For New Lang Syne

January 2, 2017

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There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

CS Lewis


Peace & Blessings

December 25, 2016

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When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Luke 2:15 NIV


Treefall

September 29, 2016

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Just yesterday, I was saying how much I love this big, old tree in my backyard, and how I’ve learned from it to let go of things that don’t serve me. This afternoon, I heard a massive crunching noise, and sure enough, it had dropped an enormous limb.

I really hope this tree doesn’t go into freefall and completely come down. Maybe it was just clearing house for the fall?

In the poem, When Great Trees Fall, Maya Angelou said, “When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety…They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.”


The Rain, The Sun & The Air

September 28, 2016

Sunroom 006My sunroom is all windows so you feel like you’re sitting in a little nature preserve.

It’s peaceful, particularly now that the leaves are starting to fall and a breeze has rolled in.

The birds and squirrels mill about the yard, crunching across rust-colored leaves as they prepare for the chill to come.

A giant tree towers above th20160928_120848e sunroom like a peaceful parasol. There’s something about its silent solidness. I wonder how such a huge tree can survive on so little – just the rain, the sun and the air – and why in the world such tall things don’t topple over.

The key is self-pruning.

Every so often, that tree will drop weighty branches that it doesn’t need anymore, ones that have rotted or overgrown.

That tree speaks to me without words. Let go of what doesn’t serve you.

Pain from the past, fears for the future. What might have been. It just weighs you down if you don’t release it. Once you let go, you’ll find you’ve cleared space for new growth. Seasons change, and life goes on.


Breathe This In

September 25, 2016

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Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of God.

John O’Donohue, For Equilibrium, a Blessing
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings


Yes You Can

September 14, 2016

yes-you-canPart of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.

Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember


Let Freedom Ring!

July 4, 2016

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Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.

Marquis de Lafayette


New Day

February 17, 2016

66H“When you wake up in the morning, the cells of your body have pushed the reset button. And if you don’t reintroduce negative beliefs that you have about your body or about your ability, as soon as you wake up—then you have a fresh start.”

Esther Hicks, the Teachings of Abraham

 


Hope Chest

February 16, 2016

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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”

Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams


Off the Hook

August 23, 2015

Tell everyone you know: “My happiness depends on me, so you’re off the hook.” And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they’re doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel — and then, you’ll love them all. Because the only reason you don’t love them, is because you’re using them as your excuse to not feel good.

Esther Hicks, Teaching of Abraham