- What is it feel like to be you? I mean, really…what does it feel like right now, in this very moment, to be you? Bill Murray has a very grounded and decidedly Buddhist response to this question in a short interview he did with On Being, my favorite blog and podcast. I tucked myself in early one night this past week and perused the various articles and podcasts on said blog that ranged from topics of mindfulness to poetry readings to the racial divide we have in our country. As always, I am always drawn to and moved by ideas, and moreover, the meaning behind all meaning. Inception, anyone? And well, I love Bill Murray, and by love I mean I freaking adore the guy. I think Andrew and I have made it a point to see all of his films and he always leaves me smiling. One of the lines in his poignant response, “I am. This is me now. Here I am, right now” made me pause for a good ten seconds and reread it over and over again. These mundane words sound so basic and blah yet they’re full of so much truth. There is one only you. Only one me. Only one life of ours we get to live. How beautiful is that? Questioning and pondering things swirling around this existential nature are what drive and excite me when I am feeling overwhelmed by my feelings, which in fact, happens all the time. I am a feeler (see the second bit on today’s show and tell). I think to keep safe on a ledge, so to speak, the little reminder that, “I am. This is me now. Here I am, right now,” is a wonderful gift I think we should all give to ourselves. This simple affirmation that we are unique and in that uniqueness there is worth, is a beautiful sentiment. By being able to center ourselves and deepen our own awareness of our existence is a truly powerful tool.
- Which brings me to my next point. I am an INFJ. What are you? Does it feel like I am speaking in code right now, or when you read those four letters do you eyes perk up because you know exactly what that means (and now you know all my secrets)??? I have always been interested in personalities and temperaments, but within the past year, I’ve found myself very drawn the idea of my way of being with regard to my Meyer’s Briggs profile. I have taken the test over twenty times, all different tests mind you, and have gotten the same results after each one. I took it back in college, and even in high school, and many times in the past five years just out of pure curiosity. I find the whole thing utterly fascinating! Anyhow, the link above that will take you to a test so you too can learn more about yourself. I think it can be immensely helpful to know a little more about the hows and whys we do what we do. Learning more about myself has definitly made me feel more secure and at home in being who I am.
- Are you a pumpkin spice coffee person? I know, I know…it’s not even coffee or something but…whatever. My mom is obsessed with this Midwestern blog and she just sent me a simple recipe for making your own pumpkin spice latte, something I think I am going to try this week! I am a lover of all types of coffee but when this season rolls around it’s almost a given that I will have at least half dozen pumpkiny drinks before Christmas. Just you watch.
- I’ve recently taught myself how to use my sewing machine (thanks You Tube!) and have made about ten pillow cases and a few odds and ends for Stella. I’ve hemmed about five pairs of pants and made a few patched for holes in the kid’s clothes. Nothing fancy at all, but I have high hopes to try the following this winter when we find ourselves trapped indoors and hours upon to dabble in this and that! These fold-up market totes which I think would make for lovely holiday gifts, this cross back apron for days at home when we are doing homeschool and making crafts, and this gathered skirt would be a favorite for both stella and myself. I am such a hands on learner so I am going to be taking sewing classes with a friend starting here in a few weeks.
- Have you listened to Brene Brown’s latest video about boundaries? I found it to be very eye opening. As someone who tends to people please, saying “no” does not come easy to me. I am that person who fills up the calendar sometimes just because that small but mighty two letter word is unfortunately much too cumbersome to say aloud. The way Brene links setting boundaries with empathy and compassion is really thought provoking as it has made me reflect on my own boundary setting and how I can really improve. I think there is a lot of wisdom in her reflections here, what do you think?
- And let’s talk DPS. Dead Poet’s Society. Andrew and I watched it for like the tenth time the other night and were just as mesmerized as we were the first time we watched it. I’m just going to leave my favorite quote from the film right here…
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” – John Keating from The Dead Poets Society
So much to think on! So much to ponder. I hope you enjoyed this round of Show & Tell and have the a beautiful start to you week. x Amanda