Friday, December 31, 2010
Can you believe it?! 2011 already...just want to wish everyone a lovely and peaceful beginning to the new year! Sending the best vibes we can from fridgid Colorado! We are expecting temps somewhere around -20 tonight. Stay warm and keep a good thought.
Bruce and Stella
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A new beginning 12/28/2010
The importance of simplicity: I love simplicity but it is difficult for me to keep things simple...Not sure why. My brain is complicated and after so many years I know that…but the practice of remembering it is more difficult than I ever knew it would be. I guess I thought that simple meant “easy”. That is not really true. It seems that [what I know] is easy because it is long lived and practiced…but there is nothing easy about what I know or what I have known my entire life. When I actually go back to see where the patterns came from or how they emerged I am brought back to my mother and father. That was a long time ago! My mother was the consummate multi-tasker. After all if you had five children and a husband that was not around during the week [only on weekends for bowling and drinks with friends] you’d learn to multi-task too. I guess I am like my mother; I can and usually do way more than one thing at a time. I’d like to focus on one thing at a time; I imagine that to be very Zen-like and peaceful. BUT for now, I am pleased to be having this dialog, even with myself, about simplicity. I know the practice is long and right now this is all I’ve got to give.
Peace is my goal. I want and love to be good at what I do/or am doing. I always want to best my last performance whatever it is I do. That for me has been my personal challenge throughout my lifetime. That has been ok with me up to now; I am tired and want to love the moments, one at a time. I want to embrace that instance that I do the dishes or walk outside to get something from the car. I want to look up and love seeing the mountains with fresh snow and feel the crisp air on my cheeks. I want to pet a dog and be in that moment…feeling the fur and warm loving feeling from my beloved pet. Right now, it seems that I do ten things instead of one and there is no rest…not even at night when I am in bed needing to sleep to regenerate so I can do this again.
My practice for the past decade has been to be independent and productive, to teach others how to be productive and self motivated; to pay attention to the strengths they posses and put order into their lives so that they can live the life they want and create. It seems that I have forgotten the main or key points to this kind of work; keep it simple, work from your strengths; be present and pay attention. So today, I say thank you and begin again.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Our son Ben finishes his college education at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO next Saturday, December 18, 2010! We are very excited for him. We are proud of him and can hardly wait to see what he will do as he sets out to create a life that works for him.
Many of you know that Ben has a small business which he started early in his college career; he also went out to Maryland over a year ago to get his real estate license [which he did!] and worked for his Aunt Robin, sold a house and came home after the market crashed to finish college! One good thing that came out of that crash...and now he gets his Bachelors Degree in business management. Ben has always expressed an interest in law enforcement [I swear that kid was born with a red cape] he says he will pursue that in the Spring.
For a kid who never wanted to work...he sure has made a splash in this world so far!
Boy you have done it! I love you, I am proud of you.
See you Friday with your dog,
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Community Partnerships is having their Holiday Arts & Crafts Show! I am there in full regalia, sporting an entire tree...zoom in so you can really see the ornaments. Not as traditional as some like but a bit more personal in my opinion:) Stick Heads and hand painted ornaments - what more could you want?!
Wishing you all a happy and trouble free holiday season. Times are trying for most of us but we can practice everyday living the way we choose - to be happy and bring happiness to others.