Wednesday, November 11, 2009

How dare you!

Wishcasting Wednesday

Today our wish is "what do you wish to dare?"

Oh me, oh my. Sounds dangerous.

I dare to continue to be myself. To speak my truth and seek truth. To not compromise myself in order to feel loved. I dare to love myself just as I am. I dare to follow my path. I dare to take the risks I need to take. I dare to be strong. I dare to make the hard choices.

I dare myself to think outside the box. I dare myself to create a life full of joy and happiness. I dare to be anything less.

I dare others to do the same.

I dare you.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Play? Play! Play?

See that?  That is a wall.  Isn't it a lovely wall?  That girl.  That is me walking on that wall. Well, not really.  It's a stock photo.  But, this is what happened to me when I read the chapter on play. I hit a wall and in my mind, that is what my wall looks like.  Lovely.  It's a familiar place I hang out at from time to time. I like to walk on my wall.  Practicing my balance.  I find it fun.  It was something I loved to do as a child, come to think of it.  Trying to stay balanced as I walked on a narrow object.  Walls, trees fallen over streams, edges of the sidewalk.  I wasn't very good at it, but I liked to try.

So, back to the chapter on Play.   As I said I hit a wall.  I always hit a wall when I am presented with the thought of work vs career.  When I am told..."do something that you love and then you will have everlasting happiness.".....or something like that.  Those people who are always telling me that always seem to be doing what they love and making a very good living at it to boot. Don't get me wrong, I know there are people who can make that happen for themselves.  I know they worked hard to get to where they are at.  That is just not me, yet.

I have a job, or work.  I am thankful everyday that I have my job because I need to work.  But it is not play for me.  It is stressful and absolutely no fun.  But I do it.  It is what I need to do right now.  Support my family.  

I once tried to make something I loved into my job.  It didn't work out and that something I loved, I love no more.  So, I am a little leary of making my play into a career.  It changes it, for me.  But I think about it often.  

I understand what Martha was saying in this chapter.  That isn't the problem.  The problem is my sense of responsibility and reality of where I am in my life at the moment.  I accept that. 
And one day I hope that my choice of work is more play.  I think it will be. Someday.  Not right now. 

But in the meantime.  I am exploring my play.  I am doing more things in my non-working time that I love.  It keeps me balanced.

I am going to read what everyone else has to say on the subject to get more perspective.  Maybe something will get me over that wall so I can see what and perhaps who is on the other side. Maybe it will be someone  or some thought who wants to come out and play. 

Book thoughts

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A story about stories. Everybody has a story waiting to be told. Do we tell our stories or do we walk away from them and not give them words. Eventually, all stories want to be told. We can have a choice in that.
Beautifully written . Anyone who loves books, everything about books, will be immediately drawn to this tale.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Experiencing acceptance, life and joy.

Wishcasting Wednesday

Today Jamie asks, "What do you wish to experience?"

hmmm....that is a very good question with many answers. The first thing that came to my mind is healing. So I asked myself, "how can I experience healing?". The answer was a whisper. Acceptance. Not the kind of give-up acceptance, but the acceptance of faith. The acceptance of letting go and being at peace. Letting go of the things I cannot and never will change. Accepting with open arms who I am and loving that girl. Allowing life to unfold. To learn. To live.

To live! To experience life. All of life. What fun! What joy!

To experience joy. Working with Jamie on "The Joy Diet" has made me acutely aware of all the joy there is in life. The little things we take for granted and/or ignore. The things that make us smile and our hearts sing. Those are the things that have jumped to the top of my "to-do" lists. They are my priorities. They are my faith, my family, my friends. It is my creative energy. The energy that fuels my day. It is who I am.

What do you wish to experience?

I am wishing that for you.