CELEBRATE This Week No. 226
I discovered a new artist this week, Mari Andrew. She offered a twist on heart maps, by mapping her heart each month. I decided to take the inspiration and put it into action.
It’s been a long time since I created a new heart map and I had forgotten the energy it takes for reflection. I made my January Heart and wanted to make it again. I’m not sure why I feel this way, but I decided to keep the first version.
I hold my January heart and realize the problem.
It’s missing people.
My heart is relationships, not activity.
I’m considering another layer to my January heart, the one that includes chopping carrots while Andy creates broth for the soup this week, and Jay’s shoes slapping the snowy road next to mine for the two mile run. I wonder how I can add my friends who keep my running and writing and laughing. Where should I add the hot tea and egg my parents make me for weekday breakfast? I imagine another layer of good memories collected in the spaces between gritty healing.
I wonder how I capture my courage. I consider adding the part of learning to wait rather than defend myself or writing the things I’m afraid to write or the part where I’m learning to be the kind of leader who multiplies other’s strengths rather than diminishes their value. Where do I add the name of my new mentor whose presence in my life feels like an extravagant gift?
I stare longer at my January Heart and realize my soul is rooting for me. In order to love others, we must first take care of ourselves. My January Heart is a reflection of caring for my soul.
I hope you take the time to celebrate this week. Maybe you’ll sketch your January Heart or take time to create soup with someone you love. Join in and share your links by clicking the blue button below.