Breathing…drinking tea…looking out my kitchen window…observing a cardinal in an oak tree. Brilliant scarlet feathers glow against the soft browns, tans, greens and grays of this winter landscape.
He is so apparent. His presence is so strong, so fiery and unapologetic. He preens and settles more firmly in place. I imagine him comfortable in his visibility.
This morning the cardinal is a reminder. As many of us are in these changing times, I’m being nudged to be more apparent, more unapologetic, more comfortable in my visibility being exactly who I am, whole and clear.
Discovering that my work requires me to be visible – and very unapologetic about that visibility – after being quietly shy for most of my life, takes some getting used to.
I appreciate the brilliant example of my brazen, scarlet friend. When I’m tempted to disappear I’ll remember that cardinal in the oak tree, and settle myself more firmly in place, getting stronger and more comfortable in my visibility.
What about you? Are you comfortable being visible as your whole, clear, self? If not, what supportive resources can you find? Is there a cardinal in your neighborhood?