1/30/08

gold dust

"life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness."--eckhart tolle

and a dear friend often says, 'we are presented with obstacles that teach us who we need to become to overcome them.'

1/28/08

on the other side

"ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom."--marilyn ferguson

true-blue

it's difficult to discuss having wonderful friends without sounding impossibly corny, over-the-top. i'd call them 'the best' and that would be trite; and the truth. i'd say i am fortunate to know them--incredibly so--and this too would be the truth. my friends are wise, and kind, and brave. their generosity inspires and sustains me. their honesty makes me less afraid of the truth. they make room for me to be most of who i am; and they are patient as i still unfold. that they are here, as imperfect as i am, is for me, the mark of unconditional love.

1/27/08

in great form

this is one reason i am unwilling to believe we cannot be better than we are at this moment; and this is yet another. i am grateful for the idealism of those courageous enough to see a corroded world with pristine eyes.

"any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. it takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage --to move in the opposite direction."--albert einstein

1/21/08

in question

"on some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'is it safe?' expediency asks the question, 'is it politic?' and vanity comes along and asks the question, 'is it popular?' but conscience asks the question 'is it right?' and there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right."--martin luther king, jr.

the word

if we should ever look about us and wonder, how did i get here?, more likely than not, there are distinct markers winding back in time. more than any other memories, i hold on most tightly to the words of friends, family, and teachers (past and present) who believed the possibilities, even when i was nowhere near achieving them. the naysayers, too, have their place. and yet, their words have not lingered as intensely; if i am to recall them, they come only as blurry waves of knots from misshaped mouths.

some of us believe that unless the word is harsh, biting, or daring, it cannot be true, cannot be real. why is this? of course there is a place for criticism, when undertaken constructively and with the intention of improving matters as they are. the challenge, however, is to pause--if only for a moment--to reconsider the underlying purpose of what we speak, because whatever the word, every now and then, it shapes the lives of those who listen.

1/12/08

tuning in

the year has begun well. more than ever, i am discovering that sooner or later, the things we hope, come in one form or another. thankfully, i have become much more engaged: with writing and other work, which requires the sort of attention that leaves less room for blogging regularly. i hope you will read the archives, and continue with me as i share--however sporadically--those thoughts and observations that shape the landscape of my journey.

1/5/08

presence

'wherever you go, there you are.' (source unknown)

lately, i've come upon this quote, in various forms. it is sometimes written in the first person: 'wherever i go, there i am.' it is unclear who first wrote these words; it has been attributed to a screen writer, a political writer, the bible, and is even the title of this book. i am drawn to it, though i am not yet sure why. i imagine few things frighten humans more than the thought that it is too late to do what we want, or be who we might. this quote reminds me that timing has a kind of divinity; that no matter where we find ourselves, we are where we are to be, now.

1/4/08

the essence of form

i have noticed that while most of us focus primarily on the form of what we want (e.g. i want to lose weight; i want to earn more money), it is really the essence we are after (i.e. i want to feel good about myself; i want to live more comfortably). experience continues to teach me that once we become clearer on the root of an intention, the form is more easily achieved.