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Divine

“Caress the detail, the divine detail.” – Vladimir Nabokov

“Caress the detail, the divine detail.” – Vladimir Nabokov

“If you see with innocent eyes, everything is divine.” – Federico Fellini

The divinity of a flower, of purple, of color.
Of laughter.
Of a sunrise.
Of an embrace.
Of music
Of acceptance.
Of art.
Of belonging
Of no permission or approval needed.
Of poetry and prose.
Of possibility.
Of enthusiasm and encouragement.
Of optimism and hope.
Of threads and themes.
Of patterns and clarity.
Of tipping points and transformation.
Of dreams fulfilled, renewed and reignited.
Of it all.
Ordinary days, in the details, the divine awaits your arrival and companionship
Find the divine and revel in it.

“When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum.” – Desmond Tutu

Reside and Dwell

“To dwell is to garden.” – Martin Heidegger

“I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson

In the rushing, where are you going?
What are you running from and to?
What are you missing now front and center?
Reside and dwell.

Someday, if, when.
False destinations that steal our today.
If blessings available now are unseen, when, how, where will you recognize them?
Enough and overflowing.
In the mess, in difficulty, in scarcity, goodness, abundance and depth reside as well.
Discernment, clarity, awakening in inquiry, observation and listening.
Reside and dwell.

The gift of winter.
Quite, harsh, softness, beauty, peace, wrestling, restoration, preparation, patience, dormancy to unbind, unravel, unfold, cocoon, hibernate, set root.
The precursor to new, to breaking soil, to bud, to bloom, to spring.
Reside and dwell.

Seasons, cycles and circles.
Lessons, letting go, taking hold, tipping points, transformation.
Beginnings, middles and ends. To begin again.
Reside and dwell.

“Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.” – Orison Swett Marden

Symphony of Color

 

“The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony.” – Ruth Bernhard

“Symphonies begin with one note; fires with one flame; gardens with one flower; and masterpieces with one stroke.”― Matshona Dhliwayo

As the notes of your life weave into a symphony like none other, enter the rhythm, flow and color.
Pause rapt in awe.
Gratitude is a beautiful instrument.
Abundance its gift.
Seeking joy and delight in what is already present in the present moment.
Around and within.
Compose beautiful music with the notes of today.
Use all of the colors.
Energy, vibrancy, harmony.

“The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

Sufficiency

“The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.” – Marianne Williamson

“Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.” – Samuel Butler

May we see what is present, not what is missing.
Sufficiency rather than deficiency.
Channeling what is and making something more of it.
Moving from a place of enough to abundance.
Optimism isn’t denial of what exists.
It’s fuel to keep going and not resigning to scarcity, to “stuckness.”
If we focus on the holes, energy is drained, wasted.
Focus on possibility.
Put energy and effort there.
Move to awareness, action and abundance.
Make something of the substance, beauty and depth of life.
Imagination. Curiosity. Listen.
Make something of this day.

“The struggle is always worthwhile, if the end be worthwhile and the means honorable; foreknowledge of defeat is not sufficient reason to withdraw from the contest.” – Steven Brust

The Same Made New Again

“Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle

Look around.
Closely at the familiar, the threads of the fabric.
What’s in reach.
The ordinary.
The same.
What’s close gets missed in our search for next.
Taken for granted in the dailiness, in proximity.
Look closer, longer.
Make the same new again with gratitude.

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop

A Toast!

“Choose to focus your time, energy and conversation around people who inspire you, support you and help you to grow you into your happiest, strongest, wisest self.” – Karen Salmansohn

“O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” – William Shakespeare

A toast!
To celebrating and encouraging others on our shared journey.
In both victory and defeat.
To generous souls who are with you at the start line, in the middle and at the finish.
To offering and receiving without hesitation, counting or measure.
To goals defined and attained.
To effort, resilience, exhaustion and the strength to keep moving two steps forward and one step back.
To progress and patience in the waiting.
To the capacity and calling to dream and imagine followed by the rigorous pursuit.
To special days and all of the ordinary days in between.
To embracing imperfect people and circumstances to create joyful moments.
A toast to grace, gratitude and generosity.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thorton Wilder

Recalculate

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” – Allen Klein

“Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings.” – Honore de Balzac

Growth or stagnation?
Contribution or withdraw?
Expansion or contraction?
Possibility or limitation?
Awe or indifference?
Where are your thoughts leading you each day?
What’s true?
What serves unfolding, arriving, homecoming?
Observe what you think and believe.
Question and inquire the roots.
Weeds or flowers?
Recalculate your thoughts.
Grow, contribute, expand, possibility, awe, come home.
Worthy destinations so choose wisely and tune out the rest.

Threshold

“Be slow to speak, and only after having first listened quietly, so that you may understand the meaning, leanings, and wishes of those who do speak. Thus you will better know when to speak and when to be silent.” – Saint Ignatius

Between thoughts and actions lies a threshold, a still point. Guide the direction of your thoughts and attention, anchor in gratitude and abundance. Cross the threshold to actions that contribute, create and multiply. Choose response over reaction. Amplify positive over negative. Release energy over exhaustion.

Observe. Listen. Learn.

“If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.” – Robert Baden-Powell

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.

On Alert

“Every day is a gift from God. Learn to focus on the Giver and enjoy the gift!” – Joyce Meyer

“Opportunities present themselves every day – to everyone. You just have to be alert and ready to act.” – Marc Ostrofsky

Be on alert
Find the squirrel in the tree
The brilliance in the bounty of summer bloom
The regreening of grass from fresh rain
The gentleness in your thoughts
The compassion in your heart
The empathy in your words
The kindness in your actions
Build, create, praise
Be on alert
Your life is happening today.

“Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.” – Horace

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