“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch
Stoke the embers of your dormant imagination.
Flex the muscles of delight.
Taste and savor.
Put down your knowledge and seek wisdom.
The brilliance in a forest, the sky, a flower, another human, most certainly a dog.
Be of good use by celebrating this very day.
Invite others to the party.
“To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that?”― St. Bonaventure
“We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but for the grace to transform them.” ― Simone Weil
“Your brain is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones.”― Rick Hanson
As the sun rises on this day, set your course, put intentions in play.
So when the sun sets, you can look back in gratitude, even if all didn’t work out exactly as planned.
May your mind be Velcro for positive experiences, allowing the negative to slide away.
See the good in self and others.
Awake to the beauty of a summer day.
Joy. Zeal. Zest.
“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“We are here because we are born with the capacity to find the hidden light in all events and all people, to lift it up and make it visible once again and thereby to restore the innate wholeness of the world.” – Rachel Naomi Remen
Seek, search, uncover.
Explore, pursue, hunt.
Inquire, listen, open.
Hear the poetry.
See the light.
Resign to nothing less.
Pieces, all of them, to wholeness.
“Poetry is what you find
in the dirt in the corner,
overhear on the bus, God
in the details, the only way
“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.” – Leo Buscaglia
“Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.” – Maya Angelou
Get outside of your own head and go play.
Let some fresh air in.
Fun, frolic, silliness to reframe and root in good soil.
A long gaze, a deep breath, an open hand.
Find the rhythm, flow, ease.
Beauty and laughter invite joy.
Our perspective is a daily choice, an effort, a practice.
Change your mind.
Reconsider, ponder anew.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Nothing happens unless first we dream.” – Carl Sandburg
Wishes, dreams, delight.
May they be yours today.
We have mastered work, toil, reality.
Now relearn and deploy frolic, play, laughter.
That of children and the child who is dormant within.
Reignite your light.
Hope, joy, optimism are practices that require rigor and discipline.
Make a wish or two and put some legs under it.
“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”― D. Simone
“Acts of kindness never die. They linger in the memory, giving life to other acts in return.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
“Can we see the trace of God in the face of a stranger?” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
May our “I told you so” statements be steeped in generosity not righteousness and indignation.
Words, acts and affirmations of encouragement, support, connection, belonging, listening, inquiry, companionship, empathy, kindness.
To self and others.
Especially when it makes no sense whatsoever.
In our pursuit of needing to be right at all costs, it is costing us relationships, connection and community.
Opinions, accusations, and assumptions are drowning out the richness, complexity and dimension of differences and commonalities within the differences that tie humanity together.
As we enter a new year, may kindness be our guide, joy our daily companion and love our destiny.
Together rather than other.
If we keep but these resolutions, we will heal the world from COVID and all other pandemics of the heart.
You are worthy, messy, beautiful, incomplete, redeemable, resilient, forgiving, kind, generous, capable, strong, wholehearted. You have the capacity and agency for this and so much more. Believe and pursue.
I told you so!
“The responsible life is one that responds. In the theological sense it means that God is the question to which our lives are an answer.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
“When the petals of the heart unfold fragrance spreads across the valley.”― Amit Ray
“Patience doesn’t mean making a pact with the devil of denial, ignoring our emotions and aspirations. It means being wholeheartedly engaged in the process that’s unfolding, rather than ripping open a budding flower or demanding a caterpillar hurry up and get that chrysalis stage over with.” – Sharon Salzberg
In the unfolding, we enter the flow of life.
In the messiness, substance to create beauty and meaning.
Rush less to fixing, conclusions and solving.
Enter the mystery.
Inquire and allow the answers to find you.
Feel the undercurrent as well as the breeze that sweeps the surface.
At the same time.
Plant seeds. Lots.
Some take root.
Wholehearted. Imperfect. All in.
Get out of the spectator section.
Out of the backseat.
Into the fog of unknowing.
Find the path and then break trail it to explore and expand.
To pave new paths amidst uncertainty.
No fixed points for long.
In circles, cycles, detours and delays.
The path unfolds before us as we move into it.
Signs and signals guide and direct.
Trust your intuition.
Unfold and unfurl.
“Too many spend too much time trying to live in a fixed point, when our lives are an unfolding journey. Taking on new challenges is how we fix the world.” – Arturo O’Farrill
“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” – Charles Spurgeon
A simple act.
Easy to do.
Carry yourself lightly.
Lay down work at day’s end.
Weave play throughout.
Mark progress and growth.
Create joy, swim in it.
Greet each day and person with new eyes and fresh smiles.
Gratitude in extracting happiness from common things found in this very moment.
“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.” – Lord Byron
“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” – Marcus Aurelius
Start, carry and end each day with intention, focus and attention.
Set the course with awareness and control of which thoughts to entertain.
Respond rather than react.
Do not become limiting negative thoughts, for your experience follows suit.
Let the noise and clutter pass by like a river, allowing solace and clarity space to enter and pool.
Assume the best and let go of judgment.
Return to center, to anchor, to hold only what is essential.
Be rigorous in guarding your joy, finding your bliss.
Unwrap the gift of this day.
The power of thoughts to transform and transcend, to imagine and dream.
Think about that with your mind, heart and spirit.
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.” – Victor Hugo “Life is a moving, breathing thing. We have to be willing to constantly evolve. Perfection is constant transformation.” – Nia Peeples
“Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.” – Victor Hugo
What and how we frame our circumstances, relationships and self in it all defines our daily experience, outlook and attitude. If we focus on what’s missing, on the past, on what’s next, we miss the gift of what is already present and woven in this moment. Cease counting and comparing to gratitude and transformation, moving from controlling and scarcity to framing and shaping.
Optimism, abundance and hope are principles, anchors, ways of living that pull you through difficulties and amplify wonderful seasons. There’s an ebb and flow, up and down, seasons and spinning and meaning in it all. Turmoil, change and transitions lead to transformations, new beginnings and growth. Don’t get caught in the mechanics of life at the expense of experiencing the magic of life.
Frame and shape the material of what is available now. Create something new from the ingredients that you have in and surrounding you in this day. How you approach, frame and shape your daily life is yours alone so do your job, your purpose and answer your own calling.
While in the middle and murkiness, live rooted in the unfailing hope and optimism of new beginnings, transformation and promise of possibilities fulfilled in due time. Let nothing steal your joy. Frame and shape each day armed with gratitude, grace and light.
“The great solution to all human problems is individual inner transformation.” – Vernon Howard