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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

Pockets of Joy

“The dog is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“You have to create little pockets of joy in your life to take care of yourself.” – Jonathan Van Ness

My roommates and “life coaches” Abby and Sasha remind me daily to lighten up;
To have fun;
To be silly;
To play;
To rest;
To work (chase ball) with vigor and focus;
And when done, to leave it and move on to what’s next with rapt attention;
Amidst the duties of the day, the long checklists and chasing, invite and allow frolic, laughter and folly to create pockets of joy to lift, expand and sustain.
All within reach and available.
Be swept away in ordinary delight.
Game on!

“Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.” – Randy Pausch

At and In Attention

“I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.”― G.K. Chesterton

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”― Susan Sontag

Be on guard.
Stay alert.
Observe your surroundings.
What are you thinking about?
Does it energize or drain?
Choose what serves, sustains and multiplies.
Pay attention, be present and engage.
Focus on what you can control and release the rest.
Lighten up and allow joy in.
At and in attention.

“Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.” – Wayne Dyer

Scale

“Every day is an adventure.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” – William Feather

Turn walls into bridges.
Climb.
Scale.
Balance.
Observe.
Embrace.
One step at a time.
Get some height to see a different view.
Create some space to explore, to dance with adventure.
Hang a new picture.

“What do you hang on the walls of your mind?” – Eve Arnold

YES!

“Celebrate life in all its glory – challenge yourself to let the routine sing, and the new dance.” – Maximillian Degenerez

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” – e. e. cummings

May you say YES! again and again to joy, to delight, to wonder each and every day;
Open to awe, to surprise, to adventure;
Inviting possibility, welcoming gratitude, embracing the present moment;
Expanding, exploring, smiling with glee, steeped in grace;
YES! to leaping, to blue sky, to ears flapping in the breeze.

“Render yourself free to choose, to be, to live, to see.” – Maximillian Degenerez

Chase!

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” – Dr. Seuss

“The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.” – Isaac Asimov

Run
Take flight
Play
Laugh
Delight
Exhale
Dance
Don’t settle
Run to something, not from something
Build on what has been, not bound by it
Create your present and future with your thoughts, words, actions and dreams
Tune out the chatter
Turn up the whisper inside and listen
Imperfect action
Trip and get up, repeat
Keep going
Travel lightly
Chase joy, find yourself.

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” –  e. e. cummings

Accept the INvitation

“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

Spend time within getting to know yourself again – thoughts, ideas, dreams. The real you.
Reacquaint with your sense of wonder and play.
Turn off autopilot and fly the plane.
Reignite the flame within, pour a little gas on it too.
Go out and play for the sake of sheer joy and delight.
No permission slip needed.
Accept the invitation.
Follow your bliss
Go in and get out

Your Lion’s Suit

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

“The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” –  Thucydides

I stopped by to visit and drop off a few coloring books for Liam who was just getting up from a Sunday nap. He walked out in his lion suit, a costume sewed decades ago by my Aunt Terry for my niece Emily for Halloween.

A random day in February and it was lion suit day. I’ve written often in Cast-Light about my dogs, Liam, friends and family. All sources of inspiration and frustration (humans can do that), light and love. Who and what we surround ourselves with defines the quality of our life. As important, perhaps more so, is who and what we surround our self with inside of thoughts, mind and actions – the me in the we.

When we are our most authentic self, showing up in our own lion suit and not the one others think we should be wearing, we come home to joy, purpose, clarity and contentment.

Many will tell you what “suit” they expect you to wear.
Don’t listen.
Many will tell you that you don’t wear a lion suit that’s too small for you on a Sunday afternoon.
Don’t listen.
Many will tell you, do it my way, it’s better.
Don’t listen.

Wear your lion suit with joy, awe and wonder, entering your own space, completing your own assignment. When I drift and wander, listening to everything but my own voice, I find the courage of a lion again when I see Liam in his lion suit, unapologetic, filled with joy and coloring outside the lines.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” – Ephesians 6:11-18 NIV

Right in Your Own Backyard

“On your journey, don’t forget to smell the flowers. Take time out to notice that you’re alive. You can only live in one day.” – Ray Fearon

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” – William Morris

Last week, I took Abby and Sasha for the first time to a dog park in Hastings when meeting a friend to pick up a Christmas gift that she painted. When we first arrived and I took them off leash, they were perplexed. Surely I made a mistake, they were in open space with other dogs and new territory to explore. Once they acclimated, they absolutely loved it.

Abby chased tennis balls with her usual vigor and delight. Sasha was the social director, introducing herself and making friends with other dogs inviting them to chase her and she would reciprocate. I was so pleasantly surprised and wondered why I hadn’t done this sooner.

There’s a dog park just blocks from my house that I’ve passed for years and never stopped. This week, we went there every day. Each time, they were excited as the first time, meeting new friends and dancing through leaves to hunt balls.

So often, we have places, people and blessings in plain sight, right in our own “backyard.” We miss them going on to the next thing, to the “better” yard, the “other person’s” yard. We pass them each day, not noticing, taking them for granted, as if invisible. In the middle of our ordinary days are extraordinary gifts.

Start noticing and exploring your own “backyard” with gratitude, awe and joy. It’s a beautiful view right outside your window.

“God is in the details.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Skinny Dip

“Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” – Joseph Campbell

Abby is nonstop in the water at the lake, a dog fish chasing ball.  After returning from dinner, rather than calling it a night, we went back down for one more leap into the lake. A little skinny dipping by the moonlight.

When presented with the option to go to bed or to go down for one more dip in the lake, always choose skinny dipping by the moon. Joy is soon to follow. Adventure is available to all!

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

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