B is for Bravery

I’m only on letter two of the creative alphabet and already I’m having a fight with myself. Because I have two absolute favorite “B” words. Balance and bravery.

Balance means being healthy and aware in all aspects of life. It’s about knowing when to start and when to stop. It’s about knowing when to “do” and when to “be.” It’s about creating harmony between work and play and rest and all the other “things” that go into this amazing thing we call life. “Balance is beautiful” is one of my top-selling Said The Butterfly cards. People tell me it keeps them centered. I love that.

"Dream Brave" is about the balance between dreaming and bravery.

But… It’s bravery that allows balance to be possible. You have to be brave to be willing to take the steps of creating balance. I can still hear Gemma telling me to be brave. To put myself out there creatively. To be willing to shut my eyes and trust myself to create something wonderful without the pressure of my eyes and mind judging it the whole time. And then, to leave the comfort and safety of her studio to enter the world and apply those same philosophies to life. To live it. That’s bravery.

Bravery makes things happen. A dream is only a dream until you’re brave enough to act on it. Even if you’re terrified and there are a million sometimes tedious and painful steps, it’s bravery that keeps those feet moving. Then one day, you wake up and your dreams are coming true. Only because you were brave.

So my dear readers, the battle between balance and bravery is over. Bravery always wins.

Good things,
Melissa

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A is for Amazement

"Abundance" is one of my favorite A words and the title of this piece I did in 2003.

There are words I use all the time. They’re my friends, my confidants, the pillars of what I care about and believe in. They’re my creative alphabet. I’ve decided to share them with you here, one at a time and in alphabetical order starting with the letter A.

My favorite “A” words are abundance, awe, amazing, adventure and “and.” They’re full of power, possibility, appreciation, noticing, celebrating and continuing. They can be summed up into one truly awe-some word. Amazement.

I can’t take credit for this one. This one comes from one of my poet-heroes, Mary Oliver. Here’s an excerpt from her poem, “When Death Comes.”

“When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

For me, this is about living, really living. It’s about being so open to absorbing the magnificence of the world around us. It’s about feeding our souls by the very way we live.

Here’s to amazement and to walking through life in a constant state of wonder. Thank you, Mary Oliver.

Good things,
Melissa