“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
Glance only but for a moment in the rearview mirror;
Keep your eyes on the road ahead;
Holding the wheel;
Taking in the scenery;
Open to possibility, the promise of things that have never been.
New trails, some detours, some culdesacs.
Mountains, valleys, curves and flat.
Make your way out, around, through.
Eyes on the road.
Keep going, present in the journey, in this day.
“Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
“To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.” – Emilia Wickstead
“Sometimes you need to press pause to let everything sink in.” – Sebastian Vettel
Take a seat.
A pause, a hard stop, an inflection point.
Interruptions. Distractions. Detours. Delays.
What are they offering?
Pause. Reflect. Let it sink in.
Weave it all together.
Sit in the front row of now for a bit.
Observe what is present and available, in abundance, overflowing.
Beauty, rising from beneath still waters to get your attention, direct your intention, wake you up.
In the beginning, middle and end at the same time.
The arc of the story.
We reside in all of it and see none of it on the way to next.
What is right in front of you now awaiting your discovery?
The necessity and fullness of reflection to hurl us back into our life, renewed, refreshed and reborn.
“To doubt everything, or, to believe everything, are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.” – Henri Poincare
“What I do is the opposite of building walls. I build bridges. A bridge is something that connects instead of separating.” – Santiago Calatrava
“The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” – David Russell
Prepositions are words that “indicate relationships with other words in the sentence” per Grammarly.
Bridges, connections, pathways to tie pieces together.
Creating story, meaning.
What are your “from”s? – where have you been?
What are your “for”s? – or who, for what reason, for what purpose?
What bridges needs to be crossed over to get from “before” to “after” and remain there, not circling back again and again?
Find a bridge or two today. Build a few too. Bridges rather than walls. Connect, pass over, enjoy the journey and all that ties it together.
“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” – Thornton Wilder
“The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony.” – Ruth Bernhard
“Symphonies begin with one note; fires with one flame; gardens with one flower; and masterpieces with one stroke.”― Matshona Dhliwayo
As the notes of your life weave into a symphony like none other, enter the rhythm, flow and color.
Pause rapt in awe.
Gratitude is a beautiful instrument.
Abundance its gift.
Seeking joy and delight in what is already present in the present moment.
Around and within.
Compose beautiful music with the notes of today.
Use all of the colors.
Energy, vibrancy, harmony.
“The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin
“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.” – Henry Van Dyke
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalms 118:24
A new day. A new year. After a few years of making plans to only have them thwarted by an ongoing pandemic, resolutions are hollow and a set up for disappointment. And yet, and yet. Hope keeps calling. Joy demands attention. Light keeps breaking through. Resolutions with commitment and work pull us forward. This will not go on forever. Nothing does and there are no do-overs as hard as we try to change the past. Our response is more important than the circumstances. That’s where our power lies.
In the unmaking and unraveling, we can reclaim, reshape, repurpose the materials and tools we have been given to create something new from what’s already available and in reach. Abundance over scarcity creates options and avenues to follow.
Put your focus, effort and attention on that which you can influence and stop wasting time trying to fix others and waiting for the perfect circumstances that never arrive. Be bold and fierce, present and engaged in this day.
We know all too well that we can’t predict the future. But we can enter this day, give it our best, whatever that is for you right now. Hope. Light. Joy. Today and on the road ahead. Be glad in this day.
“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” – Doris Day
“The idea of finding things out, I hope that will stay with me until I drop.” – Robyn Davidson
“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” – Morris West
As the year comes to a close, reflect, ponder, connect.
See the patterns, observe the paths taken and not taken that bring you to this place and space.
Not the highlights alone but the bumps, delays, detours.
We live twice when we live awake in the moment and in creating meaning from the journey.
In the waiting, wilt and wither, renewal is in the works, unfolding and unfurling.
Enjoy the sunshine, weather the storms when they come, not too early.
Find glory in the details of this very day, alone.
“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” – William Morris
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” – Joseph Campbell
A week from today is Christmas Eve. The hustle and hurry to get the last gifts, preparing for gatherings, wrapping up work for the year, rushing to the finish line. Don’t let these last steps get lost in the chaos, missing the gifts of Advent waiting, reflection, beauty and transformation.
Our lives are more than headlines. Get into the sentence structure of your story. The beginning, middle and end, noticing how the narrative weaves together. In the nouns, verbs, prepositions. In the commas, semicolons and periods. In the paragraphs breaks, transitions and in the final paragraph that sums it all up to create meaning and foster growth.
Dwell in the full Christmas season and story. Still, calm, quiet. Oh, Holy Night and all the days that lead there. Find your sacred space in it all.
“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)
“Faire le hiontas” is Irish for “watch with wonder.”
Learn a new language.
Expand your view.
Language and composition add dimension and depth, connection and complexity.
Multiple answers rather than one.
The ego binds, the spirit sets free.
We forego wonder for certainty.
Ordinary for extraordinary.
Wide open spaces for protected forts.
Windows for walls.
Go to the edge of yourself and leap.
Cannon ball into deep waters of blue water and sky.
The place beyond your knowing, into other knowing and unknowing.
Breath in crisp clean air, partake in the sounds of quiet beauty.
Transform ordinary days by daring adventure of new thoughts free from opinion, assumption and judgment.
Exploration, mystery, imagination.
Watch with wonder.
“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth