I found it in High School, I'm not sure where it came from, I wish I could tell a beautiful story about how a wise teacher/friend/parent gave it to me and we had a beautiful bonding moment over this picture, but no. I just happen to fall on this image and I don't even remember how.
This picture was in my locker in high school, on the inside cover of all my journals, on most of my binders...anyway you get the picture (no pun intended)
This image and those words spoke to me loudly!!
I have lived with (notice I didn't NOT say suffered from) Anxiety my whole life and this picture always somehow made me feel better (no matter what I was feeling anxious about (funny, huh?)
Since my days in High School have long past, I have fallen on this image a few times in my life, after graduation, it was no longer glued to ever surface I could find, but it did come and go from my life. It has helped encourage me through some difficult times.
Now in the last few days I have been doubting myself, my abilities, my talents. I have been comparing myself to others.(I don't recommend this as a course of action BTW)
And this morning as I was looking for some guidance, I turned on my computer and was going to do some reading of some of the texts that often bring me clarity or a sense of relief or comfort.
And you will never guess what image was displayed front and center in my search (ok well you might guess, unless you haven't been paying attention at all)
Ok! Now! pay close attention to this one, because it is wonderful amazing proof that things come to you as they are supposed and when you are ready to receive.
I recently changed the sutra that I have on my wall and my sutra is currently # 4.15 and reads The caracteristics of an object appear differently depending upon the different mental stats of the observer.
I am the object and my mental state determines how I see myself.!!!
it really is as simple as saying whether you think you can or you think you can't you are right.
Now I know we have all read these quotes and we have all said at one time or another...oh yeah that is soooo true. I know I have.
BUT love I it when you sort of forget these things, or put them out of your mind and begin doubting and comparing (or insert any other perceived negative emotion or state of being) and something happens (like finding a long lost picture at the perfect moment) and everything seems to fall into place. It feels like the universe has got your back. Like you are not alone. Because it is true, the universe does have your back, you are not alone.
The challenge is to not forget that. But when we do, the gentle reminders that come to us (if we are open enough to see them) are wonderful.
I have an amazing SIL who would call this a God Wink. Like God is winking at me and saying " hey you there, I see you need a bit of a boost....here it is....don't lose hope"***
I wish you all a wonderful week ahead and I hope you all notice your God winks this week. Because baby you are an important part of this amazing, beautiful, miraculous, chaotic universe!
***disclaimer, I am not vain enough to think I know what God would say or think....I am just guessing here.
PS, I think I may just glue this image to the front page of my journal, then pin one on my wall next to my teen beat poster of Johnny Dep ;)