Tag Archives: growth

To Sprint a Marathon

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When you think you should’ve done better,
be gentle; allow yourself to try again.
Yes, be honest with yourself
and make clear choices about the next time,
but still, be gentle.
Would you admonish a toddler
for not knowing how to sprint a marathon?

The Choice is Mine

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Sources of inspiration coalesce,
sending me the same message
until it reaches in
and takes root.
Eventually
they’re all saying the same thing:
Open, grow, let it flow.
So I open.
I open.
I open more.
And the changes come slowly at first,
but then more quickly over time.
I see my responsibility
in opening to possibility
and how the only one ever
holding me back was, well,
ME.
Now, this, this is power:
realizing that the failure was mine,
but now so is the success.
And I get to choose.

It’s Time To Grow

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All signs point to this,
and all voices are saying this:
Lorien, GROW.
GROW, Lorien, GROW.
GROW, GROW, GROW!
And I hear the voices
and I see the signs,
and…
I get scared.
What if I fail?
What if I look stupid?
What if they don’t like me?
What if my life ends up worse
for having tried and failed?
But the old way of thinking
is no longer working.
If I keep
doing what I’ve always done
I’ll only end up
getting what I always got.
Looks like,
if I want life to be different
it’s time to for me to grow.

No Stress

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And then it hit me—
not like a ton of bricks
but gently,
like an angel giving me a little love slap—
I really don’t have anything to stress about.
I have food
I have shelter
My children are safe and healthy
I have a family who loves me
and friends too
I am able-bodied, able-minded
with so many resources available to me
to craft a life in alignment
with my deepest soul desires.
What in the HELL am I stressing about,
really?
I put myself in hell and have wallowed in it,
only because things didn’t go the way
I thought they would.
Welcome to REAL LIFE, Lorien.
I’m ready to get over my damn self.
No more stress.

I Will Not Hide

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I will not hide.
This light shines for all to see.
I will not try to live within
the box you built for me;
it cannot contain me.
Everyday I am growing;
I am sorry you cannot keep up.
But don’t worry,
this light will still be shining
by the time
you are no longer afraid
to open your eyes
and really see.

Problem or Opportunity?

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Things are never as bad
as you think they are.
Indeed “problems”
are constructs of our mind;
they originate in our thoughts
about reality
but aren’t necessary the truth
of this one expansive now moment.
Something challenges you,
and instead of calling it a problem,
why not say instead
Ah! An opportunity to grow!
It’s all about your mindset.
If you choose a problem mindset,
you’ll feel stuck, embittered, frustrated,
lost, annoyed, impatient…terrible.
If you choose a growth mindset,
you’ll rise to the challenge,
feeling empowered, inspired,
open, motivated, bold…awesome.
So, where do you stand?
Problem, or opportunity?

The Simple Joy

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When we are at peace with ourselves
we are more apt to greet challenges
as friends,
and the swords of others’
disagreement
and the arrows of their misunderstanding
can become flowers of awakening
in our own minds.
The work is not in changing
the people in our lives
so that we might enjoy them more,
the work is in knowing
the bright core of our changeless presence
and remembering
our inherent goodness
that we may awaken
to the simple joy
that is always there.