Simultaneous self cultivation and giving of my perspective and support to others – that has been the prevailing theme for most of my life and expect these two priorities will continue to be most meaningful and important – although expect the relative focus on each will continue to vary over time.
Yesterday in my local grocery store parking lot an amazing violinist played for the public. Going closer, an older woman, who turned out to be her mother, held a cardboard sign that read she had 4 children and needed help. Suffice to say, I donated, and deeply wished the family well. The music was amazing, potentially magnified by the breeze and warm air. Indeed a gift.
By choosing what to place on the blank canvas of each day.
This touches on the undervaluing of the process of communication these days – insufficient appreciation that the process whereby we communicate is a vital part of the message and idea itself being honed. Suspect a handwritten note is in part valuable given the greater time needed to refine the message and get it onto paper. Generally these days people type faster than they write – not to mention the ease of deleting when typing. I believe for myself an interesting exercise may be ...
This touches on the undervaluing of the process of communication these days – insufficient appreciation that the process whereby we communicate is a vital part of the message and idea itself being honed. Suspect a handwritten note is in part valuable given the greater time needed to refine the message and get it onto paper. Generally these days people type faster than they write – not to mention the ease of deleting when typing. I believe for myself an interesting exercise may be to write a letter to one of my deceased grandparents – all deceased several years ago, but suspect would be a great activity to promote the long view on life, across lives … will have to give a bit closer consideration. Not sure need to hand-write though … may be able to compensate by deliberately taking my time.
I’m working on starting a swim routine, which is forcing more mindfulness of breathing and physical movements – also humbling although that is not quite as new.
In the wise words of Nike, “Just do it.”
By considering what is important to them, their fears, their ideals – in one word, empathy – a function in short supply these days. We are not hard-wired to empathize with digital screens and so often that is the medium of interaction.
Indeed only God knows. All I know is that which I intend for good may be used for bad and that which I intend for bad may be used for good. And that which is good or bad now may not be so in the future. Such is the peril of judging outcomes as opposed to intent.
The gift of time and consideration are most precious of all; notice the someone within the suffering and the strength of their endurance.
To preserve – protect, prioritize, and take pause.
Boundaries – I slightly modified our family plans at the last minute this morning and my wife not-so-subtly reminded me of the value and importance of follow through.
I can take a second longer to pause at the end of the day to express gratitude and appreciation for a day well lived. Indeed our lives are the sum of our days.
Awareness, humility and imagination.
Not sure, but will do as much “right” as I can today to prevent adding to the “wrongs”.
My eyes see broadly, I hear fully, my muscles are relaxed and ready. My body is content in the moment. Just now.
All people are inherently gems, infinitely precious. It is common for many to hide that preciousness, sometimes even from themselves, with arrogance, resentment, impatience, anger, deceit, and generally turning in – their brilliance is indeed hidden from many.
Everywhere when my eyes are open, nowhere when my eyes are closed.
Waking, morning prayer, reflection, connection, action, giving, receiving, growing, and, of course, sleep.
Be grateful for the strength to persevere and take the next step.
Humbly and sincerely connect with others, giving and sharing collective wisdom and strength. Minimize all else.
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