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Happily Ever Now
Courtney A. Walsh

It's easy to feel blessed or cursed by memories.
To believe in the illusory taunts of fairytales, white knights shimmering,
sunsets to ride into.

It is nothing at all to be swept into a tidal wave of emotion at the sight
of a mitten in the snow, the scent of an orange, the heat of a fire in a
stone grate.

I promise to remind myself to stay present; to be fully alive in the herenow
to give myself the gift of each unfolding moment.

The hard part of life and love is moving through, letting go, resisting
being dragged along by nostalgia's undertow. The impossible part is making
peace with a future that may never be to make way for a better one.

I promise to stay open to all of the slightly ajar doors that glow with
possibilities undreamed of, waiting to be explored.

Liberation comes in the form of the impossible made real and the real made
visceral, made now--and in its nowness rendered fleeting.

I promise to love the fleeting and to let it mold me with its fast beauty;
to allow it to become my key to enter the timeless, the oneness the ISness
and the space in between joys and sorrows.

In the end, true beauty is found not in rescue from pain or in its
glorification. Pain's illusory edges shadow us, honing us into glittering

Love's feathery whisper teases the imagination and burns away layers of
yesterdays and invites worlds of unborn tomorrows.

I promise to feel and learn from the pain and then to get up and do the
laundry, make a meal, call a friend.

And all the while, the axis of stone and sea spins evolving onward. The
heartbeat of earth's tenderest beginnings is reborn again and again erupting
with joy like a hummingbird wing, fluttering in iridescent and eternal

I promise to live out my part of the mystery with grace and to weave my own
inner tapestry with light, peace, joy, fun, service, receivership. I VOW to
translate the sacred messages from spiral galaxies as words leak into my
head through the holes in the nightsky and through my fingers onto life’s

I promise to stay until the last word on the last page of MY story. I
promise to live Happily Ever Now.

Courtney A. Walsh
Mental Wellness Speaker and Author of: "Lipstick and Thongs in the Loony
All Aboard the LoonyBus...You don't have to be crazy, but it helps!

"Keep me away from wisdom which does not cry; the philosophy that does not
laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children."~Kahlil Gibran

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