Life is short, take a chance. Embrace the moment. Cherish those you love.
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Believe in miracles – little ones and big ones. Create. Try and try again. Breathe.
These have been my mantras since I wrote to you last. So much has transpired in my life, both good and not-so-good. So many blog posts just sit in the draft folder, unpublished, because it didn’t feel right to share. But it’s time.
When it comes to work, I have to say I couldn’t be happier (you’ll catch me on Netflix soon, in two upcoming Feature films & a new web series). And I’m still creating my own content (currently in post-production on my third short film “Letting Go.”) while my second short film “Europeany” has been getting into film festivals! Progress is being made in radical ways and I am so grateful for these blessings. But regular life-stuff happens. That’s where the stories come from. Life.
Since my last post, I’ve not only been working through grief after losing mamita, but also working toward change in my life, so of course I chopped my hair off in the process. And with so much change, I have forgotten to breathe at times.
The notion that I am only one human in this great big world overwhelms me. I cannot mend my mother’s broken heart after losing mamita. I cannot heal my sister’s wounds since her accident. I cannot repair broken family bonds. I cannot make others see the world the way I see it. So what can I do? I can change my perspective; my actions and myself.
When I pause, I remember this. I remember that in my very fragile humanity, I have a great big light in me and I serve an amazing God who allows it to shine. And when I honor that light in me, wonderful things happen to me and to those around me.
But if I’m running around trying to “fix” everything and everyone, if I don’t draw a boundary and let go of that need to control, I cannot be of service in this very unique way.
Like ripples across a pond, every step forward I take matters. The energy I send out into the world matters. It does something, it moves something, but only if I take the time I need to just breathe and remember my dharma.
Through love and loss, triumphs and failures, with the ebbs and flows of life, it’s good to pause; just sit back, and remember that we are important. We are all woven into the same fabric and each of us matters.
So whether you’re doing a victory dance or looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, I hope this serves as a little reminder to grab onto your personal mantras and breathe. The rest will follow.
That’s what I’m doing. 😉
— Posted on August 25, 2017 at 6:08 am
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Lisann Valentin is a memoirist, an author of fantasy fiction and a co-creator of a children’s book series.
The abridged version of her memoir “Playing the Part” is featured in the New York Times Best Seller Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It.