Thoughts about the season: As night steals more and more light from day, I am blessed by brilliant russets, golden leaves, textured pine cones dropping from sturdy trees, and more and more the clarity of stark branches high against the November sky. A new cord of firewood is firmly stacked outside, next to the remnants of the old wood which will keep us warm until the new is better seasoned. On the inner foil of a recent Dove wrapper (the chocolate made my day!) I saw, “Blessings only come to those who notice.” With this momentous election somewhat behind us, uncertainty about so much in our world and the fullness of the coming holiday, I take my blessings where I find them, particularly in beauty, continuity and the love of family. And chocolate.
Short sentence, big truth. Writing about your life is a reflective practice, a spiritual experience. Often I start out believing I know what I want to say and where I’m going. And often I find myself–really find myself–headed elsewhere. Some unexpected memory, or a new thought out of the blue, or a need to stop and explore what I’m feeling when I wrote those unexpected words…all these take me to a deeper place in myself than I knew I’d be going. Then the writing begins to come from somewhere down below. It’s me, and it’s more than the me I started with. I’m connected to something, all I know is that it’s deep and that it’s true, I get the sense that it’s maybe universal, and I feel it’s my soul revealing itself, again, to me.
Headline quote from John Clare, 19th century English poet
I never like hearing mature, capable adults, especially people I like and respect, say, “I don’t know what I’m going to be when I grow up.” I want to shout, “You are grown-up! Acknowledge yourself! If you’re standing on the threshold of one of life’s many doorways and you can’t see what’s in the next room, please honor the many spaces you’ve already lived in and learned from. Please don’t discount all your hard-earned experience.”
It was exciting to be interviewed by Sandy Stevens of the Naperville Sun last May. Her story touches on Words That Endure®’s Personal Biography service. The delightful story is here.