As many of you already know, I've been participating in The Next Chapter: The Joy Diet, hosted by the wonderful Jamie Ridler. This week's chapter dealt with a doozie - desire!
All week long I had this topic in the back of my mind, trying to figure out what to write about it and, more importantly, how to write about it. I don't like to write long epistles, and this chapter could easily inspire one! The author, Martha Beck, talks about how many of us learn to deny what we truly desire so we won't be disappointed in life, to please those around us, and to fit into society. This was certainly true for me.
In my life, I had many examples of people who were living their dreams, but even more of those who will insist on living a life that denies their desires in at least one important area of their lives. As I have watched their spirits struggle to shine through and seemingly diminish over the years, I have felt more strongly than ever to find what makes me truly happy!
I am a people pleaser by nature, and finding my own way has had its ups and downs. I am still sorting out my true desires and shedding those I have taken on that are really other people's (well-meaning) dreams for me. Do you know what I mean?
I know that me starting to paint and to blog about it was the direct result of identifying my very deep desire to live a creative life, to spread beauty, to express my true spirit and to communicate it with the world fearlessly.
I also am very aware as I look at my loved ones lives, and see how much better their lives could be if they just allowed themselves to follow their bliss, that I must not impose my desires for them on their lives. When their own desires call to them loudly enough, they will listen. And as soon as their desires are stronger than their fears, they will act on them. And I will be there to cheer them on!
In the meantime, I love tuning in to myself and expressing my true nature! And maybe, in the process, I get to be an inspiration to some in the same way so many of my family and friends (and that includes all of you) are an inspiration to me.
As I was pondering this topic of desire, I realized that I still have many desires I can't wait to see manifest, and some that are so dear to me and so important that I keep them very close to my heart. You can be sure, though, as they unfold (and I know that they will) I will share them with you!
And now I leave you with my fervent wish that all your dearest desires come true!!