I feel fear swirling around with these autumn leaves as we all think of what this week might bring. Here's my advice for all of us: Remember to breathe. Both in AND out.Remember you have friends, family—people you love— who will be upset with the outcome. Be compassionate. With them. With yourself—because you might be … Continue reading My advice for this week of U.S. elections: 8 short suggestions
Finally, a breakthrough! I could have written that last week, but my superstitious side didn't want to jinx the progress. And my logical side said to wait to be sure it was lasting. So far I'm not jinxed and the breakthrough does seem to be lasting. I'm at nine weeks and a few days after … Continue reading Double Knee Replacement: 9 weeks out
Although I try to follow my intuition (because I know it's very wise), sometimes I confuse myself and don't know what to do - or not to do. This is a story of just that: I was scheduled for a biopsy last month, one that could be very painful. I had not felt comfortable with this … Continue reading Intuition and Fear: How synchronicity stepped in to make things clear for me
My last post was about fear and welcoming it. I had medical scare that brought the fear, but my intuition said it wasn't a big deal. And it turned out not to be. So you'd think the past couple of weeks would have been happy, smooth-sailing ones, right? Nope! I have been very out of … Continue reading Out of the Flow
We've probably all been there. Your life is perking along. You're feeling "normal" - perhaps you even think your life is "good." And then something unexpected tilts your world. It might be a death, or something health-related, or someone tells you something that changes everything. And suddenly all that seemed "normal" five minutes ago looks … Continue reading A little post about welcoming fear
I think I've confessed before that I'm pretty judgmental. I don't want to be. But too often I find myself judging someone or something. I've tried for years - perhaps decades - to stop that judging. I remember a specific instance from back when I was teaching high school. This was probably 20 years ago. It … Continue reading When I want to JUDGE someone or something . . .
That's what I try to remember when gun debates swirl around me, when people are terrified of mass shootings and terrorist plots.
I remember the good news of hope and redemption and forgiveness and love.
That the crack, the F, the Failure, is the very thing that I need - to be fully human, to live fully in this murky, muddy, magical world.
About three months ago, I got the feeling I was completing a cycle. That something is finishing within me, that something is shifting, that I'm about to emerge into something new. I realized that it was seven years ago that I quit teaching and embarked on a new life. I also realized that I've read … Continue reading A 7 Year Cycle: Failure and Fear
What makes you afraid? What makes your palms sweat, your stomach hurt, your heart seize up? When I was little, I was afraid of witches, especially the Wicked Witch of the West. I was afraid of bad grades. Of going to the dentist. Of speaking in public. Of my parents' deaths. Now, as an adult, … Continue reading More stories: FEAR