Discern the difference between my thoughts and my feelings and how either one influence my behavior throughout the day.
The stars — those tiny specks of light that guided explorers in the past. That image helps me metaphorically but the most practical behavior I use is to take a long walk.
Mentors sharing sage advice.
I discovered two fires within me – one is ignited when I hear certain music that fills me with absolute warmth, joy, energy and life. The other is a fiery anger at self-centered people with a sense of self-entitlement that is at the expense of the common good.
Solitude itself is a gift. I’ve received many gifts from and through solitude – the most significant is the quiet realization I needed to change my vocation.
Be the change you wish to see in the world – Gandhi
I was deeply conflicted in a job I had. I convened a Quaker Clarity Committee (see Parker Palmer) to sort through what I was feeling. Out of that processing, I heard myself give myself permission to look for and take another job that was one of the best decisions of my life.
As one can tell from the array of responses, this question was a toughie. So…trying to stay true to the question posed…I came up with two parts…both because when they were injured or out of commission for a period I came to appreciate them and realize how much I take them for granted. And those two parts are…my ribs and my hands. Try doing the most mundane things when you have broken ribs or a hand in a cast and you’ll understand my response.
A career I worked hard at developing. I’m discovering now in my retirement how much it defined who I was. I’m letting go of that chapter of my life and cherishing the experience and accomplishments.
I’m mellowing out — slowing down.
To let go of all the baggage I’m carrying around with me.
To be here now.
Life is discovering who you are each and every day.
Go to baseball games – it doesn’t matter who is playing – I just like the pageantry of it…the rituals…the sound of the bat hitting the ball…the crowd roar….a hot dog…watching the umpire “pull the chain” on third strike call…the manager handing the ball to a relief pitcher…I could go on and on. When I’m there I don’t think about the world “out there” waiting for me when the game is over.
Help break away from the grasp of regret.
I want to be grounded and centered.
Trying to “be here now” — enjoying the “third act” of my life since retiring. Perhaps the best and most surprising aspect is my role as a grandfather.
I hear you, girl! 🙂
I live in the Portland area — we hit 114 yesterday — already 101 at noon today.
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