“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious.
If you have a deep scar, that is a door,
if you have an old, old story, that is a door.
If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door.
If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”
–Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
It’s the middle of December and I’m not sure what to make of it. These days I find myself choosing words carefully. As a younger version of myself, I shared words freely. I let them flow from me with abandon. Now, when I open my heart, I want to be careful about what comes out, also, about who gets in.
I’ve started reading one of my favorite books again, Women Who Run With the Wolves. Hence, the quote at the top of this post. It is a personal bible of sorts. In my opinion, every woman should read it. It’s not an easy read, but like all truly good things, it is worth it.
To get back to December, and my not knowing what to make of it — I didn’t create a desktop calendar this month. At the moment, I need less to know what the date is, and more to remember to be brave. And so here you have it, another free desktop background for you to enjoy. I hope that it serves as a reminder to you, as a light when you need it.
To download it, simply click on the link below that best suits your screen size. Then right click and choose ‘set as desktop background.’ Enjoy!
I want to leave you with one more quote from Women Who Run With the Wolves, “Failure is a greater teacher than success.” Oh yes, yes, yes it is. Embrace it. Grow from it. Do not be afraid.