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Tending and Leading

“We are all farmers tending a little part of the Lord's vineyard.” – Sheri L. Dew

“We are all farmers tending a little part of the Lord’s vineyard.” – Sheri L. Dew

“But, in my opinion, this first-half-of-life task is no more than finding the starting gate. It is merely the warm-up act, not the full journey. It is the raft but not the shore. If you realize that there is a further journey, you might do the warm-up act quite differently, which would better prepare you for what follows. People at any age must know about the whole arc of their life and where it is tending and leading.”— Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

May you never consider yourself done, finished, dismissed, old news.
Keep going, expanding, contracting, learning, unlearning, questioning, praising, lamenting, wandering and wondering.
All of it, not just positive or negative or multiple choice.
Rather an essay of threads woven into a rich colorful fabric of nuance, complexity, beauty, acceptance, understanding, mystery, unknowing, trusting, faith, frustration, joy, exploration, discovery, dead-ends, turn-arounds, get ups and keep goings.
Tending and leading at the same time, sometimes one more than the other.
Through transitions, beginnings, middles-the long part, and endings to new beginnings.
The container and its contents.
What are you holding?
What needs to be poured out to be filled up again, to be nourished and renewed?
Open the windows, let fresh air in.
Cross the thresholds into the further journey.
Farmers tending.

“There is much evidence on several levels that there are at least two major tasks to human life. The first task is to build a strong “container” or identity; the second is to find the contents that the container was meant to hold.”— Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Be!

“Listen to life, and you will hear the voice of life crying, Be!.” – James Dillet Freeman

“Listen to life, and you will hear the voice of life crying, Be!.” – James Dillet Freeman

“Sometimes the answer to prayer is not that it changes life, but that it changes you.” – James Dillet Freeman

In cycles, circles and seasons, there is unfolding and becoming.
Never done yet evolving and expanding, contracting and transforming.
Seek first to be changed, moved, renewed, again and again.
Circumstances, other people, the past, the future are woven throughout our life.
And yet, each of us decides how we will engage, to what we will give power to.
We choose what we do with it or not do with it.
What we pick up and what we lay down.
The capacity to change self rather than everything else outside of our direct control is our superpower.
Shifting from fixing and perfection to love and authenticity.
Imperfectly beautiful, a peace that passes understanding.
Cast and catch joy, light and love today.
Be! – Kind, Well, Compassionate, Grateful, Enthusiastic, Forgiving, Generous, Awake, Aware, Love

“For above all, love is a sharing. Love is a power. Love is a change that takes place in our own heart. Sometimes it may change others, but always it changes us.” – James Dillet Freeman

Soul Gardner

“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Tend to the garden of your soul.
Daily.
Do not allow weeds of the world to take over.
Tend, nurture, root, prune, water, light.
With beauty, music, poetry, flowers, quiet, gratitude, hope, joy, faith, awe, laughter, delight.
Slow down to see the layers, colors, complexity, simplicity, duality, mutuality, brilliance.
Into the deep, beneath the waves to the current.
Unknowing, re-seeing, mystery, expanse, cosmos and order.

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” – Carl Jung

Winter Fun!

"Do anything, but let it produce joy." – Walt Whitman

“Do anything, but let it produce joy.” – Walt Whitman

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau

Nothing like a hill, a saucer and a sunny winter day to reignite a sense of wonder, adventure and fun.
Simple moments.
Small delights.
The fabric of a life well lived.
Let joy enter to do its work in you and spill over to others.
Put an exclamation point on this day!

“I had too much fun was no one’s last regret ever.” – Jonathan Heatt

Playground Time

“The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” – Carl Jung

“The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” – Carl Jung

“Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why should I henceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into objects of my daily consideration?” – Carl Jung

Run to the playground of imagination every day.
To the swings, the slides, the monkey bars.
Un jar, uproot, undo, loosen, flip, flop.
Sing. Dance. Laugh.
Balm for the soul, surgeons for the heart, respite for the mind.
Dream, discern, act.
Seize this moment, this day alone.
Recess is in session.

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Appointment with Life

“There is no mistake in nature.”- Byron Katie

“There is no mistake in nature.”- Byron Katie

“If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!”- Thich Nhat Hanh

May you anchor yourself in today.
In the present moment.
Born again each morning.
Holding what is necessary and releasing the rest.

“Let go, or be dragged.” Zen Proverb

Listening. Biding. Awake.
Enough. Empty. Overflowing.
Hopeful. Anticipating. Aware.
All of it.
On time for your daily appointment with life.

“Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ― Buddha

Risk Curiosity, Reap Color

“Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion.” – John Burroughs

“Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all – that has been my religion.” – John Burroughs

“Choosing to be curious is choosing to be vulnerable because it requires us to surrender to uncertainty. We have to ask questions, admit to not knowing, risk being told that we shouldn’t be asking, and, sometimes, make discoveries that lead to discomfort.”— Brené Brown, Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

To what do you tend to? To whom?
Where do your thoughts lie, linger and swirl?
Restrict or expand?
Move out of the zone of familiar into curiosity and inquiry.
Allow answers to come as well as be pursued.
Ponder, challenge and push through assumptions and old stories.
Wash the dust off.
A bit of elbow grease to remove the residue.
Put a shine on.
Be renewed in possibility.
Clear the clutter.
Patterns and connections.
Unmuted, brilliant color.
Fresh air, breath deep and clear the lungs.
Detox and cleanse, making room for mystery, unlearning and discovery.
Experience over transaction.
Deep dive from the waves of the surface to the power of current and flow.
The through line, the arc of the story.
The art of living.

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

Eyes on the Road

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Glance only but for a moment in the rearview mirror;
Keep your eyes on the road ahead;
Holding the wheel;
Taking in the scenery;
Open to possibility, the promise of things that have never been.
New trails, some detours, some culdesacs.
Mountains, valleys, curves and flat.
Make your way out, around, through.
Eyes on the road.
Keep going, present in the journey, in this day.

“Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Blessed are the Peacemakers

“Peace is its own reward.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace is its own reward.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” – Saint Francis de Sales

May we jump to kindness rather than conclusions;
Acceptance rather than approval;
Slow to judgment;
Ease in the struggle;
Ease through the struggle;
Ease over struggle;
The calming voice that brings peace;
Observing, listening, questioning our assumptions;
Entering the current of love and generosity without prerequisites;
To notice rather than be noticed;
To encourage rather than criticize;
To listen and not solve with trite answers;
Responding with the beatitudes rather than platitudes;
Empty your jar of kindness with wild abandon, expecting nothing in return;
Cast light and love with fervor and abundance;
And in all of these impossible, counterintuitive, unwarranted, ridiculous, undeserving acts, change the world.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Be one.

“We will not have peace by afterthought.” – Norman Cousins

Grasp

“All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin.” – Lord Byron

“All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin.” – Lord Byron

“A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey

May joy and laughter enter each day.
Fun and frolic.
Gratitude and joy.
Silly and sassy.
Celebration in the ordinary, in reach.
To balance, to be held, to be embraced.
A choice, a decision, a gift.
Lighten up now and again, early and often.
Make it a three-tennis ball kind of day.

“He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise.” – William Blake

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