Walk in Someone’s Footsteps

footsteps-in-sandWhen I was a kid, I used to play a game at the beach with my siblings and cousins. We called it, “Walk in My footsteps.”

The rules were simple. One kid took the lead and the rest had to step in footsteps of the person ahead as we walked down the beach.

As the youngest, I was usually at the back of the group and often had to stretch to reach the footsteps of the person in front of me.

I almost always lost when we played this game, but was that so bad?

Each of us has our own journey through life.  There will always be people walking ahead of us on this journey and there will always be people walking behind us.

As I see it, our job is to learn from the person ahead of us and, if asked, give a helping hand to the person behind us, but not to walk in someone’s footsteps.

Now, I can write this, but I don’t always live it. I confess this is a challenging life lesson for me. Recently, I read a book that made me ache with longing to write as well as the author did.

I can’t. I’m not that author. I’m me.  I can learn from the author, but I’ll never write the same way.

Bottom line:  I will always lose when I play the game of “Walk in My Footsteps.” I have to follow my own path, learn at my own pace, and in my own way.

But is that really so bad?

What about you?

Have there been times when you wanted to be in the footsteps of the person ahead of you? How did you handle it and what did you learn from the experience?

Look for the Sparkle

leaves-in-lightI like this picture because of the sparkle of light inside the leaf.

It reminds me to look for that “sparkle” in my own life – those good moments of awe, joy, happiness or laughter.

The sparkle is always there someplace, but you have to look for it.

So, whatever you’re doing today, look for that sparkle in your life.

Let it remind you of the good things you have in your life:~)

Share A Sparkle

I’d love it if you shared a “sparkle” from your life in the comment box.

Anniversary Post: Let your light shine

I forgot my blog anniversary. It was last month. My first post was in February, 2007, meaning I’ve just started my seventh year of blogging:~) To celebrate, I’m putting up one of my older posts, written in 2008.

I met a woman at a conference years ago. We got to talking and she shyly told me she had written a book that had been recently published. I was impressed and told her so.

Instead of being proud of what she’d done, she downplayed it by making excuses for what she had accomplished. She didn’t seem to believe she deserved success.

I asked her about this.

She said it made her nervous and fearful to acknowledge that she was a success, especially since she had not sold any books yet.

Before we could talk more about this, the workshop moved on and I didn’t have a chance to talk with her again.

I wished I had.

I would have said to her, “Wait a minute! What’s wrong with feeling powerful and strong about what you did accomplish? You wrote a book and it was published!  What’s wrong with believing you deserve every piece of that success?”

Most of all, I wished I had asked her what made her afraid of success.

But I didn’t.

Today, as I was clearing out files on my computer, I came across a passage entitled, Our Deepest Fear, written by Marianne Williamson. I’ve had it for a long time, but read it again.  It reminded me of the woman at the workshop.

Since I have no way to contact her, I’m doing the next best thing.  I’m posting this passage on my blog and trusting that it will get to her if she still needs it.

If not, maybe someone like her will read it and fully celebrate who they are and what they’ve accomplished.

Maybe even you.

If you haven’t read it yet, now is your chance.  If you’ve read it before, read it again.  It’s worth it!

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.

As we let our own Light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Author ~ Marianne Williamson

The last verse of this poem says exactly how I feel about blogging.

The posts I visit inspire me to let “my light shine” and I hope my posts do the same for those who visit my site.

Creativity, in all its forms, is like a good meal; it’s best appreciated when shared. Blogging opens the door and welcomes us in to share our word and picture meals.

Bon Appétit, my friends:~)





Center of the Soul

photo illustration by sara b. healy

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.” excerpt from a poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

This isn’t a post to solicit your comments; it’s one to engage your soul.

There’s a place deep inside us all, at the center of our souls. It holds the seeds of our dreams…

Those things we’re passionate about
Those things we ache for
Those things that sustain us

Go to this place inside you.

Open the doors wide and bear witness to your dreams.

What are you passionate about in this life?
What would you be like if you trusted your dreams?
What gets you up when life knocks you down?

Don’t rush; take your time

Let these questions sink into you, like ripening seeds. Water them, give them sun and see what grows. Be patient with yourself. There’s plenty of time.

As you become aware of your passions — your “heart’s longings” — write them down. Read them aloud to yourself over and over again. Hear their power.

Don’t be shy. Tell others about your passions. The more you speak of them; the more you let them come alive inside you. It’s your silence that smothers them.

Hear them.
Believe in them.
Trust them.

Most importantly, don’t deny that you have them! Everyone does. We are ALL passionate souls and our passions are unique to us.

Our dreams and passions will never leave us, unless we choose to leave them.

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Thank You

I want to thank Emily Hanlon. I recently took a spiritual workshop with her, which provided the spark for this post. It was an interesting experience, one that opened doors inside of me.

I also want to thank Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Check out her site, learn how she got her name and read more of her wisdom. Also, read the full version of The Invitation, from which the quote at the beginning of this post comes from.

Last, but not least. Enjoy the following music by David Lanz. Find a comfortable spot, take a deep breath and reflect on what’s in the center of your soul.