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The Royal Road

“Self-acceptance is the path to self-forgetfulness, which is the royal road to Joy!” – Sarah Young

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

First day of the week.
First day of the month.
First day of the year.
As you enter the path into 2023, may peace, joy and love be your intention followed by effort.
May beauty, laughter and color capture your attention.
May light, gratitude and enthusiasm be your companions.
Eyes on the road ahead with a renewed hope and anticipation.
Small actions rather than grand gestures.
Travel well.
Share the road.
Be kind.

“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey

Transformation Time

“Time flies never to be recalled.” – Virgil

“Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things befall you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.”― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

When circling the cul-de-sac of comparison, fairness, control, disappointment, expectations, hard right out.
Leave the familiar and flat behind, venture out and go deeper.
New map, new path, new territory.
Be kind and generous along the way, share the road, make space for other.
In the stillness of winter, create your spring.
Transformation time.

“Breaching out of their rooted darkness, breakthroughs are seeds of nonconformity determined to sprout into the light of freethinking.”― Monica Gagliano

Most Precious Today

“In being with dying, we arrive at a natural crucible of what it means to love and be loved. And we can ask ourselves this: Knowing that death is inevitable, what is most precious today?”― Joan Halifax

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”― Lewis Carroll

Leave yesterday at the door and cross the threshold into now and the possibility of unfolding.
Letting go, forgiveness, gratitude, kindness unbind, free, loosen and release.
Lighten the load, only carry what is necessary, what serves you well.
New day, new person.
What is most precious today?

“Resolving grief means both to release ourselves from responsibility for all the things that weren’t up to us, and to come to terms with the choices we’ve made that can’t be undone.”― Edith Eger, The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life

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

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