I’ve had chronic pain on and off, or shall I say managed and unmanaged chronic pain. A concern for me about making my jewelry is how I will switch up my activities to avoid repetitive strain injuries and keep my back as happy as possible. I think most people who have been around someone with chronic pain and or have it themselves can attest to the fact that there’s times the person in pain can be a grumpy, irritable pain in the @#$.
I have to admit this sometimes has been my default. This definitely however does not need to be the case. I love seeing others with positive outlooks and am mindful that I can be one of these people too. While making my jewelry I focus on my breath and any extra tension I hold in my body and just let it go and be.
I love this poem by Marianne Williamson! I first came across it visiting a family friend’s home and it has resonated with me ever since. I’m not always negative or grumpy and am known to be supportive, giving and helpful. But it’s when I’m grumpy that I am reminded of the poem and challenged by thoughts of ‘does it have to be that way’ or ‘could we always let our light shine’? I myself shine the most while creating my jewelry and this is what I hope to pass on to my customers.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Williamson, M (2022) A Return to Love. Marianne Williamson. https://marianne.com/