
http://youtu.be/dY8iQP-v2Fw Donna De Lory Om Namah Shivaya/Thy Will Be Done