Friday, December 12, 2014

Day 12 of Reverb14 - A Love Note...

Today is Day 12 of Reverb14, hosted by the lovely Kat McNally who blogs at I Saw You Dancing. Check out the Reverb14 page HERE to join along and journal to the amazing prompts as we journal our way out of's YOUR CHOICE to journal publicly or privately, as we all journal our way out of 2014 and plan for the new year ahead...

Today's prompt comes to us by way of Amy Taylor Kabbaz and here is what she shares with us:

It all starts with kindness. Everything I have learnt, everyone I have interviewed, every word I have studied has guided me to this simple but profound conclusion: true happiness begins and ends with self-kindness.
No more guilt. No more shoulds. No more comparison.
And the very best way to give your weary soul some kindness at the end of this year? A love note.
Write a letter from you to you... filled with forgiveness, love, and a big bear hug.

Well, this prompt is a bit of a challenge, but of course as so many of us have trouble looking at ourselves with love, let along treating ourselves with love, it comes as no surprise that this prompt is a challenging one!

But I stumbled onto an interesting blog post by a woman who represents artists and it was a list of things artists should be thankful for. When I read through the list, it felt like a love letter, at least to me.

So I think I will use some of the items on that list and I will sit myself down and write myself a 'love' letter...

My dear beautiful artist,

There are some things you should know as you wind down your path on your journey through Life. YOU have amazing gifts of art-FULL creativity that NO ONE can ever take away from you. They are yours and yours alone to do with as you please. You can please yourself if you wish or you can please others with your gifts, but ALWAYS REMEMBER that your gifts are YOURS to keep, to cherish, to treasure and value.

YOU have AMAZING PASSION for LIFE and for ART that brings you SO MUCH JOY, and sometimes some frustration and angst, but it mostly brings JOY. That joy is something that many people today are lacking in their own lives and many of those people might just try to thwart you in your joy, out of jealousy or spite, but that is only because they are so miserable they can not see how to go out and FIND THEIR OWN JOY, which is the only way one can find joy in Life - by going out to search for it because it sure as hell ain't coming to you and, as you have learned by now, most people are just too damn lazy to pursue their happiness, even though they have been given PERMISSION from one of the greatest documents ever to exist: The Declaration of Independence!

And while this passion might bring occasional angst, always remember:

'This too shall pass'

The angst will pass, the depression will pass (it has before!), the rage and resentments will pass, the frustrations will pass AND they will come back in one form or another, so just remember that your feelings are VALID and they are AUTHENTIC and they are TRUE, which is more than we can say for so many other people out there who are trapped in lives of in-authenticity, and we both know that is no way to live, especially because we have tried it many times and it never really works, at least not for you and certainly not for me!

My dear beautiful artist, always remember that your creativity is with you WHEREVER YOU GO, WHATEVER YOU DO. You take your creativity and fabulous ideas with you and they keep you marvelous company, especially when you are in the company of people who are too self centered to pay much attention to you. And also remember that it's okay if certain people don't pay attention to you becuase it only means they are not your 'peeps', which you've already learned, but what you also need to remember is this:

And beautiful things don't ask for attention because they COMMAND attention, simply by being beautiful, and you know this because you have seen how ugly things demand attention with ugly behavior, which only serves to create more ugliness in the world and that is NOT what you are here for!

My dear beautiful artist - I REALLY want you to take pride in your COURAGE because that is what it takes to pursue your gifts and that is what it takes to share your gifts. It is a lot of hard work but I know you are capable of this hard work since I have been witness to all the hard work you have being doing since childhood. I know it sometimes seems that you are getting very little reward for your hard work but I get a feeling that the big rewards are "comin' round the mountain as she comes" in 2015! And while she might not be "Driving six white horses when comes", she just might be driving that FIAT you've been dreaming of all year ;)

Just start thinking of what color you want that FIAT to come in!!

My dear beautiful artist, you are leaving behind of legacy of artfulness and goodness and meaning for all those you come into contact with and beyond. Like the pebble tossed into the pond, you are leaving reverberations of your artfulness, goodness and meaning that will be felt in ways and by people you may never know, but remember that just because you can not see the effects you have on people beyond that first inner circle, it doesn't mean you are not affecting them.

YOU are an amazing being of beauty and brightness and I want you to always remember that.



Tracy Mangold said...

Monica - so gorgeous! This should be posted where you can see it each and every single day. Truly. I was actually dreading this prompt today until I sat down to write mine and in reading yours, I am loving this prompt now. Thank you for sharing. :)

Deborah Weber said...

Oh what a wonderful love letter Monica! And may that Fiat find you shortly.

kafj said...

Joy, truth, beauty - yes! This is a gorgeous exuberant letter and just reading it makes me smile.

Kat McNally said...