She oozes kindness from every pore in her body.
Whenever I see or talk to her I walk away with an overwhelming desire to step right up, to become a stronger version of myself.
Her spirit has a way of lifting you up and her generosity is like no other.
Whenever I talk with her I am amazed by the work she is doing for others, family ,friends, strangers, charities.
The most difficult part of all, is that this kind, wonderful, amazing woman never feels she has done enough. She is always disappointed with her own performance. Always feeling as if there is more she could have done and should be doing.
I wonder how often we do this, how often we fail to see our own greatness, how often we are only focussing on our perceived shortcomings.
A little over a year ago I gathered a group of some of the most inspiring and influential people I have in my life.
I cooked them a dinner, I lovingly crafted desserts and I invited them to all share in an evening of celebration.
I called it my Fabulous Friendship Festival.
The highlight of the evening, and the scariest part for me, was the reading of their letters. Individual letters detailing their greatness, as seen and experienced by me.
I chose to read these letters aloud, to them and to the group. You see, I love the written word and feel there is something extremely powerful to hear the writer then read those words aloud.
I wanted my friends to hear, to absorb and to own these messages. To stand in their own light.
My desire that evening was to give them the ability to see themselves through my eyes and to then realise just how incredible they are.
As I listened to my dear friend yesterday I wondered if it is time to write those letters again, reminders.
I then wondered if in fact it is time to wrote one to myself.
To own our greatness, to identify with all that we do that matters in the world, that is bliss.
What do you think? Do we fail to own our greatness all too often?
This is day 24 of 31 Days of Captured Bliss