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Thursday, May 24, 2018

BOTH AND

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love."
~ Rumi ~

I have a love-hate relationship with air conditioning. It's lovely and refreshing and also rather suffocating. There's nothing quite like a fresh breeze coming through a window from the outside.

I am grateful for both air conditioning and fresh breezes. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SELF-CENTERED FEAR

"Fear cannot take what you do not give it."
~ Christopher Coan ~

Self-centered fear, being afraid that we're going to lose something we have or not get something we want, is a sticky trap. It makes us graspy and protective, defensive and snappy. It assumes the worst.
     A sense of well-being, on the other hand, and confidence that is rooted in love instead of ego, is inclusive and expansive and allowing and assured.
     And, while it's likely that we'd all rather have the one, it's equally likely that we'll all get caught up in the other.

I experience self-centered fear for what it is and surrender it to love.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

EQUAL CLAIM

"As experience widens, one begins to see how much upon a level all human things are."
~ Joseph Farrell ~

People pleasing is an empty cup unless it pleases us as well. Going around trying to keep everybody else happy generally leaves us pretty dried up. Conversation and compromise are options to keep us real. Let's use them, and honor us all.

We are all important and we all count. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

FINISHING TOUCH

"Painful though parting may be, I bow to you as I see you off to distant clouds."
~ Emperor Saga ~

Closure comes in all kinds of ways and differently for different people. Everything from a goodbye hug to a sigh will suffice. The point is to honor what means closure to us, and not to pretend that someone else's style will serve our needs.

I take time to create closure in my life when closure is the order of the day.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

EMOTIONAL DEPTHS

"Never let your emotions rule, but always let them testify."
~ Robert Brault ~

Wells of feeling reside within us, and whether they spring up from our thoughts, our cells, the seat of our hearts, or the depths of our spirit, that they exist as a kind of energy field that encompasses us and demands its due cannot be argued.
     All that's required is that we feel whatever we feel at any given moment; that we nod our acknowledgement to what has risen up, and that we understand that understanding is not the ultimate goal.

I feel what I feel.
   

Thursday, May 17, 2018

SLAYING DRAGONS

"Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave."
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

After an ample portion of demons to overcome and some pretty fierce dragons to slay, my son, Nick, is graduating from the University of Virginia- against all odds really, and by the Grace of God.
     It is a profound moment in the life of a parent to see the courage in our children, and the result of their passion when they impeccably follow their truth.

I acknowledge major milestones in the lives of the people I love. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

THE PATIENCE OF SADNESS

"Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light."
~ Jean Giraudoux ~

Sadness can be a lurking kind of presence in our lives, sitting quietly and so still that we can't see it. And yet, it watches us, and waits, and waits. Nothing is patient like sadness.
     And when it stands up, when it faces us and opens its arms, there is nothing to do but accept its embrace and surrender to the pouring tears.

I honor the sadness in myself and others.