Bonnie snapped this photo last week of a corner of my desk in the studio, and it just sums up the mantra I need right now. Today, I'm alone here at home for a few hours, and all I want to do is just sit in the quiet and be still for a while. No work. No people. No social media. No business strategies. Just quiet. Just me.
My list of posts I want to write and things I need to do is long. And I'm excited about so much on that list. But there is also the piece of needing rest. Of needing space. Of needing to let it be simple.
And I don't mean suddenly deciding to declutter or try a capsule wardrobe or make a big change that actually isn't simple at all (for me) but seems like it should be, which is a move I often make when these feelings arrive.
I mean listening even more closely to the deep desires within me and moving from there.
Letting it be simple by continuing to shed the shoulds and the "who do you think you are" stories that try to crowd back inside my brain and heart even when I think I released them long ago.
Letting it be simple by opening up and sharing more of the stories here even if it's hard to know if anyone is actually reading them because we're so focused on scrolling and likes and social media strategies these days.
Letting it be simple by recognizing that I'm only one person but that I can ask for help.
Letting it be simple by making one move toward the longings. (Just one move today.)
Letting it be simple by saying no.
Letting it be simple by saying the deep, true "Yes" when it calls to me.
Letting it be simple by showing up and letting the words just come out onto the page even if they're clunky.
Letting it be simple by just being me.
That doesn't mean it is easy.
It means that so often we look for the answers outside ourselves when we simply, truly, need to step back and find that quiet and simply look within.
So I'm off to sit in the quiet for a bit this morning before diving back into the juiciness this afternoon.
When your soul is saying you need to be alone in the quiet, I've learned that you should listen honey.
Because that's the kind of should that isn't a should at all but is instead your own wisdom guiding you.