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  1. Elle

    I’m really doing my best to come from what is / the reality of what life is right now, for me.
    Where I currently live, I have varying ages of people older than myself around me = my Mom & Stepdad’s age. When we can communicate from a place of understanding…..not defensiveness, it’s cool. Other times it’s very challenging because I have A LOT of mental work to do to understand how to respond [rather than] just react to what’s going on in their reality / their minds. Loving kindness & heart centeredness ARE A PLUS…..but I DO get overwhelmed.

    When it’s just me out in the world or where I live, when I’m on my own- facing what is…..it’s exhilarating & freeing. I’m ready for my life & want to keep going.

    2 years ago
  2. O.Christina

    Emotions are much more balanced so that even when meeting painful memories, I may stay reasonably calm and centered, observing more what has been, still feeling them but no need to reacting internally or externally to these emotions. This probably contributes to calming my fellow people, too. It creates more of a friendly atmosphere, where kindness and support arises naturally and in flow. I am so grateful for this quite unexpected change.

    2 years ago
  3. Malag

    I’ve uppd my exercise a bit. I haven’t seen evidence of this being world changing but, as the world revolves around me, it’s just a matter of time 😁

    2 years ago
  4. B
    Brown Rose

    I wear more colors. The extra, especially bright, colors seem to make people smile.

    2 years ago
  5. d
    db82258

    I am returning home. Love is everywhere.

    2 years ago
  6. Hot Sauce

    Recently, I’ve been wrestling with whether I want to follow a religious path or not. If I decide that religion should have a place in my life, and I go into ministry (which is the plan right now), having wrestled with that question will help me to have stronger convictions through which I can help others who are wrestling with similar questions.

    2 years ago
  7. sparrow

    I am much more conscientious about recycling,
    and although I barely make the flutter of a butterfly’s wing,
    others are doing the same
    and it is making a difference.

    2 years ago
    1. A
      ALICIA

      You are adding to the strength of many”butterfly wings” in recycling and the intent of your heart. Your post is dear and sincere. Best to you. 2/14/2022

      2 years ago
  8. Maurice Frank

    I am trying really hard to be less judgmental. It’s not always easy, but it’s essential

    2 years ago
  9. KC

    I am getting better at accepting and dealing with the way things are. We have a very energetic squirrel setting up camp in our attic. The humane wildlife fellow is here, helping the squirrel on it’s way, and working to keep the squirrel and others out. Kind, complicated and costly boundary setting. Hoping for positive impact for all!

    2 years ago
  10. P
    Penny

    I have become more present. I have always been taken with nature and the atmosphere of my surroundings, but I had found that my enjoyment had diminished over the years and that was because I was inside my head most of the time. Year after year this was an increasing habit. Taking in my surroundings, letting a things special beauty and character impact me, has been a welcome return to my old normal. And what a joy! I feel I am happier, more content when I acknowledge and appreciate the moment.

    2 years ago
  11. Antoinette

    I have grown to understand that letting go is the way to love .

    2 years ago
  12. Linda

    I am feeling more like it is ok to not have things to do every moment. I am taking time to relax, watch a tv show or two, and see my friends. Retirement is a delicate balance at times, and I am finding my own rhythm.

    2 years ago
  13. Mica

    My heart changed to ‘irregular heartbeat’ last night, with the addition of more of a bp med that has that side effect! I look fwd to seeing how my bp is on just the remaining med, now that the major sources of stress in my life for the last year are gone. ❤️💜

    2 years ago
  14. Layla

    I had a traumatizing dream (premonition, maybe?) of my death and it made me re-evaluate my life and how I spend my energy and time. It also made me mindful of my life purpose and whether I’m doing all that I can to live my life fully rather than just existing in some sort of repetitive mundane existence. In that way, the dream was a gift, albeit still an unsettling experience. Unlike a traditional NDE, I didn’t glimpse the Other Side, just the death itself.

    2 years ago
  15. Charlie T

    I am the same, but I have changed. My life came to a crisis point in September 2019. Out of that crisis, the new me was born. I surrendered. I was forced to give up control. I am actively pursuing change and seeking out connection. I’m not sure about my impact on the world. I’m starting here. Dropping pebbles in the pond and watching the ripples.

    2 years ago
  16. Carol

    I pondered this question. I don’t know that I can claim much growth recently but I do know that I’m committed to being teachable.

    2 years ago
  17. Javier Visionquest

    Does the caterpillar dream of someday becoming a butterfly, or does it only consider the green leaves before it? Does the butterfly ever remember the little worm it once was, or is sunlight and flight so compelling as to never look back? Where does my own unique brilliance originate?, Does it lie before or behind me?, I wonder from the tight interior of my winter chrysalis

    2 years ago
    1. csalt

      http://www.katyroberts.co.uk/all_about_me/water_bugs_and_dragonflies.htm
      ________________________________________
      Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in a while one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about with its friends. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily, it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.
      “Look” said one of the water bugs to another. “One of our colony is climbing the lily stalk. Where do you suppose he is going?” Up, up, up it went slowly. Even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. Its friends watched, and waited but it didn’t return. “That’s funny!” said one water bug to another. “Wasn’t he happy here?” asked a second water bug. “Where do you suppose he went?” wondered a third. No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its friends together “I have an idea. The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he went and why.” “We promise,” they said solemnly.

      One spring day, not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broken through the surface of the water, and fallen on to a broad, green lily pad above. When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He couldn’t believe what he saw. A startling change had come to his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled, he felt an impulse to move his wings. The warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from the new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself up above the water. He had become a dragonfly. Swooping and dipping in great curves he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere.

      By and by, the new dragonfly landed happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why, he was right above his old friends the water bugs. There they were scurrying about, just as he had been doing some time before. Then the dragonfly remembered the promise: The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he went and why. Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down. Suddenly he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water.
      “I can’t return” he said in dismay “At least I tried, but I can’t keep my promise. Even if I could go back, none of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I’ll just have to wait until they become Dragonflies too. Then they will understand what happened to me, and where I went” And the Dragonfly flew off happily into its wonderful new world of sun and air.

      2 years ago
      1. d
        db82258

        And dragon lady now sprinkles her magic to all the blossoms on a summer day, love this message.

        2 years ago
      2. d
        db82258

        I love this. I like to think of dragon lady stopping by to visit all the blossoms along the way.

        2 years ago
  18. Mary Pat

    Over the past two years, now going on three, I have changed in good ways. My time for self care has grown, my need to be able to go through the house and organize our possessions has grown and that need has been answered, although I am still doing it and having a second ‘go-through’. As a matter of fact, this week is another trip through the kitchen cabinets to eliminate anything we really don’t need or haven’t used in ages. Alot of charitable organizations are profiting greatly from my growth 😀.
    Gardening has once again become a priority for me, and I have started growing-through trial and error-my own micro greens.
    I have purchased an abundance(read too many!) of seeds to start my garden this year, all from seed. The produce I grow will help feed us and family this summer, plus the local food bank to help others have access to fresh vegetables. I volunteer with an organization that sets up a Grow and Give organized in a beautiful way, and another organization that packs produce in the summer/fall months and takes this bounty to senior citizens who need this produce. We do it once a week, on Saturdays in the summer and fall. It’s called Buy-a-Bag and it is with our local Extension office. We can contribute money-but don’t have to-they buy what we don’t have in our gardens, or what the local Farmers Market doesn’t have enough of, we pack it up and deliver it to low income seniors during the season. Maybe your Extension office offers this……anyway, it impacts alot of people….there is never enough help and way too many seniors in need….
    It is all good. And I am back to meditating daily, so I had better get started!

    2 years ago
    1. sparrow

      Good for you,
      dear Mary Pat . . .
      I applaud your efforts,
      which really do have an impact outside of yourself . . . ♥

      2 years ago
    2. Barb C

      So glad to know about this program, Mary Pat. We moved into our house a year ago and it will be a few years before my yard produces any quantities but I’ll check into this and tell other gardening friends if we have it here.

      I’ve also gotten better at letting go of things. I joined our neighborhood Buy Nothing group, which is a great space that builds connections while extending the useful life of objects and reducing consumption of new things that take new resources.

      2 years ago
  19. Laura

    Each day offers its own buffet of moments when I can react with irritation or pause to accept what is happening and move on with barely a ripple. I see more progress choosing to accept and moving on. It makes my day much happier and hopefully gives a positive vibe to others.

    2 years ago
  20. Howie Geib

    I have recently passed several milestones simultaneously while at the same time completing a major goal. All of this has brought me to an energetic calm. A life that is suddenly open and wide with many possibilities. None of that was without effort demanding focus. So I have been resting. Taking time. Heeding my instincts to be quiet and listen. In a funny way this kind of place in life, when it has occurred in the past, has been a bit tricky as I am a person who prefers a day ridden with purpose and driven by a desire to prove oneself as useful. What is different, what has (perhaps) changed, is that I now know that ‘projects’ are easy to start and harder to get out of. So being available, having the to do list a bit rudimentary and unexciting is bearable for a bit longer.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      I, too, am glad to see you back on here Howie:)

      2 years ago
    2. d
      db82258

      Good to see your name again Howie! I hadn’t realized how exhausted I was until all I could do was quiet.

      2 years ago
    3. sparrow

      Yes,
      dear Howie,
      it is good to see you back . . .
      I always look forward to your comments and reflections . . . ♥

      2 years ago
    4. Mike

      Good to see you back here. I’ve missed your reflections. I had assumed that your work had picked up and had been keeping you busy.

      2 years ago
      1. Howie Geib

        Thanks Mike! Indeed…I have been on the road for many many weeks….it’s all good! And nice to circle back here now!

        2 years ago
  21. EJP

    Recent challenges in life have created great changes and growth, all resulting in more kindness and compassion to all I encounter every day.

    2 years ago
  22. Hermann-Josef

    I donˋt see to much change, unfortunately. But sometimes people are telling kind things about me, which would mean there has some change happened. I really donˋt know

    2 years ago
  23. Kevin

    I have certainly changed and ‘grown’ with this pandemic. Twelve pounds in fact. It’s been fun, but time to knock it off, get back to the gym, and dazzle the gym rats with my man-sculpting!

    2 years ago
  24. Michele

    I think I am trying to be more patient as I age. I got a call yesterday, there is a setback with my flooring and my install date had to be changed. I surprised myself by realizing how calm I actually was about it all… it’ll get done when it’s supposed to get done.
    Happy Valentines Day everyone. It happens to also be National Donor Day too:)

    2 years ago
  25. Christine

    In the beginning of the mourning period, I did not make appointments with friends. I left all initiatives to the other. Now I dare to reach out to my friends again. I’m no longer afraid of them saying no or running out of time. My friends think I’m fine. They are happy for me. They are happy that I am taking initiatives again. And ……..they make time 😊.

    2 years ago
    1. csalt

      I’m reading a book called “The Sudden Loss” by Chelsea Hanson. It’s helping me considerably following the very sudden loss, just before Christmas of my friend and soul mate of very many years .. I miss her so much. Especially as my husband is now disabled and housebound and I am his registered Carer. She used to be so encouraging when I felt I was making ‘a pig’s ear’ of everything.

      2 years ago
    2. sparrow

      I believe you are beginning to heal,
      dear Christine . . .
      remember,
      baby steps.
      As Julian of Norwich said,
      “all shall be well,
      and all shall be well,
      and all manner of thing
      shall be well.” ♥

      2 years ago
      1. Christine

        🙏💞

        2 years ago
    3. Howie Geib

      Christine this sounds like a major shift in posture, and I love hearing it. Dabbling, putting toes in the water, feeling the direction of the wind….opening doors.

      2 years ago
      1. Christine

        Thank you, Howie. And I am so glad you are back again 🤗💞

        2 years ago

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