Say It

Moving Forward

"Don't be discouraged by the terrible news we hear; in reality, that reflects a small portion of the human story.  Beneath the ugly tip of that glacier lies a vast reservoir of sensitivity and kindness."
                    ---- Dalai Lama

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Find the good.


The Beginning

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.”

---- Ellen Goodman

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I'm always a sucker for a fresh start.

A blank journal.  A new calendar.  A freshly turned garden.  Casting on.

Especially after a rough go of things.  

And 2016 was certainly that.

I spent the day yesterday drawing up a list (as Ellen Goodman so artfully says) of work to be done, cracks to be patched . . . and potential.  So much potential.

I have no illusions that turning the calendar to a new year will bring any magic.  But it does provide a sense of beginning again.  A summing up, so to speak.  An opportunity to assess and reflect and start anew.

So.  Welcome 2017.

Let's do what we can . . . to make you a good one!


Solstice

"This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath . . ."
                                                                                                    ---Margaret Atwood

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Welcome the light!


Thanksgiving

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I am grateful for what I am and have.  My thanksgiving is perpetual.
                                                                                    
---Henry David Thoreau

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


Desperately Seeking Balance

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Nothing is permanent.
Everything is subject to change.
Being is always becoming.

                          ----  Buddha

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Like many of you, I have been profoundly disturbed since last Tuesday night.  My mind is a swirl . . . What's going to happen?  What's the latest news?  What can we do?  

Swirling.  Swirling.  Always swirling.

Around and around and around.

And, of course, my own regular life is still happening, too. 

So I'm swirling about  . . . first amendment rights and my concerns over the Paris Agreement while also creating the slide show for my mom's memorial service and planning Thanksgiving dinner.  I'm managing preparations for a house full of guests while I also come to grips with having an ill-prepared and inexperienced flim-flam man as President.  I'm sad and worried about the future of my country . . . at the same time I'm excited to see my family and wanting to honor my mom with a meaningful memorial service.

I am . . . completely overwhelmed and desperately seeking balance!

Last night, I went to yoga.  I almost didn't . . . but I made myself leave the house and go.  Once I got there, I knew it was the right place for me.  Comfortable space; welcoming environment; stretching and bending.  

During the balance portion of the class, my yoga teacher talked a bit about the importance of finding balance in the midst of challenging times.  She reminded us that when we're overwhelmed, we need to find our core - our center.  She also reminded us that the sun will rise again tomorrow, and it will bring a new day.

I really needed to hear those words.

So, yes.  

I do want to raise my voice and make a difference.  But . . . I also need to take care of my family.  

I need to be informed.  But . . .  I also need to shut off the hype.  

I know the world has changed.  But . . . I also need to hold on to what I value in my heart.

Nothing is permanent.

Everything is subject to change.

Being is always becoming.

And . . . BALANCE . . . is key.

 


Time to Lean In

"The next time you lose heart and you can't bear to experience what you're feeling, you might recall this instruction:  change the way you see it and lean in."
                                                                                                              --- Pema Chödrön

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It's time for me to do a little . . . leaning in.  

I'll be back when I can. 

(I took this photo at an incredible garden we visited in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Someday, I'll tell you all about it.)


LEAP Day

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"When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.  There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.  So, what the hell, LEAP!"
                                                                                            --- Cynthia Heimel

Today is Leap Day -- that one-day-more-we-add-to-it-each-year-in-four.  You have 24 extra hours.  I challenge you:  Take a risk.  Leap.  Just do it.  (What are you waiting for?)


Intentions

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come.
                                                     
  --- Alfred Lord Tennyson

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I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions, but I do like to take some time at the end of each year to kind of . . . take stock . . . and think about the year to come.  I usually set some goals for myself (which are not really the same thing as resolutions at all), and I always come up with a list of two-word intentions for the new year.

Here's my list for 2016:

Dive in.

Look again.

Be present.

Onward, upward.

Bold strokes.

Cultivate courage.

Nourish friendship.

Stitch together.

Keep swimming.

Live in color.

Here's to 2016!  I have a feeling it's going to be a very interesting year.


Sunshine of My Life

A special song . . . for a special day . . . 

 

Happy Birthday, dear Tom.

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A year ago, when we were celebrating your last birthday, we would have had a hard time imagining all that would transpire over the next twelve months.  (Really.  This has been a banner year, hasn't it?)  And all through this rather mess of a year, you have maintained those qualities that drive and root you (and that I love most):  balance, integrity, thoughtfulness, creativity, and - best of all - a winning sense of humor.

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Last January, I found this quote by Zora Neale Hurston and I wrote it in my journal:

"There are years that ask questions, and years that answer."  

Looking back now, I'm thinking that, for you, this was one of those years that ASK questions.  And I'm thinking, then, that this coming year will be one of those with some answers.

I can give you a few answers right now, though . . . 

You are the sunshine of my life.

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You are the apple of my eye.

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I feel like this is the beginning, though I've loved you for a million years.

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Happy birthday!