One of the things a hairstylist friend of mine observed really settled in my heart days after my shoot last week. “Alam mo, Julia, magaling ka…pero yung problem mo lang is…madali ka madisappoint.” He noticed how all it took was for one of my misplaced expectations let’s say in my career or line of work to stray off course and it would sometimes bring me to a dark place. Sometimes closest friends would have to talk me out of a doom spiral where everything just kinda spins. Because sometimes your thoughts are wrong you actually believe it’s getting worse and worse, to the point where you almost don’t recognize yourself in a vicious cycle, almost like losing several rounds of the Heads Up game to ALL THE GUYS and a couple of drinks, ’til just before sun up LOL. Find me if you can.
Everything is sometimes not at all what is happening to you, but a mere, seemingly endless whirlwind of thoughts and feelings…thoughts and feelings, feelings and thoughts which Henri Nouwen had something to say about.
“Then it is important to realise that most of these feelings and thoughts are just feelings and thoughts, and that the Spirit of God dwells beyond our feelings and thoughts. It is a great grace to be able to experience God’s presence in our feelings and thoughts, but when we don’t, it does not mean that God is absent. It often means that God is calling us to a greater faithfulness.” – HENRI NOUWEN, Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life.
Today I wanted to share with you four or five women whose words have affected me in the most otherworldly way over the last 3-4 years. They’ve provided the most true pick me up videos ever. I’ll mention them according to “theme”. Read on to “meet” these women. Fyi, they’re certainly not the sore losers above, haha.