True Strength

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Letting go is easy

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for those who have

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never let go

photos by CBurns

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Communication is the key

To communicate: the successful conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings.

Okay so, verbal communicating is not my strong suit. I’m much better at writing than talking about what’s going on upstairs (sometimes considered a rough neighborhood and should be entered with extreme caution).

Of course I cannot chronically write, throwing notes at people all day and I cannot stay silent……..indefinitely anyway.  I must communicate via talk and the fundamental importance of this form of connecting was brought to my attention in a big way while spending time with my 3 year old grandson.

He wanted something to eat and was trying to tell me with his limited ability to pronounce some words correctly. For a minute there, we were having a heck of a time.

You want an apple?”

Rapidly shaking his head, “NO!” (he had that word down.) Tratker.”

Ummmm….a cookie?” (Silly grandma)

He was insistent, “Tratker!”

Well I know you don’t want to eat a tractor!”

He actually smirked at me.

Ok I’m sorry baby,” I said as I escorted him into the kitchen where he single-handedly swung open the cabinet door, pointed to the top shelf and looked at me as if I was the one with the problem.

Ohhhh,” I looked down at him and smiled. “Cracker!”

Tratker!” he clasped together his sweet little hands in triumphant victory.

And what a victory it was! Finally, after all the confusion and mystery, we made the connection.

I felt it through my entire being and it appeared he did too. We were both then satisfied and happy that our efforts and willingness to hang in there with each other paid off.

Maybe the innocence of this situation is what really awakened me to our primal need of not only understanding but of being understood. I can tell you we both had somewhat of a wall between us during our confusion but once we connected – we were in love again 🙂

BONUS: He got to eat his tratker.

Whatever the situation – in life – conversations have to be had. Most of the time more than one conversation has to be had (ugh). A lot of the time the same topics have to be talked about again and again (ugh ugh).

Whether addressing an issue in a friendship, expressing my feelings to my spouse (heads up honey) or my grandchild looking for a tasty cracker, it seems it still remains; communication is the key.

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Awakening Analogy

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One of the things I love to do is ride my bike on the bike path near my home.

So peaceful being out in nature with the birds singing, chipmunks playing and occasionally; silence.

Pure Bliss.

As I travel along my merry way, I come across many others on this same path. Some are also biking by themselves, with a companion or with children. Others jog; alone or in pairs. Some power walk, dog walk or push baby strollers. Then there are the occasional roller bladers.

And last, but certainly not least, the people who are just out taking a leisurely stroll.

Most are strangers but I appreciate my fellow bike “pathers” as we all engage in our outdoor activities – all of us in it together – enjoying life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

All of us using the path exactly how we see fit.

I breeze through giving a nod, a smile and the occasion hello. I have no problem with the course any of them are taking, the speed they’re going or by whatever means they choose to get from point A to point B.

I have no problem with them passing me up or slowing me down.

No problem with them what-so-ever.

So what if?

What if I could take this same mentality and practice it as I travel along with the ones close to me on the life path? What if I could learn to respect everyone’s individual journey? Accept how they move through their own life; slow-paced, fast-paced and even the ones who are just out for a leisurely stroll?

What if instead of trying to change and manipulate them into traveling the life path the way I think they should, I could instead breeze through giving a nod, a smile, a hug and an occasional “I love you”?

It’s certainly the makings of what I seek on the path in the first place; Peace of mind.

Could it all be this simple?

I pray as I travel though my days to bring forth the love, acceptance and patience I show strangers on the bike path to my loved ones on the life path.

Amen.

Nablopomo challenge complete!

Thirty days hath September April June and….November! I did it! I took the Nablopomo challenge and completed it!

This was a good experiment for me as I just started my blog the end of September and was already getting writers block. So when Nablopomo came along, I knew I would have to post everyday and wouldn’t have time to be picky. Like Nike says, just do it!

It’s also been good for me because I’m realizing how much I really do like to write and if I can make just one person’s day a little brighter, even for a few minutes, that’s pretty cool. In fact, the more I think about reaching just one person, the more I feel how very powerful that is!

So after checking my “likes”, comments and stats like a crazy woman all month,  it does all boil down to that one person who really matters, even if that one person is me!

I will continue to post perhaps 2 or 3 times a week. Thanks for being so great and looking forward to reading more of your comments and meeting more bloggers!

Welcome to December!

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November just got nutty

Hello All!

November is NaBloPoMo -National Blog Posting Month (yes for real) and I am participating! The only real rule is to post something everyday for the month of November.

Why this is good for me? Not only will it encourage me to write something everyday,  I will have to let go of some of my perfectionism issues  and post things even when I THINK THEY CAN BE BETTER!! I will also meet more  bloggers “out there” who are participating 🙂

Why this is good for you? I don’t know….. you tell me. Seriously. As we go through the month give me your feedback! Challenge me with writer’s prompts or story starters. Lets have some fun with this!

Thanks for following me so far and to all my fellow NaBloPoMo’s….happy writing!

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