Certainty not



We human beings love control and like to think it’s possible to get our arms completely around the course of our lives. We’re always trying to “get on top of things,” so “by next week (next month, next season…never) things will have calmed down.” But, if there’s one thing that will show you who’s boss with that theory, it’s life itself. You can fight it, or you can roll with it. Both can be pretty uncomfortable, but the latter is probably less so, and the discomfort that comes with it is the kind that can be turned into, well, growth, if you let it. How do you manage that? Inhale, exhale, and just be there with it. Some things, people, and events just are what they are. What you decide to make of that can either serve you, or trip you up.

Expectations are everything, right? Or, as it turns out, maybe not having any is the way to go.

Ride it out


We live in time when things can change fast. Everything moves fast, from transportation to communication, and as a result, so do we. Our bodies move around from one place to the next, fulfilling jam-packed agendas, “multi-tasking” along the way. (You know I put that quotes because there’s really no such thing…see bullet #3.) Our thoughts race incessantly from one topic to the next, often trailing off in incomplete sentences and waves of distraction. We’re all about change, chasing the newest of everything, from material things to information. We can’t go a minute without looking at our phones because who knows what we might have missed in those precious 60 seconds of flux?

We know nothing stays the same, and we love it. Except for all those times when we don’t.  Read More

Honest to goodness

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They say the truth can set you free, but it can also hurt at times – right? It can surprise us, delight us, and yes, also definitely make us afraid, especially if it’s a brand new revelation for us. Moving towards the unexpected  – even if it’s something great – is scary, and fear about that process is normal. Just take a breath, and take one step. Facing the truth is powerful, and knowing where it really is now gives you the opportunity to participate in where it goes next.

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