Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! Yay!
This is a creative prompt for you to write a post on letting go and forgiving, or what happens when you do that. You can do your post ANY DAY this week!
It can be anything that inspires YOU to choose love – or it can even be something you’d LIKE to let go of. For this week, how about experimenting with creativity, e.g.: share a poem or photo, sing a song, or write a short story. 🙂 Go for it!!
I wrote a poem today in honor of #ForgivingFridays, to help me get out my own concerns about needing to “be perfect” before I share forgiveness, and to hold my own hand in the largeness of my Self-love.
To share it, I did an audio podcast for you – I had so much fun! It’s called “Being My Own Best Friend”: Click here to listen.
Here’s a little background for why I use creativity to help me forgive:
When I traveled to Austin for work, we did a really fun community gathering. Each person (if they wanted to) got up to do a “contribution” creatively — this could be singing, or reading a poem, or telling a fun story. One of my dear friends got up to sing, and she froze.
She almost sat down. Then I ran up and held her hand. And she smiled, and one of the kids of a parent in the gathering ALSO got up to hold her other hand. So guess what she did?
And she was beaming. And I cried, and I think that the young woman was touched in her own way. THIS is the power of daring to share your heart.
This act of singing brought up a fear for my friend. And she moved through it with love.
Creativity is such a powerful way to forgive and expand into expressing who I truly am —- peace, loving, joy. When I write poetry, or play the piano, or write this blog, it opens me to a deep silent place inside where I have a knowing of my heart, my essence. And sometimes, this can stir up a place inside where judgments lie:
Am I good enough? Do I look stupid? Will people laugh at me? Is my voice important?
The simple act of daring to sing anyway, to write anyway, releases the judgment in the doing of it. It’s a way to say, “I forgive.” To shout it from the rooftops, or whisper it in a still voice, or let out words that have been hiding. It’s all a manifestation of love.
I invite each of you today to embrace your own inner poet, musician, writer, photographer — and to try forgiving a whole new way. And when you do this, ask yourself, “How can I be my own best friend?” <3.
For me today, as I am writing this blog and sharing my poetry with you, I am cheering myself on. My heart is open, and I love myself a lot.
I love you!
#FORGIVINGFRIDAYS POSTS FOR THIS WEEK (and some from last week too!)
Etta of Simply Etta D. shared really fun and heart-warming tips on focusing on the good things in life. So important to hold a positive focus – miracles happen!
DeB of Roaming Urban Gypsy contributed a great photo collage of fall foliage at a park in Brooklyn. What a beautiful depiction of the peace and soothing forgiveness found in nature. So creative!
Frank of Poetry, Short Prose and Walking wrote a poem on the gentle act of forgiveness that helps us stand in the fullness and beauty of who we truly are. Includes an audio reading!
Ali of Flashlight Batteries contributed a poem on letting go of blame and opening to a fresh start. It’s beautiful and a stand for kindness and empathy. Thank you Ali!
Pragalbha of Infinite Living gave a wonderful encouragement for each of us to choose love, forgiveness and acceptance for ourselves and others, no matter how people behave toward you. Includes a Kauai photo from her husband!
Revived Writer wrote a poem on the importance of opening our hearts to love, no matter what the condition. This takes courage and willingness. Gorgeous!
Kira of Eat.Create.Repeat gave us a story on how forgiveness is a safe road out of the judgments into who we truly are – free, forgiven, and completely loved. A first time contributor – welcome!
Ivor of Ivor Plumber Poet contributed a poem and photo on the simple beauty of nature and how timeless and yet endangered it is. A first time contributor – welcome!
Emily of Zombie Flamingos took a host of photos at different shutter speeds. What’s especially courageous is that she took all the photos in one go and did something new outside of her comfort zone. Way to go Emily!
Here are the guidelines of #ForgivingFridays:
- Every day is Friday! Do a post today or anytime this week.
- Be creative – there’s LOTS of space for your expression! Write a poem, take a photo, post a quote, share your story … what opens your heart?
- Include #ForgivingFridays in your tags
- Create a pingback link to this post so I can find you.
- Have fun – you are awesome!