Some days I don’t think I offer much at all to others. I’m not pandering for compliments; I’m just musing over the ’empty vessels’ that we can all become. I mean…it’s my job to be a listener, advisor, coach, and source of support. On a good day, I might provide a bit of inspiration, but this week has been a dilly. Too much of everything — in motion all at once — which prompted me to sit back a little to do that pondering thing.
When I’m stuck, I dive into my trusty stash of “feel goods”. Words from smart people, captured in pithy quotes which help me find the voice within that’s muffled and vague. Meditative moments help, too, but this morning was not a good one for centering myself. Cacophony, anyone? 😉Too many errant thoughts so I gave up. And I was honked off about it because the task master in my brain was peeved. “You need to reset…what are you doing bailing already?!” The last thing you need when you’re feeling ‘off’ is ridicule from THAT voice. Geez.
So, I meandered to my archives. My ever-growing, overflowing snippets that help me reset and I found a gem! Are you ready? Here it comes:
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.-George Eliot (Author Mary Ann Evans’ pen name)
My guess is that Mary Ann/Eliot was referring to a particular friendship when she wrote about the glory of “pouring out words” but I realized when I re-read the quote, my ability to “pour out” often occurs as I write. Sure, sure – a conversation with a dear one is great, and I’m blessed to have many, but today was a day where I just needed to name the malaise. Call out my funk. Give it a name…and move on.
How do you, dear reader figure into that? Well, you’re reading! Whether you relate to my cloud cover or just popped by to see what Vicki was up to today, it’s all good. I appreciate my blogging friends…whether new or longtime followers. Thank you for taking the time to read, commiserate, laugh, and wonder about life. There’s glory all around but sometimes I need to sweep away the pesky bits and this post has done the trick. I’ve ‘blown the rest away‘.
Here’s to you…Happy Friday…with thanks!
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