A Monday Thought

Made by Lydia Kimble-Wright with Over

What do you really want to do in this your one life? I mean, that one calling that you’ve stuffed deep down inside, because it seems too impractical, a pipe dream, or impossible. The thing that you’ve been told or you’ve come to believe that you are not.

How many of us become excited at the thought of being a writer, a dancer, a painter, an architect, a doctor, or any number of occupations or callings? We think of it with longing and wistfulness, because we are too afraid or believe that we simply are enough. Is that true?

We have no way of knowing, because we haven’t tried. As the quote reminds us, “you have to do the verb, in order to be the noun.” We must learn to dance in order to be a dancer, paint in order to be a painter, study architecture in order to be an architect, and study medicine in order to be a doctor. You get the point. In this case, the “doing” is necessary for us to “be” the thing that is in our heart. It is as simple as that, because there are no shortcuts, and it takes courage and practice.

So, the question is: who do you wish to be? Once you’ve answered that all important question, take the necessary steps to make it happen. It won’t happen over night, but in time, it will surely happen. What are you waiting for to begin the life of your dreams?

A Thought For Your Holiday Weekend

This time of the year makes “slowing down” seems like an impossibility. There is much to do: cleaning, buying the perfect gift, grocery shopping, wrapping presents, preparing for guests, decorating, perfecting, baking, cooking, and more. There is little time to take a breathe, let alone slow down. And that, is the reason that it is important to do so.

It is impossible to do everything, and to be everything to everyone. When we take the time to recharge our batteries, and to be kind to ourselves, we are able to be present for others. Stop for a moment, take a few deep breathes, enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage, and day dream. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

A Thought For Your Day

Made by Lydia Kimble-Wright with Over app

May your weekend find you experiencing, rather than doing, living life to its fullest, and enjoying yourself doing the simple things. You know, the ones that bring joy to your heart and a smile to your beautiful face.

Throwback Sunday

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This is what it feels like to rest “in the moment.” I am sitting on the beach surrounded by laughing strangers, seagulls soar above searching for their next meal. As I sit, I hear snippets of conversations that ride the wind to my ears. A constant breeze caresses my skin, and tempers the Texas heat as I lay watching my husband’s, seemingly, tiny head as his boogie board bobs to and fro far from shore. I sit without thoughts of cleaning, cooking, the mountain of clothes taunting me, or the morning’s dishes that await me in our temporary home for the weekend.

All too often, just “being” is a luxury that we cannot afford. Our go-go-go existence urges us to stay busy doing one thing, then another and another. Doing is our religion, and we kneel at its altar daily.

Our minds are inundated with thinking,  an anathema to just being and dwelling in the moment.  The groceries,  picking the kids up from school,  the upcoming school board meeting and tonight’s soccer game flood our minds. But, what if we make the conscious choice to embrace the art of being, the joy of being.

I intend to return home a changed woman. There is a stack of books beside my bed that have been there too long. I pass it each morning and night with barely a glance. I love to read but “doing” has taken a priority over such frivolousness. There is the bird feeder outside my bedroom window where the birds gather to eat and humor me with their antics. Watching them warms my heart,  but again the “doing” draws me away.

Today, I issue my manifesto: I shall spend as much time “being” as “doing. ” I will listen to the symphony played by the breeze as it swirls through the wind chimes.  I will revel in the sacred quiet of the early morning with my journal,  pen and a cup of hot coffee in hand.  Instead of the hustle and bustle of entertaining guests, I will sit with them, giving them the gift of my full attention as we truly connect. I will seek the mystery of the ordinary,  because in it I am certain to experience the extraordinary. I will listen to my inner voice that resides in the place of being.  All in all,  I vow to slow down to breathe in the fullness of the everyday moment.

When was the last time that you allowed relaxation to overtake you as a state of mind? When was the last time that you stopped and been carried away by the heart stopping beauty of the moment? Can you remember? You think that you shouldn’t but, my dear, that is exactly why you should. No one is stopping you, but you.

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