Happy Birthday Rezi

Birthday Girl

Happy First Birthday Rezi! Thank you for all of the joy you have brought into Zydeco’s and my life. We love you sweet girl.

Birthday Celebration

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Gifts of Nature

Mouse

 

This morning I sat on my cushions, heart open, ready to receive whatever came up. Today that was worry. With tears streaming down my cheeks, I found myself praying that my Golden Retriever, Zydeco, would be cancer free and that I would not have to grieve my next loss, whenever that may be, alone. Moments later, I was startled by a hummingbird buzzing over my head. I looked around and only a few feet away from me were perhaps two dozen birds – finches, doves, pigeons, sparrows, and chickadees. Clearly, I am not alone. As I was watching my visitors, a magnificent blue jay landed on an Aspen branch above – again only a few feet away. “Awake” he called out to me, “Awake.” I don’t know exactly what all his message means yet; I will reflect on it more. I glanced at the Liza Jolie Garden where a small mouse caught my eye and made me smile. Such a sweet creature and in that moment, a powerful reminder of the preciousness of life. How fortunate I am to have an opportunity to sit each day; how fortunate I am to receive these gifts.

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Treasures of Life

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It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. (Joseph Campbell)

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Love Affair with Yourself

Yellow love

There is only one true love affair; the one with yourself. All others are expressions of it. (Hemal Radia)

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Clouds

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You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds. (Henry David Thoreau)

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Morning Moon

Moon 1

Morning Moon

Moon 2

Morning Moon Moments Later

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Daring Greatly

People Exercising at a Gymnasium

Because working out at a fitness center is really out of my comfort zone, I had to step into the arena and dare greatly just to go inside the building several weeks ago. Similarly, I had to step into the arena and dare greatly when I signed on for personal training.

Yesterday’s visit, however, may have been the time when I’ve had to dare greatly the most at the fitness center. I couldn’t figure out how to use one of the machines I’d been taught to use several days before. It would have been easy not to look foolish and skip that machine. Instead, I fumbled around for a bit and still couldn’t figure it out. Oy.

A part of me wanted to give up - I absolutely hate not knowing how to do things, and even worse, having others see that I don’t know. Instead, I asked a woman working out near me about the machine. She was lovely. She came over to help, but because she had never used the machine before, she didn’t know what to tell me.

Again, it would have been easy just to move on to another machine or to quit altogether. But no, I did something entirely out of my comfort zone – I found a personal trainer and confessed I didn’t know what I was doing. He was a friendly guy who was delighted to show me the ropes.

It may sound silly, but I’m proud of myself for not giving up on something so small, yet so big in a way. I’m proud of myself for swallowing my pride and for daring to ask for help. Brené Brown would call this courage – ordinary courage – which according to her isn’t so ordinary at all.

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Independence Day Declaration

Colorful Fireworks

There are things I could do that would improve my life, changes I could make that would better serve my wellbeing. I’ve decided it starts with setting and declaring intention. Fourth of July Intention: I DECLARE MY INDEPENDENCE FROM THOSE THINGS THAT KEEP ME FROM THRIVING.

From what do you declare independence?

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Happy Birthday America! Wishing everyone a splendid day on this lovely fourth of July.

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Zen Clouds

zen garden

White sands in a zen garden
Washing the morning sky
How mesmerizing is the texture of clouds

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Be Yourself

Summer Concert

The best way always is to be yourself. This is a gift to others. Most importantly, however, it is a gift to you.

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