Welcome to my monthly collection of inspiring and helpful articles, books, and resources plus a mini-monthly review.
Month: October 2012 (Page 1 of 2)
Don’t worry about creating a legacy for a future that doesn’t necessarily exist.
“Planning for the future is like going fishing in a dry gulch;
Nothing ever works out as you wanted, so give up all your schemes and ambitions.
If you have got to think about something—
Make it the uncertainty of the hour of your death…”
Can you imagine reading and re-reading just three books for an entire year?
That’s Chris Brogan’s proposal. Brogan says we move speedily from one book to the next one without integrating or implementing the ideas contained in the previous one. We are information gluttons.
Brogan wants to change this tendency in himself and he’s inviting us along. He wants to see how deeply he can go in his practice and experience. He wants his learning to matter and to influence his life.
In loss, you are never alone.
In Blackwater Woods
by Mary Oliver
“Look, the trees
their own bodies
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
the long tapers
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders
of the ponds,
and every pond,
name is, is
I have ever learned
in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.”
from Heal Thy Self, Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine by Saki Santorelli
In loss, there’s something to find, something to learn, something to know.
What have you discovered in loss?
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Do you find time slipping through your fingers?
Here’s a question for reflection to help us remember the preciousness of this life:
What would you do if you only had six months to live? Would your life be different than it is now? How and why would that be? How might that influence your life now?
Galen Pearl excels as a storyteller. In fact, her tales have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, A Cup of Comfort anthologies and on her blog. That’s why her new book 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There) is easy to read yet captivating, charming yet replete with wisdom.
Pearl, a retired attorney with a black belt in Taekwondo and enough kids to fill a big shoe, says she has found her “happy place” and lives in it most of the time. I find that impressive!
So what does this happy place look like? Pearl says it’s not a constant, giddy euphoria or unrelenting sunshine, but rather a deep abiding sense of joy. It is place of refuge, spiritual sustenance and contented fulfillment that exists right within her and you too.