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There is meaning hidden in the small changes of everyday life, and wisdom to be found in the shards of your most broken moments.

Elizabeth Lesser

 

Broken Open

There is a book entitled, Broken open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser that contains many pearls of wisdom about change, loss, grief, and devastation that is a natural part of our lives.

 

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Learn the alchemy

true human beings know.

The moment you accept

what troubles you’ve been given,

the door will open.

– Rumi

 

Blooming flower in the desert

A flower blooming in the desert

Helen Rose

Recently I read a book entitled, 53 Grove Rd by Helen Rose. It’s a short memoir written by a woman I know who lives in the Bow Valley. It chronicles her childhood with her adopted parents: a verbally abusive and cold-hearted mother and an alcoholic and disengaged father.

 

The book vividly outlined Helen’s disturbing memories of trying to navigate childhood in a family where the rules just didn’t make sense. It was at times beautifully written and at others shocking and disturbing. As a parent, I can’t imagine telling my child that I wanted a blue-eyed blonde girl but got a dark-eyed brunette instead as Helen’s mother did. I can’t imagine the impact on a child who heard messages like that repeatedly.

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caterpillar to butterfly

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. ~ Frederick Douglass

Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. ~ Keri Russell

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. ~ Harrison Ford

When you are through changing you are through. ~ Bruce Barton

It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go. ~ Bob Proctor

In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks. ~ Warren Buffett

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My son at the top

It was a beautiful blue sky day. One or two wisps of cloud danced in the sky. The temperature was perfect. Not too cold and not too hot. The snow was soft, fast, and plentiful. Continue reading

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Man walking tightrope“We are all born with extraordinary powers of imagination, intelligence, feeling, intuition, spirituality, and of physical and sensory awareness. For the most part, we use only a fraction of these powers, and some not at all. Many people have not found their Element because they don’t understand their own powers…Many people have not found their Element because they don’t understand their constant potential for renewal.” (Ken Robinson) Continue reading

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It’s been a little over a week since January 1st–the day lots of us make New Year’s Resolutions.

The first little while lots of us are motivated to make our resolutions happen. It’s a new year! This time we’re going to drop those pounds, spend more time with family and friends, and enjoy life more. Continue reading

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cross country skier

The 2010 Winter Olympics have ended. I have to say I have never been so touched, proud, amazed, awed, excited, and patriotic. The athletes exemplify everything that can remind us of trying our best, of perservering when the odds are against you, of giving it all you have to make a difference–in your life–and in the life of others. What did they show us? Continue reading

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