Archive for February, 2014

February 23, 2014

Your shell may shatter, but you will flourish

I like this quote from poet and artist Kahlil Gibran:

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

We often feel discomfort when the events of “real” life don’t match our understanding or expectation of how things should unfold. In the sense that Gibran suggests, such pain is a good thing, because it allows us (it forces us) to grow, and in so growing, the borders of our understanding are stretched outwards — our shell enlarged — such that the next potentially painful event that comes along might not hurt so much, situated as it is within (or closer to) the range of experiences that we have already known.

In truth, life is not meant to be entirely comfortable; if it were, we would learn nothing, and we would remain in a position of unending stasis. Your shell may break, but you will not. You cannot grow in an enclosed space.

February 19, 2014

The meat of life is here

Thought for the day, courtesy of author Annie Dillard:

There are not events but thoughts and the heart’s hard turning, the heart’s slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times.

February 18, 2014

Observed on the street: A sure sign of spring in Canada

Canada’s The Weather Network today posted the following informal “Question of the Day” on its website:

What is your sure sign of spring: Robins, tulips, melting snow, or other?

Several respondents opted for “other” and used the comment section to remark that their sure sign of spring was the return, around the middle of February, of the Tim Hortons Roll Up the Rim to Win contest.

Only in Canada! 😉

Photo of a losing Tim Hortons Roll Up the Rim to Win cup

February 16, 2014

The speed of love

A lyric from singer/songwriter Michael David Rosenberg (a.k.a. Passenger):

Love comes slow but it goes so fast.

Ain’t that the truth. So treasure love while you have it, for you never know just when it might disappear.

February 14, 2014

You are on a hero’s journey

Inspiration from the book Transform Your Life: A Year of Awareness Practice by Cheri Huber:

“The best way out is always through.” ~ Robert Frost

We can waste a life trying to avoid. If we shrink enough, we won’t be a big target. If we ignore something, maybe it will go away. It doesn’t work. How do we know that? It hasn’t.

Today, remind yourself that you are on a hero’s journey and that you’re a hero for having started and for continuing.

February 10, 2014

Don’t be afraid to be a little messy

Quote for the week, courtesy of Eleanor Roosevelt:

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

I did something like this the other day. I stopped, turned the car around, and went back to do a thing that made me feel exposed and vulnerable — a thing that scared me but was also the very thing I most wanted to do in that moment. The result? A little awkwardness, a little uncertainly, and a positive outcome.

This experience made me realize that life’s events don’t always have to unfold gracefully or fluently or in any sort of well-ordered, elegant fashion. They just have to unfold, period. The how of it doesn’t really matter in the long run.

Fear tends to stop us from creating space for our lives to unfold in the first place. That’s a sad state of affairs, when you think about it.

So this week, do a thing which you think you cannot do. Do it messily; do it clumsily; do it red-faced and stuttering — but do it anyway. At the end of the day, you’ll find that the rewards far outweigh the risks.

February 5, 2014

Don’t be fooled; live for today

Here’s a great quote from Japanese Buddhist Ishin Yoshimoto about living in the present:

You are fooled by your mind into believing there is tomorrow, so you may waste today.

Don’t waste today, live it. You never know when your last tomorrow will be today.

February 3, 2014

Observed on the street: Winter in Canada

I know there’s a Jeep under there somewhere . . . .

Photo of a Jeep buried in snow.

And to think that here in Northern British Columbia, where this photo was taken, we’ve had a “low-snow” year!

February 1, 2014

February challenge: Do something unexpected

This month, put your personal boundaries to the test: do something completely unanticipated, something totally out of the ordinary — out of your ordinary. Do something that surprises others, something that surprises yourself. Go out on a whole new limb; test the air out there and see where it takes you. Be astonishing!

Whatever out-of-the-blue thing you do, make sure it’s something that lifts your heart and fills you (or someone else) with joy.

Have fun!