It’s a real place, I swear. Sitting a bit above Cloud Nine, which is pretty darn high up, but then you’ve always sought a perfect ten and aimed for the stars. You can see them all glistening from Cloud Ten– right there in front of you. Not perfect exactly, but so close – floating up here – fluffy, light, free.
The pearly white gate to Cloud Ten is unlocked with gratitude. You can try just to float all the way up to Cloud Ten but when you get here (if you are lucky) you will need the key. And I wonder whether you will ever get here without having the key all along.
You also need confidence – because Cloud Ten is a looong way up and you don’t want to be too scared (let alone of heights). So you need faith to step out into the nebulous and find secure footing. Climbing up in the sky through clouds one to nine takes some courage.
You need vision because HELLO – did I mention Cloud Ten is a looong way up. You need eyes in the back of your head too, because HELLO – did I mention it is a looong way back down. You don’t want to be afraid to fall, but you really need to appreciate what it is to fail, and still keep climbing. You need passion. You need purpose. You need to find your flow.
And then when you finally get to the door of Cloud Ten you need that Gratitude key, or else Cloud Nine (the view is pretty nice from there too) is destined to be your final destination (and it can all come crashing down from there).
Without gratitude you get the joy and exhilaration of Cloud Nine but it doesn’t last. It’s fleeting and you find yourself floating back down, like a balloon slowly farting out its air. Joy is what floats wispy white clouds high in the sky. Gratitude is what keeps them up here, all fluffy and free.
Did I mention I’m on Cloud Ten. Floating. Free. Grateful. Giddy.
All this inspirational crap I ‘preach’ here I managed to teach to my (poor, unsuspecting) class and I think they loved it. Well at least they said so.
It felt natural. I felt free. I felt like I floated up through the layers of clouds, waving to Cloud Nine – HELLO – and then settling comfortably, in gratitude, into the fluffy comfort of Cloud Ten (eat your heart out Philadelphia Cream Cheese Ads).
Did I mention it feels good up here? Really good. I’m so grateful.
Go float. Be Free. Find what it is you love and do it. Be Grateful. Get to a yin yoga class (I’d be honoured to be your teacher). Find your Cloud Ten. Linking up with the lovely Grace for FYBF.