“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

~ Carl Jung

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lesson from a Two Year Old



Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. 
When you do a thing, do it with all your might. 
Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. 
Be active, be energetic and faithful,
 and you will accomplish your object. 
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson





There is a small airport close to our home.  It has a playground, 
a restaurant and an observation area where you can sit and watch the planes landing and taking off.  It is one of our grandson Jackson's favorite places.  He loves airplanes and has since he was a baby.  Long before he could talk he would point to the sky anytime he could hear the sound of an aircraft overhead.  He quickly learned to differentiate the type of aircraft by the sound; and, airplane, helicopter, and jumbo jet airplane were early additions to his vocabulary.  His favorite toys include Jeremy the jumbo jet airplane and Harold the helicopter from the Thomas the Tank Engine series of toys.  














You could say that Jackson is passionate about airplanes.  Recently, his father took him to an air show and shot a video of his reactions to the planes.  These are shots from the video.  I love them!  There is no one better than a two and a half year old to show you how to live.















It is a shame that this enthusiastic, exuberant way of being that is so naturally a part of each of us is, so often, socialized out of us before we leave grade school.  We learn to be quiet, not make a fuss, and to color inside the lines.  






I love watching Jackson.  He is fully present in every experience.  His complete range of emotions is  available and fully expressed, be it joy, excitement, sadness, anger, frustration or anxiety.  This beautiful little boy is such a gift.  He knows how to live out loud and by example challenges all those who love him to live their lives to the fullest as well.  Thank you sweet boy for all the wonder you bring into our lives every day.  

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gather Joy


There is so much in the world  for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves.  ~L.M. Montgomery



I love this quote.  I truly believe this.  The world around us is full of amazing things for us if we will allow ourselves to be aware and to receive.  So many of the things that have the potential to give us joy are little things, little things that we can miss unless we awake up and notice.  All that is required is openness.  Look around and find the beauty – the joy.  Open our arms and receive.  Allow our hands and our hearts to be filled to overflowing.

Today, these are some of the things, some of the joy, I have gathered into my hands and heart:





 

This weekends wildflower Whorled Loosestrife                                                              



























The contrast of fragile flower 
         against stone


                 
                                        


                   The blue of  Morning Glories       




                                                                                                                                                






                                                                                                        






Red Geraniums
















  And the curve in the road to my home that reminds me to trust that my journey continues even though I can’t see around the bend,
                                                                    







What joy did you gather today?










Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekend Walk Arounds








This is one of my favorite times of the year.  In the mountains of North Georgia the mornings and evenings are cool enough for a fire in the fireplace on the porch; but, the warmth of the days has awakened the flowers in the garden and the wild flowers in the woods.













                                       
     On my weekend walks 
       over the last few weeks,  
       I have seen:



            and the hillsides are 
     painted  with cascades of pink 
               Rhododendron and 
                   Mountain Laurel.













The peace and beauty of these woods fills me with  a sense of wonder and gratitude; and, I am renewed by the vibrant energy of life displayed here.  

Monday, May 7, 2012

Shine



I have an on going struggle inside me between the "Who do you think you are?  No one is interested in what you think or create." side and the "This little light of mine I'm gonna let it shine" side of my self.  Recently I attended a conference on therapy and technology that reignited this debate.

The speaker was knowledgeable and interesting and shared lots of good information.  When he spoke about managing your online presence, a number of people in the room stated they would never have a facebook page or share any personal information online.  I have a facebook page and a blog.  I left feeling a little uncomfortable and wondering if I might be too self-disclosing.  As often happens, the various sides of this argument are coming at me from all directions.  Several of the blogs I follow have addressed this issue this  week.  I thought you  might find these perspectives interesting.  I did.

The first is from a daily meditation from the Henri Nouwen Society.  Henri Nouwen's books were life changing for me.  I read them a number of years ago, when I was beginning to recognize my struggle with perfectionism  and this over developed internal critic.  Here was a man who was obviously spiritual who wrote about his own struggles and openly shared his humanity.  His books helped me to realize that being spiritual was really about being an honest, authentic human being.  It was about sharing the good/the bad, the pretty/the ugly, the figured out squared away parts/the chaotic I haven't a clue parts. This is the meditation from April 29th:

Sunday April 29, 2012   

Making Our Lives Available to Others

One of the arguments we often use for not writing is this:   "I have nothing original to say.  Whatever I might say, someone else has already said it, and better than I will ever be able to."  This, however, is not a good argument for not writing.  Each human person is unique and original, and nobody has lived what we have lived.  Furthermore, what we have lived, we have lived not just for ourselves but for others as well.  Writing can be a very creative and invigorating way to make our lives available to ourselves and to others.

We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told.  We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to live them.

- Henri J. M. Nouwen 

More can be found at www.henrinouwen.org.




So, I have decided that I will continue to share my story and my art.  I will blog and post an occasional picture or thought on facebook.  Some people may think it isn't professional, or it is too much self-disclosure.  I know that for me both the process of creating art and writing and the sharing of my thoughts and feelings seems right.  I have lived too much of my life hiding out of fear of what others might think.  No more.  I know that telling my story is helping me live my story in a better, healthier way.  I am going to  listen to the wisdom of my two year old grandson Jack who has reminded me through the singing of one of his latest  favorite songs:  This Little Light of Mine I'm Gonna Let It Shine.