My Wish for You (aka Note to Self)
Here is my wish for you: I wish that you’ll rest your weary eyes and know that you are able to sleep without harm coming to you. I wish that you receive compassion and affection from your family (and I wish to remind you that family does not need to share blood). I wish for you to be seen in the capacity in which you need to be seen.
I hope your name is never slandered for glorification of an ungodly being whose sole purpose is to hurt you. I wish you at least three people who will answer your call at 3 a.m. without any hesitation, who will show up with bear spray and something hydrating and a woven basket full of tissues and a shoulder that cradles your head, without requiring reciprocation. I hope you know that you’ll be called upon to do the same, and that you’ll jump into your heart’s speedboat to deliver a sincere listening session.
I wish you a connection with nature that allows you to explore the ease that comes from touching your fingertips against the spiked grass or the gnarled wood. I wish you a peace that is true and unbounded and a notebook with pages that feel safe to scribble on.
I wish you the sensation of feeling whole, even if there are forces that want to break you. I wish you the bravery and capacity to step away from those forces and to not be afraid of what others might think. I wish you authenticity and a space to find your best walking shoes, shoes that will point you in the right direction, and whose soles aren’t crusted with eggshells.
I wish you an open ear to lean into, and I wish you an open heart to truly hear the pleas of others. If a bedraggled, beloved soul comes begging to you for compliance or blessing or apologies, I hope you will be able to step into their longing and meet them in a place of grace and love.
I wish you the clarity you need when it is time to step away from the things that make you feel heavy and unproductive. I wish you the strength to grip a beautiful walking stick when you feel unstable.
May you rise with aplomb and seek solace with assurance. May you rest. May you smile. May you exhale.
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by Emily Nielsen
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."
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