Hello, my friends,
It has been awhile since I have posted a “Love What You Love Friday,” and because life is shouting at me from twenty different directions, every which way since Sunday, about the importance, importance, IMPORTANCE of desire (aka, loving what you love), I was inspired to (read: really had no choice but to) resume again.
So, without further adieu, here are the gorgeous, veil-piercing words of Rumi on just how to love what you love…and then a suggestion for what you can do with a life that is so well-nourished.
As a Wick Does
There is nourishment like bread
that feeds one part of your life,
nourishment like light for another.
There are many rules about restraint
with the former, but only one rule
for the latter, Never be satisfied.
Eat and drink the soul substance
as a wick does with the oil it soaks in.
Give light to the company.
So, how about you? If you’d like to share (in the comments below or on my Facebook page), I’d love to hear what the “nourishment that is like light” is for you.
For me it ranges from having stretches of time to myself, long walks in quiet countryside, Pinteresting my fantasy fashion wardrobe, poetry, travel, my first cup of coffee before the house wakes up, sunrises, sunsets, seeing my daughter’s face when I first get her from her crib in the morning (that wispy, wild blonde hair, that ever-so-happy scrunchy smile, she’s like a little pixie!), snuggling with my sons (taking in their perpetually dirty fingernails and trying to drink, drink, drink up the sound of their little boy voices) on the couch to talk, saying something that totally shocks my husband into laughing, swimming in natural waters, when I’m really in the flow of painting, dinners with girlfriends, conversations that go deep and where nothing is off limits, really good champagne and wine, just the most amazingly right pair of shoes, tapping into that place with a client where “now we’re cooking” and it’s one revelation after another and we can both FEEL the very real, amazing shifts as they happen…and on and on…
I also love to keep lists and acknowledge what is nourishment like light for me and love, even more, to add to them. I’ve found that as I acknowledge more of what I love, my capacity for loving it, my enjoyment of it, increases, and, interestingly, more amazing things seem to come my way. If you follow me on Instagram you can see me tag many of these things as either #exquisiteeverydays, #extraordinaryexperiences, or just simply #grateful.
One of my favorite (and most powerful) practices is to let my imagination run wild in my journal with dreams and desires. In fact, I share three of those in my most recent newsletter, which is also about the power of desire and how to harness it in your own life. If you’d like to grab a copy of this issue and you’re not yet on my list, just submit your email in the sidebar and I’ll send you a copy, stat!
So, I hope you have your own exquisite everyday or extraordinary experience to look forward to this weekend, and if not, I hope you’re feeling inspired to create one (or five)! Please let me know if you do – I will be sure to toast to that!
Have a beautiful weekend!
P.S. In just a couple weeks, my coaching colleague and friend, Susan McCusker and I will be indulging in loving what WE love and launching a class entitled, “The Curated Closet: Live Well, Dress Well.”
This, my friends, is going to the most fun you’ve ever had…not only in your closet, but in coaching…not only in your closet and coaching…but just maybe all year! Susan and I keep saying as we work on this, “This is so much fun… this is just so much fun…do you think it’s wrong we’re having so much fun??? Nah…this is just going to be awesome, if we do say so ourselves!”
Seriously, it’s that good. It combines all the pure fun of discovering your personal style, with the satisfying productiveness of getting immediate, visible, significant results, with the sacred, mystical work of…well, I’ll leave that part sacred and mysterious. It’s about your style and tidying up your space, yes – and it’s about your whole dang life. You will have fun, you will get results that immediately shift your daily life and will stay with you forever, and you will be learn so many surprising, amazing things about yourself. Stay tuned, it’s “The Curated Closet: Live Well, Dress Well” and coming soon! XOXO