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Friday, December 6, 2019

GRIEF

"I too, have been a mourner."
~ Mary Ann H. Dodd Shutts ~

Community soothes grief.
Grieving together is a different dynamic from grieving alone. 
It's less desperate somehow, and rich with 
the threads of our collective sadness-
The sadness that comes from the human experience-
From trauma, and sickness, and heartache,
And loss. 

Crying in the company of others who are crying is a good thing.
It heals the spirit and connects us to our fellow man. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

MAX

"Death is real and comes without warning."
~ Rigpa Glimpse of the Day ~

Another loss to honor, 
A suicide.
A young life halted,
A mother shocked, and bereft...
Trying to make sense of what can't be made sense of...
How to wrap our hearts around
the end.

I show up for those who mourn. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

BOSS

"Now cracks a noble heart. 
Good night, sweet prince,
May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
~ William Shakespeare ~

Our beloved German Shepherd, Boss, had to be put down today. 
He is gone to chase soccer balls in the realm of pure light,
And we are left sad, and without him.

My broken heart will mend in time. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

WHAT'S HELPFUL

"The only gift is a portion of thyself."
~ RW Emerson ~

I used to think it was helpful to make suggestions when someone shared a problem with me, but I'm not so sure about that anymore. I think it's ok to say that I had a similar experience (if I did) and here's what helped me, but to have the audacity to say, "You should try THIS," well, that's another thing entirely. Maybe they have tried it, and it didn't work for them, or maybe there's a legitimate reason why they haven't tried it, or maybe it's just not their path.
     Most of the time, what people need is not to be told what to do, or what to take, or how to fix something that they may not even think is broken, but to be listened to, acknowledged, and heard.

I stop jumping the gun in communication with others and really listen from the heart. 

Monday, December 2, 2019

THE DECEMBER EXPERIENCE

"May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love."
~ Ada V. Hendricks ~

It's a busy time of year, able to topple us if we let it.
Or support us and fill our hearts.
It's our choice.

I pace myself and enjoy the season. 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS

"On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers."
~ Adlai Stevenson ~

When we keep ourselves to ourselves, we miss the opportunity for love and connection with others.
When we share from the heart, other hearts open, and the result is warmth and goodness.
We are not alone.
What we feel others also feel, or have felt.
And together we do better than alone.
Together we rise.
When we have the courage to share, even just a little, we lift each other up
And together we fill with light.

I am not alone.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

"Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient."
~ WJ Cameron ~

I am grateful for YOU, who read this blog!
And changing weather,
And the ocean and sun,
And snow, 
And gentle soaking rain,
And good food,
And the warm Holiday feeling in my heart,
And friends.
I am grateful for the experience of 
Presence in my life,
And love,
And excitement,
And courage,
And laughter.
I am grateful for my body
And good health,
For creativity,
Productivity,
Freedom,
And hard work.
All of it really,
I am grateful for 
the whole ride.

I am grateful.