I have an affirmation card on my desk right now that reads, “I am bendable and pliable and flow freely with all that the universe offers.” Being flexible can mean all sorts of things. On one hand, I’m pretty flexible: I can do the splits and bend over and touch my toes. On the other hand, I had debilitating neck aches for years. Every once in a while, I will get one, and it knocks me out; turning from a neck ache to a headache that only time and sleep can heal. Reading Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life, is what really helped me get a hold of my neck issues. There is a reference section in the back of the book about certain thought patterns and the physical ailments they can create. Neck problems? Refusing to see other sides of a question. Stubbornness, inflexibility.
Knowing this hasn’t just helped me with neck aches, but life in general, because I am so much more flexible than I once was. We often don’t think about the different ways we can be flexible (or not) throughout the day. I try to be mindful of choosing to accept things as they’re unfolding. Sometimes events change in a way for me that is so positively exciting, and sometimes, not so exciting. In the end, I am usually able to learn something from either one.
It has been almost a month since I have been back in Savannah, and it makes me dizzy to think about how much has changed. Being able to roll with all that it put before me has made all of the shifts in my life so far worthwhile.
I think it is time to be more personal. How can I talk about being flexible and going through changes without exemplifying it in my experiences? The truth is, I get scared. I get scared to show my authentic self because I am still growing, growing from the extremely shy girl who sometimes can only utter a few words from her pink face. My close family and friends read GGS, and a few others I have never met before. I love responding to comments from people I don’t know, connecting with new people who live in different parts of the world. Since starting my blog, so much kindness has been put my way. I have noticed since coming back to Savannah that when I go through new experiences, I question myself; who I am, where I am going, what I believe in, etc. Something I am learning is that no matter what I go through, loving and accepting myself in every part of my life is the most important thing. The actions of others are out of our control, but we do get to choose what we include in our own experience. Sometimes I react, and there are times (like something unexpected that happened to me recently) where I feel like I become unauthentic in my reaction. Being flexible is rolling with these events, not being to hard on ourselves, and handling them with grace. I am learning how to balance being open to new things happening while still staying true to myself. Loving ourselves means many things, one being honoring who we are no matter what others may think.
Thank you so much for reading,