To smile so warmly people can’t help but smile back
To be so present in the now that long-held regrets fall off my radar
To have so little expectation it’s commonly exceeded
To have so much compassion it commonly spreads beyond boundary lines
To be so generous with canned goods, warm clothes, and spare change, that my hands become empty and my heart becomes full
To say all the loving words there are to say so nothing gets left unsaid
To breathe so deeply some might think I'm a yoga instructor.
To laugh so hard my kids might think I’ve lost my mind.
To invite so openly and spontaneously there’s no time to clean or prep or make a fuss
To be an encourager not a critic
To be a soul builder not a dream crusher
To listen so closely I hear the hurt behind the words
To look so closely I see similarities instead of differences
To listen more than I speak
To love more than I fear
To hope more than I doubt
To fill the air with so much positivity, negativity has no room to breathe
To be so attuned to my heart that I obey when it tells me to take a moment to cuddle or pray or appreciate the sky
To forgo the mirror so often I forget it’s there
To be so focused on what’s good in my people that I overlook their messiness, their mishaps, and their mild annoyances
To be so still and available my beloveds use me as home base.
To spot the silver lining so vividly even the naysayers can see it too
To practice so much self kindness, self compassion, and self acceptance it ripples beyond self
But most of all … yes, most of all … my December creed is this:
To remember 2016 is not over yet.
Yes, it was hard.
Yes, it had many disappointments.
Yes, it broke my heart too many times to count.
But there are still 31 days left of this year,
And that means there is still time …
Still time to heal brokenness
Still time to salvage the pieces
Still time to love one another well
There is still time for hope, healing, and love to make a late entrance to the party so we can embrace them and whisper, “I knew you’d come.”
31 days, my friends. We’ve still got 31 days.
Let’s make it a grand possibility.
Starting right now.
Starting with you.
Starting with me.
Together, there is still great hope for 2016.
© Rachel Macy Stafford 2016
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