There are times in our lives when we need to stop the clock, step off our treadmill, put everything in neutral, and ask...
Author Jon Kabat-Zinn, in writing the Foreword for Jack Kornfield's book, Soul Food, suggests that we periodically ask ourselves these questions, including "What is my heart-path?"
Although the above illustration was part of a series of overhead illustrations I used for workshops during a different career path, the questions are pertinent, particularly at this time as I have sold my home and am in the throes of major shredding, downsizing and delegating, readying for a smaller location... which, as I write, has yet to materialize. Thankfully, my heart is telling me that this is the right decision. It's beginning to look that I will be joining my cat, Cadi, who is 'vacationing' at my sister's home close by. After 24 years in one location, moving is a daunting process, even though I know that every experience is my 'teacher'. My biggest lesson was through shredding massive amounts of paperwork that I had safely filed just in case I needed it, but never referred to again! In timely fashion an angel friend gifted me with Marie Kondo's book, "The life-changing magic of tidying up... the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing", reminding me that my habits required a change in thinking!
If you are experiencing a life-path transition and need to step off your treadmill for a time, may I share some comforting words recently discovered among my papers, although not their source:
You've survived the past - so you've passed - and nobody said you had to get an 'A'.
Oftentimes we are our harshest critics, more focused on what we could have done, or on not getting an 'A'. Until my next Moment, I leave you with a reminder of the gift that you are with the sage words of Spanish essayist, José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955): You are a unique never to be repeated event in the history of the Universe. And so you are! I wish you a special Thanksgiving time with friends and family, and thank you for journeying with me...
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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