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Sunday, January 15, 2017

THE WEATHER

"The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches." 
~ ee cummings ~

No matter what's happening with the weather, it gives us something to talk about. It's too hot or too cold, or can you believe the rain, wind or ice? The weather is a universal experience. We can all relate. It's the great common ground. And though we may not all feel the same way about what's happening outside- some like it one way and some another- it gives us a language we can all understand.

I appreciate the weather as the great equalizer of mankind.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

OWNING WHAT WE KNOW

"Trust your hunches." 
~ Joyce Brothers ~

There are things we must do. Our spirits insist upon it. Our dreams, in some way, are less dreams and more possibility visions. They point the way and show us who we are, even if we can't fully own it yet- even if we're unsure or feeling stuck. Little hints and inner whispers taunt us and plague us until we wake up to our purpose.
     And if we don't, that is our loss, and also our choice, but it's not for lack of knowing. No one can follow our dreams but us.

I pay attention to my inner calling and follow the call. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

THE POWER OF BOOKS

"A good book has no ending." 
~ RD Cumming ~

I love the power of books! We can learn anything, explore anything, adventure anywhere, follow our passion, investigate our past... All of the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of humankind is available to us in books, and they are free to use and peruse at the library and near-free on Amazon.
     What a thing if we made the decision to entertain ourselves less and educate ourselves more- on any subject or any multitude of subjects. We can learn forever using the power of books.

I spend time reading every day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

FAILURE AS SUCCESS

"One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake."
~ Anton Chekhov ~

Let's not be afraid to fail. As a general rule, we let fear stop us in our tracks, block us from getting started, cripple us, shrink us, and keep us down low. But what if we didn't? What if we tried everything that spoke to us just for the adventure of it? What if we were willing to risk even a little? What if we were willing to risk a lot?
     In failure is blessing so that's never quite the end of the game; and looking at it that way, maybe there is really no such thing as failure at all, and what we think of as failure is just a lesson we learn along the path.

I have the courage to risk failure knowing that even in loss there is gain.

Monday, January 9, 2017

CO-DEPENDENCE

"I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself." 
~ Michel de Montaigne ~

I like everyone to be happy with me at all times which is its own kind of dysfunction. Wanting to please others, being afraid of disappointing them, going out of my way and beyond my own limitations to make sure that everyone around me is taken care of and feels good is a personally costly way to live.
     Being kind, generous, and compassionate is one thing, but sacrificing our own well-being for the well-being of others as a habit and a rule is something else entirely. We can be loving and do good without giving ourselves entirely away.

I care for myself so that I can care for others.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

THE NEED FOR REVIVAL

"Man is never alone... That which dreams through him is always there to support him from within." 
~ Laurence van der Post ~

Sometimes, for our own mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being we have to drop everything and put ourselves first. We can become so much about doing for others that we forget who we are and what revives us. We become bedraggled and worn out.
     And if we have become utterly habituated to doing for others, putting ourselves first for a change might induce guilt in us, but it needn't. Self-care is the main ingredient, and arguably the most important ingredient, for good living and good health.

I let go of misplaced guilt and take time for myself when I need restoration and solitude.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

YOU NEVER KNOW

"Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes." 
~ Sara Teasdale ~

It is often the things I feel most internally petulant about having to experience that end up giving me the greatest satisfaction. They turn out differently than I had expected, and decidedly better. So the lesson, and the consideration to carry forward, is that the more I can free myself from preconceived ideas about the way things should be, the more I am pleased and delighted by the way they actually are.

I release the need for a fixed agenda and let life unfold as it will.