the energy at your core

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The Energy at Your Core

When the world around you
seems to be pushing you
down,
let the energy at your core
give you strength to stand
tall.
Invite your heart to emanate
with love,
lifting you with confidence.
In your mind’s eye,
spread your arms
wide,
opening to understanding.
Feel the blood of compassion
flowing through you,
radiating positive energy.
Open to the grounding power
of your essence:
a bright and beautiful light.

 

I wrote this poem for a friend, in support of her finding her strength and confidence, so that she can easily flow through work challenges and bring her best self to her work and her life. She is an amazing woman who inspires me. I love how our conversations flow and come together with such beautiful wisdom for us both. May you find a spark of truth in this poem for yourself, too.

 

* I took this photo in my backyard of hostas in the spring. (This image has a Zeke filter.)

to live by

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I love inspiring quotes. Especially short ones that make a bold statement. I have a collection of them and picked a handful that I find worthy of living by.

  1.  Be the change that you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  2. As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way. ~Mary Anne Radmacher
  3. Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow.  ~Will Garcia
  4. The quieter you become, the more you can hear. ~Ram Dass
  5. Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions. ~Earl Gray Stevens
  6. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~Dr. Wayne Dyer
  7. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  8. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. ~H. Jackson Browne
  9. Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck
  10. Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. ~Michael Jordon

 

Do you have a favorite quote? What core ideas do you live by? Is there an inspirational idea that you want to carry into the new year?

 

* I took this photo last summer in Bellinzona Switzerland at Castle Montebello.

A new chapter opens

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A New Chapter Opens

The air is filled with the richness of possibility
A special kind of freedom stretches before you

May you be filled with hope about the experiences ahead
May you embrace the opportunities that walk into your path
May you move with grace as you dance with the unfamiliar
May you step confidently as you engage in new adventures
May you find wisdom in even the most unexpected places

Be awake and curious, open and unattached
Listen to your heart as it whispers your dreams

Know that you are enough, just as you are
Trust everything to unfold beautifully

Step boldly into a future that is uniquely yours
Intentionally create the memories which will write the story of your life

 

I wrote this poem for my husband when he retired in January. Today the words seemed so fitting when I replaced the “you”‘s with “I”‘s and “me”‘s. While I wrote these words for a special occasion, it seems like a little prayer that can be used any day – because we always have a chance to start anew – this moment, this day, this week, this month, this year – not just this milestone, to be intentional about what we want to create and about the choices we make and actions we take.

 

* I took this photo in Sicily, somewhere on our drive around Piazza Armerina. I picked it because it’s one of Jim’s favorite landscape shots from the trip.