Lately, I’ve been thinking long and hard about what I want to do with my time on this planet.
I’ve been asking myself, “Carmen, what do you want to experience in life?” What do you want your life to look like? What do you want your life to feel like?
And each time my soul responds with…..LOVE.
I want to be surrounded by love.
There is something sacred and magical about love, like God has somehow tethered our souls and reunited us; as though the distance we created between us no longer exists and we are finally free to love one another unconditionally.
I don’t know about you, but Love really feels like magic to me.
I truly am “in love with love” and sharing my heart with you is what I want to do with my time on this planet because nothing makes me happier than witnessing love.
The smallest gesture of gratitude between friends.
The helping hand of a stranger.
Accepting each other for our differences.
Forgiving people for their mistakes……..
These expressions of love truly melt my heart.
Do you ever think about this sort of thing?
Do you ever ask yourself, “What do I want my life to look like? What do I want my life to feel like?"
The truth is I think about it every day, but up until now I was afraid to share it with you.
I was afraid that you would judge my belief in love and God as being “bible-thumper-esque” (even though I’m not religious) or you'd think I was an “impostor” (because I’m not religious) LOL. Sigh! How could I ever be truly open with you with those thoughts running around in my head?
Truthfully, I think I was afraid that if you really saw me, you wouldn’t like me anymore…..I guess in the end, I was afraid to be me. I was afraid to take off the mask, ditch the filter and stop “fitting in”.
Yes, after years of acting on stage, giving presentations, and speaking at conferences I, Carmen Lisa MacPherson, was afraid to be seen.
Wow. That was a big “Ah Ha” moment for me.
But in that moment of honest and loving fear I realized something wonderful………………
“If you try to please everyone, you please no one.
But if you stay true to yourself, yes, some may hate you,
But at least they will see how you love others and how others love you.”
Ah, yes. Love is magic.
I'm an intense person (in case you couldn’t tell) and while I love coaching people through their weight loss journey, I can only do that from a loving and sacred place deep within my soul. I’m what many would call, “a little too much”, but for people who are sensitive and feel as deeply as I do – I’ve come to realize that I’m “just right”.
So even if you don’t get my “over the top” proclamations of love and unity, I hope you can at least find comfort in the fact that no matter what you do, someone in this world (i.e. ME) cares about you.
And while it's true that loving deeply can sometimes lead to abandonment, rejection and judgement – I’ve learned that love is definitely worth the risk.
Love is worth the fear because Love is worth more than any “thing.”
Love is everything. At least, love is everything to me.
So here I stand, loving you, and while I may run from religion due to all the horrific things people have done “in the name of God,” that will never stop me from running towards a loving God with open arms.
From now on, I won’t be afraid to open my heart and let you in. I’ll be brave and let you see me just as I am – an imperfect, loving (with a little dash of “weirdness” to keep it interesting) kind of girl.
And you know what? I’m OK with that.
So that’s my big secret.
I love you more than words could ever say. I guess you’ll just have to find a way to deal with that my friends.
Of course, my blog post wouldn’t be complete without a delicious recipe for you, so here’s a scrumptious dose of “Nutrition for the Soul”
Nutrition for the Soul
Fold two hands together,
borrow peace that’s in your heart
Add one cup of acceptance
And divide in equal parts
Dissolve the hate within you,
Finding mercy is the key;
Chop the grudge in tiny pieces
And sprinkle forgiveness to set it free.
Stir in love and laughter,
Set the dough with your good deeds;
Toss with genuine kindness, then
Share with those in need
Add several cups of hope,
Don’t forget your light within;
Nothing is impossible,
If we promise to begin.
The amount of people served,
All depends on me and you…….
This recipe can feed the world,
If we really want it to.
- Carmen Lisa
So where do you stand? Is fear holding you back from doing what you really want to do?
Are you sacrificing your own identity because you’re afraid others will judge you?
Are you sacrificing your health because you’re afraid to ask questions and make changes?
Are you sacrificing your dreams because you’re afraid to make goals that you might not achieve?
Hit reply and let me know.
We “sensitive souls” need to stick together.
To Health and Happiness (and above all else….Love),
Carmen Lisa xo
P.S How many times do you think I used the word LOVE in this post? LOL
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