Sometimes I forget to FEEL during the work week. Emotion is good. Emotion brings clearing. Emotion brings healing. We don't even need to THINK to feel. All we need to do is listen, rest and allow ourselves to stop thinking - just for a minute. Remember to breath and FEEL the beauty of this day. I'll work on it too. ~Kathy~ ("Nox Arumque" by Eric Whitacre performed by the St. Olaf Choir)
The next time you find yourself in one of those conversations where the other person clearly needs to “talk it out,” try giving yourself a rest. Listen. And after a while, say the magic words we all long to hear: "I understand. You are doing just fine." Or "You have a good head on your shoulders. You'll figure it out." Give the gift of "presence" with one of these phrases this week - watch the stress melt away from the person who is talking. ~Kathy~
Have you ever encountered someone who was an awkward conversationalist? I recently had an uncomfortable exchange with a fisherman at our neighborhood lake.
I was walking my dog, Logan, around the perimeter of the lake (one of our favorite places to walk). The fisherman seemed to be watching us approach which put my instincts on alert. As we got closer, I realized that he was watching Logan.
As we passed by he asked me, “Is he a killer?”
I probably should have been alarmed, but the question was so utterly ridiculous that it made me smile. (Logan spends most of his time under the bed. He is the opposite of a killer.)
I heard this quotation in a song last week and I thought it was really beautiful. Here are some thoughts to carry it forward into your day. For Morning: Who will you smile on today? Know that you are a sunbeam that has the power to shine indiscriminately on everyone you meet. Shine bright. For Evening: Who did you smile on today? Review it in your mind as you fall asleep tonight. You impacted so many today. Thanks for spreading your light. The sun smiles on everyone. It doesn't make choices. Who will you smile on today? ~Kathy~
Each of us is here for a reason – it does not matter WHAT we do. What matters is THAT we do.
As I was checking out at the grocery store today, the grocery store clerk put this in perfect perspective.
The clerk applied a $15 coupon to my order even though my order did not match the minimum amount stated on the coupon. I was so surprised and pleased that my order totaled less than I expected. I felt like I had won the lottery and was genuinely pleased when I said, “Thank you – you have really made my day.”
I was a participant at a self-awareness workshop and I happened to be sitting across from Emily - a woman who gave off a stern, unfriendly demeanor.
Emily had a frown on her face and seemed unusually protective of her workshop materials – drawing them close to her and putting them below the table where no one could see them (this behavior struck me as unusual because everyone else seemed to display their materials on their desks and greet others with a cautious kind of self-aware hello). She was well-dressed and confident but was not someone with...