Archives for the month of: September, 2016

The people who understand your struggle reach deep into your heart and pull out your courage. They listen and empathize and shower grace.  They are there.  No questions, just affirmative comments.  They remind you of who you are.

And oh, when they do that, your spirit rises and you know right there that you are understood and loved.

And the struggle becomes less and the way through becomes clear.

Gratefulness for those who are big enough to understand and humble enough to listen.


There is beauty in The Gap; the place of In-Between.

To be in The Gap requires stepping out of the known and predictable.  It is the descent into the Uncertain. The Uncertain always brings change.

Below the Uncertain is your Depth.  And the answer is always in your Depth.  The Answer lies buried beneath your unexpressed knowing.  It has to be excavated in order to surface.  Once you get the answer, you begin the ascent into your Certain.  Your Certain, coupled with action, becomes the first step into your next phase. It provides the Exit from the Gap.

Being in The Gap is essential to Innovation.  It bears the fruit of Expansion.  And unleashes Freedom.

Living in the Small…Designing the Big

It is how we live in the Small that forms our relationship with the design of the Big.

The Small is the place of longing.  It is the place  that has no lift-off.

It is a resting place. A pause.  For some, it becomes the place.

When occupants in the Small decide that lift- off is okay, they start to design runways to the Big.

The Big holds your dreams and it is there when your actions catch up with your intentions.

The Big is the next step.

Where do you live?

Sometimes, I zest an orange for a cranberry bread and then put it in the refrigerator.  I always think I am going to remember, but I forget, and then it looks as if it cannot be revived until…I cut into it.  There, beneath that tough skin is a juicy, soft interior.

I am thinking of the times I have had to grow a thick skin on the outside while always knowing that my softness and yielding is my real strength.

My willingness to bend and flow far surpasses the hard shell on the outside. Because that’s what gets you to love and your heart.

The strength is in the yield.  Yield to strength.  Yield to good.  Yield to kind.

Embrace the bend. Go.

About a week ago, I opened up my sliding glass door to pay attention to my plants and I felt something;  something familiar that had been elusive for a long time.  What was it? To my delight, I realized that it was a cool breeze.  Yes, having come through the second hottest summer on record in Tucson, the breeze opened up my world.

Oh, how that filled me so.  It was a gentle surprise that whispered hope and impacted the promise of change.

“Oh World, I cannot hold Thee close enough!”

Edna St. Vincent Millay’s words resonated through me.

And all I could say was Thank You.