post-storm facebook post ~anne lamott

pathwriter’s note: I love Anne Lamott. I am in awe of her open heart and her willingness to be so uncomfortably honest and so perfectly imperfect. She posted this (complete with typos) on her Facebook page just a few minutes ago.

Oh, all of you who have sustained hardship today, I am so sorry. i wish all of us at this site who are just watching could rush to help you. We really would if we could. Tell us if there is anything we can do, beside the obvious–donate, pray, breathe, wait for the water to recede, and be exquisitely kind–especially to ourselves. That’s the hardest thing.

I’m probably writing this to myself as much as to you, but it is okay to be having any inappropriate feelings and responses and obsessions you may be experiencing. If you still feel obsessed with the election, even in the face of these images of destruction, it’s really okay My mentor, Horrible Bonnie, would say that something beautiful is being revealed in the current weirdness, in brokenness and the not-knowing. I always say back, “Oh, yeah? REALLY?”. Then I swear I’ll never call again.

But it is, every time, no matter how huge the family mess, or loss, or in this case, nature’s terrifying power and force. Truth is revealed. People’s natural outpouring of generosity will be revealed, & their ability to sacrifice for the common good, which you don’t see all that often without darkness. How resilient and loving we are. How we ALWAYS end up getting our senses of humor back, which to me, is one of the ways we know grace is real.

I’m not suggesting that the next few days are going to be easy for Continue reading

storm advisory

This time tomorrow, I might not have power, so if you don’t hear from me for a few days, you’ll know why. Hurricane Sandy is predicted to have a major impact on the East Coast, and although I’m not in the main path of the storm, we’re still supposed to get lots of rain and high winds here. I live in an old neighborhood with lots of huge trees, so we almost always have downed trees and tree limbs, and therefore downed power lines. For those of you who are also in the path of the storm…sending thoughts and prayers your way. Stay safe.

quote du jour ~roberts

Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.

~Nora Roberts

the heart’s path

I still find myself in a place of pushing words away. I’ve done no writing to speak of, and I keep setting books aside unless they speak of the things for which words are hard to find. I’ve done a lot of walking lately, and I’ve found myself turning to music instead of books, especially the kind of music that grabs you by the heart and reaches into your soul, into the places that have no words. I’m feeling for feelings, for magic and wonder, for parts of me that have been covered up for a long time and for reasons no longer important. I’m often solitary these days, yet somehow feel more connected than ever to the world and the people around me. I feel joy and contentment and peace and love a lot of the time, which is a new—and lovely—way of being for me. Most importantly, I’m glad to be here, exactly where I am, eager for what’s around the corner, even though I have no idea what’s ahead on my path.

Thank you, dear readers and friends, for traveling with me as I find my way. I wish you joy and peace and contentment and love, too. Namaste.

excerpt du jour ~the white-robed monk

Sitting in stillness
Breathing.
Breathing
At the depth of stillness,
Something stirs in me.
It draws me
Out of my stillness.
It stirs in me
And draws me on
To explore what I know not.
I rouse myself and follow it.
I go with it
Not knowing where. Continue reading

quote du jour ~mariboli

How would your life be different if…you stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…you look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.

~Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

the necessity of kindness

pathwriter’s note: To say that I’m dismayed by the mean-spirited rhetoric being tossed around these days with regard to the elections would be an understatement. I’m pretty much on a “news diet” as a result. Today, after inadvertently reading about a particularly nasty, disrespectful, demeaning comment, I hit a wall. I decided the only antidote was a blast of kindness, so here are a few quotes to help drive back the darkness….

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
~George Sand

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.
~Mother Teresa

There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.
~Anna Sewell

I like how Mother Teresa put it: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile.” If you approach life this way, always looking for ways to build instead of to tear down, you’ll be amazed at how much happiness you can give to others and find for yourself.
~Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.
― Richard Carlson

Be kind. It’s worthwhile to make an effort to learn about other people and figure out what you might have in common with them.
~Viggo Mortensen

Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.
~Annie Lennox

Kindness is for all times in all situations – not just when it suits you.
~Audray Landrum

quote du jour ~kafka

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

~Franz Kafka

neil gaiman commencement speech

“I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.”

~Neil Gaiman

pathwriter’s note: There are some wonderful bits of wisdom here, whether you consider yourself an “artist” or not. We are each the artist of our own life, and the life we create is up to us. Well worth the twenty minutes to watch/listen.