Feeling Blue Without You, Art Quilt, 9" x 12"
© 2011 Fannie Narte
Lately I've been posting several works in progress projects, which made me think about the following essay, which was taken from my journal:
Sometimes the simplest teachings are missed. It's missed because the idea is so simple, so common sense, so common, that we don't see it; we don't notice it; we don't give it the prominence in our teaching sessions it deserves.
An Evening With The Parents
Last night was "An Evening With the Parents" (AEWTP). We offer these evenings to our daughters . . . whenever. Sometimes these events just happen as a matter of conversation. Sometimes its appointed. Last night was an appointed evening with one of our daughters. As usual, she had tons of questions. She took copious notes, asked really meaningful questions and we engaged in lively conversation. For the next few hours, we discussed her definitions of "truth," "core values," "family," "relationships" . . . we discussed her dreams, her desires, and how to achieve them. We talked. We connected. We laughed. We learned. We exchanged. We laughed. We reminisced. We laughed.
At the end of the evening, my husband said something simple, but powerful: "Be okay with who you are today."
Be Okay With Who You Are Today
It's true. We get so busy with self-improvement, working on projects, fulfilling dreams, writing lists, finding our destiny, searching for the perfect soul mate, planning the unforgettable wedding, saving for the mansion . . . that sometimes we forget.
We forget the present. We miss the beauty in the now. We overlook the person in the mirror, the person who climbed many mountains, the person who weathered hurricanes and tornadoes and still stands, the person who celebrated another year of friendship and family, the person who earned every wrinkle, gray hair and aches and pains, the person who sat in the auditorium filled with camera-happy parents on graduation day, the person who welcomed a tiny, warm bundle of joy into the family.
Celebrate the Moment
Yes, with all of our search, searching, doing, becoming . . . we must take a moment to celebrate being . . . being okay with who we are today knowing that there will be another tomorrow for more, more projects, more searching and doing and becoming.
Tomorrows give you a chance
to improve on yesterdays.
I am many things. I do many things. I am a woman, an artist who is a work in progress who has several works in progress . . . I celebrate me just as I am today.
I'm grateful for AEWTPs.