The Archetype of Independence

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

I very recently had the opportunity to visit historic Philadelphia for the first time. I assumed my connection to the place would come from the true awesomeness of being able to stand in places and touch items that are deeply profound to our great nation’s creation.

Yes, and… A full-body Holy Wow:

Physically standing in our nation’s history simultaneously with my own, I profoundly realized an Archetype of Independence. This became especially clear during a guided tour of Independence Hall. This archetypal pattern of Independence supports and guides us today, when we have to make the personal hard choices of breaking away in order to be true to ourselves. Whether physically or metaphorically. Read More

Miss Communication

miscommunication

Have you ever been in a conversation with a loved one in which you both just weren’t connecting? And the harder you tried to communicate, the worse it all went?

If you’re breathing, I’ll bet the answer is yes. (Because I’m breathing, too.)

Here’s what is actually happening, and here’s what you can do when you’re in it: Read More

Do The Next Right Thing

visionary

It’s good to see the big picture, to keep our envisioned outcome. And it’s easy to think that our immediate decisions and choices either make or break that outcome.

They don’t.

For example, maybe you have been stuck in analysis paralysis — where you consider all of your options so intently and you can’t see which is the *right* one to act upon, so ultimately you take no action at all while you keep thinking about which option to choose.

analysis paralysis

Or perhaps conversely, maybe you have kept yourself in complete and total action —  yet you find you only move in circles instead of moving toward your goal.

turkeys running in circles

You don’t need to discern the one right choice to make. It’s also not imperative to cover all of your bases.

Whenever you don’t know what to do, do this:

Do the next right thing.

In this moment, for this moment. Our moments make our lives.

The path to our goal is made of next right steps. It winds, it crosses over itself a few times, and it leads us home. Always.

What is your next right thing? Schedule your oil change, tell that person you love them, take a nap?

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nextrightthing

next thing right

If you pause, and listen, you will know your next right thing.

There’s a spider in my swimsuit

The other day I put my swimsuit on, to go sit in our new-to-us hot tub after a day of power washing the house in preparation for upcoming staining. I had one leg in, and was just putting my other foot through when a ginormous spider crawled out of my swimsuit and onto my hand.

Lord of the RIngs Spider

Totally felt like this.

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F’ed up, or balanced?

heart rock balance

I was having lunch with a friend, and in catching up on our lives the talk turned to personal awareness. She shared that she was taking the initiative with her home projects instead of waiting for others to get her hints to begin. I shared that I was learning to recognize my own feelings versus becoming consumed by my empathy.

fed up

“What do you mean by ’empath’?” She asked. Read More

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