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Late Summer 2006

Dear Friends

A friend of mine was recently ticketed for going, let's just say, a significant amount over the speed limit. What makes this so absurd, rather than just an unfortunate situation, is that she was driving to yoga class. Like a bat out of hell. Hellbent for leather. The irony of it escapes no one: racing like crazy to get to yoga class, so she can slow down, go inward, connect... I would venture to say that, in our own ways, many of us do much the same thing: ''intend'' and ''act'' in divergent ways. We intend to live more in the moment, but multi-task like there is no tomorrow. We intend to have a more positive outlook on life, but expose ourselves to the depressingly horrendous news (much of which we don't need to know) that the media is only so eager to shove down our throats. We intend to be better and more compassionate people, but find ourselves immersed in the same gossip with the same people at the same water cooler because, well, that's just part of our routine.

Don't for a minute think that I've got this whole thing figured out; I have so many good intentions and yet act in ways that bear no connection to what I have told myself I will do. My main stumbling block is feeling that there aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish what I want to do. This sense of not-enough-time colors a remarkably large portion of my life and it shows up in all sorts of ways. Not only do I end most days with a gnawing sense of non-completion, but friends tell me that I walk faster than anyone they've ever known. It is a fact: I, like my speeding-ticket friend, do tend to race through life.

I know myself well enough at this point to refrain from making a pie-in-the-sky commitment to ''slow down.'' Having ''slowing down'' on my mental list of things to do would just create yet another thing to get done. I can see myself now: hurrying up even more to squeeze in enough time to slow down. In the process of understanding the absurdity of hurrying up to slow down, I've come to the conclusion that what's important for me is to be content with noticing small wonders and drinking them in, if only for a few minutes: a perfect and crystalline dawn, making all the green lights on the way to work, and, after years of trying to lure frogs to our backyard pond and finally giving up, realizing that one brave little guy (or girl) has finally taken up residence there.

While it can be a challenge for me to appreciate the big picture a lot of the time, I'm grateful that I've come to the realization that my days are made up of countless small blessings... and that I've learned to savor a few of them.




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Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Early Spring 2014 -- The Power of Quotes

Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Fall 2013 -- How to Cope in Tough Times

Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Midsummer 2013 -- My Luck is Pretty Good Luck

Early Summer 2013 -- Slow Down Enough to Smile

Late Spring 2013 -- Recognizing Gifts

Spring 2013 -- Doing the Best We Can

Early Spring 2013 -- Know Where You're Going

Holiday 2012 -- Our Power to Adapt

Fall 2012 -- Gratitude for What We Have

Early Fall 2012 -- See the Beauty in Front of Us

Late Summer 2012 -- Modify So It Works for You

Summer 2012 -- Finding Balance

Early Summer 2012 -- Go Ahead and Take that Risk!

Late Spring 2012 - Trusting Your Gut

Spring 2012 - Living Life to the Fullest

Early Spring 2012 - New Year, No Excuses

Winter 2011 - A Thoughtful Tip

Holiday 2011 - How Did I Get Here?

Fall 2011 - Giving Thanks for What We Already Have

Late Summer 2011 - Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

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Early Summer 2011 - The Power of Nice

Late Spring 2011 - The Gifts of Spring

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Early Spring 2011 - Break Away From the Herd

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