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Sunday, September 25, 2016

BEING BRAVE

"Courage is knowing what not to fear." 
~ Plato ~

In so many ways, living takes courage. Just to get up in the morning and keep on, in spite of everything overwhelming and unknown in our world requires a certain fortitude, a certain willingness, and a certain faith.
     And what is courage really, but faith? Faith that we will be carried through difficulty, comforted when no comfort seems possible, and survive in spite of daunting odds. Let's step into the future with courage. Let's step up and claim our divine right to grow the seeds that have been planted in us. With courage, let's rise, and shine. Let's be brave and bold and go forward, and have faith.

I embrace courage and take the next step. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

QUIET TIME

"Silence is the universal refuge." 
~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Sometimes we just need to take a day or an hour or 5 minutes to stop everything and be still- to listen and breathe and recover from all of the noise and distraction of life. We need periods of pause and reflection, silence and centering, restoration and ease.

I take the edge off every once in a while and sit quietly breathing.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BLESSINGS

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." 
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~

I am grateful to live in America, grateful for the fact that my children are grown-up and mostly healthy, for the coming fall, open communication, the feeling of compassion, and love in my heart. I'm grateful for clean clothes, iced coffee, peaches, and the full moon. Gratitude reflects our blessings and appropriately acknowledges them, and the list is generally too long to name; but no matter what, it always starts and ends with the fact that I am alive.

I appreciate my blessings.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CHOOSING A PATH

"It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are." 
~ Roy Disney ~

We make choices everyday that lead us forward, and even if our choices are unconscious, because of the law of cause and effect, they still determine our path.

I base my daily choices on the direction I want to go.

Monday, September 19, 2016

BEING WHO WE ARE

"We are like the little branch that quivers during a storm, doubting our strength and forgetting we are the tree- deeply rooted to withstand all of life's upheavals." 
~ Dodinsky ~

I'm not sure of the purpose that self-doubt serves, but I think it has one, because it keeps popping up. On the one hand, I know that I have value and feel pretty secure in that, and on the other, I have a kind of disbelief that I have any value at all.
     The truth, I suppose, is that I'm good at some things and not so good at others, but my real value is not in what I do necessarily, but in who I am, and my particular perspective. That's what I have to offer and that's what I have to share- my testimony, my experience, and what I've learned. Some may benefit from my offerings and others may not; all is as it should be, and self-doubt doesn't really need to play into it at all unless I'm trying to please everyone.
     All I can do on any given day is be willing to show up and share authentically from the heart, with integrity, compassion, and unconditional love.

I needn't be perfect and needn't please everyone. I need only be me. That's where my true value lies.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

WHAT IF?

"All of life is the exercise of risk." 
~ William Sloane Coffin ~

What if questions generally create a dust-storm of thinking and don't solve much. Whatever happens or doesn't happen, we'll deal with it, process it, learn from it, and grow; so no fear is necessary and no fear is helpful, and no fear is ever and always the best approach.

I trust in the moment.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

GUT SENSE

"Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way." 
~ Florence Scovel Shinn ~

Our gut is a good messenger, and it tells us what we need to know. But so often, we shut it down, push it back, and defy it boldly with our powers of logic and justification. And by doing this, we pay a price. How often have we had to admit that we knew better moments, days, weeks or years after the fact?

I trust my gut.