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Thursday, June 30, 2016

RESISTING INSISTENCE

"Easy does it." 
~ Bill Wilson ~

There is a lot of urgent pushing and insistence in our modern world, which is hardly conducive to relaxation and being able to go with the flow. We are so much about making it happen that we lose our ability to let it happen instead.
     Let's soften the energy around ourselves by slowing down a bit and easing up. Let's create openness and possibility instead of systematically and hastily shutting things down because we don't have the time or imagination.

Though the world around me may push and pull in a kind of urging frenzy, I don't have to participate. I can take it easy and make a decision to relax no matter what.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

THE HIGH END

"The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of a low price has faded from memory." 
~ Aldo Gucci ~

When it comes to certain things in life, I like high quality and I am a bit of a snob. With other things it doesn't matter. and sometimes I even prefer the cheaper brand. But where quality matters, the cheap version completely rubs me wrong and even goes so far as to disturb me on some level.
     My particular likes and dislikes are personal to me, I suppose, but what's not personal to me is that we sometimes choose marginal things when we'd better serve our spirits over the long haul to go higher end.

I refuse to chintz myself. Where quality matters, it matters. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

THREADBARE

"When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the sole leather has passed into the fibre of your body." 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

I seem to like to keep things until they are threadbare and worn thin, especially when I've grown attached. I worry that the replacement may not be as comfortable, or suit me as well; and yet, I become more and more bedraggled looking the longer I hold out.
     Letting go is hard, but necessary, and postponing it creates a certain amount of its own kind of angst- a sense that change needs to happen and we are standing in the way. Let's just move forward instead and see what happens. Let's welcome fresh new energy into our lives.

I can allow my life to be worn, but I dis-serve myself if I let it become completely worn out.

Monday, June 27, 2016

HONORING OUR INNER KNOWING

"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." 
~Benjamin Spock ~

When we get an intuitive message, we need to pay attention and follow the guide. If we don't, we risk having to live with the uncomfortable knowledge that we knew better after the fact when disaster has already struck. And by then, it's too late.

I prevent the unwanted from happening by listening to my gut.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

TOLERANCE

"Judge not, lest ye be judged." 
~ Matthew 7:1-3 ~

What's the point of being hateful, holding grudges, and seeking revenge? This is poisonous energy to be playing with, and it cannot bring us any kind of happiness or lasting satisfaction. Unforgiveness makes us bitter, and bitterness makes us ugly.
     Let's be loving instead, and seek to understand others even if we don't necessarily agree with them. It's a much more comfortable and sustainable space to occupy.

Being highly fallible myself, I am willing to forgive others their mis-steps. 


Thursday, June 23, 2016

CARE-TAKING THE SELF

"Man is never alone. Acknowledged or unacknowledged, that which dreams through him is always there to support him from within." 
~ Laurence van der Post ~

Sometimes when I stop long enough to let life settle, I feel a profound sadness. I always seem to discover after the fact and years down the road that I have misunderstood things, been foolish, had toppled priorities, and allowed others to dictate my path for me instead of establishing my own direction.
     I have betrayed myself in so many ways- by rushing, insisting, justifying, and pretending- and even as I understand that's just the way it is, and I have no regrets necessarily, it's still a sadness in my soul. I want to be less impulsive, learn from my mistakes and not repeat them, stop spreading myself so thin, sleeping so little, and disregarding my limitations so much.

I make a commitment to live with more care and less haste.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

OPEN TO THE SKY

"To one who has been long in city pent,
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven,- to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament."
~ John Keats ~

Riding in a car with the top down in just the right weather at just the right speed is a pleasure sublime. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, what bliss! It restores me instantaneously to appreciation, inner delight, and pure joy.

I take note of the moments when life is deliciously good.