September 30, 2014

With age comes the freedom to DO IT NOW

From Falling in Honey: Life and Love on a Greek Island by Jennifer Barclay:

The older I get, the more I appreciate and enjoy life, I think. There is a kind of freedom in getting older: the idea that if you don’t do something now, when are you going to do it?

What are you going to do today, tomorrow, now, before another day, week or year passes?

September 29, 2014

Observed on the street: How we tow cars in a resource-based town

The car wouldn’t start, so . . .

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I saw this rather unique car removal strategy — or is it just a creative parking job? — in my northern British Columbia neighbourhood. :-)

September 28, 2014

A writer’s prayer

A writer’s prayer, courtesy of Silken Laumann:

Please give me the courage to write what is true.
Please give me the grace to write with clarity and humour and compassion.
Please give me the strength to keep writing and feeling and caring.
Please help me believe in myself, and in the importance of this story.
Please help me to think less, write more and lead from my heart.

September 27, 2014

Here you are again, she said

In her memoir Unsinkable, former Olympic rower Silken Laumann writes this passage about the interconnection between destiny and choice in each person’s life:

I have a belief . . . that goes something like this: Each of our lives is a book already written whose chapters have multiple endings. Depending on the choices we make, a chapter goes in one direction or another, but the book’s narrative moves forward with a relentless rhythm and aspects of inevitability. The things we are meant to do appear again and again in our story, until we recognize our responsibility and accept the challenge. No matter how hard we try to avoid them, or back away because we are scared or unwilling, they keep showing up in various incarnations.

What strikes me most about this passage is the latter part about how “the things we are meant to do” appear again and again in our personal story, in our thoughts, in our dreams and visions. I am experiencing this phenomenon right now: a certain person keeps popping up in my life story. I like to think that this person’s recurring presence is happening for a reason, because there is some inevitable yet unknown place that we are supposed to go together. Only time — and perhaps our own individual choices — will tell.

 

September 26, 2014

Revel in the long way home

Thought for the day, courtesy of blogger Caroline Ross (a.k.a. yours truly):

The shortest distance between point A and point B is not, where learning experiences are concerned, a straight line.

Cherish those twisty, turny meanderings. You grow stronger because of them.

September 18, 2014

Destination (un)known

Thought for the day, courtesy of explorer Christopher Columbus:

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Sometimes you just gotta jump on the boat and go.

September 16, 2014

Conceive your future, then achieve it

Thought for the day, courtesy of American author Napoleon Hill:

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

No further explanation needed!

September 16, 2014

Love like you want to be loved

Thought of the moment, courtesy of American writer Mignon McLaughlin:

No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved.

But you can start by loving yourself the way you want someone else to love you.

September 10, 2014

THIS IS A REMINDER TO NOT BE AFRAID

Caroline R:

I love this poem by fellow blogger Alexandra Bodman; the last two phrases are especially poignant.

Originally posted on Fevered Crenellations:

sometimes i imagine myself as a force

a force of whatever i am trying to achieve

and i become it

sometimes i ask myself what i would like from others

and then i give it to myself

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September 9, 2014

Learn to speak your spontaneous truth

Thought for the moment:

Truth is completely spontaneous. Lies have to be taught.
~ Buckminster Fuller

Think about it: how many times has someone asked you a question about your life or your opinions or your personal goals, and you find yourself checking your thoughts before you speak, trying to catch that wave of “truth” that instantly wells up inside you and hold it inside until you’ve had chance to reframe it or water it down or distill its true meaning before you open your mouth to answer? As adults, we tend to cover up our true feelings — about people, about situations, about ourselves — for many reasons. Maybe we’re afraid of hurting or getting hurt, or we want to conform, or we mistakenly think our true passions and opinions are somehow “silly” (they’re not; they never are). Whatever the case — and whether the process is conscious or unconscious — the result is the same: we end up masking our honest opinions and emotions in layers of protective, shape-muting “verbal gauze,” and we end up being untrue to both ourselves and the world around us.

What would happen if next time you were asked a question — any question: “How are you today?” “What is your opinion on X?” “Do you want to come with me?” “You seem upset; what happened?” “Where do you want to be in one/two/five/twenty years?” — you told the truth. What if you just let the words that spontaneously well up inside you bubble out into the world, for better or worse? Any pausing you do before answering would be to make sure you’re stating your truth accurately, diplomatically and sympathetically. No need to try and suck the reality out of anything. Reality is what you want.

Scary, yes, but with time and with practice, perhaps your life would become more authentic. Perhaps the things you crave would actually start coming your way. Perhaps you would grow as a person, into a space beyond any limits that you see before you today.

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