Happy Holidays

I sit here on Christmas eve, blessed with my loyal German shepherd, Rachel, by my feet...thinking about my dear friends around the world. So many are facing the most difficult emotional situations conceivable...the death of a child...or of a parent. The fatal diagnosis of a grandchild. The end of a marriage or relationship.

Others are anticipating the beginning...of a new relationship...a birth of a child...a new job...or even just a new way of celebrating the holidays.

Where do you find yourself tonight? And what does it mean to you?

I am lonely tonight. I find myself missing the days when my children were young...and my mother was visiting...and we would throw pennies into the fireplace, and my children would be delighted with the presence of Santa Claus. Tonight, I so miss the presence of my mother...and my small children who are now grown. And I see...that, then I did not even have a inkling of the glorious grandchildren today whom I now enjoy beyond description!!

So what does that say about our future? What can we not yet see...that is waiting for us right around the corner?? How can we trust the unfolding of this moment...just the way it is?

Tomorrrow I will be with my family...I plan to enjoy each and every moment, because I realize how much I miss those of the past. I do not know what is next...I just know what is now. And I love being totally connected to this moment in time and to the important people in my life.

Happy holidays to you, my friends around the world. May 2012 bring peace, love and harmony to us all. Much love, Nan


Creating My New Year!!!

Happy New Year!

We are a few days into the New Year...and I am busy planning what I want my days to look like.  Not like in making resolutions that might soon be me those usually feel like deprivation and I rarely do well with being deprived of anything I think I want. It is the addict in me!

So instead, I am looking at the calendar in a whole new way, e.g., how much time to I want to time with my family....contribute to others...even exercise!  I am doing this in a number of ways.

1.  I am reflecting on what is important to me.  There is no reason to include anything else.  What do I really, really want?  So often we are very much removed from the answers to this question.
2. I am enlisting friends and family to support me as I learn to recognize what might be old fears or stories that would stand in my way of even knowing what I want!
3. I am answering questions, even when they feel difficult.  Those are usually the ones with profound gifts nestled inside.
4. I am taking ownership of my own life...realizing no one "makes" me do something or "keeps me from" doing something.  It is a liberating feeling.

This process takes time I am finding.  The most important learning tool I have is the true connection with myself. How do I feel after I do something? It is amazing how that can be my own personal internal guidance system. If I feel good, I include it in my plan.  If I have regrets, then I need to look at why before I even consider adding it to my plan.

I am excited this year about my plan...why wouldn't I be? It includes everything that is important to me...which includes how I am with others.

What is your plan for this year?  Are you budgeting time for things that you?  If not, what stands in your way?  Would love to hear your thoughts....and plans!!!

Starting My Blog

iStock_PuzzlePeople_000009338479XSmallWelcome to my first blog on our brand new eClubSoda site.
There is something so exciting about the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle coming together and revealing a magnificent picture. It can be so much fun to share this activity with family and friends and neighbors. With the invention of the social media, we have an opportunity to put jigsaw puzzles of IDEAS together from far and wide, no longer restricted by physical location.
I read so many blogs that are filled with derogatory comments, hatred and intolerance. I think it is time that all of us in this world perk up our ears and listen...truly not only ourself, but also to others and Life.

I see conversation having the potential to reveal new possibilities and find wonderful finding the fit of dissimilar opinions. We listen for what we don't know that the others might, rather than listening to disprove any differing perspectives. We honor the validity of the other person's point of view, even if we cannot exactly see it...yet. I emphasize "yet" because if we learn to listen with true curiosity, we will eventually be able to see why they see it in the way that they do. It doesn't mean we have to agree with it entirely...and it doesn't invalidate our own perspective. In fact, it actually expands it.


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