I Carry “My” Heart – by Donna Powell

© urbanindustries 2013

© urbanindustries 2013

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” ― Brene Brown

LOVE…The theme of February. I can’t believe the ways that it has come up this month either. Love of Self, Love of Others, Love of God, Love of Everything. All great topics for a discussion and here I am stuck.

So I am choosing to focus on something else. Everything around me. We have a house to get ready. We have a car to send to my stepson. I have a list of things I want to accomplish in 2014. I have school that I want to attend this year. I want to get more involved with the professional associations I am surrounded with at work. I want to work on my spiritual development.

I have a LOT that I want to do.

Can you tell? Since my surgery, I am considering myself a brand new person. My looks are changing. My body is changing. Everything is changing. So what is a girl to do about this? More importantly, how does it relate to my own personal work?

I titled my project A Life Out Loud. Because I am making no bones about anything and am sharing it all. The good, bad and horrendously ugly. But I am constantly amazed at how seamless everything combines together.

My life is growing by leaps and bounds. And it’s coming together. This really is scary because here I am at 38 and finally starting to feel like an adult. So how does one combine everything? How does one stay sane? How do you do it all?

That I don’t know. But I want to find out.

Balance is such a fine thing. And of course with me being a lover of lists…You know I’m making one or should I say revising it? Yep, I’ve decided to revise my 2014 list. I’ve already started on the ones I want to revise. And my list should be done shortly.

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, wishes. Who looks inside, finds infinite wisdom.” ― Sereda Aleta DaileyThe Oracle of Poetic Wisdom

I want to have some fun this year. More than last year. More than years past.

And then it dawns on me.

CupOfSelfLove1staceyhofferweckstein2011By taking care of myself, making all these changes, do all these things…Aren’t I taking care of myself? Aren’t I showing love to myself? Aren’t I making a difference to others?

Well, looking at everything I just wrote..Isn’t that love?

I guess that February really is about love. And on that note…I want to share something with you…My favorite poem EVER.

‘i carry your heart’ by E.E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

“[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]” Copyright 1952, © 1980, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust, from Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings

DonnapowellDonna’s Twitter bio describes her as: “Southern and loud! She loves her Crimson Tide, Marvel Comics, Thai food, Martinis, old movies and books, LOTS of books”.  Her journey towards empowerment & wellness began a couple of years ago when she stepped off a curb and broke her left ankle, both bones. She became aware, then and there:  her body was telling her something had to change!

Since then, Donna has listened to her true spirit.  When she’s not fabricating gorgeous quilts, spending time with good friends, or writing on her blog, Donna takes the time to make herself a hot cuppa tea and truly listen to her body and its needs.

You can follow Donna’s journey on her blog: Lipstick, Keats, and Tea ~ Because sometimes that’s all a girl needs and on Twitter.

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you for sharing Donna! The poem is wonderful! xxx

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