“Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.” – Saint Augustine
Keep going, even when it makes no sense.
Risk is not in doing but in stopping. Stay young, at least mentally, by participating. A summer weekend at a cabin included waterskiing, sleeping in a tent and jetskiing at 55 mph across the lake.
With my weak wrists and neck, waterskiing would not be the most logical choice, but it was the right one. Five tries later, I was up on skis twice, taking in the waves and soaking in the blue skies. A few minutes of sheer joy. I’m sore, tired and achy and quite satisfied. I may not be graceful, but I am gratefully aware of grace, every day.
Keep getting back up on the horse, even if you need a ladder to do so. Stay in the game.
“Take life on life’s terms – one day at a time. And have fun while you’re doing it.” – Joe Perry
When I get too far ahead into the future or lag behind tangled up in the past, I need not look far to be reminded to stop, breathe, laugh and have some fun right now!
Let go, be grateful and embrace today.
“Innocence can be more powerful than experience.” – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
“Remaining childish is a tremendous state of innocence.” – John Lydon
I received the blessing of watching Liam today for the afternoon. He forced me to stop my chores, duties and obligations to fully enter what Sundays are made for – rest, repose and restoration. As he woke up from his nap, he beckoned my name to get him, no tears, just a gentle order. We had dinner and he then requested to watch Coco for the second time today, the 20th time this week and 100th time since the movie came out. His absolute favorite movie, obsession.
I negotiated a trip to the park before we started the movie so we could enjoy the burst of sun on a mostly rainy day. When we returned, we agreed on Finding Dory rather than another round of Coco.
As the movie began, I started my usual multitasking. After a minute, Liam yelled, “SIT DOWN!!” I stopped in my tracks and sat down with him to enjoy coloring and Dory’s short term memory challenges. We proceeded to enjoy the simple experience of single-tasking, un-busyness and full presence in the very moment. Brilliant.
Sometimes it merely takes the wisdom of an almost 2 year old to pull us back to what’s most important and to the gift of now. Stop and sit down. The most valuable activity that you can do is to stop and embrace the sweet gift of now.
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi
If given the choice between playing it safe and not caring or going full throttle and getting burned, choose getting burned. There have been a few steep mountains lately that echo “give up, take the easy road.” But I would rather pursue the ascent rather than be resigned to the safe valley of discontent.
Give a damn, do your best and let the chips fall where they may. Never resign yourself to mediocre or good enough. All in and then let it go. Full effort and a positive attitude will carry you to your destiny. Anything less isn’t worthy of your pursuit. Our disappointments are from coming up short of our potential, not from trying too hard. Don’t be a sucker, but don’t suck either.
Loyalty, commitment, passion, sweat – they still matter. Get in the game.
“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.” – Mary Oliver
“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” – Gerard De Nerval
Flowers, sunrises, sunsets, children and dogs all have one thing in common. They burst with the glory of God, uninhibited. Their colors, brilliance, simplicity, innocence, and sheer joy call us back to our true selves, to a longing that won’t be silenced until we acknowledge, engage and fulfill our purpose.
Amazement is their gift to us all.
Find your vivid color, your bliss, your genuine delight and pursue it with vigilance and fervor. Gratitude requires attention and awareness of this very moment, no more, no less.
Busily going through the motions is not worthy of this one precious life. Start each day new again, filled with possibility and hope. Be amazed and let it do its work on you.
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia
People, circumstances, worry, assumptions, judgments and our very own mindset steals our joy. Be on guard and acutely aware that joy is a choice and often not the easy one. Misery not only loves company, it longs for a crowd. And the complaining spirals into quicksand that sucks us in.
There’s plenty of justification for carrying a heavy load. But at the end of our life, our regrets will lie in not seizing our blessings, knowing those closest to us better and becoming our best self. So fill your mind with good thoughts and your heart with unreasonable love. Be kind and gentle, laugh more, let go, foster gratitude, grasp enthusiasm and silliness, forgive and by all means, guard your joy. It is truly the only thing worth holding tightly to.
“To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.” – Eckhart Tolle
“There’s something just magical about flight. Period.” – Graham Hawkes
“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Bertrand Russell
No further than a playground swing and magic unfolds. The delight of flight. The sheer joy in simple play. Children have it figured out and what we can learn from these wise souls. No over complicating. No distractions. They enter each moment as an explorer, an adventurer, a believer of goodness and light in the world. It is only when we grow up that we dull our wits and surrender our joy.
We can transform our days by sharpening our wits. Take back your joy.
“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” – Henry Miller
“I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” – Charlotte Bronte
When given the option of accepting worldly things or striving for something more, something meaningful, the only viable option that we have is to look up. Beyond ourselves, above the fray, higher than our assumptions and limited view.
Tough day, tough week, tough month. It’s but a blink in the eternity of time. And if we don’t let it go, it remains a stronghold and steals our days. So move on, let go of the need to figure it all out right now, trust with conviction and look up.
The universe, the beyond is so much greater than our imagination. Transcend your burdens and absorb the light of your blessings.
“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
So much of life is made up of multitasking, noisy distractions and the busy pursuit of what’s next. The velvet rut of familiarity convinces us to stay put, going rapidly through the motions.
Speed suffocates gratitude and numbs our spirit.
Slow down and breath. Do something different, even the smallest thing, each day. Then again and again until each simple act transforms ordinary days into an extraordinary life. Let awe and possibility takes root again.
Make each day sacred and joyful by participating fully in the moment. Realize your wonderful life right now while you are in it.
“Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
“The yoke you wear determines the burden you bear.” – Edwin Louis Cole
“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.” – John Newton
Today is enough.
We cling and carry too much. Resentment, anger and unforgiveness are heavy loads. All that has gone by has brought us to today. So learn the lesson and let the weight of going through it go.
Be naive and believe the best in others, knowing that they struggle just like you. Be forgiving for you will be required to be forgiven. Be kind and it is returned to you by the simple act of giving it away. Love without condition or judgment, the real definition of love.
Blink. And it’s over. Life moves swiftly with little time to be stuck in the past. Time to lighten the load and move on. There’s a beautiful horizon to reach, one single day at a time. Travel lightly.