MY PLAYMATE

July 26, 2019

One of the things I love most
about you is that you are always
there to come play with me.
You are the one who reminds me of
Melanie singing I have
a brand new pair of roller skates,
you have a brand new key.
You are my playmate.

You are the one who when I
am pausing,
is my best friend and
says lets play.
You watch cooking shows with me,
listen to music with me,
makes me laugh,
brings me joy, and
says let’s play again.

You bring out my inner child.
and remind me you like to have fun too.
You love when we say
let’s play,
let’s laugh,
let’s be silly,
and have a good time.
I am so glad you are
my playmate.

You remind me to pause,
say I have the key
do you have the roller skates.
we have swung on swings,
read books,
splashed in water,
made blueberry banana bars
and hidden under the covers
we call tents.
Thank you for being
my playmate.

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STAY FULL

November 2, 2018

I love how children
find such wonder in
opening a present
a new toy
or discovering the
mysteries of life

Then they grow up
and we teach them
how to lose that sense of
wonder,
creativity,
joy, or
mystery

We, as adults
need to stay full of
wonder,
joy, and mystery
so we can help our
children stay full
keep their sense of wonder,
joy,
and mystery.
Together, we can share
and rediscover the
world in which
we live.

BECOMING THE TREE

July 13, 2018

Dear God,

I know you never put more on us then we can bear, but this year has been filled with challenges. If I had to pick a word for that I have learned this year, it would be tenacity. I have learned to have the determination to rise about difficult circumstances. It does not mean it has been easy, but I am making myself rise. I am finding the strength within myself to keep on going.

There have been days when I felt so deeply and did see my own strength, but I would remember to release the fears that were obscuring my vision. You found your way of reminding me to be like the Tree of Heaven, the tree Betty Smith wrote about in her novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She wrote, “Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first time or last time. Then your time on Earth will be filled with joy.”

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

September 30, 2017

“Do you ever wonder why things have to turn out the way they do?” What would happen if you did? What moments of wonder will you discover?

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

September 29, 2017

If wonder is the beginning of wisdom, are you working on becoming wise or are you focused on walking away from your wisdom

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

September 28, 2017

Where are you focusing your attention, on the wonders of the world or the taste for destruction of the environment.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

September 27, 2017

Have you ever wondered about how the Divine keeps you from getting what you think you want? How many moments of wonder have you missed

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OPEN MY EYES

September 26, 2017

Years ago, the spiritual director I was working with talked with me about a Japanese form of self-defense called aikido. She talked with me about how when we are surprised and thrown off guard, we want to fight or free. We want to narrow our world and our vision to create this protective force around us. Rather than do so, she suggested I practice what she called “soft eyes.” Practicing soft eyes meant that I challenged myself to expand rather than contract my view of the world.

When we open our eyes, and allow ourselves to see the greatness of the world and the grace which surrounds us, it softens our heart, mind, and soul. Rather than want to resist or run when taken by surprise, practicing wonder allows us to open ourselves up to the great mystery of the world.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

September 26, 2017

It is the magic and wonder of what lies ahead which has the potential to keep us together when we want to give up and walk away. So wonder!

 

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

September 25, 2017

Have you ever stopped to wonder at who you are and how you have grown and evolved into the person you are in this moment of time?

 

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