The Pillar of PROMISE
Making promises to those we love is something midlife women do constantly. We mostly make promises to please others. Yet many of us have stopped making promises to ourselves, perhaps knowing we will probably break those promises, choosing others’ desires over our own. In this episode, listeners make a new promise to themselves and keep it. Their pledge could be as basic as promising to listen to our radio shows, and doing all the activities for no one but themselves. Keeping our promises starts a fundamental shift in our self-confidence.
When there has been a good lightning storm over my house in the Okanagan, and the rains have been emptied from the skies, there is a time shortly after the powerful rumbles and strikes move on, that you can hear the rain slowing down to a few plunks on the eaves, and the sun peaks out from the clearing skies.
I’ll wander outside and smell the earth as only you can in the summer and often to my delight, a double rainbow will stretch across the lake. I remember as a young girl, peddling towards the rainbows end, for the pot of gold that must lie hidden, only accessible to those who can see the magic.
The heat and cold, rising and falling, water and wind churning to make electricity and roaring together to rain upon the earth replenishing the soil and lakes and seas, and then with the work done, celebrating with seven colours kissed by the sun.
Our Midlife and the rainbow have much in common. Both, only created after all of nature’s elements- Fire and Earth, Air and Water have participated through unsettling times and cleansing, to reveal a new peace and calm of incredible beauty.
Rainbows may appear on the horizon as perfectly shaped arches, yet are rather full circles, with the lower half hidden from view. Midlife also has it’s sweet secrets, invisible to those not yet there.
Rainbows, like Midlife, most often occur as the day is winding down, and the sun is at a lower angle in the sky.
Like Midlife, no one see’s a rainbow, exactly the same way. All our vantage points create slightly different horizons from which we gaze.
The Cherokee believed that rainbows formed the hem in the sun’s coat. I like that image. Our Midlife can be our greatest masterpiece, reflections of different beautiful possibilities, building our bridge to the other side.
This is a great creative playtime! The Abundance Tree!
The picture below was what I started with, and it makes a great outline for you to also use. The picture below that outline, was what I finished with. I basically started filling in my tree outline with everything that I’m grateful is on my life. I turned the tree outline to incorporate the stand that a world globe would use, to try and incorporate travel and world experiences, which I have been blessed with.
Your tree can be composed of so many different things. What really uplifting about this Playtime, is that for a few minutes you are solely gathering words to express. and key words that represent, how much you have to be thankful for. How often do we do this?