It is not because things are difficult that we dare not venture.
It is because we dare not venture that they are difficult.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Labyrinth

She opened to me
Welcome spirals of life
Each step marked by river stones
Or perhaps not

My journey
My request
Harmony of body, mind and spirit

I carefully stepped into her
Remembering instructions
Fear filling me –

I might get this wrong
The thought comes –
I acknowledge it
Then I lean into it –

If I make a mistake –
It is ok –
The experience is not lost on me
I trust my feet

Arms open to the full embrace of the experience
Let it all into you

I know the way
My innate wisdom guides me
My instincts show me each guided step
I trust, I trust, I trust

In that surrender
Presence awakens me to the moment
The precious gift of now

I throw open the doors of my heart,
Raise my hands outstretched to the heavens
Let it all in –
Gratitude, filling me for the gift of this labyrinth
The gift of wind and sun, Mother Earth, and all her creatures

In that moment of deep gratitude
I am filled with joy
Forgiveness to all those who have harmed me
Through no mal intent, just simple ignorance

I say their names, one by one
I forgive you and set you free –
My soul soars
My spirit takes wings
I am one with all the universe
Angels and saints to witness
The purity of my cleansed heart –

Choose a stone, they said -
My eyes drawn to a beautiful blue rock –
I picked it up, held close to my heart
Merged with the river stone of my offering
And joined both
Outward offering and inward gift
In the knowing
Of absolute truth-
That which I give out
I get back Abundantly


Written By: Ann McKirdy 09/16/2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Dance Like No One's Watching

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another.
Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are.

After that we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with, we will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.
The truth is there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D Souza.

He said, "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin -real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way, so, treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time... and remember that time waits for no one.

So stop waiting ...
until you finish school
until you go back to school
until you lose ten pounds
until you gain ten pounds
until you have kids
until your kids leave the house
until you start work
until you retire
until you get married
until you get divorced
until Friday night
until Sunday morning
until you get a new car or home
until your car or home is paid off
until spring, until summer
until fall, until winter
until you are off welfare
until the first or fifteenth
until your song comes on
until you've had a drink
until you've sobered up
until you die
until you are born again
to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy...

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

So, Work like you don't need money. Love like you've never been hurt and Dance Like no one's watching.

~Author Unknown~