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Life is now

How many of us are waiting? Waiting until things are better. Waiting until we get the job. Until we fix the house. Until we fix our life.

What are we waiting for? Life is now.

Life is in this moment. What am I doing? How am I spending my time? What am I feeling? Who am I with?

Life is right now. Am I present? Am I happy? Am I loving and giving? Am I letting in ease and joy?

Life is here. Am I paying attention? Am I noticing and savoring? Am I letting it in?

It’s so easy to miss so much of it. It’s so easy to wait for later or to wait for more. It’s so easy to focus on the future or the past. But life is now.

My life is now. Here. In this moment. And it’s up to me whether I’m fully in my life or whether I’m waiting for something else.

How can I be more here and be more now? How can I pay more attention to my feet on the ground, my fingers on the keyboard? How can I give my full self to whomever I’m with and whatever I’m doing?

I breathe. I listen. I feel what’s going on in my body, and I heed what’s going on in my mind. I look at the people I’m with or the beauty that surrounds me.

I give it my all. All of my thoughts. All of my attention. All of my care.

Because life is now.

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I am Love Embodied

That’s what my friend “titled” me, when she titled all of us in our Positive Psychology program. Love Embodied. It was amazing how everyone’s new title fit – and captured – them so well. It was amazing how much mine was the essence of everything I believe and every way I want to be.

Love Embodied.

We had to define our purpose in our program. That was easy. My purpose is to love and be loved.

Perhaps I didn’t receive enough love – or at least enough healthy love – when I was young and that is why I love so much and so wholeheartedly. Perhaps my upbringing in a cult was destructive, but perhaps it also indoctrinated me to love with all my heart. Perhaps my journey towards health and recovery has taught me to come from love – self-love, love of others, love for the world – and to search out ways to connect and to share joy, beauty, and caring.

Whatever the reason, I love to love. And my friend recognized this. Recognized it enough to give me a nameplate.

Love Embodied.

I wear my new title proudly. I choose love each and every day. I love to love. I am Love Embodied.

I highly recommend it. It’s fun – and soul heartening – to love.

Love Embodied.

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If I’m going to take offense, I might as well go all out

Someone I love dearly said this to me. In their defense, they said it as a joke.

It can be a joke, and it can also have a message, at least for me.

I think I like to go all out with nearly everything. Those who know (and hopefully love) me would probably agree. I like to work hard, play hard, love hard, laugh hard, dig deep, give it all my all, have passionate conversations about values and beliefs, and dive into situations. So if I were going to take offense at something, I’d probably do that all out as well.

It also reminds me that taking offense is a choice. I can take it, or I can not. Someone can say the same thing to me on two different days, and my responses can be polar opposites. Sometimes I laugh things off and let things slide, and sometimes I take offense. Sometimes I take a lot of offense.

I coach my clients to be intentional about how they act and react. I coach them to make a decision about what they say and do. I can do the same about taking offense.

I can choose to not take anything, myself included, too seriously today, or I can take offense and go all out. And enjoy it.

I might as well go all out.

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