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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.

Begin Within

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” – Saint Francis de Sales

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” – Henri Nouwen

May you foster peace within, an offering to self.
Then move into the world to give it away with abandon.
In thoughts, words, deeds.
All begins within, plant seeds daily.
Calm, ease, loving-kindness.
Sow love, bear fruit.
Change the world by changing yourself.

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama

On Alert

“Every day is a gift from God. Learn to focus on the Giver and enjoy the gift!” – Joyce Meyer

“Opportunities present themselves every day – to everyone. You just have to be alert and ready to act.” – Marc Ostrofsky

Be on alert
Find the squirrel in the tree
The brilliance in the bounty of summer bloom
The regreening of grass from fresh rain
The gentleness in your thoughts
The compassion in your heart
The empathy in your words
The kindness in your actions
Build, create, praise
Be on alert
Your life is happening today.

“Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.” – Horace

Garden Tending

“Your minds may now be likened to a garden, which will, if neglected, yield only weeds and thistles; but, if cultivated, will produce the most beautiful flowers, and the most delicious fruits.” – Dorothea Dix

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” – Marshall McLuhan

What to weed out, what to water
Choose your tending well
Be aware of what you behold
Time provides the necessary distance needed to gain perspective
Struggle gives way to calm
Ease and acceptance
Healing and restoration
Lay down the nonessential
Shape and be shaped
Malleable and permeable
Tend your garden

“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey

Your All

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

May the ink run dry in your pen as you write the story of your life
Pouring it all out
Filling blank spaces with poetry, curiosity and messy imperfection
Words of praise
Thoughts of gratitude
Actions of generosity
Show up, participate, give it your all!
Game on.

“Be curious, not judgmental.” – Walt Whitman

Dance with Wonder

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Watching my great nephews gaze with wonder at a waterfall is yet another master class in how to live well.
“Give faith a fighting chance and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”
Do not waste moments in complaint, comparison or resentment.
This day is your life.
Live it with gratitude, joy and delight.
Find the wonder woven throughout this day and by all means, dance.

“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance… I hope you dance…
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance,
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’,
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’,
Don’t let some Hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin’ out reconsider,
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance… I hope you dance.
I hope you dance… I hope you dance.
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along,
Tell me who wants to look back on their years
And wonder where those years have gone.)
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
Dance… I hope you dance.
I hope you dance… I hope you dance.
I hope you dance… I hope you dance.
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along,
Tell me who wants to look back on their years
And wonder where those years have gone.)”
Lyrics from I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack

Turn it up and dance.

Break Trail

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

Veer off trail, explore, wander
Fresh footprints on new land
Crisp air
Bathe and splash in beauty abound
Abundant possibilities
Take the path less traveled
Seize this day.

 

Oh, the Places You Can Still Go!

“remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.”― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.”― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

I told my best pal Liam that I liked his shirt – “Oh, the places you’ll go!” by Dr. Suess. He enthusiastically told me that I should get one too – ordered!

The places you’ve been are done so stop circling back to revisit them. Cut fresh trails. Stay awake and aware in the present, anchored in gratitude for all of it – the joy and struggle and everything in between. Celebrate how far you’ve come and anticipate new field trips and adventures. There are still so many places to go so keep planning, dreaming, moving, hoping and going.

Never surrender your sense of wonder, your pursuit of awe and your sense of humor. Tune out the noise and make some music. Lay it down and travel light. Oh, the places that you can still go! GO!!!

“Out there things can happen, and frequently do,
To people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew.
Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

 

Dare to Claim the Sky

“That is what happens when you put your soul in charge of your life. You dare to claim the sky. That sky is different for everyone. For one person, maybe the sky is having a baby, being a parent, growing a family. But for another it’s never having kids; it’s traveling the globe; it’s saving the world… You know your sky. And if you don’t, it’s because you haven’t listened closely enough.”
― Elizabeth Lesser, Marrow: A Love Story

“Whatever is happening, whatever is changing, whatever is going or not going according to my plans—I release my hold on all of it. I leave behind who I think I am, who I want to be, what I want the world to be. I come home to the great peace of the present moment.”― Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Put light hunting and joy fishing on your “to do” list every single day;
Play, wander, listen, move from doing to being;
Go deeper, stay longer, linger;
Find cracks and crevices to let light in to break of the density of your thinking, your opinions, your resistance;
Move from mind to heart and back again to build a bridge, a connection, a thruway;
Write new endings and beginnings to your story a paragraph at a time with your daily thoughts, intentions, words and actions;
Yield to light and joy;
Dare to claim your sky.

“May you listen to the voice within the beat even when you are tired. When you feel yourself breaking down, may you break open instead. May every experience in life be a door that opens your heart, expands your understanding, and leads you to freedom. If you are weary, may you be aroused by passion and purpose. If you are blameful and bitter, may you be sweetened by hope and humor. If you are frightened, may you be emboldened by a big consciousness far wiser than your fear. If you are lonely, may you find love, may you find friendship. If you are lost, may you understand that we are all lost, and still we are guided—by Strange Angels and Sleeping Giants, by our better and kinder natures, by the vibrant voice within the beat. May you follow that voice, for This is the way—the hero’s journey, the life worth living, the reason we are here.”― Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Trust the Process

“Life itself is exponential.” – Jeff Rich

“Intuition is the whisper of the soul.”— Jiddu Krishnamurti

Seasons come and go, returning again and again, different and the same;
Be fully present in the season that you are in now;
Patience, grace and light;
No resistance, ease of acceptance, rest of flow;
Prompt inquiry, invite exploration, cut a new path;
Listen for answers that are within already;
Seek the lessons, let them broaden, deepen and transform;
From caterpillar to butterfly, seed to harvest;
Trust the process.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom

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