Friday, March 26, 2010

Pure Joy

I had one of those rare moments in life where I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be, that I was a valuable part of a team working together for a worthwhile goal.  It was a moment of pure joy that stayed with me for several hours.

This evening I found myself in my navy, polka-dot dress in the middle of a group of co-workers (all guys, or course) in a team meeting.  As we talked over the challenges of the past week and goals for the coming week, I looked around and realized that all my silly fears of being smart enough, vocal enough, or just plain old enough - were really just that - my silly fears.  I realized as I sat there I had the respect of my peers and that I bring something valuable and unique to the team.  That spark of knowledge and contentment with myself was an amazingly powerful feeling - one I wish I had more often.

How often do we (especially women) think we aren't good enough, pretty enough or smart enough.  How often to we step back or aside for someone else and diminish who we are.  Why are those moments of recognition, where we know exactly who we are and are happy with that person, so rare?  Why do we struggle to recognize just how powerful we are?

I don't have the answers, I just know how amazing that moment of recognition was for me today.  I hope you'll slow down at least once today, long enough to realize how beautiful life can be.

Fell asleep last night to this gorgeous song, Brooke Fraser's "C.S. Lewis Song"



For we, we are not long here
Our time is but a breath
So we better breathe it
And I, I was made to live
I was made to love
I was made to know you
Hope is coming for me
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3 comments:

Nicole said...

I'm glad you had that experience! I love you navy polka dot dress too, I bet the fact that you look so cute in it helped!

JMKeller825 said...

Jamie,

I don't leave messages on your blog all the time but I do look at it, I have had to catch up on it because I haven't had much time lately but it is so neat the experiences that you are getting, seeing so much of the world and the cultures. You look so pretty and I LOVE the hair it is so cute. You looked beautiful at the wedding. I'm happy for you.

cindy said...

i don't know why those moments are so fleeting, but it's great when you find yourself in the middle of one. i wish i had more of them and often wonder why we seem to place much more emphasis on the times when things aren't so great. wonderful, insightful post. thanks for the reminder and glad you experienced pure joy. love the song.

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