Dear Universe. Dear Life and Love. Dear Muses and Guides of the Truest Compassion. Dear Higher Self,
I love the way the trees’ shadows come to life in the afternoon and how the sunlight dances in their bodies. Please show me more of that. I want to learn to follow the shadows back to the light.
I look forward to the yellow blossoms that fall in the springtime and transform the concrete into a field of amber snow. How I wish I could sit among the branches, letting my worries fall away with the tiny petals. Teach me how, please.
I admire the richness and fullness of the world outside. The smell of monsoon season and the glow of the afternoon golden hour. I want to be brave like the crescent moon that smiles through the night and strong like the mountains that watch over the city. Could I ever be as giving as the rivers that feed the oceans, undaunted as the forest, and devoted as the dove in her nest?
Remind me of who I am. And who you are. And all of us. (Who are we, really?)
Tell me something beautiful.
Teach me the true meaning of prosperity and the nature of miracles.
Speak of my journey the way you see it. Take away the damages and the failures from path ahead. Deliver me to my future, grown and wise.
Stand by me, please.
Show me something beautiful.
I want to see like I did when I was younger. I want to know ease and levity again, to learn where they live in my body.
Bring me whimsy and grit. Enchant me.
I want to learn how to fall to my knees and open my hands. And leap like my legs long to leap.
I want to feel…serenity.
I wonder what you must think of me when I’m running errands and pulling weeds. How my face looks as I count my mistakes and my blessings.
Do you laugh when I laugh? And when I cry? What then?
Show me what you see in me.
I think you have before, in my moments of peace and knowing. Those fleeting moments when I feel 100 feet tall and everything makes sense.
Maybe that’s all I’ve really wanted. And maybe all this effort has been me testing to see how much life lives in me, how much love, and how much promise.
Send me a sign that I’m going the right way.
I know I could look anywhere and find it. And when I can’t look, I know I can ask. And when I can’t ask, I know I can trust that the asking has already been done and heard. And when I can’t trust, I can look at these words I wrote and find something to hold on to there.
I asked you once, what now. And you told me, “Anything you like, Dear.”
I guess all of this is to say, thank you. I’m listening.
Want to find the light in you? (And the love?)
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