“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell a story. Make some light.”
This morning I wanted to get the image you see here posted for a group I am facilitating. I felt compelled to give some direction “first thing” in the morning in case anyone woke up and wanted to write - with my direction, naturally - so I needed to be complete with my self-imposed task.
I allowed myself to feel the pressure of "If I don't get this done, people will be disappointed in me" that I sometimes give room to roam. It was getting bad enough that I felt my breath get increasingly shallow and my shoulders tense as hit various photo editing buttons on the screen of my laptop.
I lifted my face and looked over my screen and there it was: the sunrise sky - that unique tangerine color I have come to know well. I might have even gasped.
I looked up from my morning rush to see the sun's preview sky smiling at me. No hurry scurry, just pure presence.
This tangerine color doesn’t last very long. It is like a brief wink, a soft whisper heralding the sun is near. Light is with us.
Somewhere deep within me something rang out. Perhaps it was a divine energy, lifting my chin.
I could have missed it entirely.
I had to make the choice nonetheless to let go of my worry and self-absorption in order to really see the sky. Worry and self-absorption are indicators I have let fear have a chunk of my energetic real estate. I have offered up a portion of peace that lives in my spirit to be consumed with negativity. I had almost forgotten what Victor Hugo wrote, ‘Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
I am carrying this memory, this story of light, into the rest of my day.
What if we choose to collectively let go of self-absorption and worry - or however you tend to package fear and darkness - and allowed light to shine through be it in a tangerine sky or a flashlight or a single candle flame?
It would be such a pleasure if you joined me, too. See the light, dear one.
See the light and become the light for those you encounter today.
Watch as the world suddenly becomes a more beautiful place to be.
Julie Jordan Scott is a writer, creative life coach, speaker, performance poet, Mommy-extraordinaire and mixed-media artist whose Writing Camps and Writing Playgrounds permanently transform people's creative lives. Watch for the announcement of new programs coming Winter and Spring 2015 and beyond.
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