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Week in Review

This week I came across two inspiring quotes by Tracee Ellis Ross and Agnes de Mille.

Wisdom means to choose now what will make sense later. I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be, to inspire me and not terrify me.

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.

Both felt a little like soul balm.

I’ve written about the Agnes de Mille quote before. I came across it again earlier this week while compiling pieces for a writing project. What struck me was how not knowing and wanting to know was a theme I kept finding as I pulled up various blog posts from the past.

Clearly it’s a state I’ve known well over the years, yet act so surprised when it returns. As if it’s a stranger who has never been by for a visit. However, after reading a few of the 4k posts penned over the past 12 years, it became clear to me that not knowing and desperately seeking answers was a “friend” I knew all too well.

This led me to revisit the Rumi poem, The Guest House:

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Ah, again a dose of soul balm.

This week has been filled with moments of grief, visits with friends, bike rides, sessions with clients, lots of sleeping, walks with Mookie, writing, teaching, and reading.

Now I’m off to plant pansies among Louis’ daffodils (see above). Planting those tiny, dirty nuggets (also known as bulbs) in October and seeing them sprout into beautiful happy flowers provides a soothing relief that is perfectly timed. Bisous. x

Week in Pics

  1. Penned Love Notes
  2. A writing moment between clients
  3. More blooms in Louis’ memorial garden

Savvy Sources

5 Brilliant Books on Creativity
The Kind Gesture That Helps Elizabeth Gilbert Find the Light On Her Worst Days
10 Great Things That Happen When You Set Boundaries
The Science Behind Sensitivity
2 Giant Piggies Snuggle with Their Human BFF
The Prime of Our Lives Is Not About Finding All the Answers
4 Ways to Beat Resistance

Weekend Wish List

Host inspiring Week 8 of the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course
Plant more pansies
Write and savor tea time with a friend
Honor Louis’ 4/16/15 passing at Shenandoah National Park
Attend Physicans Committee for Responsible Medicine’s Leadership Summit
Host helpful Business of Yoga workshop at Tranquil Space