A Toast To The Equinox

A Toast To The Equinox

The equinox is a time to recognize that we live in both the light and the dark and to remember to do our best to find the balance in ourselves and in our ives. One way to do so is to ponder soulful questions: What gives you fullness? Who tapers the hard edges of life? How do you shape your suffering into scrolls of wisdom? or What sweetens your pot of joys and adds spice to your life?

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To The Author Of My Life

To The Author Of My Life

I wrote this letter to myself as part of my ritual of gratitude for my journals. It describes how I might relate to them as I go through the Konmari Method of tidying up. the life changing process of keeping what sparks joy and arranging my life around what I love. Do you keep a journal? If so, what do you do with it once it is complete? How do you preserve what is precious in your heart?

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Let Me Familiarize Myself With You

Let Me Familiarize Myself With You

“Let me familiarize myself with you. I’m not just talking about assorted facts anyone can get to compose an obituary. I want you to know the history of my heart, the tiny tragedies and comical acts of my everyday life.” I wrote these beginning lines of this blog after looking up the etymology of the word “familiar,” which comes from the same root word as family. We typically use the word familiar to mean a casual knowing, but when turned into a verb, familiarize, it becomes the act of getting to know someone, especially through repeated interaction over time. This means that you learn the good and the bad in a person and expose the same in yourself. We create the family feeling through regular interaction in which we familiarize ourselves with each other and we come to know, appreciate, and ideally love the quirks and idiosyncrasies, the beauty and dignity, and even the faults and flaws that make us uniquely ourselves.

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Longing

Longing

What do you long for? What do long for with such depth and beauty that you know you will continue to hold on to your desire even if the world denies it to you? For me, poetry is such a longing. I have had many dark nights of the soul when I questioned my love of poetry and my desire to write. But, every time, I come to the same conclusion: I must write no matter how well or how poorly the world receives it. I must follow this muse even when the path seems impassable and the work impossible.

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