Many of my life insights can happen at the weirdest times and places;
like when I’m stopped at a traffic light. Yesterday while sitting at a particularly long red light I noticed someone releasing half a dozen silver heart balloons up into the sky.
The silver heart balloons caught my eye as they quickly bobbed and darted sideways and upwards into the sky. The thought immediately came to mind how free these little LOVE balloons seemed, and I wondered how far up into the clouds they would drift.
Until one by one each balloon got tangled in the tree branches directly across the street…. I couldn’t help but feel a cynical emotional correlation rise within me as they did.
Each ballon stuck, except for one..
One little balloon seemed to weave it’s way through the tree’s branches, and even though it paused momentarily it kept floating and making it’s way upward. Sitting at the red light, suddenly I found myself rooting for this little silver heart balloon to clear the tree.
And it did. I watched until the light changed, as that silver heart drifted up into the sky. Drifting to places unknown…
As I drove away, I could hear those familiar voices in my head forming the words that would become this blog.
It can be really easy to get caught up in LOVE.
Caught up in fears, caught up in past experiences, caught up in regrets, caught up in what others think, caught up in doubts, caught up in vulnerability, caught up in desperation, caught up in judgment, caught up in desire, caught up in hope, caught up in wanting something to change.
Caught up in the bullshit that becomes our obstacles, tree branches that confine you rather than letting you grow. Tree branches that can make you cynical about love, relationships, and even life. Tree branches that can make you forget how free you really are!
I realized the essence of me at that stoplight smiled and joyfully rooted for that little silver heart balloon to untangle itself and float free. That part of me KNEW that it would. The Universe complied and showed me that knowing. It’s a knowing of my own freedom. There is a fearlessness within such knowing.
I also realized the very human side of me, the side of me who has fears, who has experienced let downs, rejection, failed relationships, sadness, judgment… this side of me noticed that cynical ping arise as I watched and chuckled under my breath as the balloons one by one got stuck.
What becomes most apparent for me is what I took away from 2 minutes at a red light.
I felt a sense of freedom. I felt yet another layer of my cynical side release as I recognized and accepted it’s existence. I felt another side of knowing within me grow.
Who knew 1/2 dozen silver heart balloons in the sky would trigger all this? I’ve come to know it’s the small things that become most significant.
Patty Sherry is the founder Arabella LLC, a self empowerment coaching company located in Bergen County, New Jersey. For more information please visit her website www.ShareYourLoveStory.com or join her on Facebook.