What a year it’s been. Graduations, milestones, new jobs and fresh starts. As with every year that came before it, change was the only guarantee. It was the most consequential teacher. The strongest stimulus for growth. And it happened in tiny increments – one step and one page and one day at a time.
Over the past 365 days I walked daily. I read 46 books. I tried Pilates. I drank lemon water. I woke up at the same time seven days a week. I went to bed early. I ate things that fueled my mind, body and soul ranging from chocolate croissants to chicken broth.
I shared my thoughts and I listened while others shared theirs.
I changed my mind. Continue reading
As we look towards September, it’s such a time of change. New grades, new adventures, new addresses, new friends, new subjects.
We must remember that we have all we need to do new things. Hard things. Things we haven’t done before. Continue reading
I am reading Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With The Heart Of A Buddha by Tara Brach. Two quotes that she mentioned made me pause.
“Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt – marvelous error! – that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures,” poet Antonio Machado, translated by Robert Bly.
And the second quote was from psychologist Carl Rogers, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Continue reading
When I was young, you went to Blockbuster on a Friday night to rent a video. You went to the library to research a paper. You listened to your Walk Man on the school bus. You made mixed cassette tapes of your favourite songs from the radio. You talked to your friends from a phone attached to the wall in the kitchen. Continue reading
In her book Positivity, Barbara L. Fredrickson writes, “You are constantly changing — not just your clothes or your hairstyle, but your inner core, the very essence of your being. Change is the rule, constancy the rare exception. Consider the change underway within you at this very moment. What you know as ‘you’ is actually trillions of cells living and working together. Most only live for a few weeks or months. When they die, they are replaced by new cells. This cycle continues for as long as you live. The pace of cell renewal varies by body part. Your taste buds live only a few hours. Your white blood cells live about ten days. Your muscle cells live about three months. Even your bones are made anew time and again. Considering these differences, scientists have suggested that you replace about 1 per cent of your cells each day. That’s 1 per cent today, another 1 per cent tomorrow, amounting to roughly 30 per cent by next month and 100 per cent by next season. Seeing yourself and your cells in this way, every three months you get a whole new you. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that it takes around three months to learn a new habit or make a lifestyle change. Perhaps we can’t teach an old cell new tricks.” Continue reading
The thing about art is it reminds you who you are. The reason you laugh or cry or think is because it stirs something inside you that you recognize. And it pulls a reaction from you. Continue reading
Last week we moved for the fourth time in four years. I must admit, I was in denial the last few weeks before the big day. The schedule was full of appointments and events and dance competitions. The packing and purging loomed before me. Our elementary school was having a book bonanza so I ended up donating about 12 bags of books to the cause. It looked like I had robbed a library. Continue reading
How can we add some extra into our ordinary in 2019? Poet Mary Oliver said, “No one yet has made a list of places where the extraordinary may happen and where it may not. Still, there are indications. Among crowds, in drawing rooms, among easements and comforts and pleasures, it is seldom seen. It likes the out-of-doors. It likes the concentrating mind. It likes solitude. It is more likely to stick to the risk-taker than the ticket-taker. It isn’t that it would disparage comforts, or the set routines of the world, but that its concern is directed to another place. Its concern is the edge, and the making of a form out of the formlessness that is beyond the edge.” Continue reading
American president Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Fear can paralyze you. Stop you from speaking up, trying something new, making a change. Continue reading
Steve Jobs said, “Life can be so much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call ‘life’ was made up by people who were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” Continue reading