Looking out of my kitchen window while peeping at facebook, tunes from Pandora floating in the background (Beyonce today — don’t judge) and sippin’ on my favorite coffee with organic half and half, I saw my friend’s status… and it was like she read my mind.
Six simple words… “things are never what they seem.”
My shoulders twitch from an immediate chuckle and I’m now wearing a huge grin. From over 8,000 miles and a different time zone away she always appears at the most appropriate moment. Haha… I’m chalking it up to energy — how in the world did she know that I was JUST about to write a blog on the very same subject?!
Don’t let me lose you… and please don’t wander off so quickly, for I am not about to blog about anything negative.
Her words, “things are never what they seem” are incredibly refreshing to me and embody one of the most important life lessons. Simply put, we all have unique stories. In turn… completely embracing this truth and refraining from applying your own perceptions to the life of another (I know… much easier said than done) is the key to finding that ethereal happiness we all desire. Right?
Countless people seem to have contemplated this and figured it out.
How easily can one find quotations by Confucius stating “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” or Theodore Roosevelt saying that “Comparison is the thief of joy” … what about our very own “Live your best Life” Oprah Winfrey and her many mantras… “With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.”
Haha… calling Dr. Richards. Dr. Richards?
Naaaaaaah. I’m not a psychologist.
I’m an artist, an interior designer… a stella & dot stylist. Actually, “completely right-brained” might offer a more precise description.
Emotion, intuition and nonverbal communication steer my actions and furnish me with insight. Couple that with over four decades of wisdom (in the form of life lessons) a splash of analytical tendencies and a wholesome love of self… I’m thinking that in itself could afford a figurative “Dr.” status! Haha… just kidding!
Seriously though… I’m just like you. Working hard, trying to be a productive member of society/my community, wanting each day to feel good and basically, be happy. And of course…sometimes, lose sight, start glancing at that “greener grass” and make assumptions about what may or may not be in another’s world… shit, I’m human, eh?!
But… I always come back to the notion and much-needed filter, “things are never what they seem”. These words act as a refreshing reminder and enable me to completely appreciate what I have in my world. Because the bottom line is, we ALL have unique stories… and discounting yours while elevating someone else’s will only generate for you, a long (actually, it should read: looooooooooooooooooog) road of internal discontentment. Yep… I said it!
The past 54 days have been some of the most enlightening days in my lifetime and have fortified this belief.
Since shaving my head, the amount of feedback that has been forwarded my way has been incredibly humbling and at times surprising.
Without going into great detail… the feedback stems from being showered with complements, told that I was an inspiration/brave, asked if I was undergoing chemotherapy and even received an embarrassingly unwanted head-rubbing. Some have revealed to me that they could never see themselves doing this and why they couldn’t… others told me that when my hair grows back I should think about wearing “this” type of style and they proceed to tell me what “this” should be… and others have simply embraced my new look… and left it at that.
Hey, I know why I shaved my head and I am still comfortable and delighted with my decision.
But, going back to… “things are not what they seem” — with each response, my “right-brained” self used the comments as a gauge. A dual-sided gauge no doubt, for surely those that decided to give me feedback had some sort of preconceived notion as to why I would or would not shave my head. Sometimes what I thought an individual might say, they didn’t… or, what I thought they wouldn’t say, they did.
Can you imagine 54 days straight of “something that someone said or did” granting you with continuous “ah-ha” moments?
Well…welcome to my world… and I would NOT trade it for anything!
Surely my friend didn’t have my hair adventures on her mind when she posted her status… but I can guarantee you that in some way, shape or form… her reason for posting her statement directly relates to we ALL have a unique story. AND simply… embrace it for what it is!
with an open-mind, I enthusiastically await what comes my way.