I love it when…
I love it when I think of something and then I see it in real life in some form.
Today is one of those days that thoughts became things spontaneously. Just today I thought that we need more umbrellas in our house, and UMBRELLAS were the parting gift at a networking event. While riding the Metro, I saw that Gallup has job opportunities: as I ascended the stairs of the Metro stop, the GALLUP OFFICE was the first building I saw. At work, I updated my Linkedin profile linking to my high school in Iceland (A.T. Mahan) and just now I found that an old HIGH SCHOOL FRIEND from Iceland commented on my Facebook page.
What I attribute this to is alignment, flow, and a hint to where my ‘sweet spot’ is for attracting what I want in my life. It also shows me that I am paying attention and it amps my desire to create more of the same. Good things are coming my way…and I am ready for them.
I love when things flow
With ease and grace to show me
I am supported
A man and his dog
We are coming in on 2 solid years of owning our puppy Casey. I would love to say that there was not a day that I regretted getting him. That first year was a doozy sprinkled with extreme cuteness. We have definitely hit our stride despite his wake time of 5:30-6am. The dog is independent and doles out his love and affection on his own terms and his own time – much like the human teenagers in the house. My love has grown with time and I am happy to have him as our puppy/dog.
But…what I truly deeply love about having Casey is that my husband adores him more than he ever knew was possible. The fact that my husband gets to experience that level of affection and love is what makes owning Casey worth every single minute of it.
My heart swells every time I see Casey and his main human express their love and affection.
Haiku – time
The man loves the dog
Both are mutually blessed
Warms my tender heart
Meaningful connection is my drug of choice.
I cannot get enough of it. I have been known to say that I am doubtful that I could tire of connecting authentically with people.
I would love to do an experiment to see how long I could go (with bathroom and food breaks) before I am tapped out. As an extrovert that is not daunting; it is exhilarating. For an introvert that would most likely sound like torture. What I would love to do in that time is to meander in a nonlinear way through ideas, issues, solutions, dreams, desires, beliefs that serve and those that don’t and other undiscovered topics in between. I call these types of talks…circling the wagon (or exploring the issue/opportunity from all angles).
The reason why I mention this is because today I got a “hit” of meaningful connection with a re-acquainted friend. The purpose of the meeting was to dig deep on a meaningful topic. My friend had read Byron Katie’s book Loving What Is and wanted to gain more perspective on it. I LOVE to share what I know, what I think, what I believe, how I see things and then random stuff like animal totems and metaphors. It is this beautiful exploration of the tapestry of our thoughts, feelings, and experience of our lives: that brings me into a state of ecstasy (still using the ‘drug’ metaphor here). This drug, I will never say no to!
On a nearly daily basis I find the word the feels best to describe the feeling state of the day. Today “flow” is the chosen word.
I spent many hours creating a coaching process. What I like to call “creative flow”.
Flow is one of my desired feeling states. It is that activity that makes time pass without noticing and a sense of connection with something that is what I’m meant to do and be. Perhaps linked to my purpose.
Other flow moments for me are writing, photographing, and connecting deeply with people. Those are the things I find great pleasure in and in which I feel at my best.
What is your flow?
Something has opened up for me.
I have been having a flood of ideal scenarios playing out for me.
I have been desiring meaningful connection, collaboration and some direction toward what my next career step will be. I also have opened up a desire to do volunteer work that is aligned with my coaching/mentoring passion.
- Just this week I have 3 scheduled calls to discuss forward momentum with my ideal-type of clients (meaningful connection)
- I have said yes to a workshop for a local nonprofit (collaborate & volunteer)
- I have gotten 2 mentoring relationships started (volunteer)
- I have 2 new photography sessions on the books (creativity)
- AND I have had a response back regarding a possible job (career)
Other fun things are showing up like songs playing that I want to hear, :11 showing up on the clock on a regular basis, and not really related, but my DOG IS CLEAN!
I know how and why this works for me. I am actually masterful at getting what I want AND also being relaxed when it hasn’t shown up (yet). I am able to maintain an even energy that allows me to enjoy my simple abundant life while also launching desires and expansion that if it came would be FABULOUS, but if my life maintained its beautiful hum…I would be more than ecstatic.
I have become more and more skilled at playing both ends of the spectrum (simple AND expansive)…and I believe that is why sometimes I have these beautifully aligned periods. I know that to acknowledge, accept, and honor these times (which can be called “milking it”), boosts the possibility for more of the same (or better!).
I LOVE what this week is bringing. I LOVE that I can create and accept what comes into my life with ease and joy. I LOVE sharing how this works with others. Pretty amazing!
(picture is from my 15 year anniversary trip to Cambodia – one of my favorite trips ever!)
I have recently come to realize that I am motivated by the ‘story’ I get to tell when cool stuff happens in my life. I believe that I have the ability (and we all do) to be deliberate about how events unfold in our lives. I have a lifetime of evidence and recently a boat load of practiced experiences that confirm my belief.
As a result, now-a-days, I pre-pave major and minor events in my life with visualizing how I want to feel and what I want to see. I then think about the many ways that it will be possible. I then drop all of those possible ways and say “this or better”. I then watch with a sense of anticipation and curiosity as to how the story will play out and I get excited to share the story with others (once it transpires). Here is a recent example.
A few weeks ago I realized that my AMEX card was not in my wallet. I had a strong sense that it was in my house somewhere so I let it go. Over time I was reminded that I was missing the card when I went to pay for things and started to gain a sense of “responsibility” in terms of finding the card. I also entertained the uncomfortable idea that it COULD be in the hands of the wrong person.
On Saturday morning I sat down and wrote a pre-paving statement that the card shows up in the house in an unexpected place. I then felt the feeling of elation that I would have when I found it, and the excitement I would have to tell someone. I let the statement ‘go’ (ie released any attachment to how the card shows up) and went about getting serious about the missing card.
I first rummaged through all the usual hot spots where the card could be in my house. Nothing showed up. I realized then that I actually needed to take this seriously and call the missing card into AMEX. I also realized that I had to admit my ‘loss’ to my husband (YIKES!). I ‘braved up’ and told him. I am grateful for his relaxed response. I got the 1-800 number off of his AMEX card and sat down to call. I dialed the number and as I was waiting for someone to pick up, I grabbed a notebook in case I needed to take notes. I opened it to a random page…AND THE CARD WAS THERE!!!!
This kind of crazy stuff has been happening to me a lot lately. I think it is because I’ve become practiced at stating what I want, believing it is possible, letting it go, getting busy doing something that feels good (sometimes my “feel good” is to be resourceful in solving the problem) and waiting to see how the story unfolds.
I love love love to tell my own stories and witness others. The ones that are positive of course are keepers and are meant to inspire. The stories that don’t serve me/us are meant to be questioned and turned around to encourage the possibility of a different outcome and perception. I am in the practice of witnessing both (positive and negative-turned-positive) for my clients, my friends and myself. Let the story-sharing begin…I’d love to hear! It’s like a virtual Speak Easy!
Here’s what I have to say about my time with my new puppy:
I have slept less and walked more.
I have increased the number of times I’ve said:
no, sit, down, ouch, damn, you-little-shit, and stop humping me.
I suspect that my dog and my daughter were twins in another life because they both manifested these qualities as ‘babies’: smart, willful, independent, and cute-as-all-get-out. This made both of them hard to love at times. I now realize that all of those qualities are extremely healthy and desirable in the long run and so I am deciding to forgive both of them (and myself for making it mean I was not good at this ‘mommy’ job).
I’ve lost track of time while petting the pup and have decided to count it as “meditation”.
I’ve experienced the truth of the statement “you meet a lot of people when you own a dog” .
I have felt pride over the continual compliments about the puppy…as if I have anything to do with it.
I’ve experienced the rumored joy one can feel when your puppy’s body wiggles with excitement when you walk in the door: as if you’re the most important person in the world.
All of this to say, it has been a challenge and a JOY. Now that I am out of the deep fog of the early puppy days…it is safe to say:
I’m in love…for life.
Reflect and Refresh
In 2008 I set the intention to write daily as a self exploration, curiosity, creativity, and escape-from-boredom process. I started on/near my birthday. I truly enjoyed it and gained a great deal from the experience.
And then, it stopped and I created all kinds of stories about that. I have since let my old blog www.happinessanmoonshine.com stay ‘as is’ without updates.
Today is my birthday. I desire to write regularly again on this website. I’d like the cadence of writing I achieved back in the day.
Here’s to my 44th year (feels like an auspicious number). Here’s to renewed writing goals and enhanced inspiration.
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
This picture from my 2010 anniversary trip to Cambodia, came up on my computer today and I immediately connected with it.
For me, it symbolizes leading from the heart (and body) versus the head. It also represents what an ideal meditation session would look like – a cleared mind.
As much as this statue could be viewed as flawed and perhaps grotesque, I think it is beautiful and represents a goal I have when it comes to being more present, calm and centered. The thinking/head can complicate this state of being…this picture says it all. Nice!