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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

GRATITUDE AS GOOD PRACTICE

"Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone."
~ GB Stern ~

I'm grateful for winter sunshine.
I'm grateful for my dog, Boss.
I'm grateful for the process of learning,
For challenges to grow me,
good company,
and the color red.
I'm grateful for the people I love,
and the people who love me.
I'm grateful for moonlight and star-shine,
for crackling fires,
the smell of honeysuckle,
and delicious, soaking rain.
I'm grateful for black-eyed susans,
and larkspur,
for chocolate,
and iced tea.
I'm grateful for gratitude,
And I'm grateful to be me.

I express my thanks, often, and out loud.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

THE NEED FOR PLAY

"Anticipate the day as if it was your birthday and you are turning six again." 
~ Mike Dolan ~

True fact.
No matter our age, we all need playtime.

I bring play to my day.

Monday, January 15, 2018

THE END OF THE PROCESS

"Simplicity is the final achievement." 
~ Frederic Chopin ~

I'm not sure why simple is so often difficult, only that it is. In the beginning, when things are new to us, they generally feel complicated, overwhelming, and impossible to master, and then we master them, and looking back, we wonder how it ever seemed so hard.
     Perhaps the access to simplicity is through mastery, or through surrender, or clarity, or truth. I'm not sure- only that simplicity always seems to come at the end of a process, and never at the beginning.

I celebrate simplicity when it comes. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

UNCONDITIONAL LIVING

 "Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?"
~ Rose Kennedy ~

We make our happiness, our feelings of safety and security, our well-being, and our self-worth contingent on things being a certain way in our lives. If we have this, that, or the other, we tell ourselves,  then we can be happy, then we can feel secure, then we can feel like we are enough...
     But what that means is that if we don't have those things, we can't feel secure or worthy. It's the trap we set for ourselves and we live inside of it.
     The way out is through awareness. Knowing that we are the ones who create these disempowering stories, and that the stories themselves determine our experience, we can create new stories and change the way we feel. We can decide, simply, that no matter how much money or acclaim or whatever we may have, we can be happy, we can feel fulfilled, and we can enjoy the daily adventure and the unfolding journey of our lives.
   
The conditions of my life do not determine my experience- I do!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

LIVING LARGE

"Do good and be happy." 
~ Simeon Carter ~

Let's be ambassadors of courage. 
Let's brave up and step forward into life, instead of back and away from it.
Let's play our hand, dip our toes, and speak our truth.
Let's awake. 
Let's shine. 
Let's be audacious and unapologetic. 
Let's rise and take the field.

I live courageously and from the heart. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

MOODS

"Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives."
~ Vincent Van Gogh ~

Sometimes I feel all stirred up inside and don't know why.
I'm shakey and unsure.
I'm in a mood.
Irritable, touchy, and dark.
And then, like clouds, the mood passes.
And I am sure again,
And strong,
And happy,
And grateful to be alive.

I accept the changing nature of my daily emotions.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

NOT ALONE

"A crown is no cure for the headache." 
~ German Proverb ~

Some days dawn bright and full of goodness and optimism, and some days we'd rather go back to bed. This is true for all of us. We feel like we're the only ones who can't face the day or the future, who are overwhelmed by fears and self-doubt, and yet, that's just how it is to be human.
     If we can honestly share where we are on any given day, we will find resonance and relief and know that we are not alone, whether we feel like nothing can stop us, or nothing can start us. Both feelings are elemental and foundational, simply part and parcel of the journeying paths of life.

I share the journey and know I'm not alone.