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Luminescence of Joy

“Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.”― Philip Yancey

“Sometimes we are joyful because we have known grief. Sometimes we know grief because we have dwelled— for full long days or microcosmic minutes—in the sun-soaked luminescence of joy.”― Heather Lanier, Raising a Rare Girl: A Memoir

A mixed bag.
Struggle and ease.
Sorrow and joy.
Fear and courage.
Surface and deep.
Weeds and flowers.
Fast and slow.
Waiting and arrival.
Yesterday and tomorrow.
All together in our days.
More unknowing than knowing.
Love, beauty, awe, wonder, hope, inquiry, reflection, peace, grace.
Dwell here in the unraveling and revealing.

“Sorrow eats time. Be patient. Time eats sorrow.”― Louise Erdrich, LaRose

Made Free

“Chase your stars fool, life is short. ”― Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

“We are all born free
and spend a lifetime
becoming slaves
to our own
false truths.”
― Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

Freedom of thought, words, actions
To change
To transform
To take flight
Open sky
Made free, called for more
Wear out your wings
Unbound, chase, fly

“What good are wings without the courage to fly?”― Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

Push Through

“Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are legitimate. They are trying to take you airborne, above the clouds, above the storms, if you only let them.”― William James

“Beyond the very extremity of fatigue distress, amounts of ease and power that we never dreamed ourselves to own, sources of strength habitually not taxed at all, because habitually we never push through the obstruction.”― William James

A shift
A twist
A possibility
What if?
How about?
Why not?
Flip the equation.
Release, assumption, opinion and judgment.
The push, one more step.
Allow, invite, consider new thoughts, altering of attitude.

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”― William James

The Changed, the Changing

“I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.”– Dodinsky

“Blessed are you dear one, when the world around you has changed. Everything is different now. Your body, your age, your relationships, your job, your faith. The things that once brought you joy. The way you existed in the world. The people you love and trust and rely on. Things have changed and it would be silly to imagine you haven’t changed with them. You are not who you once were. Bless that old self. They did such a good job with what they knew. They made you who you were. All the mistakes and heartbreak and naivety and courage and blessed are who you are now. You who aren’t pretending that things are the same and who continue to grow and stretch and show up to your life as it really is. Wholehearted, vulnerable, maybe a little afraid. So blessed are we the changed.” – Kate Bowler

Follow the seasons for cues and clues, directions.
Everchanging, wandering, transforming.
Dirt to bud to bloom, to dormancy, back to life again and again.
Cycles and circles.
Rarely linear.
Made new in the delays and detours.
Shaped and stretched in the struggle.
Resilient, soft and strong.
The work of transition, the fruit of transformation.
Blessed are we the changed, the changing.

“There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees–as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.”– Ruth Ahmed

Get on the Bus

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“Kind”, said the boy.”

― Charlie Mackesy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

The day after Labor Day, the mark of fall and back to school.
An exciting time for kids and parents.
New clothes, fresh supplies, early mornings, schedules, buses all around.
Anticipation, fear, excitement, change, structure.

Let kindness, empathy, joy and delight be the curriculum.
Weave play and summer lightness throughout too.
Grow unique humans, not replicas.
The past few years have been hard with a pandemic, toxic politics and adults acting like idiots.
They are watching.

Be a role model.
Listen and observe.
Show and speak love.
Let kindness be the seeds you plant, so beauty can bloom.

Don’t Wait, Fill Your Cup

“No matter how much light I carry within me, there will always be times of feeling lost, being confused, seeking direction. It is the way of the human heart.”― Joyce Rupp, The Star in My Heart: Experiencing Sophia, Inner Wisdom

“if I wait to be
perfect
before I love myself
I will always be
unsatisfied
and ungrateful

if I wait until
all the flaws, chips,
and cracks disappear
I will be the cup
that stands on the shelf
and is never used”

― Joyce Rupp

In clouds, in sun, in imperfection, in the present moment, fill your cup up in all things. Don’t wait, the time is now.

Not Done Yet

“To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.” – Saint Teresa of Avila

When others say it’s over and you still have more to do, to give
You are not done yet
When you begin to doubt yourself and think it may be true
You are not done yet
When you are bypassed, discarded, dismissed
You are not done yet
When the call gets softer and the noise gets louder
You are not done yet
When you are too old, too young, too this, too that
You are not done yet
Keep believing and doing the work to become who you were created to be
You are not done yet
Run your race, cross the finish line
You are not done yet

“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.”― St. Catherine of Siena

Unlearning and Reorder

“Thought can organize the world so well that you are no longer able to see it.”― Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom

“As one man said, “I got a pretty good education. It took me years to get over it.” That’s what spirituality is all about, you know: unlearning. Unlearning all the rubbish they taught you.”― Anthony de Mello, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality

Unknowing, unlearning, unraveling.
Detachment, observation, understanding.
Sensing, wonder, curiosity.
Willingness to change and be changed.
Deeper, lingering, transformation.
Order, disorder, reorder.
May you travel well into new territory, unfamiliar land, unfolding mystery.
With patience, grace and love.

“We see people and things not as they are, but as we are.”― Anthony de Mello, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality

Choose, Respond, Change

“My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, and in this way I moved across the swamp of doubt and fear.” – Anne Lamott

“Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen Covey

Power to choose your thoughts.
Respond rather than react.
Inviting and allowing change, growth, expansion.
Unfolding, uncovering, revealing what is beneath and in reach.
Never done.
The adventure continues.
Enjoy the scenery on the journey.
Carry a light load.
Bloom.

“It is our birthright to uncover the soul—to remove the layers of fear or shame or apathy or cynicism that conceal it.”― Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

From the Dirt

“It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.” – C.S. Lewis

“May you listen to the voice within the beat even when you are tired. When you feel yourself breaking down, may you break open instead. May every experience in life be a door that opens your heart, expands your understanding, and leads you to freedom. If you are weary, may you be aroused by passion and purpose. If you are blameful and bitter, may you be sweetened by hope and humor. If you are frightened, may you be emboldened by a big consciousness far wiser than your fear. If you are lonely, may you find love, may you find friendship. If you are lost, may you understand that we are all lost, and still we are guided—by Strange Angels and Sleeping Giants, by our better and kinder natures, by the vibrant voice within the beat. May you follow that voice, for This is the way—the hero’s journey, the life worth living, the reason we are here.”― Elizabeth Lesser

Keep planting, tilling, tending.
Bloom comes in its own time.
Rising from the dirt.
Allow, invite, observe.
Wait.
Heavy sigh, the waiting.
And it is in the waiting, transformation from seed to bloom is doing its work.
Pause the pursuit and be found.
Listen, watch, all senses in play.
Slow down, quiet, peel the layers.
Your voice, whispering.

“Courage, dear heart.” – C.S. Lewis

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