If we were having coffee…..
Welcome my friend! Thank goodness for these weekend coffee shares. Lately, they have been the only time that I have focused on connecting with you. I’m hoping to improve that!
If we were having coffee, I would, as usual, be so happy to spend some time with you. We are all in the midst of the holiday season. How is that going for you? A friend of mine always called this time of year the HoliDAZE. That seems especially apt this year.
If we were having coffee, I’d want to talk to you about something I’ve been batting around in my brain this week. I recently read an article about two French women who were resistors during World War II. They were friends as children and then became a couple. Same sex relationships were obviously challenging back in those times.
They were both artists. The author said that they used their art to resist the confines of societal norms.
They moved to the British island of Jersey and, unfortunately, the Nazis invaded and occupied that territory. These two women used their art to create pictures and messages/leaflets that were meant to demoralize the Nazi soldiers.
And then the author said something interesting…He said that it was almost as if there was a through line. It was as if these two women had prepared for this their entire lives and now were carrying it out. They were already very skilled at using their art to resist norms. So they were very well prepared to create these pamphlets to break down the morale of the Nazis.
You can read the article here https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/how-a-queer-french-couple-fought-nazis-with-their-art/
It was an interesting statement. These women had unknowingly been preparing for this all their lives…So what if that’s true for all of us? What if we have all been preparing for our challenges?
What if all of the difficulties that we faced in childhood, adolescence, early adulthood… What if all of it was preparing us for that next stage? What if all of those lessons were preparing us for the big stuff that we would eventually have to face?
And let’s take it a step further… If we accept that all of the difficulties that we faced were, in fact, preparing us for the next stages of our lives…Then doesn’t it suddenly change the way we perceive those past challenges? When I played with this in my head… I realized that looking at the past through this kind of lens really shifted my perspective. Instead of lamenting some of those very painful times, I found myself feeling like a survivor of a type of Universal boot camp.
Rumi says that we should act as if everything is rigged in our favor.
If we were having coffee, I’d encourage you to play with this thought. Look at everything you’ve survived and see if you can find a through line. Play with it long enough to see if your perception shifts too. Take a moment to acknowledge yourself as the survivor that you are. And then take a bow. You have a lot to be proud of!
I love mulling over thoughts and ideas that can shift perspective and perception going forward.
If we were having coffee, I’d be so grateful to have someone to bat these ideas around with. (I know I should never end a sentence with the word “with” but it’s just us and our coffee so I’m not going to worry about it.🤪)
If you have time to play with this idea, I’d love to know if it shifted anything for you….or maybe I’m just weird.. of course the two are not mutually exclusive!
I hope that you have a wonderful week ahead. And I hope that you can be gentle with yourself during this holiday season. Whether you’re alone or with your people, know that you matter. Know that the Universe has your back. Breathe deeply and know that all is and will be well.
I’m glad you’re here 💜
Our weekend coffee share is hosted by Eclectic Alli. You can read more shares here: https://fresh.inlinkz.com/party/c54b96835e0445e0be2756c916c19944