“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
“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.” – Eckhart Tolle
Imagine ahead to the sun setting on this day. As you lay your head down to sleep, what will you have done with this day? How we enter each moment, aware or on auto-pilot, makes up our life. Be present this day, in your life and all that is right now.
“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” – Eckhart Tolle
“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
“It was the rainbow gave thee birth, and left thee all her lovely hues.” – W. H. Davies
Unexpectedly, the rainbow pops out of the clouds, at the just the right time, without hesitation. Light and water collide, casting light, an array of hues. Amidst the clouds, but never defined by them, never holding back. True to itself in strength, color and brilliance. Taste and see.
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo
Venture past the obvious, dig deeper and look again, longer. See the light beaming through the clouds. See the blue behind the passing gray. See the angel in the marble. New eyes, new perspective. Our world is carved out by us, not our circumstances. Our life is a blank canvas that we paint, a sculpture we create. We are the author and artist of our life, unfolding a day at a time. Find your angel and set him free.
“Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.” – Susanna Moodie
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“To see things in the seed, that is genius.” – Lao Tzu
In life’s garden, there are weeds and flowers. We can be overtaken by the weeds, those daily irritations, small minds and minor inconveniences. Pull weeds every day and plant seeds in their place, and sow twice as many seeds to hinder the weeds return.
What weeds will you pull and what seeds will you sow?
Weed varieties: complaining, gossip, pettiness, jealousy, entitlement, negativity, unforgiveness. PULL THEM.
Seeds varieties: encouragement, laughter, hope, enthusiasm, fun, gratitude, joy, patience, grace, generosity, compassion, service, faith, optimism. SOW THEM.
Grey doesn’t look good on you. Go color the world.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa
“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.” – Dr. Seuss
Seek, commit and work for real peace, starting with you. The world will have peace when we create it first in our heart and home. A kind word, the gift of forgiveness, an unselfish act. Be at peace and offer it to others without condition, actively and on purpose.
Search, find and accept peace this season and each day of the new year. Peace be with you and peace start with you. Be at peace.
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” – Anton Chekhov
“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
Winter solstice reminds us that all of our days are short. Choose your thoughts, words and actions with careful consideration and careless generosity.
Each day, there are people who need our kindness, compassion, attention, patience and understanding. Without judgment, measurement or reserve, give yourself away to make each moment better, filled with joy and delight.
Shine your light bright through every season. Our love is depleted when we don’t give it away. The more you give away, the more will return to you.
“Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.” – Bill Morgan, Jr.
“Life is all about timing… the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable… attainable. Have the patience, wait it out. It’s all about timing.” – Stacey Charter
“It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.” – Claude M. Bristol
Going against the waves, waiting for the right one to roll in, the surfer patiently waits for the right wave to stand for the victory of riding the wave, if but only for a moment. And when the moment is complete, turning back into the waves to start all over again.
Resilience, timing, patience, opportunity, stand, fall, get back up, learn, grow, repeat. Surfs Up – time to ride the waves of your life.
“Ours is a time of anxiety because we have willed it to be so. Our anxiety is not imposed on us by force from outside. We impose it on our world and upon one another from within ourselves.” – Thomas Merton
We’re “connected” at all times – texting, email, cell phone … Technology is a major part of what I do in my career everyday, but it’s not a replacement for relationships and reflection. Take time each day to unplug by yourself and to reconnect with others one on one – face to face, not only Facebook to Facebook.
And don’t just buy the hammock and adirondack chairs for decoration. Put them to good use for regular restoration. At ease … that’s an order.
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Eddie Cantor
“Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it.” – Jess Lair
Be grateful for the many gifts that we don’t see because we are too busy chasing the next “thing.” See the wonderment in each day and express appreciation to those right in front of you. It’s so simple and often too rare. Start today and repeat again and again and see what it does to your world.
“Wonder is involuntary praise.” – Edward Young
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
It’s been one of those weeks where everything feels complicated and hard, the running through wet cement hip deep kind. As I wandered through photos and quotes, it hit me. There’s nothing that symbolizes simplicity more than summer. And the promise of summer lifted the weight, shifted my perspective. So ponder your own summer memories and those you will soon create.
"In summer, the song sings itself." - William Carlos Williams
"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart." - Celia Thaxter
"Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." - Henry James