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Write Your Story

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Tend to the narratives you tell yourself, what you’ve come to believe.
Is it familiar, flat and stale?
Does it serve your growth, healing, transformation?
Unlearn, relearn, learn.
Choose a different story line.
Change the arc.
Expansion over contraction.
Knowing in the unknowing.
Depth and dimension.
Salt and light.
Becoming through unbecoming.
Listen, write, rewrite.
The first draft is never the final draft.
Edit and hone.
Keep writing your story each day.

“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – Colette

Harness the Winds

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” – Lauren Bacall

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

Set your sails, reset as the wind shifts
Look for good in this day
Create good in this day
Capture good in this day
In thoughts, words, actions
Shine light
Harness
Elevate
Illuminate
Spark
Spirit, soul, heart – lead with these
Kindness, gratitude, grace, joy, delight, generosity are energy and power
Harness, embrace, release them back out.

Pause and Praise

“Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.” – Bruce Feiler

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

Stop in your tracks;
Feel your feet on the earth;
Eyes to sky;
Pause to anchor in the essentials;
Release distractions;
No hurrying or flurrying
Unfolding, unwrapping;
Gratitude requires observation, demands reflection, sparks awe;
Slow and steady, pause and praise.

“Nature’s music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions.” – Mary Webb

Big Canvas

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.” – Danny Kaye

Break out the paint and color your day.
In solitude and contemplation, collect and release.
Accept and embrace.

“Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.” – Thomas Merton

Another Sunrise

“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.”― John Muir

“What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?” – E. M. Forster

The sun welcomes the day
Crisp air
Breathe deeply
Set your intentions
Aware, awake and at attention
Enter the day
Let it enter you in turn.

“There’s never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same.” – Carlos Santana

Small, Tall and Everything in Between

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” – Martin Luther

“Life is God’s novel. Let him write it.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

God is in the small and tall and all that’s woven between
On the mountain
In the valley
Along side the crooked and straight roads
Smooth and bumpy
Rain and shine

Notice
Embrace
Hold
Be held
Revel
Glory in it all
Praise without ceasing
Joy ever flowing
Grace, light and gratitude.

“People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him.” – Pearl Bailey

“For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.” – Saint Teresa of Avila

Bridges

“Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge.” – Stephen Levine

“He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.” – Horace

May you choose bridges over walls;
Crossing over to new lands;
The river runs through to the ocean;
Poetry in motion;
Connections and patterns abound;
Cross over, again and again;
Joy and beauty all around;
Enjoy the view;
Postpone no more the hour of living.

“Praise the bridge that carried you over.” – George Colman

Wildflower

“There is poetry among the wildflowers.” – Rachel Irene Stevenson

“Like wildflowers you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.” – Lorde

Expand
Look up
Reach
Rejoice
Amplify
Embrace
Release
Become
Sing
Dance
Delight
Wonder
Wander
Imagine
Learn
Burst
Flourish
Thrive
Grow

A good checklist to live by daily. Keep checking these boxes and grow right where you are in this moment. No matter age, place, past or future, choose growth every time wildflower.

Color, beauty, poetry.

“Wildflowers don’t care where they grow.” – Dolly Parton

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

Crooked and Amazing

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”― John Muir, The Mountains of California

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey

Accept the invitation to make this day your own;
Choose your own thoughts, set your own view, pave your own path;
Put aside opinion, judgment and assumption;
Break new trail;
Rise above circumstances, carry on, celebrate effort and progress, blessings and growth;
Take an eagle’s view to see the full landscape, the crooked path, the amazing view through the lens of daily gratitude, childlike awe and full attention;
Transcend, breathe, open arms.

“A quiet mind cureth all.” – Robert Burton

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