Wednesday, July 29, 2015

'Where we are'

It is 'where we are' that should make all the difference, whether we believe we belong there or not. 

After working on Wall Street for a year, Korean American novelist Chang-Rae Lee (born July 29, 1965) went back to school to get a masters degree in writing. Upon graduating, he turned his thesis into his first novel, the award-winning Native Speaker.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Honoring your Friend~ Mark Nepo


Each of us has a particular piece of wisdom, which we might describe as truth
made possible by love. Each of us with a bit of eternity that if not brought 
forward will be lost; or at least stay silent during our time on earth. This 
piece of inner wisdom which is in everything and yet which you alone carry 
doesn’t have a name. We could call it your soul. So as you would honor a 
grandparent or a teacher, how will you befriend your soul? What kind of 
relationship will you have with the oldest part of your life, so it might speak 
to you? 

Mark Nepo

I know it's there, my wisdom that knows the truth~ Can I bring it forward, 
honoring myself, my soul and me without hurting others that have not yet 
seen their own? clj

Thursday, July 16, 2015

My Theme Will Find ME!

"Ultimately, your theme will find you. You don't have to go looking for it." 

Happy birthday, Richard Russo! The Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote his first novel, Mohawk, while working full-time as a college teacher. During breaks between classes, he'd go to a local diner and write.

I believe this is oh so true and yet I go running around in my body and spirit looking for that thing that will settle me, define me, and calm me~  I think perhaps I have been found and just need to listen.....

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Walk in Dry Places"

Walk In Dry Places, Meditations by Mel B.

Have you ever read something and it was more than the fit you needed in that moment?  I needed this yesterday, today, and my guess is tomorrow as well.....

Walk In Dry Places

By Mel B.

Releasing the Past

"We will not regret the past nor fear the future," goes one of the promises in Twelve Step programs. Neither the past nor the future should control what we're thinking and doing today. After all, if our Higher Power is everything, no person or action can be outside of this supreme control. 
Today, I will rise above anything that was said or done in the past. I will also hold the idea that the future is bright with promise, and that this promise will be fulfilled. Nobody's opinion or criticism can be unsettling to me if my beliefs and self-worth are anchored in my Higher Power.
It's true that there might have been lots of wrechage in the past--even more recently when we have been living sober. It doesn't matter. In amazing ways, our Higher Power sometimes turns negative conditions into future benefits. This was actually what happened when our compulsive condition led directly to a new way of life.
I will accept life today and will look for unexpected blessings. No person or group can keep me from good as I accept God's direction in my life.
"In all your ways acknowledge [God, who] shall direct your paths." I'll remember this frequently as I go abou the day. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Discernment~ A compliment of truth

And she said, "You have great discernment, don't you?  I see it, I feel it, you know, don't you?"
I had to come home and look up the word in the dictionary, and I believe I do, I always have, and I do know.... Bless you Theresa for helping me see myself.  And thank you for allowing me to help you see yourself as you this short moment of time~
MDC July 3, 2015

Discernment is the ability to obtain sharp perceptions or to judge well (or the activity of so doing). In the case of judgement, discernment can be psychological or moral in nature. In the sphere of judgement, discernment involves going past the mere perception of something and making nuanced judgments about its properties or qualities. Considered as a virtue, a discerning individual is considered to possess wisdom, and be of good judgement; especially so with regard to subject matter often overlooked by others.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For the Love of Poppies~

A symbol of gods and nations, of sleep and death, 
of peace and rebirth—poppies have captured the popular 
imagination and fancy of humans since the earliest days of civilization, and perhaps before. Used by the ancients as a powerful remedy for malaise and pain, the poppy's medical applications remain vital to this day. And of course, we loved those charming little seeds in our cakes and muffins. But for more than any of these reasons, humans worship those bold, bodacious blooms for the color and drama they lend to our gardens.

How sweet our poppies are~