I had a few days early in the week where I was in kind of a funk. Not really depressed, just sort of down. Do you ever have these days? Nothing really wrong, nothing you can really put your finger on… just feeling a bit off. Yep, that was me.
By day 3 of this funk I finally decided to take a leisurely walk around my neighborhood. Now, I usually maintain a quick pace on my daily walks for the sake of exercise, so this casual stroll provided a much different experience. Ever notice how the simple act of walking can clear your mind? That’s exactly what I experienced. I also noticed some things in my neighborhood that I hadn’t seen before like these footprints in one of the few sidewalks we have in this old community. I began thinking of everyone who has ever lived here, walked these streets, and probably felt a little off from time to time too. It’s really just all part of the cycle of life isn’t it?
When I got back home I decided to sit in my favorite outdoor chair & write a letter to myself. This idea was actually a challenge that Kim Klassen suggested last week in the Beyond Layers course (more info about Beyond Layers HERE). She suggested we write to ourselves, shower ourselves with beautiful words, celebrate our gifts. Hmmm. At the time I didn’t feel I had anything to write about. Kinda sad right? But sometimes I think we all get a little too focused on our flaws or what we haven’t done or how behind we are on whatever we think we should be doing that we neglect to notice just how awesome we are. Perhaps that is why I was a feeling a little down. What I really needed was a little self nurturing. I started writing, filling a full sheet of paper! Then I mailed it to me.
So, to show my gratitude to Kim for this wonderful idea, I would like to pay it forward. My dear friends, I would love it if YOU would write a letter to YOURSELF. Tell yourself just how magnificent you are – because YOU are! There’s no one like you in the entire universe. In your letter point out all the wonderful gifts YOU possess. Write it all out. Then put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it, and mail it. What have you got to lose? xo
(The lovely texture background on the Winfrey & YOU quote were created by Kim Klassen, who has the most beautiful digital textures for sale HERE. Check it out! She also created the YOU photoshop brush you see above and gave it to all us Beyond Layers students. How awesome is that?!)