My heart cracks open when I think about elephants. I remember vividly the moment that I was assigned to play the part of an elephant in my first grade circus show. My delicate ballerina self was humiliated by the implication that I wasn’t lovely enough to land the part of the dancing girl. I bowed my head and helped my mother as she dyed my leotard and tights from light pink to elephant grey. Then I followed in the line of hunched over kids, clasping my hands and swinging my arms as if they were my trunk as I walked slowly across the stage. That was the beginning and end of my performance history.
In hindsight, I can’t think of a greater honor than to take on the role of that sacred elephant. A creature so enormous and yet so gentle and loving. I could only hope to develop myself someday into a soul even one little bit as wonderful.
Awakening to and embracing the part that we have been given, meaning our innate and unique gifts, is a long and challenging process for some of us. I know that I am slowly growing closer to living true to my heart with each passing day. Letting you in with these very words feels like a very big step for this sensitive elephant lover. I only hope that I can inspire you to gracefully walk towards your own truth, one step at a time, in this coming new year.
I wish you all a healthy, peaceful and joyful 2014.