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I am UmberDove.

And by that, I mean an artist.  One who hears stories in the wind, who paints because it is what her soul tells her to do, who smiths because the muse moves through her fingertips, who loves nothing more than the promise of an unexplored trail, the sound of the ocean in her ears, and scent of a serious cup of coffee.


Thoughts on the Living


I've been rather absent from the webular worlds this last week... I'd apologize but the truth is, we've just been busy with the living.  That place wherein dishes still pile up, the dogs run out of food, work carries on, all the busy things fly fast and thick, but really, you're just immersed in the living.  You're present. Do you know that feeling?
There has been a topic BC and I have been chewing on lately:
What if, just what if, we deeply believed that humankind was inherently good rather than bad?  What if we could look at our own selves with a clear eye and apply that belief?  You see, like so many others, I grew up with certain beliefs systems that told me otherwise, that humans were base beings, riddled with sin.  But that idea has never truly stuck.  There is too much kindness, too much love, too many individual souls I've been blessed by for me to believe that.  So what if I personally tried to view every person I came in contact with as inherently good, even in the face of poor decisions, even if they've lost their way?  How would that change my interaction with them, how could that change the way they view themselves?  What if I (and by this I mean each and every individual one of us) saw how bright our light shone, how beautiful our hearts were, how even in the face of daunting adversity, we made the best decisions we could possibly make and were proud to stand by them?  I guess this all boils down to this: what if we loved ourselves without reservation, without agenda, without pride, just loved ourselves for our own beautiful, messy, goofy, melancholy, stubborn, insightful, rich souls?

I think this could change the world.

So really what I'm trying to say is this:
I believe you are deeply, deeply good.
Plus I think you are beautiful.
And I think your soul is perfect.
I'm glad you're here.
p.s. How cool are these vials and beakers and test tubes filled with everything that I love?  My parents sure do know me well, and let me tell you, they are SUPERB gift givers.  Can we just give them a collective shout out?