how precious are YOU?

shanti-soleil, precious girl, doggie love

shanti-soleil - breakin' the preciometer

on a scale of 1 to 10, exactly where does your degree of preciousness fall?

are you SO precious you bReAk the preciometer?

are you so NOT precious you don’t even score?

who’s the MOST precious one you know?  is it your dog or cat or turtle?

is it your child or children?  your spouse?

how does it feel when you experience this preciousness and really take it in?

what makes someone or something precious anyway?

i have loved the word precious a long while, but i came to love it even more the night i heard frank mccourt state emphatically, “don’t call me precious!  call me anything, absolutely anything, but do NOT call me precious!”

it was SO precious to hear him admonish us this way – especially with his endearing accent in the mix.  the more he expressed outrage about this seeming insult, the more precious he became.

that’s the thing for you to know, to realize, to contemplate:  your preciousness can’t be turned on or off.  you cannot NOT be precious, no matter how hard you try.

your preciousness comes from your vulnerability – we all have it – we’re impermanent, unique and we feel.  we feel deeply and as we express our true nature, we all break the preciometer with our open hearts.

preciometer by julie doane roberts

the preciometer 3600-SZ

can you embrace your precious self?  the more you can, the more you’ll be able to bask in other people’s preciousness too.

so go ahead, yell and shake your fist if you must, keep explaining how you’re not precious, and still you cannot quell the precious you you really are.

frank mccourt was so precious – still is, in my heart – he broke the preciometer and no words he uttered to explain his lack of preciousness could diminish his one true gift to us all – himself.

adore you while you can.  hold you in the light of even your most delicate or temporary peace and acceptance.

let fall away the judgment and fear, for a moment, for the long moment that is now.

in honor of the ever-precious, unforgettable, sweet AND adorable, Francis “Frank” McCourt (August 19, 1930 – July 19, 2009)

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Stacey December 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Quite the spin. I’ll have to keep that one on the shelf for later, “You cannot NOT be precious, no matter how hard you try.” Reminds me of my kids when they are trying to be angry…. they are still SO precious and they hate that I smile back 😉

julie December 5, 2010 at 10:44 pm

hey stacey ~
yeah, that’s it – the same as with kids. from the right perspective, we’re all just brand new today and trying on options, exploring.

the same way children are so dear – so innocent, true and seeking – so too are the old children, the adults, even the jaded and the lost.

thanks for sharing.
~ julie

Walter December 14, 2010 at 1:59 am

I believe that all of us are precious. Sadly though, some do not appreciate their own preciousness and prefer to be someone they are not. By embracing our own self and our own uniqueness, we then appreciate our own preciousness. 🙂

julie December 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

yes, walter – i agree – some people have no experience of their own preciousness! that’s too bad in two ways: first, they miss out on what’s endearing about the self, and also the more aware we are of our own preciousness, the more we can embrace other people for the same, so in addition to missing their own precious self, they miss the opportunity to adore others, too.
embracing ourselves makes us better able to embrace others – it’s a domino effect of preciousness…
thanks so much for being here and sharing YOUR precious self!

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