Inhale Faith. Exhale Love. This is the tag line for Core Compassion Project, a non-profit offering post-rehab Pilates scholarships for women battling breast cancer I started just over one year ago. I never realized how much those words would mean to me until this week when I cried myself to sleep.
We all face challenges in our lives. I know my challenges are so much less than some people, but I have feelings and my feelings were hurt. I shed some tears and lost some sleep. I felt multiple feelings…doubt, fear, anger, but not much love. In fact, I had to hold back from saying something I might want to take back later. Now that I’ve had a few days to stop and think, I am glad I kept it to myself, except for a couple of close friends I knew I could get advice from in confidence. And of course, my Nana, who I call frequently for advice (she’s always on my side even when I’m wrong).
That’s my Nana…80 years young!
Today I was reminded almost one year ago when I was trying to create a way for women battling cancer to receive Pilates I felt the same way. Doubt, fear, anger, hurt. Why couldn’t people understand where I was coming from? Why couldn’t they agree this was something women needed? Shortly after, I spent a day at the beach alone praying and thinking. When I was about to give up on Compassion Project, the roar of the ocean and the beautiful sunshine reminded me of my faith and that it was important for me to proceed. I couldn’t expect everyone to feel the same way as me, because that may not be their place to serve. Instead of anger I needed to react in love. I moved forward with the non-profit and we just awarded our third scholarship recipient.
This is Terrie, Core Compassion Project’s first scholarship recipient!
How can you have faith without love? How can you have love without faith? For myself I am speaking on a spiritual level. For you, it may be something completely different, but we all want to have faith in something. This week for a brief moment I lost some hope in humanity. But we are human. Life is tough. It’s easy to let things you read on social media, in the newspaper, or hear from others get to you. Today I was reminded of that special day on the beach when I chose to act in love. When I have doubt…when I am angry…when I face fear my new motto is to inhale faith, exhale love.
Whatever you may be going through today will make you stronger tomorrow if you choose to act in love. Breathe in the good of your life, the things that make you happy and exhale those things that just aren’t important and bring you down. But do it with love. Chances are, those who hurt you have no clue. Chances are, you and I are not aware of someone we have hurt. INHALE FAITH. EXHALE LOVE.
Healthy Please XOXO,