I couldn’t sleep. Between dead ass drooling REM sleep, I woke up almost every hour, slightly confused about what planet I was on and wondering why my eyes were wide open. It started feeling like I was missing something; something important that I just couldn’t quite reach. Did I miss paying a bill? Did I forget to return a call? So, realizing that my window of opportunity for slumbering was past, I got up, made a cup of coffee and checked my phone.
On my messenger app, there were a few unread messages. They came in while I was sleeping, searching for what I was missing while dreaming. In the dream I was at a trade show, looking for my art and my husband, but all I could find was mechanical equipment. Nothing at all that pertained to me. I was trying to make myself fit in, to align with someone or something. But it wasn’t working. I was moving toward anxiety and worry – I couldn’t find my phone to call my husband and I was just about to move into full blown panic……….when I woke.
What in the hell was I searching for??? As the coffee was brewing, I read the messages that had been waiting for me. Of the four messages, two of them were funny animal videos and two of them wrapped around my heart and held me close. The first one was an article, sent by my incredible art studio mate, Cathryn Cooper, entitled “New Neuroscience reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make you Happy, written by Eric Barker. I will tell you right now, it is definitely worth the read. You can find it at http://www.theladders.com. The second message was from a very sweet friend who relayed a moment of her day when she and her boss were talking about the possibility that some people are truly angels and the conversation made her think of me. Heart squeezed…….tears alight.
Both of these messages woke me up in different ways with a profound sense of gratitude. You see, I bet we can all focus on what isn’t working in our world. What doesn’t quite fit, what we don’t have, what we can’t do, who doesn’t like us……the negative world can just be endless. I get so focused on daily, weekly and damn it, life long achievements, I don’t usually take time to see the wake and the ripples behind me. So this is the crux of the matter for me and what I was so doggedly searching for last night……………..
Just Be the Light
There are times and situations in my life where my light wasn’t shining bright enough for someone else. Or my light was covered by my own dark moments. Or someone misconstrued my intentions – or I reached out and shone my light on the wrong situations, the wrong people, through a desperate need to belong in places I didn’t need to belong! For that, and so many other times, I am truly sorry. I am a beautifully imperfect, flawed, messy individual. However, my attempts to shine my light have also been noticed, appreciated and in ways that I am forever grateful, given back to me. That’s the message – just simply be the Light. Be the Light for the person in front of you, for yourself, for your art, for the world. This does not preclude dark moments – that is part of this tattered beauty of reality. But to be a part of the light, any tiny amount, brings us up out of the darkness.
Today is another day, another opportunity, another chance to Be the Light. May it be so.