Thursday, January 31

Do You Know What It Means If You Are Too Busy? Also, The Value of Boundaries Revisited. .........1/31/13

You may feel that the world is too messed up, that too
many wrong choices have been made, that it doesn't
matter much what you do, that it's hopeless. But that's
 not true. Just as every problem can be traced to a
wrong decision, every solution begins with a wise and
loving decision to do the right thing, the loving and un-
selfish thing.

A little bit of love can make a lot of difference. One
 act of kindness or unselfishness can start a whole
chain reaction of events that will, in the long run,
make life a lot better for a lot of people. So don't des
-pair because there is so much suffering and grief
and wrong in the world. Instead, do what you can
to make things right and encourage others to do the
 same. The world won't change in a day, but we can
make a difference if we try. (Photographer's lovely
caption)  All rights reserved.
      Good evening everyone,

How did your day go? I'm tired. I'm bumping up the following post. It's easy to lose track of our own lives. 

     I know.  I counsel many who live on the ragged edge of life.  Their days are chaotic----swinging from one activity to another, with no clear sense of priorities. 

   Such is the case, when living without

Tuesday, January 29

Where Has the Innkeeper Been?

       Good evening everyone,

I just got in from a speaking in Castro Valley.  It was fun, different, exciting and challenging.  Where do I start? There's plenty of

Thursday, January 24

Being Gentle Towards Ourselves, Part II, Revisted ........1/24/13

         “The six most important words:'I admit I made a mis-
take.' The five most important words: 'You did a good 
job.' The four most important words: 'What is YOUR 
opinion?'  The three most important words: 'If you
 please.'  The two most important words: 'Thank You.' 
The one most important word: 'We.' The least
 important word: 'I.' ”   Author Unknown     

 Image: The California coast: Point Reyes 
       I'll get to the benefits of showing compassion towards ourselves in a moment.  What follows today's gratitudes is one of my favorite posts.  I  identify with the idea of showing grace

Wednesday, January 23

Our Doubts Are Traitors, Revisited ........1/23/13

     Good evening everyone,

Whew!  Was I tired tonight.  I laid down to rest upon returning home from work and slept for four hours.  The work I do, I love, but it can

Tuesday, January 22

Great Conversation, Grateful Day, Glad to Connect With You 1/22/13

Tonight's conversation was delightful.
      Good evening everyone,

I haven't had a computer for days----since Saturday.  Where do I start?   I'm posting this, by dint

Saturday, January 19

Speaking Truth, Using Gentleness. Also, Please Check In With Your Highs and Lows .............................1/19/13

When the last drop of rain has fallen, and the final note has drifted away,
When the Earth ceases to turn and the last fire is burned,
When the wind stops its ceaseless blowing and the last wave has come into shore,
When the sun’s called it a day and the stars have all floated away,
When time is no longer ticking and the hour glass runs out of sand;
His love remains, like an endless flame burning, God's love remains!
(Avalon song ‘Love Remains’)
   How are you?

I'm ill again.  Oh darn.  Thanks for taking a break this weekend and trekking over to the inn.  I'm beat.  Along with a headache, I'm physically challenged.

    It's terrific connecting with

Friday, January 18

It's That Time Again 1/18/13

      Hello everyone!

I hope to get my computer fixed, soon. I'm borrowing one from a friend, tonight. I'm glad I can darken the doors to this cozy place in cyberspace. 

      This week I added two more

Wednesday, January 16

The Innkeeper Checking In and Seeing God at Work .......1/16/13

      Hello everyone,

You guys are missed by the innkeeper.  How you be?  My computer is still down.  It might have to be euthanized.  I figure you'd rather have me post, than reply to comments.

      Where do I start recounting what's transpired since my last post?  I'm feeling pressured since the library has allotted me eight minutes to

Monday, January 14

Experiencing Love, Kindness, Helpfulness In the Least Likely Place. God Doing For Me What I Could Not Do For Myself ...............1/14/13

    Good evening everyone!

My computer has been broken since last Tuesday.  I need to take it to the guy who works on my computers.  An interesting side note is that I'm sleeping better without it.

    Oh yeah, I'm borrowing a friend's right now. Have you missed me?  I've missed

Thursday, January 10

The Heart of Gratitude: A Guest Blog Post .......1/10/13


     Hello everyone,

This is the innkeeper.  I'm over at a friend's using his laptop.  I'm thrilled having a new guest blogger, Keith!   Thank you, for filling in, as I don't have much time on  a computer.

Wednesday, January 9

Gentleness, When Exercised With Discernment, Reveals Strength, Not Weakness .............................1/9/13

           Hello everyone,

I have forty minutes allotted by the computer that I'm using at the Alameda Free library.  I finished seeing clients and wanted to say hi to all the guests to this inn.  How are you?

      Thank you, Carl, for your post.  I appreciate you standing in my place, even though, at the moment, you only have

Owning Our Feelings

        Hello Everyone!

Tonight your assistant innkeeper Carl, welcomes you to our warm hearth and hospitality. Pablo has the night off to engage his independent-minded, vintage

Tuesday, January 8

The Innkeeper Rested After Breaking His Computer

     Good evening everyone,

I went and did it.  My computer, I killed it.  It no longer works, as of last night. Wow.
And, I have 14 minutes to write this. I'm at the library. They are about to close, so, I'm a bit limited tonight, in my writing.

   (I dropped my laptop and it no longer powers up.)

    A change in my schedule allowed me to stay home and rest.  My Higher Power knows me better than myself.  I ended up sleeping throughout the afternoon, unintentionally.

    Thank you for dropping by. You can keep this place open with your comments. It may be awhile before

Sunday, January 6

Ruminations Upon This Special Day ........1/6/13

On this day I started a wonderful journey. 
       I know I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to talk about emotions.  I want to, but not tonight. Today is special for me.  On this date, when I was fourteen, I had my first

Friday, January 4

Delight in Simple Pleasures. Also, The Innkeeper Will Talk About Emotions Soon

 An Alameda home
      I'm squeezing in this post before the day changes its name.  Today was a good day.  I even cried.  It feels good when I let my feelings flow.  Of course, discretion is necessary.  I don't just

A Demanding But Fulfilling Day .........1/4/13

     Good evening everyone,

I had a long and busy day.  It was inspiring seeing I could manage such a day. I met with six clients,  in two different towns, each session was

Thursday, January 3

Overcoming Inertia, The Value of Discipline and Having a Vision

     Our new assistant inn-keeper had surgery Wednesday morning.  I heard from his son that he's doing well.  He had a knee replaced.

      Carl, I wish you a speedy recovery!


My Gratitudes for Wednesday:

1.  I had a first session with a client today.  The time was intensely good.  I marvel how others sometimes are able to open up the first time. We hit the ground running.  I appreciated his honesty and his transparency.

Overcoming Inertia
      I made business calls.  Most people would think I'm

Tuesday, January 1

Enjoying LIfe, Knowing Fulfillment and An Overview of the Past Year ...........1/1/13

      It's great feeling good, elated, even.  Many want that experience.  Unfortunately, depression is the lot for many.  As I've written before, all negative feelings are a result of an unmet need.

      Doing what we love and expressing our voice are two ways that allow us to meet our need for meaning, celebration of life and participating in the quest for fulfillment.

     I have the good fortune of being in a profession that

Quotes from the Posts

"I'm mindful that our thoughts affect the words we use, our words influence our actions, our actions shape our character and our character determines our destiny."

From "My Character Determines My Destiny." To read it, please click here.

"Progress not perfection, is better than no progress at all, especially when we're trying to rid ourselves from unwelcome dragons that dwell within the closets of our soul."

From, "Still Learning" which, within four days, became the most popular post
written. To read it, please click here.

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its trouble, but it does empty today of its strength"
From the post: "Life Is Not a Correspondence Program." Click here to read it.

"Even though we cannot control our circumstances, we can control how we choose to respond to them."

From, "Handling Stress and Dealing With an Emotional Bully."Click here to read this post.

"Nope, being busy isn't exciting. Boring is good. Because boring is not boring; boring is being healthy, living a balanced life that has serenity"

From: "Do You Know What It Means If You Are Too Busy?" For more, please click here.

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