"All that is gold does not glitter, not all of those who wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost
From the ashes a fire shall be woken. A light from the shadows shall spring. Renewed shall be blade that was broken. The crownless again shall be king." ~Tolkein I could have easily cursed the frost that came to my flowers last week. So many emotions. I couldn't help it, though, I reminded myself of the beauty, the miracle that I was seeing. I closed my eyes and I reveled in the sun from the morning east I could feel through and through and repeated the words of J.R.R. Tolkein (a bit inaccurately, I might add, once I double checked the quote, ~smiling right now, but the sentiment was there) I remembered that things in this life might seem like they are trying to cut you to the quick and freeze your life force, people can be so cruel and confused. Yet, here is a beauty unmatched if we can see how we can Be Joy. I received this handmade pin for my birthday recently from my friend, Shelley. It says be joy. I love that. Yes, I can give joy. Yes, I can spread joy. Yes, I can seek joy. I even lose joy in the face of a burning ice king. But to be joy, well, it covers all of that, because a light comes on from deep within that thaws the damaging frost until, really, all you have left of the hurt is the miracle of those painted crystals on your leaves. Your heart melts at the possibility of a new sunrise even when you can still feel the shaking in your hands of the mean, dark, night clawing at your extremities. What is a fairytale to me? It is walking in nature when all seems unnatural. It is glowing with light when all seems lost and oh, so, dark. A fairytale is carrying with joy and success your babies through the rocky world even without hands as in the Brother's Grimm story, "The Girl With No Hands" and always choosing integrity when faced with false spells and the wicked. This is my life and I choose to be joy.
Thanks to Shelley Wittman Bisch for the gorgeous pin. Love ya friend!