This summer has been, and continues to be a lovely, sweet chapter of this big book of Life Lessons.
One big part of the curriculum has been Boundaries and the exercises have come at me at a steady pace, and in varied shapes.
I am grateful for this chapter as it is one I need to practice and eventually master (heal).
Here are two main points I take, as I navigate this textbook, day after day:
- If I give you access to part of me, my resources, my time, my life, it does not mean I give you unlimited access to any of it. I get to decide what and how much I give - and what I don't give.
- Holding my boundaries does not make me a bad / mean / difficult / ungenerous person - no matter what my fearful inner voice tries to tell me.
I am grateful (and not always gracefully so) for all the teachers that have come my way to help me practice my homework, these past few months.
And I look forward to passing this lesson.
"Thank You Laura for sharing, for teaching and spreading loving kindness. "
"I think I love you. You bring good things into my life, or remind me of things I love and know, but have let go of."
"Laura, you are so good for me. I laugh and sniffle and get the shivers when I read your essays. Thanks so much for letting all your wonderfulness run around loose."
"Thank you so much for who you are and what you share with the world. Your mere being transforms lives as it has transformed mine. This particular post did to my heart what water does to parched soil."
"Thank you for your gentle words that are packed full of wisdom. I have been struggling with the concept of what words can do to another person when they are negative words. Your words are the flip side of our word power, and shows how delightfully powerful kind words can be. Thank you."
"Once again Laura Lavigne takes you on an adventure of the heart. She has a way of pulling you right in the car with her. Asking you to consider changing a fear to taking thoughtful action. Whether she's teaching a class, leading a retreat or heading for a happiness sprinkling, Laura will invite you to shed old ways of thinking and be completely authentic. Join in!"
"Essentially pure love.
I enjoy how Laura is kind to herself and to us other humans who dance in and out of each other's lives. "
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You can count on Laura for warmth, humor, charm, and a lift to your day and your heart. She inspires me to be braver than I am, and to love the world out loud. She's a gem, and a generous one at that!"
I write because this is the way I am able to taste life more deeply.