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Thursday, April 19, 2018

PACKED UP

"Nothing is worth more than this day."
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~

Having belongings in boxes is an experience all its own. There's a freedom and temporary-ness to it that cannot be duplicated. The present moment demands its due and its view and encourages us to simply be where we are, because wherever we're going, we're not there yet.

Straining to be anywhere other than where I am gives me a sore neck.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

REVERBERATING RIPPLES

"Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee." 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

By just showing up in the world the way we are we make a difference. Like a stone thrown in a pond, we create ripples. Our energy makes a reverberating impact.
     The question is, on any given day, what kind of impact are are we making?

I show up in the world with care and kindness. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

WINDSTORM

"Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?"
~Rose Kennedy ~

I was in a windstorm today- a mini-tornado whirlwind really that turned the air around my friend and I completely brown, whipped sand at our bodies like stinging knives, and tore the roof off a building a mere 50 feet or so away from us. It was terrifying and almost thrilling on some level in a dark way. All we could do was brace ourselves against it. Time slowed down, and it seemed as if the world as we knew it was about to end, that we were going to be swept up into a funnel of furious air and whipping sand. I heard her say my name, but couldn't see her.
     And then it cleared enough for us to run to safety, and as we peeled leaves and sand out of our ears and eyes, we talked about it, over and over, and eventually laughed. Going through something like that opens something up in us- the fragility of life, the power of nature, how tentative our certainties really are- and going through it with a friend makes it almost fun.

I am grateful to share life experiences of all kinds with people that I care about. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

LOVING WHAT IS

"Come, whoever you are! Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. This is not a caravan of despair. It doesn't matter if you've broken your vow a thousand times, still and yet again come!"
~ Rumi ~

Life is full of goodbyes and little deaths. Each day and each experience that passes is an ending, a completion, a closure, and a clearing for the next thing. We can do the same thing over and over trying to recapture a feeling, and the feeling escapes us, no matter how many times we try to re-create it. Each time is its own, each interaction distinct from all others.
     And there is comfort in this, and a bit of sadness as well, and the reminder that we best enjoy what happens exactly as it happens and when it happens because if we spend our time trying to go back it's a futile effort, and one that leaves us seeking and searching instead of loving what is.

I recognize the impermanence of all things and appreciate each moment as it rises and falls. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

MOVING AGAIN

"I will bring the health of simplicity to my burdened soul and days."
~ Muriel Strode ~

We are moving again and I have packed much of our stuff into boxes, leaving the space unusually sparse, and the walls bare. Everything that remains looks different than it did, and I find myself appreciating the small spots of color that remain. Instead of my broad hanging board with endless pairs of earrings, I have a few pairs laid out on a bookshelf. The second bathroom is empty but for a small vase of flowers, and I am touched by their beauty every time I see them.
     We live such crowded lives that we sometimes forget the elegance and simple appeal of empty space and less is more. I'm grateful for the reminder, and pass it along to you-

I appreciate the simplicity of clear space. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

PERSONAL STYLE

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." 
~ Michelangelo ~

We are responsible for our course through life. Much as we might feel flung about by circumstances and financial necessities, the truth is that we are the ones who set the sails, we are the ones who handle the tiller, and we are the ones who commit to the direction. We spend much of our time allowing others to dictate to us, to tell us what we should be doing and how we should be doing it, but we are creative souls and we are meant to use our creativity to establish our path.
     There may be less responsibility in allowing other people and circumstances to decide for us, but there's less satisfaction as well. Without engaging our personal style of creativity in life, we suffer the fallout of being disengaged. We lack vitality and spirit. We lack heart.
     Let's not. Let's step up to our life and create it the way we want it to be. We have the power to do that, no matter how often or how vigorously we may tell ourselves that we don't.

I allow my life to be the full authentic expression of exactly who I am.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

WHOLENESS

"We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves." 
~ Jean Guitton ~

What does it mean to say that we find ourselves?
When we are lost, where do we go?

I am whole exactly as I am.