I don’t need you at your best when you come to my home.
I don’t care what you are wearing or what car you drove here.
I don’t care if there is food on your shirt and your hair is full of knots.
None of that matters to me.
I care about you.
I care about what’s in your heart, how afraid you are. What you worry about in the night.
I care about your deepest fears and your biggest dreams and I am there for it all.
If you mess up, I won’t judge.
That’s my promise to you.
So, don’t cancel me because your house is a mess and your cupboards are bare.
I will bring what you need with pleasure and I will listen to your problems without measure or malice. If you are on the floor, I’m picking you up, or I’m sitting own beside you.
You need never be alone down there.
And before I leave, I will have made you smile at least once.
That’s my promise to you.
So, save your best for someone else my friend because I want you just as you are.
That’s what friends are for.
Wriiten by the amazing Donna Ashworth
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Art by Lynn Greer
When you allow yourself to tap into the vast thinking space of your mind, you get to imagine the possibilities of your wishes and dreams. In this special place of creativity, mistakes are not important and you don’t care about the judgement and opinions of others. It is there that you get to colour outside the lines of conformity and give yourself permission to be yourself and create a better life story.
Your life is your canvas, and you are the masterpiece. There are a million ways to be kind, amazing, fabulous, creative, bold, and interesting.
If you think that you’ve lost your youthful imaginative and creative talents, you’re wrong. It is just that you haven’t used them in a while and you need a little practice to find your way back to their unlimited potential to improve all aspects of your life. Once you start to use them more, you will be surprised by your energy and ability to generate new ideas to help you create the reality that you want. The more that you expand your imagination, the more productive it becomes.
There’s a woman in my mirror,
And she looks a lot like me.
Though there’s lines around her eyes,
And her hair is wild and free.
She is plumper than myself,
And she is definitely grey.
Did I miss the day this happened
Has she always been this way?
And this woman in the mirror,
Has an air of something calm.
Like a tide that’s going out,
And a beach that’s soft and warm.
She has seen the world in colour,
She has learned to know the truth.
There’s a wisdom in her wrinkles,
There’s a knowledge brought from youth.
And she seems to move more freely,
As though released from earthly binds.
Is she made of something lighter?
Perhaps the weight she left behind.
Like the press of expectation,
And the need to yield and bend.
I like this woman in the mirror,
She’s fast becoming my best friend.
Written by Donna Ashworth, from Ladies Pass it On - FInd her on Facebook
Image by Ata Kando #atakando
Why are we somewhat afraid of creativity? What are some of the things that get in the way of us being creative, because we were all born as creative beings blessed with an imagination that was meant to be used as much as our senses of touch, taste, sound, sight and smell.
There are many reasons such as not enough time, responsibilities, challenges, distractions, procrastination and an over-scheduled life. But I think that the reason why we don't use our creative abilities and strenghts to fill up our lives with colours and possibilities is basically fear.
We are afraid to be wrong. We are afraid to make a mistake. We’re afraid of not being perfect. We’re afraid of looking stupid, being laughed at,
being judged and critized.
The fear of expressing ourselves creatively and using it as a thinking tool is counterproductive and often leaves us unable to think clearly. Fearing our own ability to create, holds us back in many aspects of lives, whether it is in the workplace or being a better parent. As a matter of fact, rejecting or ignoring our creativity can leave us frustrated and feeling an unexplainable sense of loss and emptiness in our lives.
Our imagination and our natural ability to create is like our own personal magic wand in life. It is a potent elixir that energizes our mind and body into creating the life of our choosing. And the more that we use it, the better we become at filing our lives with the colours that gives us the courage to overcome our fears of not being good enough to create what makes us happy.
The creative adult is the child who survived.
~ Ursula Leguin
We all have a story that we live our everyday lives in and no one really knows who we really are in our personal stories.
So when you come across a story such as this one about a woman called Night Birdie, it reminds us how truly incredible our stories can be.
Watch her video and read her blog on the links below because she is one amazing lady who at such a young age can show us how to better live in our stories.
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I was talking to a young woman the other day and she was telling me about some of the things that she wanted to do in life. She had goals, wishes and dreams that she hoped to be able to achieve if only she could find her way to making them happen.
I asked her what was stopping her from doing the things that she wanted to do and she told me responsabilities, time, lack of money and what everyone else would think if she had the courage to do what she wanted.
Since I had traveled a similar road and had met so many others along the way who were all searching for similar goals, wishes and dreams, I told her that the first thing that she had to understand was that we each have to create a life for ourselves, one that reflects who we are and what makes us happy.
We have to stop listening to the voices outside of ourselves and listen to our creative souls who are telling us that it is time to do the things that matter to us.
For to live a life that others may not understand is okay, as long as we live it with a gentle hand, a creative mind and a tender heart.
WHEN YOU LOOK BACK
When you look back, may you never see the blaze of a life in ashes because you let your fear become your fortress, your flaws become your cage and your imperfect wondrous soul to be imprisoned in a tower of self-doubt.
When you look back, may you never regret the seas you didn’t swim in, the beaches you didn’t lose your cares upon, or the moments you hid away from the world because your body did not meet expectation, for whom?
When you look back, may you vividly recall the moments of joy, as the light shone your way, when the sun came out and the world opened its beauteous gates to let you wander through its very heart.
When you look back, may you see that love was enough, love was always the goal, peace was its chariot and hope the warm wind to speed it along, and may you share that wisdom with others who so desperately need it.
When you look back, may you know that your life was one well-lived, that the heartbreaks you had no control over were the only storms in your skies, and not an unrequited love for your own self that darkened your entire journey.
When you look back, may you breathe easily, safe in the knowledge you blazed a bright path whilst on this planet, spreading love, spreading light, breaking and rebuilding and giving of your beautiful self freely.
For that is all you are really here to do.
Written by Donna Ashworth, poet and writer of Ladies Pass It On Facebook page.
Art by Salvador Dali
I found this poem by the wonderful poet Donna Ashworth that I just have to share.....
There comes a day, somewhere in the middle of every woman’s life, when Mother Nature herself stands behind us and wraps her arms around our shoulders, whispering
“You have taken enough now. It’s time to stop growing up,
stop growing older and start growing wiser – and wilder.
There are adventures still waiting on you and this time, you will enjoy them with the vision of wisdom and the companionship of hindsight, and you will really let go.
It’s time to stop the madness of comparison and the ridicule of schedule and conformity and start experiencing the joys that a life, free of containment and guilt, can bring.”
She will shake your shoulders gently and remind you that you’ve done your bit. You’ve given too much, cared too much, you’ve suffered too much.
You’ve bought the book as it were and worn the t-shirt.
Worse, you’ve worn the chains and carried the weight of a burden
far too heavy for your shoulders.
“It’s time” she will say.
“Let it go, really let it go and feel the freedom of the fresh, clean spaces within you. Fill them with discovery, love and laughter. Fill yourself so full you will no longer fear what is ahead and instead you will greet each day with the excitement of a child.”
She will remind you that if you choose to stop caring what other people think of you and instead of caring what you think of you, that you will experience a new era of your life
you never dreamed possible.
‘It’s time’ she will say…
“to write the ending, or new beginning, of your own story.”~
~Donna Ashworth Sacred Dreams
She has been feeling it for awhile – that sense of awaking. There is a gentle rage simmering inside her,
And it is getting stronger by the day.
She will hold it close to her –
She will nurture it and let it grow.
She won’t let anyone take it away from her.
It is her rocket fuel and finally, she is going places.
She can feel it down to her very core – this is her time.
She will not only climb mountains –
She will move them too.
She decided to create the life she imagined.....