a single step

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A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step.

A single step – once taken- perception changes. This is true for long journeys or that first step through your doorway as a new day begins. 

Greet this new day. Take the step. 


Quote- LAO TZU
Image- unknown 

The eve of Holy Week

 

We are on the edge of Holy Week – a week in the Christian tradition filled with many doorways and transitions. If this is a journey you take each year, notice all of the doors of this coming week. Consider the choices made each day, each hour — which thresholds would be entered by Jesus and all the people surrounding him. 

Doorways and thresholds- facing risk and grace.


Door of the day… (Asturias, Spain)

Door of transition 


Door of the day… (Pinterest- boredart.com)

from one transition to another. it takes a flexibility that can sometimes push the limit. be gentle with yourself as you move through these transitions. you are not alone. we all face unexpected and challenging doorways – even when they are beautiful. remember to breath.

To begin with possibility 



Your ability to see beauty and possibility is proportionate to the level at which you embrace gratitude.

We are at another moment of transition. As 2016 comes to a close we stand at the edge of a new year with hesitant anticipation. 

Looking back we see turbulence and confusion. 2016 was such a year. Emotions have been raw and undisciplined. Fear returned as our basic understanding of  civility has been challenged. 

As we prepare to step into a new year- we make choices. There may be hurdles that will best be faced together. We will see possibilities and beauty in places unseen to us before. 

Even in the most challenging moments may we remember to nurture gratitude. Nurture it in our selves and share with one another.  To be grateful can change a perspective and maybe even redirect a misguided journey. 

Blessings as we welcome this new year…


~ Quote: Steve Maraboli
~ Image: Moongate in Ireland (Pinterest)

better things ahead

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and so a new day begins…

Sitting together

 

Mountains in Central Highlands, Iceland

Mountains in Central Highlands, Iceland

The birds have vanished down the sky.
Now the last cloud drains away. We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.

Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain by Li Po

Home for Christmas

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At Christmas, all roads lead home. ~Marjorie Holmes

Welcome Christmas…

This is the first Christmas in my new home. As written in an earlier entry, I prepared for this season with mixed emotions. There have been moments when I have faced the objects of Christmas past and felt a great sense of loss. This year has been strained to draw tradition near in a home so new and empty of history.

Hopeful to be surrounded by a sense of Christmas “familiar”, I have come into my home during these past days grateful to feel the comfort of my Christmas past. Sitting in front of my tree I am delighted to see ornaments that could tell stories of my life. There are nativity scenes, candles and other decorations filling space in my home and in each place I am gifted with memories.

Nothing is impossible! As I welcomed my parents to share in Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we spent our time eating good foods from restaurants recently discovered and journeying into the warmth and light of beautiful places filled with others to celebrate Christmas Eve. I woke on Christmas Day, blessed with a sense of gratitude ~~ gratitude for memories already made in this new place I call home. We have had a true celebration. With the excitement of exchanging gifts with family, the delight in seeing nature’s beauty, the search for the most impressive Christmas lights, the inspiration to sit in a church where people knew my name and the comfort surrounding a table with new friends as we shared Christmas dinner, there was little lacking.

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” While reading this quote I have a fresh perspective on its meaning. Even in a time when so much feels awkward and unfamiliar, I have found new roads that can lead to home. Nothing is impossible!