I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Basil. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

 

 ©Cathy Sly 2017 

THIRST

"This is what one thirsts for, I realize, after the smallness of the day, of work, of details, of intimacy - even of communication, one thirsts for the magnitude and universality of a night full of stars, pouring into one like a fresh tide."

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh Gift from the Sea 
 

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there is part of me that could be jealous

envious of those who came to this earlier than i did

others who seem to uncover the importance of moments

the importance of satisfying that thirst within themselves and not waiting 

understanding that they are worthy with confidence and no guilt 

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there were times in past years that i tired my best to live with fullness, but inside of me their must have been doubt

because it always came with an eagerness to please others, so needing or wanting their confirmation

and when they could not see, did not feel the deep urges i felt,  i soon began to doubt  

losing trust within myself and spending priceless time tying to pinpoint

just where it was that i went wrong

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but lately i have come to understand that not everyone has to notice or understand 

in fact some people are not even capable of understanding the thirst i so deeply feel at times, and that is okay

but i know now that i am enough and don't need approval, or confirmation 

i just need to open myself up to possibilities and be couragious 

and recognize when i need to quench that thirst and know it is okay to do so

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today i understand that i need refilling and recharging

i need to gather at times with those who are like-minded 

those who are non judgmental and don't question but rather just listen and acknowledge my doubts

those who help me see that this work is important and that i am worthy 

because when this happens it is amazing. . . 

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and beautiful. . . 

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and magical . . . 

We gathered. Nine of us from last year's 52 of You class. We came together for 48 hours; just us and the ocean. We cried and laughed and talked and listened. I came home recharged and yet calm; energized and yet peaceful. I came home so full of all of them I can't yet really talk about it so I am not even going to try. But know it was good and know that you are worth it. So be open and mindful and dig deep to satisfy any thirst you might have, knowing that if you are brave and take a chance it just might change something deep inside of you will never be quite the same. 

tons of love, cathy

i hope the day is good to you! 

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