Back to Basics

Some people will continue to distract, numb out and disconnect. There is no shame in this response. It is a natural response to a threat. In many cases the threat to our safety is quite real.

On the other hand, I believe humanity (and our earth home) is in the middle of the most growth and expansion we’ve seen in at least a century.

How does one continue to work, play, love and laugh amid such enormous change and uncertainty?

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Choice is Self-Love

As humans, it appears that we can get pretty mixed up about our choices. We forget that we have them. We tell ourselves that “we had no choice.” We deny responsibility for our choices. We let others choose for us. We forget that choices are meant to be followed by action. We don’t want to admit that choice gives us our results and outcomes.

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Love

Love says, “I care too much to let you do that.” Love puts its head down and growls and says, “I will protect you and stand beside you until you are strong enough to protect yourself.” Love grabs the sword of caring and conviction, looks in the mirror and says, “I love you enough to say ‘no’ when I need to and ‘yes’ to your brilliance.”

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Student of Surrender

Wisdom and learning are fun for me and keep life interesting. For the most part, I haven’t been too resentful about all the “schooling” that life has required of me. Considering the number of hard knocks that I took, I feel I’m pretty open to growing into my full potential throughout the rest of my life.

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It is Open

Just as the sun rises everyday with new determination, a life that was haunted, is now full of possibility. After the initial healing, it seems that for the majority of people, life begins to unfold with much promise.

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Get in the Van

Looking back, I believe that our friendship was a huge factor in the desire to change. I never had a friend like Karen. She runs a very successful business, is an author, runs upwards of 20 races per year, has a family, travels around the world speaking and inspiring women to participate in STEM careers. Even more important than these accomplishments are the facts that she is one of the kindest, generous and non-judgmental people I have ever met.

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Foundational Equity

One of the first lessons in that “college of the body,” was that the first organ to form in the human fetus is the heart. Following the heart is the spinal cord, the foundation of the entire nervous system. The nerves tell the muscles what to do, and the muscles move the bones, enabling the most magical matrix of movement, thought and creation to operate.

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Foundation to Freedom

Once you have constructed this solid, beautiful foundation, then you can begin to climb. You can implement prosperity thinking and things like affirmations of your great good. Why now? Because you have foundation and a reference point on which to stand; you have proof that the home you have built is safe.

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Erosion

We grow through what we go through. Each storm brings new surprises and damage. Yet, with deep roots, just like the trees we have planted on our hillside, we can flex and bend, lose a branch or two and still gratefully reach for the sunshine after the storm.

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The Garden of Change

“My how you’ve changed since I’ve changed.”

There have been many times throughout my life that I noticed, laughed or redirected my attention to this simple statement. Those times are nothing like the steady current of truth flowing through this theme in my life in sobriety.

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