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Cindy Maddera


I don't think of myself as a writer or photographer, but I realize that in some way I am both of those things. Actually, I am more than those things. This is probably why I avoid those labels. I am not just a writer, or a photographer, or scientist, or a yogini. I am all of this and more. This week, I am thankful for the clarity to realize that it's okay to be all of these things. But what I am even more thankful for is that it's okay to be none of those things. It's easy to get caught up in doing and being, but sometimes I hear the voice of my yoga teacher saying "it's okay to do less". For years I've always felt that I needed permission to do things. I still sometimes ask Chris if it's okay if I do this or that. I remember a student telling me one time that yoga class was worth it just for the time where you are given permission to lie still and rest. It is a lesson that is easy for me to teach, but not always easy to do.

I am thankful for the times this week where I've given myself permission to do less. I am thankful for the moments where I've given myself permission to be still and present in this moment and not dwell on things that need to be done. Because really the only thing that needs to be done is what ever it is I'm doing at that moment. I am thankful for the times I have asked myself "what am I doing right now?".

Those flowers are flowers I give myself permission to buy every week. They bring me joy. Give yourself permission to accept joy and be thankful. Happy Thankful Friday.