Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
- I have learned that moving on (even a little) in the direction of God's desires for me is like Jesus walking on the water! It is good to recognize progress made and to rejoice in every success we achieve.
- I have (finally) realized that an "All or Nothing" approach to life is counter-productive. Perfection is highly over-rated and focusing on it robs us of so much of life's wonder.
- I have come to reject the lock-step, one-size-fits-all approach to transformation. If change is to be lasting it must be personal.
- I have learned that observation is not the same as judgment, and that nobody can observe themselves objectively. That is why we need community!
- I have begun to recognize the intertwining threads of my life - especially when it comes to emotions and fears. You cannot pull one without affecting the others.
- I have seen how limiting my own judgments can become. I can be an artist (or anything else) if I decide to see the beauty of my creativity, and if I believe that anything is possible.
- I have learned to practice prioritizing. It is a waste of time to major in the minors.
- I have improved my ability to stay fully present to the presence of God in the present. This requires hanging in with myself and then letting God be God.
- I have realized the folly of trying to run from change. The best response is to rejoice in the opportunities change presents.
- I have found that every beginning begins with an ending. Life is all about saying "goodbye" in order to say "hello".
- I have recognized the crazy-making patterns of thought. No more "what ifs", "if onlys", or "comparisons" for me!
- I have affirmed the importance of Sabbath and the practice of agility. We all need to take time to remember what time is for.
- I have discovered that to follow my desire for re-birth is to keep that star in my sight. It requires me to follow to places I cannot even yet imagine.
- And... I have learned to celebrate every step along the way. Every dream, vision, and goal deserves a life of joy at the moment of its conception and throughout its path to completion.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
In the movie "City Slickers", Jack Parlance plays a crusty old cowboy who lives by his own code of ethics, what might be called "Curly's Law", summed up in this little bit:
Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is?
Curly: This. [holds up one finger]
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don't mean shit.
Mitch: But what is the "one thing?"
Curly: [smiles] That's what you have to find out.
Curly's Law, Do One Thing... It's a variation on Lucy's prescription and my own intuition. In order for me to find out what my "one thing" is, I have to go through a continual process of prioritization. I have to find out what is major and what is minor, each and every day. And then I have to surround myself with people who will support my majoring in the majors and letting go of the minors. Because I don't want to put off until tomorrow what I can easily put off until the day after (or the week after, the month after, the year after, the decade after...) tomorrow.