🥾It’s been close to 6 years since I took myself to see the movie Wild, a true story about a woman’s journey to self-discovery after losing her mother to cancer. I’m pretty sure I didn’t know that was the storyline before going to the movie, but because I had lost my own mother to ovarian cancer just a couple of months before, I instantly connected with the movie and actually paid attention. (Not something I’m usually very good at when it comes to movies.)
🧗🏻♀️There was a moment in that movie that changed my life forever. I haven’t watched it since, but the part where Reese Witherspoon is chatting with another woman who was also hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in search of meaning resonated with me like nothing else had in a long while.
🌄Reese (Cheryl Strayed) shared a quote with the woman she was talking to about something her mother said that used to drive her crazy…”My mom said there’s a sunrise and sunset every day. You can choose to put yourself in the way of beauty.”
🚧That quote had an impact on me that still resonates to this day. Some of you may have watched my journey over the last 6 years. Within the last 6 years, I’ve lost my mother and stepfather to cancer weeks apart from one another, had a couple of personal health scares, left a marriage of almost 20 years, moved 3 times, left an industry I had been a part of for close to 20 years, met and married my soulmate, lost over 40 pounds and most recently, lost my brother to a drug overdose. Throughout all of “life” happening over these last handful of years, I’ve always kept that quote tattooed on my heart and at the forefront of my mind.
“You can put yourself in the way of beauty…”
🌅There was a time before I met and married my husband Bob when I would get up before the sun and I would walk the approximately 100 steps to the beach to be present for the beauty of the sunrise coming out of the ocean…the visual promise of a fresh day and a new beginning gave me the fortitude to put one step in front of the other. (Continued in comments…)
🔥There were many mornings when watching the sun literally appear to rise out of the dark ocean that gave me the belief that there was also a sun rising within me. Being present for the sunrise gave me the gifts of daily lessons and takeaways that I otherwise wouldn’t have thought of. Things like the sun isn’t in a hurry, it doesn’t just pop up like a piece of toast out of the toaster! It’s a process. It’s slow, steady and most importantly, it’s consistent.
🌥The sun shows up every day even when we can’t see it, it’s there. That lesson helped me to build the faith within myself that even when I couldn’t see where I was going and would pray for clarity as far as what the next step should be, I had to show up. Showing up for the sunrise reminded me to keep the faith built on consistency and commitment to “showing up” the sun will rise and maybe I wouldn’t see it today but the beauty of knowing it will be back again tomorrow for new lessons new beginnings new hope and inspiration was just I needed to get through the muck of the “season” I was in.
☀️Our world is struggling, many are in depths of darkness wondering if the proverbial sun will ever shine again. It will. Keep the faith. Stay consistent with your commitments. And remember that “There’s a sunrise and the sunset every day. You can choose to put yourself in the way of beauty.”