Creative Growth,  Life,  Transforming Difficulty

The Indulgent Life

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I have been indulging in life this year.  Not the kind of indulgence where you eat rich, spend lots, and party til the sun don’t shine.  The kind where you hold onto whatever comes your way and sap out every morsel of meaning and magic you can.

What I have held onto…

There was a birth in my circle of friends followed by lots of time with the baby, funny faces, kisses on the bottom of the feet, adventures in diaper changing, and those magical moment when you help the little one find his way to slumber land.

There have been illnesses:  calls in the middle of the night, quick trips to the hospital, surgeries and moments where we didn’t know if this loved one or that was moving closer to or further from death.

There have been second chances:  a heart made new, whispered I’m Sorry’s, choked up Thank You’s, hope for the rest of a new life given.

And there have been last chances:  families and friends drawing close to squeeze out every last bit of loveliness life has had to offer, pulling up memories of the great times, letting go of the worst, counting breaths and pills, holding a hand, stroking a furrowed brow, and in the end inviting the letting-go.

There have been celebrations….of the birth, the play, the renewal, the life well-lived.

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In each of these threads of existence, I have looked for the gift.  That is the lesson I chose to learn this year, taking GIFT on as my word for 2013.  It is easy to look for the gifts in the places where celebration is the norm, but when life gets difficult and emotions are tender, being grateful and turning your eyes towards the positive takes some dedication.

And yet, that is where I am.  It doesn’t come automatically though.  I am choosing to shift my perspective.  The more I do it, the easier it is for me to understand HOW I am doing it.  That HOW is what I want to share with you next week.  Until then, I invite you to look for the gifts the difficult might have to share with you.  You just might be surprised at how much of life has something valuable tucked inside it.

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Angels in My Studio 2013

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Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

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I am Rachél Payne, the quirky, dedicated heart behind Creativity Tribe. I am an artist, writer, and creative life advocate.

6 Comments

  • Linda Kinnaman

    Rachel, your search for the gifts in life, both during good and difficult times has been your incredible gift to me. I had never thought of it in that way before. What an amazing change of perspective you have enabled me to see, feel and benefit from. You have changed my life! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    • Rachél

      Linda, you are sweet. It is something I keep learning over and over everyday. Every time you reach for that new perspective it is a gift you give yourself. What an honor to hold that space with you!

  • Naturally Educated

    Looking forward to reading next week! I am trying to learn to keep calm and peaceful during difficulty, but it is very difficult for me! Three kids, one with special needs make for some definite difficult ones. Trying to learn to navigate them effectively.

  • rosmary

    I for one will be waiting with abated breath… look forward to learning a navigational tool to use though these lively waves.