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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!

 

Sweet. Simple. Joy.

“Ultimately it’s the simple things that make a difference.” – Chris Smalling

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Anchor to hope, not circumstances. Assume the best in others and be proven wrong on occasion. Find the blessings in the burdens.

Joy is available in all seasons and cycles. It’s a constant. Our most important job is to find it daily in plain sight, lurking, longing to be found. Let joy sneak up on you.

Joy can be found in the silly, in mischief, in frolicking, in prayer, in laughter, in nature, in an embrace, in flowers, in a smile, in music, in art, in literature, in play, in gratitude, in dogs, even in some people (make sure you’re one of them), in simple encounters.

Double count blessings, multiply joy. Abundance and light with a shift in attention, focus and intention.

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Einstein

Get out of your head into your imagination. The journey is what you make it so settle only for sweet, simple joy.

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” – Stephen Covey

Set the Sail

“He enters the port with a full sail.” – Virgil

“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” – Jim Rohn

The winds are certain. Change the sail, seize the winds. Optimism, enthusiasm, joy, curiosity, imagination. Set the sail in the right direction and harness the wind.

“Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.” – Irving Berlin

The Dance of the Dragonfly

“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” – Agnes de Mille

“Magic is seeing wonder in nature’s every little thing, seeing how wonderful the fireflies are and how magical are the dragonflies.”― Ama H.Vanniarachchy

Hover, dance, celebrate, drink in the color, ease and joy of summer. With the dragonfly as your guide, let the unnecessary go, cling to air, balance on a sliver of grass.

“Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and we can reflect light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.”― Robyn Nola

The Grass Under Your Feet

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleonora Duse

We plot, we plan, we prepare, we think, we overthink.
Our journey twists, turns and takes us places that were not in our plans.
The Yiddish proverb Der mentsh trakht und Gott lakht (“Man plans and God laughs”) is the origin of Woody Allen’s quote, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”
God has His own plans for us and they are so much bigger than our own.

So, if you are in the midst of a plot twist right now, be patient, trust and wait with joy, held in a peace that passes understanding and grace that is overflowing.

In Amy Bost Henegar’s daily prayers, she often says don’t diagnose or tell God what to do, just hold up your thoughts to God.
Be where you are right now, feel the grass under your feet.
Allow God’s plans to unfold in your life.
They will whether you cooperate or not.
See the brilliance in a blade of grass, where you are standing right now.
Gratitude holds, carries and pulls us through.
See the wonder in this day.

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

Cathedral

“May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame of unending thanksgiving ascends to heaven.” – Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What’s in front of you right now?
Where will you put your energy and effort today?
What altars are you kneeling at?
What fruit will you bear?
Do you see a pile of rocks or the makings of a cathedral?

Each day we make choices, actively or passively. Decisions that direct our path. What we take in, what we cast out, what we make of the material present and available within.

Make a hard stop. Take a deep breath. Look around. Then proceed. Choose your direction on the path that serves your becoming, expanding and unfolding. Finish the cathedral, rock by rock.

Grace. Gratitude. Great works.

“Keep alive within you and bring under wise control that courage which makes you long to undertake great works, which others might consider it folly to attempt.” – Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

The Paradox

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.” – William Blake

“Temperance – When a sword is tempered, it is first heated to melting point then hammered into a desired shape. It is plunged into cold water. Once cooled, it is fired and hammered again until it grows sharp and strong. This tempering makes the sword worthy of being carried by a king. As we learn to endure and surrender to the fire, the hammer, the cold, we grow strong and uncomplaining. We are able to face whatever comes, holding our temper, while we ourselves are being tempered. We accept the paradox of joy and sorrow, justice and injustice, abundance and scarcity with true temperance and grace. Temperance is our ability to endure with sobriety and equanimity the transforming fires of experience and the dowsing waters of disappointment. Temperance is the ability to allow ourselves to be molded into the being we are intended to be.” – Ann Mortifee, In Love with the Mystery

May you see color, light and beauty in difficult seasons;
May you hear a symphony forming from single notes in a noisy loud world;
May you breathe in the fragrance of spring in bloom as winter lingers;
May you trust the unfolding of the story without fully understanding;
May you allow unknowing in and observe without opinion;
May you respond with grace and kindness rather than react in judgment;
May you embrace all of the paradoxes of living and allow blessings to embed gratitude in each day;
Open your heart, meet every moment, see the doorway.

“Meet Every Moment – When we lose our self-pity, a whole new world opens. We often act as if life has singled us out to cause us personal struggle. But life is simply life. We either face what comes to us with courage and forbearance, or we fall into complaining and feeling sorry for ourselves. To meet every moment as a challenge is the only way to find peace. When we are content with what is, even a setback becomes a doorway.” – Ann Mortifee, In Love with the Mystery

Automatic YES!

“The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” – Blaise Pascal

“i imagine that yes is the only living thing.”― E.E. Cummings

When we go for a walk, kids and a few adults will stop and ask, “can I pet your dogs?” The answer is always “yes” and the girls always respond with “YES!” because they love it.

If your automatic response is “no” more than “yes,” flip your answers to see what gifts await when you open up. Get off autopilot to see where “yes” can take you.

Make this a “yes” week and maybe even go off-leash.

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” – William S. Burroughs

Practice Peace

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

We ask for peace, call for it, long for it.
When given the answer, we balk.
It requires us to do what we don’t feel like doing.
It makes me responsible, not someone else.
It starts and ends within.
Be bold and go there.
Dig in, to the roots.
Practice peace, daily.
Focus on yourself and stop fixing “the other guy.”

Be open to change, growth, renewal, allow peace to enter, remain and expand. And then give it away.

Choose love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy.

It is in giving we receive.
What a crazy, nonintuitive, creative, ridiculous, brilliant, simple and difficult formula.
Hunt, foster and practice peace deep within and cast it out into the world.
Diligent practice leads to improvement and mastery.
Imperfectly repeat and keep going.

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

The Joy in the JOurneY

“Just as perennials bloom, wither, die, and turn to mulch, only to seed, break ground, and bloom again, the soul is a perennial that keeps breaking ground through the many chances we give it.”— The Book of Soul: 52 Paths to Living What Matters by Mark Nepo

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” – Sitting Bull

What’s right in front, in reach, that you are missing? What else? How about? Why not? Beyond the perceived struggle is an ease, a depth, a tapestry. Broaden your view and then move closer to see the details in unexplored territory on your doorstep. Find the joy in the daily journey, participate in it.

Do not forgo your life pursuing someday, perfect circumstances, expecting others to change. You change. Control the only thing you can – you, your thoughts, attitude and perspective.

Enter your life anew daily, engage, dive beneath the surface of feelings, perfection and ego into the well of flourishing, possibility and expansion available now. Awareness, gratitude and awe fuel joy, optimism and outcomes.

Search, find and receive the joy in the journey.

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

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