3/365 (17 January 2012) One of my favorite types of bracelets to wear. I have them in a few colors. They don’t really exist anymore accept for… Ebay maybe. When I worked for Lucky Brand Jeans they would give them out for free or you would find them in the pockets of the jeans you bought. They discontinued them after while.
I love things like this, reminders.
I guess that’s also why I don’t mind the idea of tattoos, but until I get the money/balls to get a tattoo, jewelry will have to suffice.
There is a book that I purchased a long time ago… maybe 2006 to 2008, that I will always say changed my life. The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz. It was mind-blowing for me. I had only been exposed /raised in the Christian religion and and mostly found it irritating, rigid, and more miserable than anything (I never did too well at being a follower of rules). This book was a breath of fresh air for me.
Basically, it taught that there were only 2 tracks in life… the track of love and the track of fear. You can chose to live a life on the track of fear (doing what you do because you are afraid of a consequence/outcome/rejection) which tends to be the default of most people, or you can consciously choose the track of love.
Love of yourself, love of others as they are and not wanting to change them, love the world as it is. It stops resistance, and petty and trivial things don’t matter anymore, because you’re not afraid. You’re not doing anything out of fear… but because you want to do it, have it, be it.
It was a no-brainer for me. The realization gave me deep clarity at the time. It made so much sense. Too much sense. So, I decided to choose love.
I was working at Lucky at the time I read that and had already collected quite a few of these bracelets. I laughed at the irony. So, now I’m bringing them back out. I feel detached from the decision I made back then and it’s time to get back to it. I didn’t hold on to it very well when I was working in the call centers and as a customer service representative. I did for a while… but being talked down to, cursed at, bullied by people that don’t know you… wears you down.
I’m grateful to be where I am now. I have the opportunity to build that love back up again, and use it for good.