They’re out there, aren’t they? Difficult people. Sometimes you can walk away. Sometimes you can leave them behind. Sometimes, because they’re family or a next-door neighbor – they’re going to be part of your life until the end of days – or until you move. In any case, whether brief or excruciatingly lengthy – you have to deal with them.
How do you say thank you for sunshine or health?
Eye contact. Lulls in conversation. Connecting without the appendage of a phone in your hand. Are these relics of the past?
How do you escape the heat when it gets to be a bit much? Sure, travel is a viable option. Most of the time. But how about a virtual escape? My daughter and I found this cozy bookstore on the shores of Homer, Alaska and got lost for hours inside.
We get to a certain age and think the world might stop asking so much of us. But I’m finding it doesn’t. There are always things and people and schedules that pull at us. They just change over time. One of the most important things I’ve learned though, is that growing up doesn’t mean leaving behind who I am. I love what David Lynch has to say on this subject: We think we understand the rules when we become adults, but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination. Don’t let it happen to you.
When you have all that you need, build a longer table not a higher fence. We all have enough, don’t we? In fact, we all have more than we need. There is certainly plenty to go around. We have a daughter who is motorcycling her way through southeast Asia — by herself. She is brave and adventurous and loves that part of the world; loves the humble, generous people she meets. She’s told her Dad and I many stories of strangers she’s met, who usually have so little, yet always offer her a meal (often lodging for the night,
Inspiration is a funny thing; a complex companion. At times it wakes you, startles you, surprises you from the most unlikely places, or whispers to you, “write this down so you’ll remember,” or “do something about this.” Elizabeth Gilbert, in Big Magic, writes: “Inspiration is trying to send me messages in every form it can – through dreams, through portents, through clues, through coincidences (I don’t believe in coincidences), through deja vu, through surprising waves of attraction and reaction, through the chills that run up my arms, through the hair that stands up on the back of my neck, through
The secret to magic in your life? It’s really so simple. Maybe not always easy – but simple. Magic is all around us, if we pay attention. I remember reading a quote from a British author, who wrote, “The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” Oprah Winfrey recently said there are three principles she incorporates into her life every day. Do you know what the first one was? She pays attention. I was shouting an Amen to that. And the more we pay attention during our days, to the beauty that surrounds
Whew! Seriously – we have on average, 50,000 thoughts a day, and 90 some percent of them are the same we had the day before and without care, they’ll be mostly the same tomorrow. That’s like carrying the same grocery bags back and forth and back and forth from the car to the garage to the kitchen and then back out again, over and over. What can we do to get out of the mindless cycle? Be mindful. If we’re present and paying attention, we see what the universe is showing us. When we’re creating something, we’re present. When we’re
Here I find myself on the road again. In a hotel again. Texas this time, Dallas, then Waco, then Austin, y’all. So, travel. Are you someone who loves it? It’s one of my favorite indulgences (or is it a necessity?) in this world. There are so many beautiful places, different climates and landscapes, so many interesting people and different cultures (even within the U.S.) to experience. I always learn so much, have so much fun, enjoy different foods and relish the feeling of exploring new landscapes. What’s not to love? Well the one thing I missed, was a quiet space