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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?

Other Ages

Madeleine L’Engle wrote one of my favorite books on faith. It’s called Walking on Water, and it’s about faith and art. I first read it nearly thirty years ago, and her insights have stayed with me for all this time. Maybe that’s why I always notice her quotes?

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.

Madeleine’s right. One of the things I’ve discovered in working with individuals over the decades is that often, when someone is upset, the right question is not why but who? To be more precise, who, in you, is really upset about whatever it is?

In most cases, we discover that it’s one of those “yous” of all the other ages! Because when you’re fifty-odd, you still have a 4 year old within and a 44 year old within. Pinpointing how old the upset aspect of you is often releases the present you from the upset.

The next time you get upset, ask: Who in me is really upset? Then give that you whatever s/he needs to get over it.

Seeds XVI, 46

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.