Be Fabulous Darlings!

“It’s
wonderful when you can bring sparkle into people’s lives without fading away
from your own true color. Keep the hue in you.”

 -Hue by Dodinsky

Back in 2014, I took a 3-day facilitator training
workshop and one of the ice breakers was to go around and answer the
question: “If you were an animal, what would you be, and why?”  There
were about 30 people attending the workshop and, being the introverted person
that I am, I decided to be the last to respond. I was planning on picking one
of the popular animals already mentioned, but instead I blurted out, “I would
be a peacock because it makes its presence known.” The room answered back with
an “oh wow that’s a good one!” I was the only person in the room to pick the
peacock and my response surprised even me, because I don’t necessarily think I
possess a peacock personality (although my fashion style might make people
think differently). I do, however, find mystery and inspiration in their
beauty. 

I don’t remember the initial purpose of the ice breaker.
However, I tend to search for meaning in everything, and when
I finally broke it down on a spiritual level, I interpreted it as a message
from my higher Self saying she wants to make her presence known. When I listened
closely, I heard her say, “Spend more time embracing your virtues rather than
absorbing the fragile and weak reading of yourself.” 

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Because, when you think about it, how can you make your presence
known when you’re devaluing your true self? This is something I have always,
personally, struggled with. Yet, I’m learning to release all that’s blocking me
from making my presence known, by appreciating what I have and who I am.

There’s an Aesop’s fables called “The Peacock and Juno”, and the
story goes:

A Peacock once placed a
petition before Juno (the Roman name for the Greek goddess, Hera) desiring to
have the voice of a nightingale in addition to his other attractions; but Juno
refused his request. When he persisted and pointed out that he was her favorite
bird, she said: 
“Be content with your lot; one
cannot be first in everything.”
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The lesson in this fable is that, everyone has their own
gifts and faults and we should be content with who we are. It invites us
to value our own gifts and appreciate our own beauty. To know the self is an
important task in our lives, but it’s also a complementary skill to we learn
how to communicate with ourselves with grace, dignity, and appreciation. We can
heal ourselves with words, and I believe Juno was teaching the peacock to
reframe his thoughts and beliefs about himself through the art of
word-magic. This fable is an interesting one, because the peacock
seems to me; regal birds that display their beautiful plumage for all to
see, representing extravagance, fearlessness, and pride. I would never imagine
it would be peacocks wanting to exchange their gifts/beauty for another, but
perhaps this was their personal transformation. 

I look at the peacock as a reminder to make my own presence
known by being true to myself and unraveling the mystery of my life. Spiritual
transformation is an alchemical process and it isn’t always easy,
but remaining true to your essence is easier than burying it. Thus, this piece,
“Be Fabulous, Darling” not only serves as a “note2self” but also for anyone
else who can use the peacocks’ vibrant energy and zest for life. Don’t
be afraid to be captivating; exude your beauty however you can. Explore what
makes you glamorous and ask yourself, “How can I work my own special magic?”

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