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Evening Gratitude

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I reach the end of the day
feeling deep gratitude
in every cell and fiber
of my tired body.

I gave my all today,
body, heart, mind and spirit.
I touched the lives of my students,
witnessed their transformation,
felt humbled
by the opportunity to bring value
to their lives through my work.

It took me a while
to see that I’m the one
who needs to value what I do
if I want others to see the value.

For so long
I relied on an external validation of my worth.
Finally, FINALLY
I’m seeing that
as long as I validate myself,
I don’t need anyone to do it for me.

Gratitude washes over me.
I have no more words.

Struggle…Opportunity

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It’s a struggle,*
but only because
it’s always been a struggle.
If I can change my mind,
if I can see a different way,
this might become
an opportunity.
This is an opportunity
to slow down,
listen
to the rhythms of my body-mind,
honor the self
that tries so hard to be good.
Can I love her
when she wants to scream?
Can I love her
when she is tired?
Can I appreciate
everything she has been through?
Instead of doing
what I’ve always done,
can I try something new?
If nothing else,
this struggle
has given me an opportunity
to come home to myself
if only for this moment.
I want to find the Self
in all the swirls of emotion,
in the body aches and fatigue,
in the loneliness—
and I want to love her fiercely.

 

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*Ladies out there, give me an AMEN if you too find yourself accosted with darkness and mood swings in conjunction with your moon cycle. It has been this way my whole adult life. What helps you manage to make it through those days of darkness until the sun breaks through the clouds again?

And guys out there…when your ladies get this way, have you found a way to help them make it through, or do you run in the opposite direction? I mean…it is INTENSE, after all, and hard to understand the sudden changes in temperament. My recommendation:  buy her some flowers, run her a bath, make her some tea, and tell her you’re there for her and that you love her no matter what.

Layers of Consciousness

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Doors opening to opportunities,
and my efforts blend in
with the wind, the rain,
and those who can help me.
I can’t tell anymore
where my thought ends
and reality begins.
What I see is a story in my mind.
Am I seeing rightly?
Let me go back to original thought,
and behind that,
the experience of awareness
prior to the self
that analyzed it.
Where am I
in all these layers of consciousness?

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?