“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.” – Lord Byron
“Happiness is being on the beam with life – to feel the pull of life.” – Agnes Martin
The strength of the beam will always breakthrough, shining bright and brilliant. Regardless of the clouds, the light will always make its way through. Be the beam, not the cloud. Feel the pull. It’s life calling asking you to come out and play.
“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” – Jim Rohn
“To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Choose the destination and set your sail, today. We arrive, we finish, through movement and momentum, one step at a time. The winds of peace, joy and hope always prevail over the winds of complacency, excuse and despair. The “where” is in your heart, your soul is your compass. Anchors away. Set sail.
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman
“In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.” – Virginia Woolf
Like a window open for the first time as winter comes to a close, we can open up to fresh breezes of clarity and warm sunshine of hope. It’s never too late and we’re never too old to learn, discover, transform, to become new.
Our days are often about speed, velocity and distance. When we quietly and slowly go deeper and reach wider, our world expands to new dimensions and possibilities right where we are, no need to travel afar. As the fresh air comes in the window, the weight of the past and the burden of others defining us can drift out the window too. Our story is still being written and it need not be based on history.
Open the window wide, releasing the old to make room for the new.
“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard
Do something that excites you, scares you and may even possibly embarrass you. We freeze far too often worrying about what others think. It’s your responsibility and privilege to live each day fully. Do not surrender it to others. At the end of our days, our regrets will be more about what we didn’t do than what we did. Risk the criticism. Dare to dare, to engage - I dare you.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.” – Dante Alighieri
You don’t start at the finish line and you won’t finish without starting. One, two, three. The quiet dream that whispers from your heart, listen and be moved. One step. Start with one mere step. It’s in you. Let the spark ignite the mighty flame.
“The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.” – William James
“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” – Anton Chekhov
Ice cream in winter? Why not? Let go of the “rules” and “I’ll be happy when” and start living today. True contentment is not moved by circumstances, negative people or a foot of snow. Get out of your comfort zone which really isn’t that comfortable. Climb the snow bank and get that ice cream cone, with sprinkles on top of course.
“Yes, now I understood for the first time that my soul was not so poor and empty as it had seemed to me, and that it had been only the sun that was lacking to open all its germs, and buds to the light.” – Max Muller
“As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.” – Denis Waitley
We are doers – checklists, multitasking, moving fast, solving problems, busy, looking for the shortcut, the next big thing. Often times, life doesn’t require “doing” but rather “being.” In our challenging and difficult moments, we are called to not merely go through but to grow through, daring us to go deeper and to let go of our old selves.
With cultivation, patience and light, our bud will burst through to blossom anew. Spring always comes at just the right time. The promise of the blooming bud in all of us, ready to share our true beauty with the world. GrOw with it.
“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” – Henry Drummond
When editing a word document, there’s shortcut to “find and replace” words in one command. Each day, we need to “find” the negative and “replace” it with the positive.
Listen and be aware of the conversations around you and choose the better way. We spend more time talking about each other than TO each other. Actively choose the positive instead of the negative.
Find: gossip, complaining, murmuring, angst
Replace: encouragement, laughter, joy, delight
A simple yet profound shortcut.
“The burden of self is lightened when I laugh at myself.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom
How much of your day is filled with worry? What may come? What has gone by? Worry steals way too much of our life, our daily capacity for joy. Caring does not equate to or require worry. Put in the effort and work, then let go of the results, of what may come. Worry less and free your spirit. There is depth in light. Go easy, lighten up.
“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson
We hold back, waiting for others to make the first move. Bobbing and weaving, avoiding the “punch” of what others may think. Reacting instead of acting.
In a “it’s not my job” world, act. Make it your job. We are not here to get by with the least possible effort, to let others reactions, actions or inactions define us. Our life unfolds through our actions, not others.
Stop idling, waiting, reacting. Regardless of what others think, move and proactively live the life you were made for. Risk giving your very best, not keeping score. Counting only the blessings you have and how you can give them away. Act.