Friday, September 13, 2019

The Storm Will Pass

Do not try to control the world. It is too big, and it will roll right over you without even noticing. Think of it as Judo. You do not plant yourself in the path of a charging opponent and hope to turn them around. Instead, you move yourself, and your opponent moves as a direct result. You cannot control the world, but you can control yourself, and doing so inevitably shapes the world around you. The immovable moves simply because you did. Focus your energy where it can be of use, and you may find that it does far more than you expected. You can make a better world by making yourself better.

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I will be out of town next week, traveling for the day job, so there will be no regular updates. As always, I'll share if I see anything, and we'll be back to normal the following week. See you then, and have a great week.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Peaceful Inside

You will never find your center of peace from without. A gurgling stream or a quiet library can help, but they cannot create your peace. If peace does not begin from within it cannot last. It will slip away from you with every distraction. It will shake free with every bump in the road, and life's road is quite bumpy. There is no way around that. If you want peace, will will have to find it within. Only then will it be real and lasting. Once you have found it within, you will begin to see peace more and more often without. That is the way the world works, so work with it.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Way We See

We often see exactly what we going looking for. The world is filled with every sort of variety you can think of, but we tend to notice those parts we were already expecting. Change your point of view, and see how your perspective changes. It's not magic. You won't make the bad go away, but you may find there was more good than you realized. You may find there were tools and even entire paths you were overlooking. Look for the good and you will find some good. What you do with it then is up to you.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

You Are Winning

Some people struggle more than others. For some, every day is a fight, and that fight can be very tiring. If you are someone who fights every day, pay careful attention to me: you are winning. That you are reading these words says you are doing better than you might thing. Hold onto that, and keep going. If you know someone who is fighting every day, try to understand what they are going through. Try to understand how tired they are. Do what you can to help, and especially do what you can to not make things worse. Every day might be a new fight, but every day can also be a new victory. Keep going.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

It Takes Time

Impatience is a hallmark of the human race, and that is no more evident than when we are trying to improve something. Especially when we are trying to improve ourselves. If we are being genuine, if we really want to improve, we can often be our own worst critics, and that isn't as helpful as one might think. It's easy to get frustrated if you think something isn't going well, and frustrated people have a tendency to give up and quit. Have a little patience with yourself, and let things move at the pace they will move. Take your time, and just keep going.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Fateful Detours

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." ("Beautiful Boy" - John Lennon) No matter how well you think you may map out your life, it's going to happen in other ways that you could not predict, and that is just fine. You won't learn by only following the road you know or think you understand. Branch out and look closely at the other paths around you. Pay attention to what they have to teach, and learn whatever it is that you can learn. We grow when we explore the unexpected, so get out there and explore.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

A Great Thing

No man is an island, no matter how some might try to be. I cannot live my life alone, and neither can you. The world is made up of so many experiences and so much possibility, no one person can ever learn everything, and there is no reason to do so. We have each other, and that is how we make up the difference. What I know and can do combines with what you know and can do, and together we make more than any of us could do alone. We each do have more power than we often believe, but together we can change the world.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Happiness And Peace

The world around us is made up of a combination of actions. Everything I do goes into making that world, and everything you do does as well. The actions and experiences of all of us combine into something that is more than any one of us, but it is still distinctly influenced by each and every one of us. The best way to get more happiness and peace out of the world is to put more happiness and peace into the world. What you give to others will help define the world around you. Guide well that definition so that it can help create a world in which you want to live.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Who We Are

Most of us spend most of our lives being told who we are supposed to be. It gets to the point where we even spend a great deal of time telling it to ourselves. We hear the same things so often we come to believe them, whether or not they are the truth. Let that go. Do not listen to what you have been told you are. No one on the outside can know that, and you won't know that if you are only listening to those on the outside. Let go of what you've been told and open up to find the answers. Learn who you are from the inside and then put your efforts into growing that into the best person you can be.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

It Is OK

No matter what you're going through, there is no requirement to do so perfectly. You will have bad days, and that is fine. You will discuss your bad days, and that is also fine. We grow by learning to incorporate the good and the bad into who we are and how we live. We learn by expressing what we experience, and by listening when other people express what they experience. No one can grow if we hide the lessons. It's OK to nor be OK. Keep going forward, one interruption at a time.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

What We See

What we see in life depends largely on where we look. There are good and bad in most places, and we will see what we intend to see. The human mind has an amazing capacity to filter based on expectations, but make sure you are not using yours in a way that is harmful to yourself. If you always go looking for the negative, you are always going to find it, but you will not benefit from such a success. Keep that in mind and adjust accordingly.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

We Are Nature

People often talk about the human race as though we were something separate from nature but, while there is some symbolic truth to that in the way some people behave, it is not a true statement. We are part of the natural world, the same as every other part, and it is to our detriment when we forget that. We will not stop being a part of nature, but we may stop benefiting from being a part. We can lose our place and lose our way because we have forgotten what we are, but there is an easy remedy. Remember.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Take Every Chance

Life comes at you fast, and you're going to miss opportunities no matter how hard you try. With that in mind, there are two lessons to remember: Don't cling to what is already past, and take the chance when you see it because you may not get another. If you want extra credit you can add keep a careful watch because sometimes you may not even see the chance as it is flying by. Be mindful of the life around you, and do your best to make sure you're living it as it is happening.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Trees And Stones

Take the time occasionally to get out among the trees and stones. Remember that every aspect of your life can be a teacher, and that includes those quiet places where there is just you and the world. Close your eyes and listen. Breathe it in and just be. If you open yourself up to the possibilities, you can learn more in five quiet minutes by a stream than you can in a week's worth of books and routines. Listen to the wind, and learn what the world has to teach you.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

No WiFi

Welcome back. I hope you had a good week while we were gone. We certainly enjoyed our vacation. We did some hiking and wandering around, but mostly, this time, we just took some time to relax. Everyone needs to recharge occasionally, and it's good to get out into the trees and trails to do so. I highly recommend it, but now, let's get back into the work week. Never forget, though, that you can take that relaxation with you. Don't let the week beat you down. Take breaks, and take care of yourself.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Be Strong

I cannot deny that there have been many times I have considered giving up. There have even been times, even recently, when that consideration has come close to being realized. Then, inevitably, something happens to remind me of the ones who are watching. There is always someone watching, whether you realize it or not. Someone is looking at your example, and taking strength from what you may not have even realized you were showing. Stay strong and keep up the fight. You are teaching and helping others even in just going forward.

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We will be in vacation next week for our annual anniversary trip, so there will be no regular updates. As always, I'll share things if I see them. Otherwise, see you the following week. Take care and keep moving forward.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Most Love

All children know that they need love. This need is encoded within their very existence. What is not so encoded, however, is the understanding of how to get love. For that, children rely on the adults who are meant to be teaching them. The children who are being taught poorly are the ones most in need of love and understanding, but they are also the ones least capable of demonstrating that need in what we would consider a positive way. No one showed them how. Be patient with the ones who need patience. They need more than they know how to show, and you have more to give than you realize.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

They Become Who We Tell Them

The human brain is the most advanced supercomputer in existence, and the brain of a child is that computer awaiting the code that will shape what it becomes. Children are like sponges, soaking up whatever is around. They learn from everything, and will learn what we teach them. If they do not learn what we wanted them to learn, it is because we were not teaching what we intended to teach. Guard well what you say and what you show, because every line of that code is being taken in and applied to the whole. Children will learn what we teach them. Teach them well.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Person You Needed

In my experience, the people who survive trauma at a young live to go in one of two directions: they become some of the most fierce advocates against that trauma you will ever see, or they crumble and become instigators of the trauma themselves. Sometimes the difference is as simple as who is around when it comes time to make the choice. If you know what choice you made, and you know what help you received, think on that long and hard. Be the support you needed for someone else who is facing that decision point. Together we can make the world better.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Begin With Compassion

There will never be a moment in time when we can fix everything in one go. There will always be more to do, and it will almost always seem overwhelming. There is so much to do, and so little that we feel like we can accomplish, but never forget: every little bit that we accomplish adds up. If all you can do is begin, you have added to the good. Make sure you begin with compassion, begin with an eye toward making things better, and let that be your guiding star. Things will add up, and we will make a difference.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

The Soul Of The Universe

"Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup, but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone.
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart.
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow."

Love One Another
Khalil Gibran

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Once You Choose Hope

"Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise."

Still I Rise
Maya Angelou

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Courage Doesn't Always Roar

"when you face old age and its natural conclusion
your courage will still be shown in the little ways,
each spring will be a sword you'll sharpen,
those you love will live in a fever of love,
and you'll bargain with the calendar
and at the last moment
when death opens the back door
you'll put on your carpet slippers
and stride out."

Courage
Anne Sexton

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

No Better Exercise

"Lend a hand to one another
In the daily toil of life;
When we meet a weaker brother,
Let us help him in the strife.
There is none so rich but may,
In his turn, be forced to borrow;
And the poor man's lot to-day
May become our own to-morrow."

– Anonymous

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Monday, August 5, 2019

We Are United

"No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

MEDITATION XVII
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
John Donne

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