Sunday, September 23, 2012

step by step

Our faith says you don't have to win, you just have to get up every day and keep trying. That was my biggest takeaway from hearing the amazing Marian Wright Edelman speak this morning at Christ Episcopal Church. Those words seemed heaven sent after experiencing an 'aha' moment last week while juxtaposing my own timeline against the greater timeline of history. There was my little dot at 1961 amid all that came before and all that has happened since. Some events were exhilarating (Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, 1969) and positive (the advancement of women's rights), but what really stood out to me was that war, human cruelty and poverty are perpetual themes that will likely exist throughout time in our fractured world. I've been carrying that around for a few days and with it a vague sense of futility. It would be easy to get stuck there, but then Marian came along and said that all we have to do is step out in faith and leave the results to God. One person reaching out can lead to change. Our actions matter. They may not show up the timeline with asterisks and exclamation points, but what we do can affect history. Just take it one faith-filled step at at time.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

pure gold

"A peaceful, happy child is the first step toward a peaceful, happy world." Who knew that actress Goldie Hawn had blossomed into an advocate for the well-being of children and a compelling author? Her concern for the hearts and minds of all children seems especially pertinent on the anniversary of 9/11. If we don't comfort, protect and model a healthy emotional life for the youngest people in our lives, they can't learn to do the same for themselves and others. This is where mindfulness comes in, the art and discipline of being fully present to the present moment. Sorting out thoughts and feelings, handling stress, staying calm, being focused, compassionate, empathetic and happy: all are tied to being mindful. Maybe you need to brush up on the concept in order to help your children practice it. I think that's what Goldie may have had in mind when she wrote this encouraging book. The great news is that mindfulness is a skill that can be cultivated. Ten minutes at a time. Starting with your very next breath.

Monday, September 10, 2012

chalk it up to September

September is a softly falling feather that lands in your path, signaling change is underfoot. It starts as subtle as an unexpected breeze rustling through the pines at night, then barrels ahead with the bluster of a big yellow school bus. This is a new year of another kind, with bands playing, backpacks bubbling over, pencil shaving confetti. So many memories are written across the chalkboard heart of September: reading circles, friendship triangles and sometimes feeling like a square peg in a round hole. As a grownup, home work really piles on and sometimes it's difficult to keep up. But cherished teachers will come your way and, happily, the learning never ends. There's one teachable, learnable moment after another, after another, after another. In the school of life.
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

heaven

Dear you,
Just so you don't forget, we spent entire days like this. It was heaven. 
Love, mom
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