“All the trees are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried.” – Donald Miller
“Time really is a circle; I can see that now. We are trapped between a past we can’t return to and a future that is uncertain. And it takes guts to live here, in the hard space between anticipation and realization.”— No Cure for Being Human: (And Other Truths I Need to Hear) – Kate Bowler
Joy is not an occurrence but a state of mind, a decision, a thread woven through circumstances, a foundation.
Hope is not futile but a necessity, a staple, the main ingredient to surviving difficult days and seasons, a promise that is kept with time and perseverance of daring to continue on without turning back. Grit.
Grace is not understandable but a daily gift from God, an unreasonable, unexplainable, unconditional love.
Peace is a worthy pursuit, attainable and begins within. Start with self, home and then move into the world with your example, map, model. Show the way.
The world is not flat. Go to its edges to broaden your view, deepen your understanding. You will not fall off.
A place, space and season for everything under heaven.
Joy. Hope. Grace. Peace. To You. To All.
“Yes, there’s a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part.” – Ecclesiastes 8:6 (MSG)
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)
Yesterday, I picked up a 22-pound turkey for Thanksgiving. When I drove off from the store, the car was beeping. Looking around to see if the doors were shut properly and then at the dash for the indicator light, the passenger side seatbelt light was blinking. I started laughing as I buckled in the bird to stop the beeping.
As we enter this holiday season, remind yourself often to lighten up. Remember what it was like last year when no one could come together during the height of the pandemic. Lay down your politics, opinions and angst that we are still in pandemic living long enough to be grateful, awake and generous. Listen to enter conversation, not lecture. Our similarities unite us. Our differences create the tapestry of color, richness and texture.
Joy, hope, peace, light. May you receive and give all of these daily.
“As long as we feel safely held in the hearts and minds of the people who love us, we will climb mountains and cross deserts and stay up all night to finish projects.”― Bessel A. van der Kolk
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” – Henri J.M Nouwen
Ease softly into the day. Set a cadence and pace. Realize your power over what you can actually influence and guide. Slow down and set the rhythm for your life.
In a world that promotes, rewards and reveres more, faster and never enough, do not succumb to the wide road, the expected path. Make your own your choices. Savor more and speed less. Steady joy over spirts of adrenaline. The journey over the race.
The narrow path.
Slow down. Choose joy. Daily.
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” – John Keats
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth
Allow joy to enter this day and permeate your thoughts, words and actions.
Capture and give it away.
Embrace and be held.
In the ordinary.
In a walk.
In flowers and fields.
Wide open spaces abound.
Joy. Gratitude. Beauty.
Choose your focus, change your life.
“Beauty is whatever gives joy.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay
“May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.” — John O’Donohue
“For Equilibrium, a Blessing:
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.
Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of God.”
― John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
May wisdom enter so we can see and open the gifts woven in each day.
Centered and awake in this sacred place of ordinary.
On holy ground of joy detached from circumstances.
A return to self and rapt awareness of how we are connected to all living beings.
Grace, reverence, respect, freedom, perspective, clarity, the laughter of God.
Seek equilibrium and reside in the balance and ease.
“I never get tired of the blue sky.” – Vincent van Gogh
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleanora Duse
Into the expanse of the deep blue sky.
A still point to allow abundance, awe and joy to enter and take hold, no matter circumstances or struggles.
Gravity and flight.
Brilliance and light.
Take in joy and abundance overflowing in now.
Pause, stretch, detach from details to look UP.
“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” – C. S. Lewis
“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” – Emily Dickinson
“Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.” – Carl Sandburg
Do not let this day pass without witnessing, cherishing, praising, singing, laughing, dancing, embracing.
Be a collector and keeper of joy, delight, possibility, optimism, dreams, action and gratitude.
Stand ajar to capture now.
Focus on the light around and abound.
Rapt attention. Deep gratitude. Anchored in now.
“Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope – a slight change, and all patterns alter.” – Sharon Salzberg
“With an undefended heart, we can fall in love with life over and over every day. We can become children of wonder, grateful to be walking on earth, grateful to belong with each other and to all of creation. We can find our true refuge in every moment, in every breath.” – Tara Brach
May your only armor be that which guards your joy
Open your heart and arms
Unlock the chains of judgment and opinion
Lay down the past and unforgiveness
Walk lightly on the path, seeing the beauty in the detail and ordinary
One step at a time, not looking back or too far ahead
Present in the moment to recognize patterns and connections
Peace and ease
Ever-shifting, wonder-filled, grateful
Light shining through a kaleidoscope.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“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 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
Trip and get up, repeat
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
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brene Brown
“Whatever opens us is not as important as what it opens.”― Mark Nepo
Through the cracks and crevices
Flowers break through
Joy streams in
Amidst the weeds
In the rocks
Behind the clouds
Hidden in the ordinary
Resilience and bloom
Beauty and awe
Take it in and cast it out.
“Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the world.” – Rumi