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Here and Now

“Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.” – Mattie Stepanek

“The real enemies of our life are the ‘oughts’ and the ‘ifs.’ They pull us backward into the unalterable past and forward into the unpredictable future. But real life takes place in the here and now.” – Henri Nouwen

Take this day and shape it, mold it, embrace it.
Steep like a tea bag, allowing the flavor to release fully with pause and patience.
Reflect and shine.
Appreciate and comprehend the immensity of breath and flow with ease.
Later will take care of itself.
Remain in the here and now.
Be fully present and awake.

“God is a God of the present. God is always in the moment, be that moment hard or easy, joyful and painful.” – Henri Nouwen

Smile :)

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” – Charles Spurgeon

A simple act.
Easy to do.
Smile.
Carry yourself lightly.
Lay down work at day’s end.
Weave play throughout.
Mark progress and growth.
Celebrate effort.
Create joy, swim in it.
Greet each day and person with new eyes and fresh smiles.
Gratitude in extracting happiness from common things found in this very moment.
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“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

Rays of Beauty

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

When thoughts limit, restrict, bind, move out, step back to see the expanse, beauty and brilliance.
In a flower, in another human, in the universe.
Renewed and refreshed, move back in to broaden your thoughts, trigger your imagination, reignite the fire.
Like breathing, in and out, close and far, yin and yang.
Fill up and pour out.
Life is balance, flow, struggle, ease.
A dance.
Enter it completely, imperfectly and fully in the now.

“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write Your Story

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Tend to the narratives you tell yourself, what you’ve come to believe.
Is it familiar, flat and stale?
Does it serve your growth, healing, transformation?
Unlearn, relearn, learn.
Choose a different story line.
Change the arc.
Expansion over contraction.
Knowing in the unknowing.
Depth and dimension.
Salt and light.
Becoming through unbecoming.
Listen, write, rewrite.
The first draft is never the final draft.
Edit and hone.
Keep writing your story each day.

“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – Colette

Harness the Winds

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” – Lauren Bacall

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

Set your sails, reset as the wind shifts
Look for good in this day
Create good in this day
Capture good in this day
In thoughts, words, actions
Shine light
Harness
Elevate
Illuminate
Spark
Spirit, soul, heart – lead with these
Kindness, gratitude, grace, joy, delight, generosity are energy and power
Harness, embrace, release them back out.

Pause and Praise

“Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.” – Bruce Feiler

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

Stop in your tracks;
Feel your feet on the earth;
Eyes to sky;
Pause to anchor in the essentials;
Release distractions;
No hurrying or flurrying
Unfolding, unwrapping;
Gratitude requires observation, demands reflection, sparks awe;
Slow and steady, pause and praise.

“Nature’s music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions.” – Mary Webb

Big Canvas

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.” – Danny Kaye

Break out the paint and color your day.
In solitude and contemplation, collect and release.
Accept and embrace.

“Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.” – Thomas Merton

Another Sunrise

“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.”― John Muir

“What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?” – E. M. Forster

The sun welcomes the day
Crisp air
Breathe deeply
Set your intentions
Aware, awake and at attention
Enter the day
Let it enter you in turn.

“There’s never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same.” – Carlos Santana

Small, Tall and Everything in Between

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” – Martin Luther

“Life is God’s novel. Let him write it.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

God is in the small and tall and all that’s woven between
On the mountain
In the valley
Along side the crooked and straight roads
Smooth and bumpy
Rain and shine

Notice
Embrace
Hold
Be held
Revel
Glory in it all
Praise without ceasing
Joy ever flowing
Grace, light and gratitude.

“People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him.” – Pearl Bailey

“For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.” – Saint Teresa of Avila

Bridges

“Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge.” – Stephen Levine

“He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.” – Horace

May you choose bridges over walls;
Crossing over to new lands;
The river runs through to the ocean;
Poetry in motion;
Connections and patterns abound;
Cross over, again and again;
Joy and beauty all around;
Enjoy the view;
Postpone no more the hour of living.

“Praise the bridge that carried you over.” – George Colman

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