Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Gift of Time

Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires.  ~Charles Caleb Colton
Sunrise at Esalen
I thought it was the rain that woke me at 4:30 this morning, then I realized, it was actually the thoughts that were pounding in my head.  Sometimes, they  move in like little pitter patters, yet this morning, they were as loud as the rumble and grumble of a thunderstorm.  

These thoughts usually have the same theme.  
They're mostly about Time. 
About not having enough of it.  

Not enough time to get everything organized, repaired, and beautified in my home.  

Not enough time to actually make those healthy recipes I've clipped and filed.  

Not enough time to do all the things (and, there are so many) I want to do with my daughter before her childhood abruptly slips away from me.  And, it really is, slipping away.

Not enough time to brush the dog's teeth, comb out her knots, take her for daily walks.  

Not enough time to show (really show) my husband how important he is to me, and how much I love him.  

Not enough time to drink 8 full glasses of water each day (and all of the other things I should be doing to take care of myself).  

Not enough time to blog every day like so many of my creative and inspiring friends do (yes, you know who you are).  

Not enough time to compose handwritten letters and mail them.  

Not enough time to really put the energy into developing my creative biz.  

Not enough time to comment on all the blogs I read and love (I hope you know how often I visit).  

Not enough time to hang out with friends (I really do miss you). 

Not enough time for me (I really miss me). 

Not enough time to just be. 

There simply is not enough time. 

So often, I hear myself say, (and I know you do, too) "If only I had more time".  More time to do all the things we so desire to do.  So, how and where do we find the time?

Today is the day. 
This is the year of "the Leap Year”.  
It only comes around once every four years, 
and today is the day to relish in the gift 
of an additional 24 hours. 

Here are the facts.  Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds (a tropical year) – to circle once around the Sun. So if we didn't add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!

We have been gifted with 366 days this year.  
A whole extra day, filled with 24 hours.
And that day, is today.  
February 29.

image found here

What are you going to do to make the most of your extra day?  Are you going to make time for more self care?  Will you catch up on those things that have been calling out for your attention? Are you going to choose to “just be?”   

Whatever you choose to do today,
 I hope you enjoy every single one of your 1,440 extra minutes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wishcasting Wednesday

Beautiful art can be found here

 Wishcasting Wednesday: What do you wish for the world?

Jamie Ridler shares a place where we can share our wishes.  "Wishcasting Wednesday is a safe haven for wishes, a fertile field in which to plant wish seeds and have them witnessed and tended lovingly. It’s a place where magic begins...Make a wish: Dare to dream.” 

I wish for every living being to have enough food and water. 

To have a voice and to be heard.

To feel love and supported.

To have choices and to feel empowered.

To have shelter and to feel safe.

To have dreams and to follow them.

To know JOY and to share JOY.

To respect and accept one another.

I wish for every living being to honor, protect, nourish, and help sustain our beautiful Mother Earth.

What is your wish for the world?

Come on over and join me. 
Make your wish here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


photo taken in Big Sur

I love to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  In our house it’s a day of chocolate and stuffed animals, hand written poems and love notes, fresh cut strawberries with ripples of whip cream, flowers sitting tall in a vase, and handmade cards and crafted gifts given to those we love and appreciate.

Yes, it’s another opportunity to give and to show appreciation and love to those who are dear to us.

It’s also the perfect day to remember and honor ourselves.  To open our hearts inward.  To practice self love.   

True self love is when you recognize your deepest space where there is no room for outside approval. It’s when you honor yourself with patience, understanding, forgiveness, and acceptance (yes, the good, the bad, the pretty, and the ugly).   It’s when you heal old wounds, and evacuate the root of your fears.  It’s when you truly believe just how strong, smart, creative, unique and brave you really are.  It’s having the courage to walk in the direction of your dreams and desires. 

Self LOVE begins when you really, really, really believe
 ~ you are enough ~. 

Celebrate you. 
 Write yourself a big, beautiful LOVE letter. 
Tell yourself how proud you of you. 
Compliment yourself on all your gifts and talents.
 Thank yourself for being

Photo of a mailbox at Esalen in Big Sur

Happy LOVE Day,


Friday, February 3, 2012

DId you hear a word I said?

His mind continues
to actively resolve
issues that landed on his plate
earlier in the day

at the same time
his hands
switch from TV remote
to computer keyboard

my words exhale
like steam pouring
from my mouth
into the
bitter cold air
revealing stuff
that is
in his world.

my vision becomes blurred
without the contact of his eyes

 my words swirl
then stop abruptly
and piling up on top
of each other
like a chain reaction
on an icy surface.

I yell out


 with out a pause
he repeats back
word for word
in a calm
 and confident voice

as if reading a prepared script
casting him as the leading man
in our story

I look up
as his eyes lock 
into mine

and our hearts
become one.