Inhabit Your Territory #100sharesproject 2/100

It's not about what you tell your children, but how you show them how to live life. Jada Pinkett Smith

“It’s not about what you tell your children, but how you show them how to live life. ”   ~Jada Pinkett Smith~

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Inhabit Your Territory

This is the phrase in the front of my current journal.  A couple of years ago, I started writing an intention and/or adding a prayer or sacred text to the front of each book that I keep.  The phrase or prayer becomes a guiding principle for the time that I’m using the book.

Inhabit Your Territory

It’s the reminder that I’ve needed for this season.  It’s what I’ve been saying every morning for several weeks now.  Chewing on the words; meditating what it means to BE in my life.

It’s been over a decade since I made the determination to live and model the kind of life that I wanted to hand my children.  I wanted them to thrive and that meant that I needed to thrive.  I wanted them to have vibrant lives and creative practices of their own as they were showing themselves to be brilliant creatives.  That meant that I needed to craft and live a vibrant life that encompassed my creative practice.

To inhabit your territory means walking out big things like discipline and gumption and little things like honoring pace and noticing the heart-shaped leaf and even listening for the message that it brings.

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Because at the end of the day, we can’t tell someone how to live.  We must inhabit our life and let the thriving and message overflow.

What is the territory that you inhabit?

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#lifepoints today:

  • Time training a favorite group of humans geeking out on Myers-Briggs typology and talking about how to live well.
  • more sketching
  • A little birdwatching.  And a lot of bird listening.  Happy to see a female Downy Woodpecker at the feeder today.  DSC_0186
  • Showing up to the sharing.

BE in your life,

Betsy

 

 

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About the Author:

I create containers for words and paint and I fill them. I craft safe, sacred spaces for people to wrestle, create, heal and shout from the mountain tops.   And I teach people to do all of these things for themselves.
  • at the end of the day, we can’t tell others how to live … even our children. One of my kids said last week that they can’t recall conversations where we verbally gave them life lessons but that we lived well by example. Great compliment there.

    • “…we lived well by example.” Such a great compliment. When I met your children for the first time, I could sense the undercurrent of wildness. They are slightly feral and cannot be contained. Your example and fingerprint is wildness.