WORTHY OF MY OWN ACCEPTANCE

Powerful. Me becoming who I am or who I wish to be. How do we bring that about, this believing in oneself? Ultimately, this unshakable belief stems from me believing in myself—owning myself, all of me.

WHEREVER, WHENEVER

She is round and fluid in a long floral skirt and a salmon-colored short-sleeve shirt. She drinks coffee, her gaze flits over the room.

SELF-RESPECT SPRINGS

Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs. – Joan Didion Responsibility. Engagement of self and ego and pride and humility and every nook and cranny between all things we consider we want and wish for and need. We may run from responsibility. We…

WE BEGIN TO ASTOUND

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. – Thomas Alva Edison What would the world look like if we all “did the things we [were] capable of doing?” That world would be a sight to see, don’t you think? I love this quote, find it inspiring,…

WEED OUT THE IMPOSSIBLE

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Pablo Picasso I think dishes qualify. Or vacuuming. Or cleaning windows and folding clothes. Hell, cleaning clothes at all. Paying bills should be tacked onto the list, or replying to emails that really shouldn’t need a reply. Taking out the…

NOT WORTH MISSING

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. – Jack London Time, like small pebbles between our fingers, so easy to slip, slip, through our grasp. Even if we clamp down, there’s no stopping the pebbles,…

DEEP CENTER

I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being. – Confucius A challenging journey, difficult at times, to “be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.” Most of us won’t traverse the path to our deep center. We will detour to another track, one we perceive…

THOSE FRIENDS STILL VISIT

Imaginary friends visited daily when I was a kid, conversed with me, shared ideas and thoughts, asked questions and offered answers that sometimes made no sense. I listened anyway, because they were part of me.

HITCH AND SHUTTER

Courage doesn’t exit without fear, and, yet, sometimes fear is where all things stop and root into the earth, never to leave, never to breathe, never to shine.

WILL THEY FOLLOW ME

I have a favorite tea cup, one that melds to my hand, glazed in earth-tone colors making it appealing to the eye. I cherish it. Love to put boiling water and loose Rice Pudding tea in it to steep. I am pleased, and, at times, restored.

REACHING THE CENTER

Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all–in which case, you fail by default. – J.K. Rowling A friend and I walked a labyrinth today. An eleven-circuit labyrinth haloed with lavender, and, even…

ALWAYS TIME FOR GOOD DISCUSSION

Speak your mind even if your voice shakes. – Maggie Kuhn Oh, my. This quote resonates with me. I call it vibrating but “shakes” works just as well. Life keeps whispering to me, “Stay in the conversation.” I was always quick to leave the conversation, not even attempt to use my voice, and, instead, hightail…