(This is a guest post from Jamie Ridler

 

“Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “you owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.” Hafiz of Shiraz

Dear World,

I’m in love with you.

Each morning, as I pad into my studio and look out the window at the passing seasons reflected in the backyard tree and our expanse of sky, I fall in love again.

Each night, as I curl into my cozy bed, loved husband by my side, safe and sound, loved and loving, having lived a full day, I fall in love again.

It’s not always an easy love. Some days are dark. Some nights are long.

Sometimes I despair, feel alone, get enraged.

I disappoint and am disappointed.

But you help me to not give up by offering a crocus or a kindness, fresh coffee and the smell of fresh-cut grass, public radio and public libraries, the beach and the wind, raspberries, theatre and smiles from strangers. Not to mention Paris. And chandeliers. And cozy comforters. And cookies.

I could go on but it all comes down to this:
I love you.

And I want you to know, I’m here for you.

I’m going to show up every day. Sometimes foggy, sometimes sunny, sometimes stormy, but every day, I will show up.
I’m going to offer crocuses and kindness. I’m going smile at strangers. I’m going to offer my gifts as freely as you offer yours.

And I’ll be as honest with my failings, so we can grow and heal together.

Because even though this isn’t always an easy love, it’s the love of a lifetime. We’re in it together, world.

I love you.

 

Jamie Ridler is a creative living coach and the director of Jamie Ridler Studios. From the Creative Living with Jamie podcast to the Sparkles e-course, Jamie’s coaching helps women find the courage and confidence to embrace their creative selves so they can be the star they are.