mothers, wives, sisters, friends at nautilus teachings

how can one broken shell
hold such power
that without even seeking
it finds us
calls our names
makes us gaze downward
bend
pick it up
dust it off
and take it home?
faith.
after all,
we
are
the
shell.
we
are
missing
pieces,
scarred
carrying
barnacles,
as we wait to be seen
listened too
held
loved
needed…
it only takes
one person
to believe in us
turn our life around
rooting deeply inside us
we are enough.
our life then seems to
gently ebb and flow
like the soft silky tide
caressing the sandy shore.
we find our selves
reflecting light
upon the lives
of those we love
and encounter daily.
a rhythm sets in
and we become buoyant.
all our flaws
now seem invisible
our footprint is lighter
our smile shines brightly
and our hands are always filled
giving, holding, loving, helping…
we become the center
of the family
the problem solver
the encourager
the listener
the roots
their strength
and nourishment
for the rest of our lives.


as mothers, wives, sisters, friends…
we hold the power
to use our words
to help people heal and grow
our patience and faith
keeps us tethered to them
from first breath, first kiss, first meeting…
it is our calling
to help uncover the hidden
gifts each one of us holds within.
we do not give birth
to keep our children
by our side forever
we guide them gently
down the paths they choose
having their backs
should any thing go awry…
we do not get married
and just stop growing
we become one
through love, faith and trust
that no matter what
this person
is our safe spot
protector
lover
and best friend.
we learn to
sync our lives
much like the tandem surfer
each one balancing the other
with grace and kindness.
every day
as the sun rises
the clouds clear
and we open our eyes
it is our connection
with everyone we know and love
to acknowledge the tiny steps
along with the obvious,
to be the water that quenches
their emptiness
to provide a continual
restorative bond
allowing them to balance
all life throws at them.


we are all damaged
in some way
no one leads a perfect life
which is why
we need a bonding agent
one that is so strong
nothing can break it.
faith.
we need to stop searching
for something bigger
brighter
better
richer
newer
we need to take that
which is freely given
wrap our arms around it
encompass it with
Gods love
and acceptance
and live
truthfully
honestly
hand in hand
with the life
we are holding.
we need to keep
our focus forward
our vision clear
our minds calm
our hearts beating
our ears open
with that one person
that we have chosen
to stand side by side
for the rest of our life
not just through sickness and health
or for richer or poorer
but through happiness and sadness
brokenness and healing.
we need to take off
our rose colored glasses
and let the view before us
expand,
be an observer
letting the people
we love be fully
and wholly their own.…
yes, sometimes we face storms
yet if we allow in HIS
light, love, warmth and energy
to sustain us,
we will be guided down
a path of forgiveness,
opening us up to be
picked up
dusted off
and cradled
by our faith.
we are the keepers
of memory
the dream makers
the risk takers
the ones
who all their lives
revolve around
which is why
we must begin
by loving ourselves
continuing to be a learner
unafraid of growth
for it is only in the
expansion of our wings
that we are able to
navigate safely
through our faith
this glorious
beautifully
messy
thing
we
call
life.