Celebrate Transition

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Although I very much enjoy the heat and sunshine of summertime, I always look forward to the change in season.  The cooler temperatures, the colors of the leaves, the crispness in the morning air . . . these things are like a happy pinch to the soul, reminding it to appreciate the warmth and the sunglow, as it is soon to be replaced by gray skies and rainy days.  Rain, rain, and more rain.

Living in the Pacific Northwest, it helps if you like the rain.  Well, I like it a lot.  The rain sheds a whole new slant on life.  It draws your attention to how nature feels on your skin.  It replenishes the air with something indefinably sweet.  It helps you appreciate your inordinately high volume of cute rain boots, puddle jumpers, and lightweight coats.

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The rain encourages you to linger a little longer over that second cup of coffee.  In fact, it might be mid-afternoon and you think about having a mid-day cup to brighten the day. You lose track of where you last left your sunglasses because it has been a while since you needed them.

The muted colors and shifting fog also mark the fall and winter days.  There is an exquisite softness in the air that reminds you to pause for a moment and breathe before getting into your truck.  You wake up in the morning and you can smell the salt in the air.  The birds are quieter and the squirrels are more active.

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As much as I enjoy a beautiful autumn rain, I do appreciate these lingering weeks of summer.  The days when I go to work, having forgotten my raincoat.  The late-evening walks that spell out a crimson and peach sunset.  The warm afternoons when I forget that fall is soon to arrive.

It’s all so beautiful, isn’t it?  These periods of transition awaken us and embolden us.  We feel inspired to try new things when we feel nudged by nature.

What is one new thing you have been wanting to learn?  To try?  To do?  Visualize your New Thing inside the box below: 

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Now visualize your New Thing outside the box:

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Maybe now is the time to prioritize your preference and just do it.  There is no time like the present to create your own season of transition and change.

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Tranquility

808tranquilty: peacefulness, calmness, quietness, stillness . . . if tranquility is on your wish list today, I hope that you find an abundance of it.

When I restore my soul with tranquility, the world feels like a better place.  A more benevolent place.  Perhaps it is because I am taking the moments to restore my spirit to center.  Or maybe it is because I am stopping all of the doing and am focusing on being.  Tranquility focuses inward.  It asks me to be still and look within.  To let the outside world serve as a reflection of what I have chosen.  Of what I have created.

There is no real mystery here.  I seek and find tranquility in the least likely places.  A roadside fruit stand, the trail after it has rained, a pogo-only crowded dance floor, my drive home from work, the quiet of the house as I am shutting it down for the night, the scent of lavender as I am zipping past a neighbor’s garden on my scooter.  Such simple things.

IMG_0719Does a weekend on a remote island help to promote feelings of tranquility?  Yes.  And yes.  It feels so good to get away.  But it also feels so good to be here.  Right here.  In the midst of my office with post-it notes stuck everywhere, my dog snoozing in his bed, the basket of laundry awaiting folding.  It is all here.  And it makes me happy to be part of a world that offers so many gifts at every little notice.

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True Directions & Higher Ground

Wise words and beautiful music to point you in your true directions:

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“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.” – Seneca

“To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act. – Anatole France

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill

Happy Tuesday, good people.  It is my hope that you have a day of True Directions.  Follow that dream.

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