Pondering Flowers

Crinkly cellophane wrapped

Baubles of glorious colour

Bursting monuments to words unsaid

Not promises or plans

Simply a gift of the present tense

Humbly offered

Mindfully accepted

Joyfully received

                        -Unorthodox Lucy

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Conversation Hearts

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Conversation Hearts…Those adorably damnable ass-tasting little chunks of embossed sugar. I remember first contemplating the existence of these as tokens and expressions of love when I was in late elementary school. Making my batch of valentines for all my classmates, then selecting candies to put in each. That’s where the “huh” started. The words on them prompted an inner dialogue of “Wait, I can’t give that to so-and-so”. Then sorting through the entire box to find there were only 11 acceptably positive messaged hearts. And why would so many of them be stamped with words of doubt and dislike? I was sure the conversation heart industry would dry up and disappear by the time I was an adult and had to deal with the weird feelings each one of those little buggers brought up. But as one candy heart said, “Uh… No”.

Why? Dear God, WHY?? (They need to add that to the standard list of weird conversation heart slogans) I mean, we are taught and reminded that Love is a force of unconditional beauty and grace. Valentine’s Day, the Superbowl for candy hearts, is a day to celebrate Love. Whereas these candies carry messages that are often just as soul-grating and residual as fingernails dragging across a chalkboard. And they kinda taste like that too.

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No matter how irritating it was to grow up and be totally wrong about the persistent consumer demand for conversation hearts, that was nothing compared to the realization of the subconscious need they fulfill. I think these are the phrases of fear and doubt that the human condition associates in the face of Love. We don’t know what we are doing… like at all. And these lozenges of cupid poop bring up all the things we could talk about in order to better understand and embrace Love as its own entity and relate how it affects us.

Our neediness, our isolation, our confusion… The mass collective has issues. We know we need to talk more about everything in order to move past our issues and be comfortable in love, with love, and about love. When The Beatles sang “Love Is All You Need”, they were touching on this. We collectively got it backward though. Love isn’t the only thing we need… Love is ALL of our needs met. And we have a lot of needs! We also have a lot of things we don’t need that we permit to block our path toward a strong, healthy relationship with Love. Talking about those issues is a step closer to Love.

In light of this revelation, Conversation Hearts, I owe you an apology. In your own words, “Sorry, Not Sorry”. You are a bitter pill that if put to good use will make this life and the world a better place. I humbly acquiesce to the sublime beauty of the uncomfortable conversation.

Forgive candy hearts

With Love,

Unorthodox Lucy

 

P.S. I now believe that in addition to cockroaches, conversation hearts would survive a global catastrophe too. XOXO

 

 

 

 

Happy Saturday

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Weekends can be crazy busy – So many things to catch up on, so many things we would each like to do, people we would like to see… It can seem like a never-ending cycle of mundane tasks that keeps us feeling drained and dissatisfied.

Recently, I have adopted a new technique. It’s changing my perspective on everything, and I’m going to share it with you.

Are you ready??

Slow Down

It’s not a new concept. But it is so very foreign to so many of us.

Slowing down looks different for everyone. But it’s about making room for yourself in your life. That Me-Time thing… Yes, you can have it. Just give yourself permission and mean it! If your inner well isn’t flowing abundantly, what can you afford to give to anything else?

For me, it currently means taking unnecessary pressure off of myself by making gentler, more loving goals. Today, I am simply setting my intention.

What does that mean?

Creating a declarative statement

to empower oneself to reach a goal.

 

  • I will get the words down, on these pages, a minimum of 3 days a week.
  • I will learn how to improve my pages as I write.
  • I will employ those improvements in the work I perform on these pages.
  • I will treat each effort with respect and love.
  • I will gratefully celebrate every lesson gained in my progress.

 

See, I set my goals in line with my intention of progressing at a sustainable rate and nourishing myself throughout the process. I’ve accomplished a task, given it forward momentum, given it love and form. And now, I can enjoy some Me-Time!

Dear Reader, I ask you, what ways can you improve the quality of your life by reframing your perspective and giving yourself permission to slow down? Take a moment to think about it and you are already well on your way!

Have a Beautiful and Blessed Day,

Unorthodox Lucy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Me

I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor and human citizen. I am a teacher, a healer, a visionary, a philosopher and student of the universe. I am greater than the sum of my parts and smaller than only my Creator.

It took YEARS for me to write that statement. That sounds a little crazy, but it’s true. I was so deeply disconnected and resistant to my own true self that I could not even complete an about me statement. Understand that I believed, and still do, that all of these things I wrote about myself are true, but I couldn’t get past my own self-doubt and negativity to give myself permission, give myself the Love, that it took to reclaim and own anything about myself.

What an eye-opening experience! I see I have a long journey ahead, with many lessons. And I embrace it! I’ll be sharing my journey here, on these pages. I hope, Dear Reader, that my words will reach those who need them the most.

And, so, today I ask myself and you to take a mindful moment focusing on loving your true self, exactly where and how you are in the present. Let all excuses simply fall away. Give yourself permission to love yourself. Right Now!

Peace, Love, and Light,

Unorthodox Lucy