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Choose Your Day

Choose Your DayHere’s another gem from my teacher Barbara Winter … enjoy!


Choose Your Day

“What kind of a day are you going to have? Take time early in the morning to decide how you’ll spend your precious time.

Insipid or Inspired?

Boring or Bold?

Fuzzy or Focused?

Wishing or Willing?

Drudgery or Dreams?

Harmful or Helpful?

Cranky or Cranking Up?

Procrastinating or Progressing?

Wallowing or Working Around?

Cloudy or Crystal Clear?

Shrinking or Stretching?

Blah or Blooming?

Cowering or Confident?

Grumpy or Grateful?

Plodding or Prospering?

Dull or Dazzling?

Worrier or Warrior?

Obstacle or Opportunity?

Foreboding or Friendly?

Dabbling or Devoted?

Hanging On or Moving On?

Bland or Brilliant?

Job or Joy?

Pitiful or Powerful?

Consistent or Curious?

Mundane or Marvelous?”


Got a few of your own?

Have Guidelines, Not Rules

NO_RULESThis is an item from Barbara Winter’s Winning Ways that resonated deeply with me.

Have Guidelines, Not Rules

“Recently someone posted this list on Facebook with no mention of its origin. I’d like to suggest that you do more than just read through it and nod in agreement. If you’re a meditator, you might take one item a day and bring it to your practice. Challenge yourself by deciding what it means personally to adopt discipline or forgive or take risks.

1. To have wealth: create value for others.

2. To obtain freedom: adopt discipline.

3. To gain tomorrow: sacrifice today.

4. To be secure: take risks.

5. To lead: serve.

6. To get up: lift another.

7. To get revenge: forgive.

8. To win: find the lessons in every loss.

9. To fly: fall often.

10. To change the world: change yourself.

Strange, or not … even just typing this item out for myself made echoes that I hadn’t felt before. Try reading this aloud! Amazing.

Letting Go One Leaf at a Time

autumn_leafAutumn is truly and finally upon us. This poem reminded me of the trees and their deleafing process, and what a good example they provide of letting go.


Letting Go Takes Love

To let go does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.


To let go is not to cut myself off,
it’s the realization I can’t control another.


To let go is not to enable,
but allow learning from natural consequences.


To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means
the outcome is not in my hands.


To let go is not to try to change or blame another,
it’s to make the most of myself.


To let go is not to care for,
but to care about. 


To let go is not to fix,
but to be supportive.


To let go is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.


To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their destinies.


To let go is not to be protective,
it’s to permit another to face reality.


To let go is not to deny,
but to accept.


To let go is not to nag, scold or argue,
but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.


To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.


To let go is not to criticize or regulate anybody,
but to try to become what I dream I can be. 


To let go is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.


To let go is to fear less and love more.


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