Monday, November 30, 2015


"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." 
~ Lao Tzu ~

I commit to not rushing through my life. What's the hurry? It's as if I am afraid, and maybe I am- that I will run out of time, that I cannot keep up, that things will be out-of-control. But I am tired of rushing. I am tired of moving frantically, of feeling frantic, and of being frantic. I want calmness. I want inner steadiness. I want quietude no matter what insanity and chaos rains around me.
     And so, I commit to not rushing. Everything will get done or it won't get done. And either way, it's ok. I don't have to push myself beyond all reason every moment of every day. I can be productive, on time, and thorough without being hassled and harried. And that's the mission for the new day, and for the coming new year. I am certain that life as it unfolds, and at whatever pace it comes, can be experienced with assurance, pleasure, grace, and command.

I allow everything in my life to unfold in it's own way, and according to intrinsic timelines, rather than those I impose.

Sunday, November 29, 2015


"'Tis the great art of life to manage well the restless mind." 
~John Armstrong ~

I find that I get restless anticipating certain happenings, meetings, events, and milestones. To remain calm and still at such times is a challenge. I have this urgent feeling that something must be done to prepare, to insure success, to consider all possibilities and how each one will be dealt with if it ensues. So it's easier to distract myself with busyness.
     But the thing is, I think that distractions in life are just that, and as such, they keep us from the important work of self-honesty and feeling our feelings. We are a distraction rich culture. Both as a group and as individuals, we tend to avoid our inner lives with surface blustering and constant noise.
    Let's not! Let's acknowledge our restlessness and be willing to sit with it, to talk about it, and to breathe deeply. Let's be wiling to see what triggers us, and what we are afraid of, and trust in the messages that come to us from within.

I acknowledge my restlessness, but don't let it drive me. I am willing to sit with uncomfortable feelings and allow them to teach me.

Friday, November 27, 2015


"A family is a unit comprised not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold." 
~ Ogden Nash ~

Family is at once both our rootedness and our launching pad. Our families give us connection, history, and bloodlines, but they also push us from them with their knowing a bit too much. We must appreciate where we've come from, but be willing to continuously strike out on our own two feet.

I love my family, but I have my own life.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


"Thanksgiving speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seed time and harvest, the ripe product of the year- and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God." 
~Ray Stannard Baker ~

That the pilgrims survived their first winter in Massachusetts and were able to grow sufficient crops over the summer to harvest in the fall was indeed a reason to give thanks. When we are faced with similar challenges, let's seek out the guidance of those who are more familiar, just as the pilgrims sought guidance from the Indians. And let's send a few prayers skyward, be prepared to endure some hardship, and then give bountiful thanks when we have made it through to the other side.

I give thanks today for all of my blessings, and for the lessons and learning that have come from all that I've survived.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


"Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman- he is a bridge and not a goal."
~Fredrich Nietzsche ~

The human spirit is strong and strapping, but it has its limits. So we must learn to balance fortitude with grace, and flexibility with being stubborn. We are hearty beyond our wildest dreams, and at the very same time, more fragile than a teacup.

I accept the balance in me of willpower and surrender.

Monday, November 23, 2015


"The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge." 
~Eckhart ~

Power  is defined as the ability to direct or influence other people or the course of events. I think we misunderstand this on so many levels, believing we can strong-arm life to suit our pleasure if we just exert enough force. But real power, it seems to me, is taking responsibility for all of the things that are naturally and easily ours to control, not by force, but by diligence, by paying attention, being sincere, and taking care of what is ours to take care of: our bodies, our behaviors, our intentions, our attitude, our words, and our homes.
     We push against people and things trying to make them do what we want, and abandon ourselves in the process. Let's not. Let's step up and do right by our lives.

I stop trying to change the world and work on changing myself. That's where all great change begins.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


"I like the physical part, but I'm also drawn to the spiritual." 
~ Mary Glover ~

It's possible to be busy and relaxed at the same time, which is what I strive for, but it's definitely not my forte. To be able to go about things with ease and assurance- what a skill!
     We can practice this by keeping our sense of humor and remembering to breathe, by moving steadily, but not rushing, and by being able and willing to go with the flow. It's possible, though it may be something we have to work towards, to get done what we have to get done, and to do it without angst or strain.

I calmly, but efficiently, go about my business.