Anchor

Went to a meeting this morning and it was about letting go. Let go of fears, resentments and plans. You might not get what you want, but you’ll get what you need and can be blessing for others.

Anchor, I am at Rollins College and am a graduate of Rollins College.

Rollins Logo:

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Anchor for my Soul

Also, there is a verse in the bible that says I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten Joel 2:25. and going to Rollins and substitute teaching in a high school kind of made up for the years and I get to start again. Get a new job, find a new place, start life over again.

Herbert Stein quote: if something cannot go on forever it will stop.

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Duck Kerfuffle, day off

I took the day off to take care of myself and that’s okay. I have to make sure I’m okay and love myself before I can love my neighbor. Met a friend this morning and followed up. she got a new pup. Never allow someone to talk you into putting your dog down. If I could go back, I would have let wooffie live out her life.

Walked this morning around the lake. there was a duck kerfuffle.

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Valentine’s day, Gwen Stefani

Happy Valentine’s Day

My Funny valentine

Everywhere I went yesterday, I heard a Gwen Stefani song.

Sweet Escape at the Wawa, Hollaback Girl at the Goodwill and Circles and Trianges at Whole Foods. #lovegwenstefani

went to the doctor yesterday. I am healthy and appreciative of health insurance.

James Russell Lowell

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,— Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own. - James Russell Lowell

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stuff, sore throat

just some random stuff:

Confidence allows you and me to face life with boldness, openness, and honesty. It enables us to live without worry and to feel safe. It enables us to live authentically. Trust me on this: God will never help you be some other person. He wants you to be you!

also i have a sore throat. I need to tell myself, it’s okay to speak up and use my voice.

Throat Problems: The inability to speak up for one’s self. Swallowed anger. Stifled creativity. Refusal to change. – Sore throat: Holding in angry words. Feeling unable to express the self.

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hallway haiku

I walk under trees

their canopies envelope me

until I gallop

 

I cry

I die

a little everyday

then wake up

to live again

 

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Escape

I’ve been hearing the word escape a few times this past week. It was a category on Jeopardy, probably to promote the Galapagos Island trip

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and then I was reading Genesis 40 to the end this morning about Joseph escaping from Potiphar’s wife and then in Step Six , p. 66 we who have escaped these extremes might want to congratulate ourselves. But should we?

Escaped a metaphorical bullet when landlady decided not to give me notice and is letting me stay until I find a place.

I can’t escape myself:

The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” – Charles Dubois

also, I ate an entire avocado today=277 calories and it was so worth it. Saturated fats, vitamin K and my cholesterol just went down.

continuation from yesterday is practicing the opposite: that being betrayed shows me to practice loyalty and honesty. Loose lips and gossips means keeping confidences, lonely and ignored, means listening and acknowledged, exalting in the shame and downgrading of another person means compassion and affirming.

At 3rd period, had to go over to the Art class. Impressionism, Seurat, Degas and Van Gogh.

Ballet Rehearsal on Stage, 1874 by Edgar Degas

these kids just didn’t get it. I basically told them the answers. They were more interested in the video games on their phones.  a friend was telling me her son goes to a private school. I am also looking at a career in health. The harp, the teaching, the conflict resolution, it’s leading me to something. Trudging that road to happy destiny.

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Gaps

We all have gaps in our lives. Some are self-imposed; others are imposed upon us.

 

Let’s look at our gaps:

the gap between stimulus and response. This is the gap when something happens to us and, what Jack Kornfield says, is the “space between instinct  and action”. 

He then goes on to explain that there is the first arrow, which pierces us, and then the second arrow of our anger and pain and outrage.

Some anger can be directed to social action and creating a better society, like the anger of Jesus who drove out the money lenders from the temple. See:   Mark 11:15-17.

This kind of response takes practice. the practice of not responding quickly or sharply, it is learned, not automatic.

the second gap is a play on the letters G, A, P.

G is for gratitude or greatful. It is acknowledging the good stuff like fresh air, beautiful music, the grace and kindness of others, our health, paychecks, money and food. the ‘A’ is for appreciative which sounds similar to greatful, but appreciate actually means to add value. It is to know how valuable and worthy something really is, like the roof over your head, like your health, like money. Like my time and talents and to not discount them.

The ‘P’ is pleased. Feeling the actually feeling of feeling full after eating, enjoying the music you just played and delighting in knowing a higher power actually is conducting the affairs of the day and directing our lives.

There is a gap between where we are and where we want to. Yes, we are here and need to be here, now and practice acceptance. It is what it is. but what tiny little steps can I take daily to go toward the vision. I can apply for the job, I can let go of the past,

I can take a chance on a new friendship, I can learn to play a new song, I can call and ask how to get into TV commercials, I can speak the truth, in love and risk the rejection that my truth brings.

Last gap. is grief,

the grief of letting go, of the place, the person, the dream and letting it die and realizing, I have to do something new, I have to trust and adjust and the anger of that and the injustice and the rage, but then the

acceptance

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and part, my part. Am I reactionary?

or do I own myself?

Dr. Henry Cloud:

Most people are so caught up in trying to control the things they cannot control — other people, circumstances, or outcomes — that in the process they lose control of themselves. And here is the real paradox. It is only when you do take control of yourself that you will begin to have significant influence on those other things: people, circumstances, and outcomes. People in control of themselves do the most to influence everyone and everything around them to good ends, results, and profits. But they start with themselves, and that is the essence of boundaries.

People with good boundaries feel as if their lives belong to them, and no one else. Their feelings, thoughts, choices, desires, opinions, behaviors, talents, and whatever else goes on in their lives exist on their property — their minds, hearts, and souls. They do not “disown” these things by thinking they are someone else’s problem.

Which areas of your life — your time, energy, passion, and thoughts — do you own, and to what extent? I want to help you explore that more.

Cheers,   Henry

 

and the gap that only God can fill. Whether you believe or don’t, there is a Love available that doesn’t always take the form we think. It’s not material, it’s not the applause or the money–although, that stuff is nice, but I am learning that I can own it and it doesn’t have to own me.

Jeremiah 3:19 “‘How gladly would I treat you like my children and give you a pleasant land… I thought you would call me ‘Father’ and not turn away from following me.” God wants to be your ultimate Father. He wants to take care of you, love you and hold you close.

Jeremiah 3:19 “‘How gladly would I treat you like my children and give you a pleasant land… I thought you would call me ‘Father’ and not turn away from following me.” God wants to be your ultimate Father. He wants to take care of you, love you and hold you close.

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