Life truly is good and I love basking in the sun of that realization. I also get a giggle out of the aha moments of when I’m not in alignment and seeing the silliness in allowing those thoughts to effect me as switching focus has become quite easy for me. It has been a journey, so I highly recommend practicing moving from a negative thought and turning that statement around to a positive one. I still do that myself; it’s just much easier due to practice.
I am a sun girl and love being on the water. So living in Chicago’s winter for years was challenging for me. I didn’t like snow. I didn’t like cold, and for goodness sakes I didn’t like dreary. For several years I’ve shifted out of the cold and snow beliefs and have found ways to enjoy what those climates bring. Yet until this past Friday, I hadn’t shifted my thoughts on dreary. I can’t tell you how many people I affirmed that to – “I don’t mind the cold or snow of Chicago, but I hate how we don’t have much sun, etc. etc.” And it finally clicked Friday. The day started off with a decent temperature, but dreary. As the weather topic came up with a stranger I chatted with, I again affirmed that belief to her of the “I don’t like dreary” story. I decided to walk home and was enjoying the beauty of downtown Chicago and being with the city’s energy. And it hit me as I thought about how many times I affirm that. As soon as I thought that, the SUN came out and I swear to you she talked to me. The sun said: “Carol I’m still here. I’ve never left. I am just tending to other locations in the World right now. I promise I haven’t left you and I will check in often, see you soon.” I thanked her and sent her on her way. The remainder of the day was cloudy with the sun popping in from time to time, but my spirit was bright regardless of what the outer reality showed.
That evening, I shared that story with a dear friend as we were discussing spiritual topics and growth. She had a beautiful analogy to my story. She likened the Sun to our inner self as we are pure beings of joy and light, yet we let ‘our stories of not good enough, lack, victim beliefs, etc.’ cloud over our truth of light. Our light is always there, we just allow foggy thoughts to mask it. How cool is it that we get to choose to live in light or live in dark – it’s all up to us. ]
Quotes of the Day
“Three things that cannot be long hidden, the sun, the moon, and the truth”” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun” ~ Pablo Picasso
For the next week, I invite you to pay attention to your inner sun by:
Appreciating your inner beauty and spending some time each day giving thanks to your unique qualities you share with the world.
Laughing out loud several times a day as the sun is always shining through laughter.
Shifting out of the cloudy thoughts and bringing them back to your truth of love, peace, joy, and beauty.
Mostly I invite you to bask in your light. See yourself through the rays of your light rather than through the shadows of your gray skies. I invite you to shine so bright that you have to wear SPF 50 even on a dreary Chicago winter day as your truth can brighten the darkest moments.
Looking for a way to stay focused on Living Life Fulfilled? Make sure to surround yourself with people who lift you up, inspire you, support you, and simply love to laugh and have fun.
Have a fantastic week and until next time.