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Ferris Wheel Life

Personally, I love roller coasters. All kinds; fast ones, upside down ones, all sorts of loop-de-loops. I used to ride every one I could when I attended the fair as a kid. I have taken my kids on many throughout raising them.  As I have aged I find that I get slightly more and more nauseous being spun around in circles or going upside down so my days of twisting, roller coasters are more limited than I would prefer.

But I found the last few years I have really started to like the Ferris Wheel. It moves at a moderate speed, allowing you to see everything around you down below.  It stops often giving you a chance to chat with your partner in the small car. It is open rather than enclosed allowing you to feel the air on your face. And thinking about this particular ride made me think of what a great metaphor for life this ride is.

This wheel of life we spin on is often huge and complicated.  We’ve many spokes jutting out of ourselves. Our relationships, children, families, jobs, friends, responsibilities, etc. These “cars” of our life, if you will, are at times at the top, other moments at the bottom. We have seasons of going faster and feeling life is whirling by.  And seasons when everything seems to slow down.  Time seems to come to a stop and gives us rest.  And we can take a moment to look around.  To breathe and re-group.  Or see these as moments to re-connect with our car mate.

Riding a roller coaster is exciting and fun.  I love the speed and exhilaration of that stomach drop as you go flying up and down and around.  But as I get older and too much of life has already flown by, I find I am learning to enjoy the slower pace of a ride that allows me to stop and see the scenery.

I find most of our life is probably somewhere in the middle.  Riding along and looking about, moving either up or back down. Having those moments at the top, especially when you are stopped there for a moment and look out enjoying the view, those are the highlights of life.  Those are the times you have accomplished something great.  You have helped your children, partner, coworkers, etc reach their highlight moments.  This is where you can see and feel the joys of life.   And as you come back around, heading down, or as you head up, may those moments build you and grow you, preparing you to round the circle again and again.

I find I am enjoying being in the middle of this ride, my car heading back up.  Soon to be at the top.  I will stop and enjoy the view.  Look around, take it in, allow the wind on my face and revel in that space.  And be thankful I get to keep on this ride each day.  I hope whatever part of the ride you are on right now, you can see the positives of it.  I hope you look about and see the work that got you to the top.  See the pains and joys and beauty that is this life.

And if you find a Ferris Wheel, I hope you hop on, take a moment, slow down and look around.  Enjoy the ride!

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Sunday reflections (23): Finding Rest

It’s another Sunday here. I’m back online this weekend; woohoo. I’ve been battling a bad cold all week, still not fully myself. Being overly tired and drained keeps me from being my best self. I’m easily annoyed and short tempered. And not very productive which frustrates me. I’m not very good at resting. My mind nor my body.

Thinking about what to write today, I decided that perhaps I need to focus on Rest. How an important part of living your best life is learning how to relax, rest and recharge. How vital learning to quiet your mind is to your overall health. It’s all right to take a nap occasionally. It’s ok to read for pleasure. Yoga and meditation are great practices to implement in your daily life.

I have not been doing the activities that I know keep me feeling my best. That help me feel mentally recharged. Whenever I get sick I’m reminded how much I needed that downtime. Think it’s nature’s way of forcing us to rest.

So today I’m taking that time. I’m going to read a bit. Maybe take a nap. Definitely take a walk in the sunshine. Sit outside and breathe the fresh air.

It’s ok to take moments; daily I recommend, for just yourself to learn to rest. It’s important to claim alone time for rejuvenating. When we get these moments, when we lean into rest, we learn how to work through our emotions quicker I believe. We have more patience, become less annoyed when things go sideways. Because we know how to practice quieting our minds. Learning how to rest isn’t only for moments of exhaustion, rest is important for becoming our best selves.

Have a great restful day!

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Sunday reflections (18)

Waking up to a beautiful lake view this morning! Quiet and peaceful as we start another weekend of celebration. Birthdays and Father’s day! Enjoy your loved ones today!

Thank you babe for being there for all the kids, for being all this!

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Friday’s word (30)

Today’s word is not only fun but brings a picture in my mind off my favorite places. The beach in Halewa, Hawaii. The Montana mountains. In a kayak watching the sunset. Just the thoughts of these places brings me peace and happiness.

I hope every one of you reading this has a place you think of when you read this word. Somewhere that brings you great contentment. That when you’re there all stresses melt away and you find joy. That is beautiful and you immediately smile upon just the thought of being there.

Picture your Xanadu today and have a fabulous Friday!

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Sunday self care (5)

Today is Veterans day here in the US. We honor those who have served to protect and defend our nation and it’s people. I’m so grateful to live in a country where I’m free to make my own choices and live the life I chose. We are so used to having our freedoms we don’t often think enough about the sacrifices made to obtain and keep them. Today we do. Flags go up, cemeteries are visited and decorated and we thank our veterans.

As I’m getting to enjoy a weekend with daughter at college, I wasn’t thinking much about this. But because of others sacrifices, I was able to drive my own car, 5 hours away from home, by myself, eat where I choose, walk around the park, enjoy a lovely afternoon and evening… At complete peace about my safety.

To all those who don’t have this luxury and it should be a right but I acknowledge it isn’t for some… May you continue to find ways to be free. May you continue to seek personal ways to find that peace within yourself. I hope all those who don’t have these same “freedoms”, keep pushing and fighting for them.

Today I honor all veterans and remember my freedoms are due to their sacrifices.

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Sunday self care (4)

Today as I woke up, walked downstairs and headed to the garage to get my workout in, I stopped to look around. I noticed the kitchen is clean. There are flowers on the table. My books piled next to my chair. My son’s bookbag in the corner. I see a beautiful collection of family and those I love.

I thought today’s quote applied to how I was feeling as I looked around. I try to focus on the good my life is filled with now. Just a year ago I was in a different mental space. Many of the same things were present in my life, but I didn’t pay attention. Now, its a daily goal to highlight what is good, everywhere in my life. Not thinking about solving everything or everyone’s issues. But taking the moments to be present and to fill my life up with good things. Every time I do this, I’m leaning into the pile of good that is my life.

What can you add to your pile of good today? This week? Keep adding just one thing, soon it will be so big you have to climb over the pile to find bad. Not in life; bad things still come, but when standing on top of your good pile, your soul and spirit are bolstered up to handle it.

I hope you find good today.