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.
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
The mystery of love is the mystery of our lives. The energy of love is what enriches our lives. We move from dust to dust, with love being the thing that matters, in between. Love. It’s the last word of this; my blog. And I realized this morning; that’s appropriate. Because love does, after all and in the end, remain the last word. Love makes us strong. Love lets us go on. Love makes us sing. My parents shared just shy of 64 years of a remarkable marriage. Just shy because my mother passed unexpectedly in December and their anniversary
Ahh, NASA. To infinity and beyond. Space exploration. My daughter works at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. She’s a pilot and a marketing guru and deeply involved in the world of drones or perhaps more accurately, how drones will become more and more a part of our world, and how to regulate, safely manage and also dream about the possibilities they present.
We’re six weeks into the new year and I’m a bit tardy in sharing this with you for the new year. We’ve already waded ino it, haven’t we? But we’ve only just gotten our feet wet.
Life is always changing; we are always changing. We live in a river of change, and a river of change lives within us. Every day we’re given a choice: We can relax and float in the direction that the water flows, or we can swim hard against it. If we resist the river, we will feel rankled and tired as we tread water, stuck in the same place. If we go with the river, the energy of a thousand mountain streams will be with us, filling our hearts with courage and enthusiasm. -Elizabeth Lesser, from Broken Open We’re
I’m 87 years old as I write this. Well, I’m imagining I am, taking a few minutes to get myself in that mindset, before I write my current self this letter. What would I say? What would I tell myself to go for? What would I tell myself to release? At 87, what makes me most proud? What makes me the happiest? What, at 87, do I wish I’d done? Not regret – because I’m too wise at 87 to waste time on regret – but what do I wish I’d done? What things would I remind my current self
It’s not the love of one person that matters, In the end. It’s the love of life.
What do you want? If you consider your answer to this question, outside of anything immediate, like I want to get to bed at a decent hour, indulge in a pedicure, spend a couple days at the coast, become fluent in French, a fresh bowl of strawberries, etc., what would you answer to what you really want in life? “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” -Ben Stein A spiritual intuitive consultant asked me recently, “What do you want? Seriously, Barbara, what do you want in this