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This is only a Test

hear_no_evil_see_no_evil_speak_no_evilLast week, i caught myself.  I was preparing to complain about the driving of my kindly chauffeur du jour.  I paused momentarily to consider how readily the thoughts of her seemingly poorly acclimated vehicle maneuvering techniques, managed to land the truck squarely in every newly uncovered pothole in a very wide street.

In that moment i wondered, “how quiet would my day be, if i never spoke of any one’s failings, misadventures, calamities or foibles?”  Hmmm, interesting premise for a Hollywood movie.  Anyway, i’ve started living the “TEST” and i must say it’s been insanely challenging, fabulously rewarding and fairly quiet/serene.  Therefore, i challenge you to discover the other side of that wondering.  Go ahead, it’s only a TEST.

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It’s The Journey, Stoopid!

life highway signLeaving from your door each day you set out, ultimately to arrive home in the evening or morning from a day’s labor, errands, visits or the like. The unveiling of the “stuff in the middle” is neither assured nor inevitable. The details that spring upon you as the day unfolds, gives rise to anxiety, anger, frustration, fear, laughter, joy, hope, satisfaction and dissatisfaction or any combination of a broad range of emotional possibilities. At the end, you are home, as you had planned.

Upon reflection, you assess the day’s unfurling as worthwhile … at least enough to do it again the next day. The happenings of LIFE occur in between the known variables of origin and destination. Yet, so much attention of our society is focused on the evaluation of LIFE based on the perceived proximity to a destination. Through that logic, leaving from your origin (and ultimate destination, in this case) should probably be considered ill-advised, as your proximity to your destination increases, putting you further from your goal… home.

the journey unfoldsHaving stumbled upon this self-inflicted lunacy, I began to be intentionally irreverent and disrespectful with myself in private conversation with … of course, myself. Some time ago a politico coined a term; “It’s the economy stupid,” in addressing what is and should be the obvious and main talking point concern of that campaign. So, one morning as I meandered through yet another waking routine, I shocked myself into a state of “presence in the moment by declaring “It’s the journey, stoopid!”

I no longer leave the house to arrive, anywhere. I leave for the experience of the journey. Certainly, I have a general outline of exciting points and sites I’d like to experience and explore. Yet, moreover, I give myself to the fluidity of the unexpected, unplanned and most rewarding of gifts to be bestowed upon humanity … choice. I find God, the Source, the All, peace, serenity, joy and happiness in the daily drama and circumstance of the choice, made manifest in the minuscule shaping of a moment.

We offer for consideration, leave this moment for the full experience of another; an experience and growth that can only be known in the journey of your choice.

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I Breathe

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I dare to breathe with intent.

I breathe in the fullness of opportunity and growth.

As I breathe; I inhale love, joy, hope,  and all there is that is truth.

I breathe with hope of the never ending ability to enjoy all LIFE has to offer.