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Just for today look at the world through the eyes of forgiveness!
I believe in words. I believe in the power they hold. I believe in the story a single word creates.
Bouquet. Tendril. Secret. An encounter with my junk drawer unearthed a buried book of Magnetic Poetry – that simple but ingenious invention—affirmed my faith in words.
My Magnetic Poetry book—a chunky spiral bound tome—is filled with refrigerator cryptograms and provides the perfect opportunity to tell a story. Magnetic words can be used anyone—anyone big enough to reach the icebox and with enough digital dexterity to separate the tiny words from their magnetic home base.
Precocious toddlers, stooped elders and funny kids can participate. Lovers, newly-weds and the long married have equal access. Universal in its appeal, you can love it or hate it and still partake in it.
It’s Scrabble without the stress, a crossword without the clues or hangman without the noose. The object is to embrace all of poetry’s shapes—odes and lunes and tanka and tercet. Forced to create from limited resources compels us to pare down to essentials. It requires the sentence creator to wholeheartedly do their job.
In this game the words take center stage. I have my favorites among the magnetic options.
Summer and song and secret.
Liquid and love and leave.
I love the creativity of put-together words like out-let and song-bird.
I love vivid words like summer and plums.
I love lexis that buzz and jump and make you look twice while pretending not to.
I love Haiku and tiny tales that jump off the board and send tidal waves of Oh’s to passersby.
liquid songs pronounce
morning shower so lovely
summers secret sound
teach from here you said
bruised tongue staggers over his page
dark red book blossoms
Pure expression and creative endeavor—pick up a few words today—tell a miniature story.
Leave your poem below!
(original post Aug ’09)
My sister and I were having a craving for adventure–not huge big, crazy things–but the kind of adventure that gets your heart racing and kicks you out of your comfort zone. Physical adventure keeps “death by complacency” at bay. We both feel the call of the “wild” when we aren’t being challenged physically and emotionally. Sometimes you just need to feel the tingle of fright and jump off the tower.
Jumping off the tower is what we did this weekend. No–not bungy jumping or gliding but “zip lining.” Zipline adventures have been popping up around the states especially in ski resorts. Since Florida is deficit in ski facilities we settled for a safari zip–still great fun–just not as high or dry. Our zips flew over swampy grounds where alligators and other wet land creatures reside. And for those who find heights a bit of a challenge even 55 feet off the ground poses a challenge.
So we harnessed our torsos and helmeted our noggins and climbed the first tower where our guides hooked and unhooked our lines before encouraging that first step into air suspended only by a small wire cable. Wheeeeeeeeee…..
Each tower got progressively taller and faster and by the seventh leap we were laughing and videoing our glide through the trees. By the end–we were ready to tackle something bigger and scarier. We’re already planning a moonlight zip when the alligators come alive and night noises are scarier than the zipping!
If you consider experiential learning an element of a better life–then physical adventures are a fun and quick way to boost your feeling of aliveness. Try it!
Today I am selling my deceased parents house. This was a retirement home for them–not a house I ever lived in. If there is an emotional connection to this closing it would only be because it wasn’t done sooner.
I’ll be glad to close the book on this saga–it wasn’t a happy series of experiences. Yet, it does cause a nagging feeling about some situations that could have been handled differently. Not regrets so much as evaluations from a different heart.
The more time passes the more such events (deaths, job losses, moves) become internal growth rings rather than external turmoil. Criticism folds into itself and evaporates leaving just a misty hint of what all the fuss was about. It’s time to go.
Rest in peace.
Are you seeking ways to nurture your personal growth? Continuing education, conferences, DVD/CD programs and coaching are all great ways to improve yourself—but don’t neglect looking inside yourself first.
The difficult questions and the best answers lie within you. If you’re committed to self-development review the following key factors and note where you might be falling short.
Be Responsible – Ask yourself if you own up to every action, every word and every thought you make. Do you give away responsibility with language peppered with “There was a lot of traffic. . .” or “There’s nothing I can do about it.”
Tell the Truth – This isn’t so easy, is it? Tell the truth walks hand-in-hand with being responsible to form a base of integrity. For one full day, pay attention to every slight falsehood you utter.
Show Up – Are you “present” in each moment and with each person you encounter? Show up for yourself, your kids, your clients and everyone else. This doesn’t mean that you give yourself away or spread yourself too thin.
Work Hard – Working smart usually doesn’t come until after you’ve worked hard to get smart enough to work smarter!
Be Coachable – Keep your ears wide open and your mouth closed. Ask for and listen to feedback. Act accordingly.
Play Well with Others – Self explanatory. You don’t have to be friends with everyone but you do need to know how to get along with others. Everyone does not think the same way that you do. Learn to communicate in the way others want to be communicated with, not just the way you like to communicate.
Don’t Get Sick – “Well, that’s not in my control” . . . I can hear it now. Practice good health and take care of your appearance everyday. Do the things you know are good for and let go of the habits that are killing you. Start by adding one good habit and release one harmful habit, rather than trying to change everything at once. If you do get sick, take immediate steps to get well quickly. Avoid making others ill—wash your hands frequently and stay home if you need to.
Get Real – Practice getting truthful with yourself and you’ll develop awareness. Awareness is the ability to see yourself and your intentions before you act. This alone will change your life.
Personal growth is a life-long process. Embrace the challenges and go with the flow rather than fight change.
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