Rock Life


“Looking behind I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward I am filled with vision. Looking upward I am filled with strength. Looking inward I discover peace. ”

When I was eleven years old, I said I wanted to live in Oregon. Never stepping foot in the state my parents, brother and I road-tripped there two years later. Bathed in fish juice we learned not to tailgate the fish truck as we rounded the corner, climbing the cliffs, seeking the view.

Adult eyes see same things differently than kid eyes. Did I see the beauty then like I see now? No. I didn’t understand how to appreciate the simpleness of nature, of life.

A monarch butterfly invading my days, ever-present this last month, I noted. Flitting, flying, lifting in the breeze, he dazzles. Change. Transformation. Spiritual awakening. The butterfly creates it’s own retreat, going within, seeking quiet, stillness, his body undergoes the magic.

Emerging, brilliant in form, perfect in spendor, no one would dare say the butterfly was wrong to change from a caterpillar to butterfly.

Learn from nature and be such.

Allow each to become who they choose to be, judging not.



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Shelley Steinley

My mission is to give love, hope and beauty to the world in my art and writing. I believe that anyone can achieve their dreams and that all things are possible. I create art to inspire and write books to build confidence and hope. Creating laughter, fun and happiness on a level higher than most people thought possible, I want others to experience true joy in living.

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