Thu
30
Dec '10

The Unexpected Gift of 2010

The gift

I’ve been quiet, I know.

I’m not particularly fond of the way the holidays are observed in this country, so in my effort to promote “peace and goodwill towards men,”  it’s better that I remain under the radar.   Trust me, I make Ebenezer Scrooge look like Mother Teresa.

For real.

I’ve continued with the #reverb10 project and when I read today’s prompt late last night, I didn’t expect that I would share my response.

December 30 – Gift

Prompt: Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?

(Author: Holly Root)

The Uni had other plans.

This morning during my #6monthchallenge writing time, I discovered something about myself that…well, startled me.

You know how sometimes you just write crap over and over again and then suddenly something profound spills onto the page?

That’s what happened to me.

I was moving into “beat up” mode and wrote, “What would it take for you to say you are proud of who you are, right now?”

I expected to write a whole list of failures to justify why I couldn’t say that I was proud of me.

But nothing came.

With the pen hovering, waiting to take the first swipe at my psyche,  I felt this smile rise up from deep within. (Imagine if one by one, each cell in your body smiled and “passed it on.”  It was like the wave. 🙂 )

I looked back at the question and realized…

My soul is proud of who I am becoming.

Truly.

While I may not be able to claim the outward trappings of success that I hoped at this point in my life, to be able to say with every fiber of my being, I LOVE WHO I AM is without a doubt, one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.

As an added bonus, the Uni saw fit to let me stumble upon this song, “I’m Here” from Broadway version of The Color Purple.  Jennifer Hudson gives a beautiful tribute to Oprah Winfrey.  And to me.

…but most of all

I’m thankful for

Loving who I really am…

Thank you, 2010.

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What’s been your greatest gift this year?

33 Comments »

33 Responses to “The Unexpected Gift of 2010”

  1. @juliedaley Says:

    Lisa,
    Your beauty shines through this post because you are so transparent here.
    Some say the greatest gift in life is to learn to love oneself.
    Many blessings,
    Julie
    My recent post Nothing is Wasted Everything is in Order It’s All Sacred

  2. LisaMilesBrady Says:

    That old Whitney Houston song, "The Greatest Love of All" came to mind as I was writing this. I really think you are right.

    Thank you, Julie, for being who YOU are and for Unabashedly Female. You helped light the way to this moment.

    xo

  3. khoki Says:

    Lisa, your blog posts always give me something to think about. My greatest gift this year, has been COURAGE. Having the courage to change. To step away from something that was not working. To have the courage to speak my truth. The courage to follow my inner voice.
    I am thankful for the gift of courage and the opportunities that have come as a result! 🙂

    @khoki

  4. LisaMilesBrady Says:

    Khoki,

    I wish I could just give you the biggest bear hug.

    "Having the courage to change. To step away from something that was not working. To have the courage to speak my truth. The courage to follow my inner voice."

    I am doing a serious happy dance for YOU! 🙂

    Those opportunities are just the beginning. You my dear, are changing the world one courageous step at a time. THANK YOU for being willing to go deep and discover that gift!

    xo

  5. Kathryn Hunter Says:

    Love, love, love this. Especially 'Imagine if one by one, each cell in your body smiled and “passed it on.” It was like the wave.' This whole post makes me smile. Thank you.
    My recent post One Tiny Thing Thursday- The Inaugural Edition

  6. LisaMilesBrady Says:

    Awww…really? That's so cool!

    Thank you for the love & support, Kathryn. It's been such a privilege to have you in the Lisa-Unmasked family.

    Miracles await you in 2011. So proud of you for having the courage to invite them in.

    xo

  7. Tex In The City Says:

    Your post mirrors what I have been thinking. I am VERY proud of who I am becoming and how I didn't give up on myself when things got really bad.

    As always, great post.

    Happy New Year and New YOU!
    My recent post Jesus take the wheel

  8. LisaMilesBrady Says:

    Yeah, baby!

    I don't like "shoulds" but gurl, you SHOULD be damn proud of yourself. You honored your heart, Tex, when the going got tough. It was a thing of beauty to witness.

    Hootin' & hollerin' for YOU! xo

  9. Lisa Miles Brady Says:

    The Unexpected Gift of 2010 http://bit.ly/hBUU5G #reverb10

  10. Julie Daley Says:

    This post is real, true and beautiful. RT @LisaMilesBrady: The Unexpected Gift of 2010 http://bit.ly/hEMxuU

  11. LaVonne Says:

    Lisa, you are amazing. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂
    My recent post Secrets of Self-Publishing- Interview With Susan Daffron

  12. LisaMilesBrady Says:

    TY, LaVonne, for joining me on this journey.

    Wishing you magic, miracles and LOTS of love in 2011!

  13. @lipdesign Says:

    The greatest gift is you sharing this with us. How beautiful. I think many of us here read this nodding in agreement — we know how wonderful you are. But, as Julie said, "Some say the greatest gift in life is to learn to love oneself."

    I am honored that you came to me this year, my goddess, friend, muse … my gift. You helped me wake up to my power. I am forever grateful.

    Happy New Year … 2011 will be the year of LISA! meow … rawr! xoxo Get out your vinyl and let's form that band, girl! 😉

    lori

  14. LisaMilesBrady Says:

    Sequins, feathers & vinyl.

    Bring it! 🙂

    Thank you, Lori, for being my friend, my teacher, my red lingerie-wearing, ass-kicking mentor. I "heart" you muchly. lol

  15. Terri Says:

    Loving who you are is a fabulous gift to yourself Lisa. You are truly an inspiration and a gifted writer, thank you for sharing this gift with us: "Imagine if one by one, each cell in your body smiled and “passed it on." I am adding it to my inspiration journal for 2011.
    My recent post How to promote your business on a shoestring

  16. LisaMilesBrady Says:

    Terri,

    Many thanks. Earlier this year, I would not have had the courage to join the Inspired Maven project yet there I was when the invitation came, ready to let a few more people into my world.

    I'm so glad that you were one who accepted the invitation. Your support & encouragement have meant so much. I wish that every day you experience the "cell smiling wave". 🙂

    xo

  17. Marifran Says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Goosebumps signaled the excitement at reading you say: My soul is proud of who I am becoming. It is so true for all of us. Outer trappings mean nothing. It's all an inside job.
    What a great thought to take into 2011. Thank you for who you are.
    May 2011 be all about heaven. (It rhymes. That's why I like it).
    Wishing you the best,
    Marifran
    My recent post A New Christmas and a HAPPY NEW YEAR

  18. LisaMilesBrady Says:

    My dear Marifran,

    Thank you for stopping by and gifting me with a hug. You, my dear, ARE a piece of heaven.

    Be well!

    xo

  19. Cristina Fugaru Says:

    RT @LisaMilesBrady: The Unexpected Gift of 2010 http://bit.ly/hBUU5G #reverb10

  20. Matt Says:

    I can certainly relate to this. My pride may escape the eyes of others, and may not be reflected in my life circumstances, but if it is real to me, the other things will follow.

  21. Carol Hess Says:

    Lisa, you've got the inner trappings of success. And those are the only trappings that really matter. Love this post, love you.

  22. LisaMilesBrady Says:

    Thank you, Carol.

    May you always know the love that is felt for you. You've been such an amazing gift in my life.

    Happy New Year!

  23. Terri Says:

    Beautiful post from a gifted writer RT @LisaMilesBrady The Unexpected Gift of 2010 http://bit.ly/hBUU5G #AIM2011 #reverb10

  24. Big Girl Branding Says:

    RT @btmVA Beautiful post from a gifted writer RT @LisaMilesBrady The Unexpected Gift of 2010 http://bit.ly/hBUU5G #AIM2011 #reverb10

  25. Cori Padgett Says:

    RT @btmVA Beautiful post from a gifted writer RT @LisaMilesBrady The Unexpected Gift of 2010 http://bit.ly/hBUU5G #AIM2011 #reverb10

  26. cori padgett Says:

    RT @btmVA Beautiful post from a gifted writer RT @LisaMilesBrady The Unexpected Gift of 2010 http://bit.ly/hBUU5G #AIM2011 #reverb10

  27. Alana Says:

    We chose the same video for our Gift posts. 🙂 Thank you for being a truth-teller. It's a treat to find you on this last night of the year.

  28. LisaMilesBrady Says:

    OMG, Alana. I was just on your site reading your "Why?" page, thinking the exact thing–what a treat to find you!

    Isn't that something that Julie's RT connected us and how we chose the SAME video for our #reverb10 Gift post? Wow. And I too, know the pain of miscarriage. 4 pregnancies. 1 child (now 19).

    It's a real honor to welcome you to the Lisa-Unmasked family. Alana. Thank you.

  29. Alana Sheeren Says:

    RT @juliedaley: This post is real, true and beautiful. RT @LisaMilesBrady: The Unexpected Gift of 2010 http://bit.ly/hEMxuU #reverb10

  30. gr8coach Says:

    WOW, once again … you have wrapped your arms around me and touched my life.

  31. Pamela Says:

    I love that you (finally) love who you are, damnit!

    And Jennifer Hudson? There is no other performer who touches my heart and brings forth such an emotional and physical response. Great choice.

  32. Susan Says:

    "Imagine if one by one, each cell in your body smiled and “passed it on.” It was like the wave. " You give me goosebumps. Thank you!
    My recent post A Novel Approach to Diversity

  33. Shelly Says:

    Woo Hoo Lisa… I too get surprised by things I write over and over and then one day it's like I got run over by a truck!
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