On Pouring Your Heart Out...

I've always loved thinking of people as vessels (and if I had to choose, then I'd like to be a work of art)…

Pitchers were originally created as temporary containers for various refreshments, and their primary job continues to be holding a drinkable liquid until the glasses nearby need to be filled.  

(Their secondary job?  Fresh blooms, naturally!)

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I have this well-deep desire to be overflowing with the most thirst quenching tonic that you could possibly imagine, and pouring this delicious goodness into everyone I meet is all I can think about sometimes...

The source of this love comes from a place that’s truer than true, and I find that because of its freshness and honesty, it can tend to spill out of my spout in many forms.  

It sprinkles itself into the soft whispers of a silly bedtime story…

Let me hold your babes until they fall asleep, so you can go finish your glass of wine, gorgeous.

It gushes in like a grand gesture...

Remember the time you flew across the country - only to turn around and drive the same exact distance to help a friend to move back home?

But most often, It trickles in through the timeless gift of presence… 

I will sit beside you with my hand on your back while you call him to say a difficult goodbye.

There are countless ways we can bless others with our gifts…  Have you sensed any unexpected springs of goodness bubbling up in your life, lately? 

Let’s explore this one step further...

Have you ever noticed what can happen when you leave the pitcher looking all full and fancy and sitting safe up on the shelf?

The water quickly becomes still.  Stagnant, eventually stale.

There is no room left for freshness - no extra space for the splashes of sustenance we’re meant to share with others.

(Am I the only one getting thirsty here?)

The beautiful thing about pitchers is that the more they pour themselves out, the more space they have to be refilled.

Now, for the sake of dipping in to the delicious depths of your own souls, I’d love your help:

What are some of the clever ways you go about refilling YOUR vessel these days?  

Sun-soaked yoga sessions?  Curling up with a brilliant book?  Pool time with your best girls? Time alone for prayer and reflection?  A hot bath followed by napping in a pile of fluffy towels?  

(Toss these all in the same day, and we would be bursting at the gills with goodness, no?!)

As we head into the weekend, I’d love to encourage you to take some time to refill those precious hearts you’ve been harnessing to conquer the world, and if you feel like capturing or sharing with the rest of us - Be sure to use the #pepperletter hashtag so that we can all follow along!

Restfully Refilling Until Next Week's Note,

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

Ps. - In case you're the pinning type... You can now share the message from this week's letter by clicking right here!

On Being Generous & Feeling Rich...

We're going to play a little game today.  

(No, I'm not kidding.  Not even a smidge.)

Here's how it goes:

You start by telling me one of the things that has made you feel infinitely blessed in life.  There are really no right answers, and it doesn't matter if it's silly or sincere. 

          Mom's good genes resulted in your vibrantly gorgeous smile?   

          Dude behind you at the coffee shop paid for your latte this morning? 

          Sister acted as a surrogate so that you could have a bebe of your own?

Think of a dazzling addition that has left your life better than before, and then... 

HERE'S THE FUN PART.

Let's come up with a way for you to turn that around and blow someone away with generosity.

One of the brilliant women that I follow (a wizard with her word-smithery, this one!) recently wrote something that makes me want to reach out and give you the BIGGEST squeeze, right through the screen…  She said, "I realized — many years ago — that when I behave generously, I feel rich. And I like to feel rich. So I choose to be generous."  -  Alexandra Franzen 

This quote kept replaying in my mind this week as I chatted with some friends about the different ways in which we're called to impact others.  Upon further deliberation and a piping hot plate of falafel with Mr. Pepper (because many of our best dialogues happen over a homemade dinner), we decided:

We are blessed in order to be a blessing.

I feel so lucky to have been plunked down into a loving family that personifies a life-giving Faith, and this has provided the kind of unconditional love that I can barely begin to wrap my mind around.  It is holy-moly-humbling to be on the receiving end of this treasure, and I rarely feel deserving of such a generous gift. 

Something that struck me after reading Alex's quote:  Feeling blessed by people who have created this nurturing environment is likely why I feel such a strong desire to lift others up with every interaction that I can.  

Each one of us was created with mind-blowing assets and qualities meant to be reinforced by the way we interact with those around us, and I fully believe that we are blessed with our best bits in order to become a blessing to others. [Tweet it.]

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Speaking of gifts, I'm so grateful to have you as a part of the first few rounds of Pepper Letters, and am sending huge hugs, RIGHT through the internet!

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

Ps. - Now's your time to dish!  Have your own gifts ever inspired you to act generously to those around you?  Respond with something that you feel distinctly blessed by, and I'd love to help you come up with a creative way to pass along the love as you go about your day!