My 5 minute story from today - we will broadcast with this prompt between 8:30 AM and 9 am Pacific time. I hope you'll join us!
What will you create within today – I don’t mean hustling, hurrying up or “should-ing yourself.”
Seeing what you haven’t noticed before: the sacred sound of leaves falling, the sumptuous smell, the delight felt when lying on a quilt of soft yellow with brown edges, returning to the earth as my mood does so simultaneously.
This is nature, right outside my front door.
This is a moment, captured and let go of rather than lamented and upset.
This is giving space for ta-da’s within the relentless drum of to-do’s.
I can’t opt into that drumming, that “must, fail, must, disappoint” because I don’t believe in it.
I don’t believe in failing and disappointing AND there are times I unfortunately find myself buying in. For too long, too long, too long.
How long has it been since I have rested on this ordinary beauty?
How long has it been since I have taken a break to be enamored with last year’s leaves giving way into tomorrow’s flowers? How long has it been since I have loved myself into the moment instead of worrying about the plethora of “wrong” I weave through my thoughts?
I look so much more festive with a garland of flowers in my hair than a tangle of you-are-wrong-vines in my thoughts, in my precious mind.
Yesterday reminded me of what I was born knowing.
Moments like these give birth to more beauty than I can fathom when I rush, when I push, when I hustle day in, day out, day in, day out.
When I leave space for the ordinary beautiful, whatever I thought I needed to push for floats into place with grace I couldn’t plan or foresee.
Applause comes, my timer whispers, “Take a deep breath. Move when ready. You are loved.”
Julie Jordan Scott
is the founder and creator of 5For5BrainDump. She has been inspiring artistic rebirth since 1999.