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    Choosing Peace.

    If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. ~ Romans 12:18 … I’m having a much different journey with my one little word this year. It seems quiet for days and then in the span of just 24 hours, I see it over and over again. Yesterday’s devotion talked about peace. …peace is more than quiet tranquility. True peace is the result of my intentional efforts… It’s a choice. I can dwell in chaos or trouble, or I can be calm, even if it’s just in my heart. Seeing this tree on our* morning walk prompted me to share these thoughts (instead of…

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    Slow Down and Breathe.

    (oops, I just realized this post that I wrote last night on my iPad never posted…) …I wrote it down – twice! – on Friday and it’s been resonating since. I didn’t manage much of it on Saturday when I started with a run, then pilates, lunch out, dinner prep and then dinner at Katie & Rob’s to celebrate Sara. There was a good bit of knitting the Through the Loops Mystery Clue 2 and a 30 minute nap, but really, none of that was “slowing down to breathe”. That’s Marc, Sara and Katie (Rob was just off to the right and not at all worried he didn’t fit into…

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    Choosing Gratitude.

    Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. ~Psalm 16:9 Yesterday’s devotion* struck a chord with me. It talked about how being dissatisfied with what we have, where we are and even who we are is encouraged by our culture. But really, I have what I need. It encouraged me to start a gratitude journal (that’s a practice I had for several years…and let go)…and to actively begin each day choosing gratitude.  Here’s what I wrote yesterday: 1. a good night’s sleep (finally!) 2. up dark early to hear the birds singing (love how Kym calls this “bird joy”) 3. Sunday mornings at my…

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    Choosing to Pay Attention.

    It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeks in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch  a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway  into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.  ~Mary Oliver

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    Choosing the Present.

    …I haven’t been sleeping well lately. I wake up at 1 or 2 am and can’t quiet my mind to fall back to sleep for several hours. Considering my alarm goes off before 5, these sleepless nights are taking a big chunk of my rest, leaving me heavy for the day. Last night was one of the worst…a bad start to a new week. Monday mornings I usually run six “hill miles” with my group and then take yoga. This morning, I wasn’t up to a hard run (or conversation) and opted instead for an easier route on my own. The air was crisp and damp; I could smell the…

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    One Little Word | Choose.

    It is not what you first think. There is no effort of will, no firm resolve in the face of this thing called living. There is only paying attention to the quiet each morning, while you hold your cup in the cool air & then that moment you choose to spread your love like a cloth upon the table & invite the whole day in again. ~Story People This word snuck up on me last fall. I wavered about it a lot in late December because I wasn’t quite ready to commit. But then I came across this story in a scrapbook that my family made for me last Christmas.…