Friday, September 23, 2011

The Climb

we knew this year would mean
a change of pace. mom studying
and writing. boys in their brand 
new school. dad home for an 
extended stay with the whole family

we're settling & finding comfort as one.

~~Today's Six Word Friday prompt was: PACE. Why I wrote in lowercase? I don't know. Let's just call it creative experimentation :o) Or a change of pace!~~

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wait for it

Have you ever made a decision? A solid thought-through-makes-sense decision.

Only to begin second guessing yourself after you have lived with your choice for a while. In your reasonable adult mind and you realize that the logic that brought you to this place  is still correct. And the choice is still right.

But now you are itchy. Because deciding can be decidedly easier than doing. Doing can get tricky.

When that itchy feeling comes it can be difficult to stay with our 1st mind and stick to our guns. We may be tempted to revert back to the old ebb and flow of things.

Our mind tells us that we jumped the gun and dove into these new endeavors/behaviors/worldviews too soon.

Yet if we listen to our heart it still knows what's right. And other times if we're lucky (or particularly stubborn) life/fate/the universe won't allow us to retract or retreat from our new standard. We just have to ride it out because turning around would be worse than our present discomfort.

Things have a way of working themselves out when we allow them to do so. In our minds, always in ours hearts, and sometimes through our superior adult reasoning we manage to "come around" . :o)

Here comes the sweet part. 

When we eventually wake up (again) to the realization that our 1st mind was right. Challenging at times, but right.

That's when we take a deep breath, re-focus, and just wait for it.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Slowly Surely

Have you noticed how much more poignant all the footage from September 11th was during this 10th Anniversary. More so than in any year prior?

Did time not ease the wound, or did we just come to fully realize all that was lost in the attacks?

In our rush to return to normalcy and seek justice we may have missed out on the reflection and healing process that only time can bring.

My husband and I spent this weekend running a Fort2Base 10 Nautical race commerating 9/11, American Vets, and our fallen brothers-in-arms. It was a cathartic way to gather with like-minded individuals and pay tribute to other Americans.

But in all the running and gaiety the somber mood of the nation was not lost. On September 11, 2001 we lost not only countless lives, but a sense of invinciblity we all held so dear.

If there is one lesson I have learned from this tragedy it is to allow time to heal wounds, mend hearts, and clear minds. Immediate reactions/responses will not necessarily lead to future comfort.

May we endeavor to slowly but surely band together and heal our land.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Back Seat Drivers

Three in the backseat, and me 
in the front. That's how we 
have most of our lively conversations. 

Today Preston asked if God really 
exists. Yesterday Marcus  wondered about the 
Civil War. Jonathan wants to know 
when he will finally turn 8 
or 9, because he's already been
4 longer than anyone he knows. 

They ask and I tell them
as much as I can tell. 
And that's how most of our 
conversations happen. Always on the move.

~~My Mac Book is out of commission due to spilled coffee. Still crying over that one. But I couldn't miss Six Word Friday, especially with a prompt like MOVE!~~ ;O)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Like it's my last

There's nothing like the problems of another to make you more fully appreciate the goodness in your own life.

The grass always seems greener on the other side, until you discover that there's a spider infestation over there as well. Then you look back at your own brown grass and smile. It may not be the most green, but it's yours and it's safe.
Tomorrow will take care of itself
Sometimes we focus so much on getting ahead, and doing better, and attaining success that we forget to just enjoy the present. Discomfort and all.

There's a peace in learning how to soak in the awkwardness and growing pains of today, as if we will never see them again. Because in reality we won't pass through the same phases of life twice.

Circumstances may be appear similar, but most likely they will vastly different.

We will be different. Different in our perspectives, different types of problems. We will be at different places in our lives.

It can be so hard to shut out the peripheral noise and just live our present lives.

But this is the last time you will be this age, in this month, in this year, in this house. In that city, with that boss, and that shirt.

You may never move or travel in your entire life, but the moments you will experience today will not happen the same way twice.

Try to savor them, like they are your last.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Free Markets

Knowledge passing from Teacher to Students
Transferring wisdom from Elder onto Sons

The Master mentoring a young Seeker

All worthy exchanges in the market-place

of Free Ideas, Exploration, and Growth

~~The prompt for this SIX WORD FRIDAY was Exchange...check it out! But before you go, tell me, what is worthy of exchange to you? What is a fair deal in the quest for growth?~~