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Choosing Our Path …

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Lake Superior Driftwood Inspiration … Which Path to Take?

DEB Art – Dream. Embrace. Believe.

Many of us have a special place that is healing for us.  Renews us.  Welcomes us.  Accepts us just as we are.  The shores of Lake Superior is ‘that place’, for me.  This piece of driftwood called to me, as I was reflecting on life.  I picked it up and brought it home.

The driftwood looks like a road to me – Life clear sailing – straight ahead … until there comes a Y.  Now I have to choose.  Life is full of choices.  Some choices are black and white, clear as day.  Others are fuzzy, spider-leggy – going out in every direction.  Living life – we choose.  The thing of it is … any choice … it’ll be ok.  Mistake?  Lesson learned.  Make a new choice.  Thank goodness for options, hm?  Not choosing, is also a choice, which took a while for me to understand … I get it now.

Author, Mike Dooley, has a great analogy.  He talks about a GPS System we put our outcome on life into – our destination choice.

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(My friend, Cindy, referred to GPS as God-Powered-System – love it!).  Once it’s entered, we trust the GPS to get us ‘there’.  Sometimes, there are detours, unexpected stops, open-flying freeways – you get the idea.  We simply trust, the GPS will ultimately get us there … despite worries, despite unforeseen happenings, despite overthinking something to the Nth Degree … we get there.  Wisdom teaches us … worry doesn’t help … nor does overthinking.  That GPS – God-Powered System – has our back.

I loved how the driftwood Y’d out … and came back to center.  I put a clear crystal in copper (connection) with a feather = Spirit/God.  The beads and shells are choices and experiences along the way.  One took a little bit longer, meandering and experiencing life, but all came from the center.

My encouragement to you: Trust.  Make choices as best you can.  There will be mistakes.  There will be lessons learned.  You will become more wise with each lesson you experience.  Life isn’t always a open-flying freeway – enjoy it when it is.  Breathe through the detours.  Trust (again).  Take time-out to enjoy a place that fills you up and restores you.  Don’t forget to ask for help when you need it … and be grateful for the blessings that unfold.

How’s your journey going?

Thank you for joining me on mine!

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The Art of BEing …

I love early morning coffee time with God.  Quiet time.  Nurturing.  I never cease to be amazed at what comes though when I journal.  After being on a hiatus with this practice during the time of a whirlwind romance, Spirit was ready and waiting when I returned. (Note to self: Never let anyone or anything get in the way of these gentle moments. God wove around and about and through me during that time – I feel clarity and strength would have been recognized sooner with meditation and taking time to journal.)

And so … one early morning, as words poured out on paper, it was clear Spirit was prompting me to “put myself out there”.  What unfolded was a series of gatherings – for people to come together on a path of discovery for body, mind and Spirit.  It was to be called: The ART of BEing.  That was a WOW moment.  I’m one that needs confirmation … still, after all these years.  Like, I’m not imagining this … or am I?  If I were to do this, we’d need a space, so, God, you’re going to have to come up with something.  You provide the space, I’ll be brave and do this. 

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I took a breath, and started my day.  One of my “to do” things, was renewing my membership with The Crossing Arts.  An amazing art community, fostering individuals to create their own works of art! Be sure to check them out.  While I was there, I was offered the Art Gallery as space to hold gatherings for The ART of BEing.  How incredible is that?!  The beautiful, creative art – first imagined by the artist and then coming to reality, surrounding us as we gather … this is affirmation, don’t you think? Now, I’m being brave and holding up my end of the deal!  You can get more info at The ART of BEing!  A couple of wonder-filled things we will be doing: meditating, taking time to journal and share … I think Spirit is smiling.

What I know to be true … BEing true to myself, BEing still in the silence, BEing able to listen, BEing willing to be brave … are parts of God and the goodness that is waiting.  All of us are a piece of ART … BEing who we are … is our gift to the world.

“You cannot write his story …”

Do you ever have times when you think you know what’s best for someone?  If they would only … dot dot dot … life would be better for them – and for you (of course).  The struggles would disappear … poof … if they would only DO what you are telling/suggesting/encouraging them to do.  I mean, how hard can it be?  After all, you only want what’s best for them.

Ahhh, it doesn’t work, does it?  Yes, we can share our thoughts and concerns and be encouraging.  Sometimes it really is a responsibility to do so – and perhaps they have even asked for our input because they trust us and value our opinions.

One morning, during my meditation and journal time, I was wanting things better for someone. I had been sharing my opinion with them, and feeling like it was going … nowhere.  Loving this person to pieces, I went into the quiet, gentle space in my heart.  After a while, I heard a voice and saw a very clear image of an empty notebook, with me holding a beautiful feather pen.  The voice said (I believe it was God), “You cannot write his story.”  It took my breath away.  The emotions that came where ones of clarity and relief.  I am a character in his story, just as he is in mine.  His choices create his adventures and the chapters in his life.  My choices create mine.  I’m not his creative writer – I’m not his director – he totally is.   It was a relief, indeed – and it has helped me respond in a softer, compassionate way, not only with him, but everyone else.

Worry, judging, and attempts at controlling can make us very unhappy, even physically and emotionally sick if we’re really good at it.  Listening, being attentive, letting go, (not  always easy), trusting and loving are positive influences we flourish with.  We enjoy and feel good being around positive people, don’t we?  We let them into our life stories knowing it’s going to make a great chapter.  It’s nice to think we are one of the characters in their story, too.  One that is alive with the sharing of good fortune, a bit of mischief for good measure and kindness.  If we’re lucky, they will continue to write us in, all the way  to their very last chapter.

My encouragement to you:

Today, think about how you are writing your story and look at all the characters in it.  It’s your story – you can edit however you choose.  That’s exciting and challenging – editing often is.  Every once in a while, if you’re quiet and listen, you may hear a voice whisper to you … helping you in ways you haven’t even imagined – yet!

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Sweetness of friendship

Friendships begin at a young age … expanding out from the familiarity of family, into a new realm of the unknown.  Yet, thankfully, when we trust this unknown, our circle of people grows … our circle of friends.

Friendship is both tears and laughter.  The silly little things that can get us laughing so hard we pee our pants, and have tears streaming down our faces, as we clutch our stomachs and catch our breath, to losing someone we love and our hearts are breaking.  It’s the sweetness of the friendship = love, that makes it so.  Would we trade it in?  Wish we never had shared the laughter and the tears, for however long it lasted?  Not me.  You?

Friendship is being vulnerable and willing to trust.  That breaking heart thing?  Yep, anytime we open ourselves up … expose who we are with all our warts and loveliness, we let the light of who we are shine and we’re accepted and loved – YAY – or not, we’re judged for our warts – BOO – (but then it’s not true friendship, is it?) … our hearts can break.  Would we rather not be vulnerable for fear of someone’s judgement of us?  Or, perhaps, trust and be gifted with a most amazing friendship when we’re recognized for the  light within us rather than the warts?  I’ll go for it.  You?

There’s an ebb and flow with friendships.  Sometimes we give.  Sometimes we take. Sometimes we’re the student.  Sometimes we’re the teacher.  We live, grow, and change throughout the years.  Sometimes, as we grow, we take a turn that our friends do not. Then, it’s letting go and trusting the new path will bring new friends.  Sweet.  It’s how life works.  Trust me!

Friendship doesn’t cost a penny … yet … friendship is priceless.   Let’s celebrate our friendships, let’s laugh and share wonderful times together.   Let’s experience the little things in the dew, and tomorrow our hearts will awake in the morning, refreshed.

Friendship.

How sweet it is.