The treasures of the universe are right under our noses. Those of us who like to travel do so because it gives us the ability to see ourselves more clearly. When we travel to different place we get out of our routines and given the rare opportunity to travel without many of our ASSUMPTIONs and SHOULDs. We see more of our core. One of the biggest missed resources, are the people right under our noses. We oftentimes get enamored by some big author or star but it’s those people under our noses that carry the most treasure for our hearts. The most magical ones are the ones that most people do not notice if they are moving too fast. I think you know what I mean. If you live mostly in your head you can travel at WARP 3 light speed which SEEMS pretty fast but when you live mostly in your soul you don’t need to travel anywhere because you just think it and you are already there. (SIDENOTE: Can you imagine if housework were like that – that is a working mother’s wet dream!!!!! 😉 )
Today I would like to share with you someone who is very special to me. Someone whose heart is one of the biggest ones I know. When I first met her she intimidated me. I could not “figure” her out. That was because I was “processing” her through my head, not my heart. It is my deep honor today to nominate Nancy Ellen Senior as the very first RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE AWARD. I asked take the “boring” out of how most “bio’s” are written and write about her SELF as if her life were a roadmap. Could she share some of the points that stand out for her as major gifts/lessons/aha’s. If she could give a gift to all mothers, what would that gift be? My Beautiful ButterflyMoms, it is my deepest honor to present to you, THE Magnificent NANCY ELLEN SENIOR (sound the trumpets)!!!!!!!!!!
A BIO by Nancy Ellen Senior 🙂
I start by feeling what it feels like to be honored. An honor with someone I love and loves me back is such a big part of my life. It leads me right into what an honor Life is. I have had my share of the bad, the sad and the ugly and can still say “Yes, living is an honor.” If I didn’t have my battle scars I could still feel that this Life is an honor and that is what I most wish all Mom’s got as a gift if they don’t already have it. Life is an Honor. That could be all I need to say in my Bio.
I didn’t always think that in those curious times of doubt and pain. I don’t always think it now but that is in times of being outside of my core. I don’t travel there very often anymore.
So now there is this interesting request for a map of my life. I am getting out my crayons and markers; rulers and scissors, oh and glue too.
The journey began when my Mom said yes to my Dad. Another child? Okay. We will call her Nancy Ellen, sort of after her grandmother, sort of from a name I heard in the park one day. “And well, Red, we are running out of names as we birth our 8th child.” So my map includes 7 sisters and 3 brothers.
One of the places on my map is when I was stopped along the way because I was not encouraged and not allowed to be me. Those you can see colored in gray. I cut them out of my life but recently glued them back in. It is hard to know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been. The trick is not to stay in those gray-dingy places and that is another gift I would love to see all Mom’s open, the gift of not getting stuck in those old dank places, keep moving forward.
Next there is a place marked with sadness, sorrow, confusion, anger and a bit of black, blue and blood. I have never been able to cut out of my Life map entirely the times when violence reigned down on me though I was able to get off that highway and change directions. But it is like having pebbles in your tires, not doing any harm but you can hear them. Well, I just bought myself new tires and there are no more pebbles. I got them at the FORGIVENESS STORE.
The place that is seemingly the most dense in my Life map is when I battled breast cancer. My son was only 13. I think to every Mom I don’t need to say more. Leaving my child behind was not an option. It was the most painful experience ever to see the fear in his young, beautiful eyes. It was the power I needed to get us through it.
In that “forest” I found the gift of FORGIVENESS. All these years later I am still turning pages in that book to learn what it is and what it is not. I am giving my Self the gift every person should receive, FORGIVENESS of oneself. This is a map separate from the others. I am putting it in the pocket over my heart.
The thing I most want to not have in my knapsack as I continue to travel is doubt. The mileage I can get out my life sinks to a big low when I am carrying doubt with me. So without doubt I submit this bio of my life. Here is what I love to share. We all have a map with all the places we have been. Some of mine I ran through, I may or may not want to go back. There are places I have no idea how I got to and places I have no idea how I got out of. I am a silly, excited girl when I think about the places on my map I have yet to go. I have CHOICE when I pack my AWARENESS and that allows me the power to change the roads I take and even take others with me from time to time. So without doubt I am keeping my crayons and markers, scissors and glue, adding in a compass in case I decide (on purpose) to get “lost”. The little girl inside of me continues to like it best when my feet are bare and whenever I get a cut, it is a gentle reminder of how I am always healing.
Nancy Ellen Senior is a full-spectrum healer who has a wonderful blog. You can receive more of Nancy’s musings and wisdom at http://frontporchhealing.com/
Great big hugs,
PS Special prayer requests go out to ELLIOTT from our blog a few weeks back who just had open heart surgery. Our good wishes and love are you with you beautiful Elliott! I hope you are reading this and know that you have made the world a better place by simply following your heart.
PPS Second special prayer request to the beautiful people of Japan, especially the mothers, who are unable to find food or water for their kids. May all of us find several moments today and for many days to send them as much LOVE LOVE LOVE as we each know how. Our heart goes out to you!!!!!!!
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