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Hope Awaits and Abides

“Pay attention to the beauty surrounding you.” – Anne Lamott

“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.” – Anne Lamott

Wander off path today.
The well-worn one of opinion, judgment, comparison, rightness, cynicism.
Into solemn new territory beyond the echo of old thoughts, assumptions and expectations.
Wide open unfamiliar spaces filled with fresh air, warm sun, a slowing of time.
To be renewed, refreshed, filled up again.
Taste, enjoy, take in the ever-present beauty.
The world will still be there to fix when you return from a short respite.
Perhaps you’ll notice hope awaiting to guide your next steps.

“When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens.” – Anne Lamott

Excavation

“The enlarging of the soul requires not only some remodeling, but some excavating.” – Neal A. Maxwell

“The struggle to excavate your true, authentic self from beneath the mountain of conditioning and ridiculous expectation is the epic struggle of your lifetime.”― Bryant McGill

We want to know where we are going before we start.
Balking, hesitating, we remain in stasis.
Returning to the past, to certainty, to the comfort of familiarity.
If we choose to excavate, digging deeper, we find what needs to be discarded, put down and integrated to move on.
It’s the necessary work to destinations unknown, awaiting our arrival, to welcome us home to belonging and authentic self.
When we do the work of excavation and integration, we are on the journey of transformation.
Slow harvesting.
Keep going.

“The light of our thought is always excavating our rich inheritance of darkness. The cradle of origin whose mysteries arise with the dawn, darkness is also the secret homeland where the slow harvestings of twilight return to become woven into the subtle eternity of memory. – John O’Donohue

Unknown Places

“In moments of insecurity and crisis, shoulds and oughts don’t really help; they just increase the shame, guilt, pressure, and likelihood of backsliding. It’s the deep yeses that carry us through. It’s that deeper something we are strongly for that allows us to wait it out. It’s someone in whom we absolutely believe and to whom we commit. In plain language, love wins out over guilt any day. It is sad that we settle for the short-run effectiveness of shaming people instead of the long-term life benefits of true transformation.”― Richard Rohr, The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder

“Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), the great American essayist, said “nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm.” What a deconstructed culture lacks, because of its deep cynicism and pessimism about reality, is a basic confidence and enthusiasm that is necessary to start almost anything.”― Richard Rohr, The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder

Wander off path today.
To unknown places within yourself.
Covered up, put away, not done.
Beauty, unfolding, bold.
With wonder, curiosity and joy, let light in.
Break the rules, change the story, allow surprise.
Be transformed.

“Remember: The rules, like streets, can only take you to known places.”― Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Praise Loudly

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

“I praise loudly. I blame softly.” – Catherine the Great

At least give praise the same space as complaint.
Perhaps complaint could succumb to praise.
A much sweeter tune.
Delight. Dance. Proclaim.

“Nature is the one song of praise that never stops singing.” – Richard Rohr

Horizon Stretching

“Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Christopher McCandless

Allowing
Unfolding
Inviting
Expanding
Waiting
Wandering
Exploring
Wondering
Observing
Inquiring
Listening
Letting

May these words become daily rituals of restoration and energy
Of expansion, not contraction
Of growth and fruition
Mystery, unknowing, adventure
Break trail
Stretch your horizon

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” – John Milton

Wishes and Dreams

“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

Precious, Rare, Awake

“Who’s to say the effort to be real isn’t the beginning of wings?” – Mark Nepo

“But today you are precious and rare and awake. It ushers us into grateful living. It makes hesitation useless.” – Mark Nepo

Anchor in awareness.
The weight of this moment.
Delight in beauty abound.
Within and around.
Go easy.
Walk in love.
Peace, joy and wings to you.
The light of day.
For revealing and reveling.

“Over time, staying real becomes the work of keeping our actions in the world connected to the truth of our inner being, allowing our True Self to see the light of day.― Mark Nepo

Hope, Prayers and Action

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.” Langston Hughes

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou

The triple threat. Hope, prayers and action. Hope to see possibilities beyond circumstances and struggle, to find joy in each day amidst it all and to carry on. Prayers to quiet, invite discernment and resolve to prompt meaningful action. Accepting and changing what needs to be changed in self first and offering the same neighbor and the world.

“If you don’t die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert. You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise. The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music, or Neil Young.” – Anne Lamott

Caught

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard

May you be caught rather than pursue
Snagged in the web of the present moment rather than racing by
Tangled in awe and wonder
Technicolor, fierce, on fire
Detoured and delayed in delight and beauty
Held and embraced, awake to this day alone
Capturing, experiencing, living
Fully.

“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” – Soren Kierkegaard

Unknown Realms

“Silence is God's first language.” – John of the Cross

“Silence is God’s first language.” – John of the Cross

“Some things cannot be spoken or discovered until we have been stuck, incapacitated, or blown off course for awhile. Plain sailing is pleasant, but you are not going to explore many unknown realms that way.” – David Whyte

Be still.
Observe.
Listen
Fully present.
Find joy in this day alone.
In the ordinary, beauty is woven.
Partake in it.
Participate, awake, aware.
Rapt attention.
Conscious of the complexity, frailty, depth.
Self, others, the world.
Inquire.
Discover.
Explore unknown realms.

“Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work, a future. To be courageous, is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences.” – David Whyte

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