Quick story: There was an evening last Summer when I was feeling particularly down in the dumps (happens from time to time, yes?) and became so exasperated that I began writing out a list of things that were bumming me out.
As I glanced back over what I had written, I realized that it was mostly comprised of things that I don’t like about myself (which is putting it mildly) and it was beginning to look like the makings of an EPIC pity party. Nothing like a shameful shin-dig to bring your health issues, physical shortcomings and mental weaknesses together so that they can laugh about you behind your back (while they drink all your wine and knock over the fancy vase of flowers on your nightstand).
Get out of my room, you jerks!
I immediately wished I hadn’t wasted time on such a useless task! Ripping up the pages made me feel a leeeettle better, but what really made a difference was the bright little thought that floated into my brain and softened my heart:
“You are fully, fiercely & faithfully loved.”
Though I felt (and often still feel) quite unworthy of such a weighty claim… It’s something that I believe with my whole heart to be true for each one of us. Whether that love comes from your soul mate or your parents or your BFF or your children or your God...
You are worthy of every last speck of that sizzling shine.
(And how blessed are you if it’s all of the above?!)
As my own shimmering thought faded, I suddenly felt challenged to start a new kind of list: One filled with a collection of things that I know to be true, and ways I try to add meaning and merit to the world around me. It is not something that I’ve revisited more than two or three times since then, but knowing that it is in my notebook and ready to light up my sky has kept me from finishing the plans for the original pity party.
If anything, today’s Pepper Letter is to make sure you know that someone, somewhere is sending you love in a major way right this very moment... I hope you can feel my hugs from here, and please feel free to share this sentiment with anyone in need of a little extra love this week! :)
XOXO - Jessie Pepper
P.S. - Have you ever seen a little baby love a Mama so much? Thanks to my right-hand-gal (Haile!), for sending this along and brightening my day.
P.P.S. - Any crazy Valentine’s Day plans I need to know about? Did anyone else choose TOMORROW as a day to move across the country for 6 weeks and still happen to not becompletely packed? NO?! Ok - Just us then.