Inspirations from Nature

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February 25, 2021   Courage to Open Your Heart

We must replace fear and chauvinism, hate, timidity and apathy, which flow in our national spinal column, with courage, sensitivity, perseverance and, I even dare say, "love." And by "love" I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound it encourages us to develop courage. It is said that courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue with consistency.

Maya Angelou, Even the Stars Look Lonesome

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February 18, 2021    Seeds of the Future

So many of us are buried in the demands of this single day that it is hard to look toward the future. While it is good to have a habit of being present or mindful to the here and now, that practice is not so good at the exclusion of nurturing the seeds for what you want in your future.

Could you set aside time to assess your future desires and goals? Make a long list of what you choose to create in or with your life. It won't happen unless you know what you are aiming for.

Once known, break those desires and dreams down in to smaller, actionable steps that you can integrate with your current daily plans. Bite-size regular steps will propel you toward those dreams and ideal life you imagined. Otherwise, those dreams may never germinate, but lay on the parched sand for eternity. 

I Believe I Can Fly

February 11, 2021        I Believe I Can Fly

You must know the song by that title from R. Kelly. It's a song of hope and determination, of belief in yourself and the power of human will. Look up the lyrics and I think you will be moved simply by reading them.

Also, there 's a quote attributed to Henry Ford that says whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right! Yes, we are only limited by what we think or believe.

One can remove that limitation by shifting your thinking. "I can...", "I believe..." and "I am..." are all powerful ways to plant new thoughts. Won't you try them for yourself?

It's All Connected

February 4, 2021        We're All Connected

Does it take a pandemic to really convince us of this truth?

One doesn't have to be highly sensitive to realize there is an invisible force connecting all of us. It's just as invisible as the virus gripping us now -- the one that is keeping us from seeing others' smiling faces or getting a good hug. 

I'm sure you've felt it in your life. How? Have you ever thought of someone and then get a phone call or email from them? Yes, that's it: connection. I'm not entirely sure how it works, yet it does.

We're all craving connection as we approach one year in lockdown. So in place of a hug, please try to "get" those in your life -- really understand them and what they are experiencing now and in the future. Explore their feelings and share yours, too. It's one way we can help each other.

Oh, what we all would give for a good hug!

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January 28, 2021         There's Just No Talking To You

I've noticed lots of talking these days with very little listening, especially listening to understand another viewpoint. No toleration. No compromise. No kindness. All that causes is a standoff.

Diversity is not only about race, religion or many other things. It's also about different life philosophies. Our freedom relies on it.

What can you as a single person do? When you feel the need to assert your point, it's your signal to stop, check yourself and start to listen. Please practice kindness and toleration as we all need it.

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January 21, 2021          Earthly Struggle

I was drawn to this image for the contrast -- not in color or light, but in the story. The tree shows a graphic earthly struggle to survive while the dancing clouds above, lyrical in shape, appear  juxtaposed, as if almost laughing at the struggle.

No doubts about it, 2020 was quite a year of grappling. Life as we knew it has drastically changed, some things forever while others might shift back in time. That's our earthly struggle.

Please remember that as we wrestle, there is always something to point to to help us shift and be like the clouds -- light, bright and freely moving.

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January 14, 2021             A Salute to Sedona, My Home

I am blessed to live in beautiful Sedona, AZ, for the last 16 years. I feel so grounded among the towering red rock formation. Their endurance gives me strength and feeds my soul. I love to find a hiking trail to travel, experiencing nature and learning some of her lessons along the way.  for me, it's paradise.

Castle Rock Glow

Taken from my patio during a clearing storm

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