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Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Butterflies: A Daily Focus on Beauty & Blessings, Day 100

"If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say, it would be something like this: listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis, all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace." -Frederick Buechner

My little beauties

Several months ago, I began a list here of all that is beautiful in my life.  For a while I was writing these lists daily and then I wasn't but this is what I know for sure....what I focus on expands.  When I am in a state of appreciation/gratitude/thankfulness, everything shifts--doors open, beauty expands, flow happens.  When I feel anxious/disappointed/sad/grippy about something, and I pause long enough to notice what is good and beautiful in my life, I feel lighter, I open to possibility, space opens up for love to get in.

Since today is the 100th day of writing my list in this space, I thought I'd go ahead and share here (out in the open) as well as here.  

Day 100
Saying thank you for...

1)  these hands that hold and write and touch and paint and create.  Thank you hands for all you do for me
2)  the autumn trees with all their colorful, filled-with-sunshine-letting-go leaves
3)  those of you who come here and grace my heart with your presence.  I so totally appreciate you
4)  emails and notes and messages of love that come at just the right time
5)  this trust that keeps expanding and expanding
6)  the snake that I had to leap over the other day...thank you for being there, Mr. Snake, my fear of you helped me to see so much
7) birds and your chirping wings--thank you for showing me what it means to fly 
8)  my beautiful friend, Brooke, who constantly holds the space for ALL of me
9)  this incredible vision I have in my heart of all the wholeness/healing/beauty that is to come
10) beautiful little girls that are helping me to lean in & let go and are teaching me how to love more & more deeply
11) deep, full breaths of life...thank you, life, for not letting me get away with doing this half-assed

Each of you reading, thank you for being here.  I'm so so thankful to be walking this wild, crooked, grace-filled path with you by my side.  May each of us touch, taste, smell our way to the holy, hidden, unfathomably beautiful heart of it all.



  1. Thank you for your great example, for sharing these blessings.

    Love ya!

  2. Julia, what a beautiful post. It made my heart expand just reading it. I'm full of your you see gratitude is contagious. Thank you for sharing this most intimate post. Each time I come here I love you more and more.
    Peace & Blessings,

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  4. Thank you for being thankful for me, Julia. I can't believe how touched I was by reading me one of your butterflies. I was so touched. You are holding the space for ALL of me. I See you, my friend. And thank God, because you might just be helping me to see every precious soul, including myself. I. Love. You.

  5. You are such a beautiful soul. I adore you Julia.

  6. what a beautiful list of blessings Julia :~) I think I will write one to the world today as I walk through it.
    Open to the wonders that shine all around me.
    glad that the world knows what I need and shines it at the right time... like your post :~)


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♥ Julia