Friday, January 31

Practicing Patience and Grace, Seeing the Fruit of Staying Present, Not Catastrophizing ..................1/31/14

       Good evening.  My eyes are drooping.  I'm tired.  The week has been crazy.  In spite of these complaints, I'm thrilled.  Beyond thrilled.

       There are so many stories to recount........all of them are

Wednesday, January 29

Checking In 1/29/14

   Good evening, my friends.  My life just gets better and better.  Yes, it is possible.

I'll elaborate more, when I'm not tired.  I'm hitting the hay and will

Tuesday, January 28

Being Gentle and Assertive at the Same Time 1/28/14

The past few days, I've been relentless, posting gratitudes, despite demands insisting I do otherwise. Being positive can be developed, I'm living proof of that. Right now, I'm using toothpicks to keep my eyes open.  Not really, but it feels that way, bone weary, I am.

    Today was different than most.  I worked a split shift.  Time with one client took two hours.  So, what was good about today? How about this:

Gentleness Towards Self
1.  I bought gloves and lost them within an hour.  I need them when I cycle early in the morning and late at night. What's good about that?  Plenty.  I was gentle towards myself.  Life happens.  What I do or don't do is no indication of my worth.

Assertiveness, Using Boundaries
2.  I lunched with a prospective client.  A client referred me his brother to see me.  He was with us, as I visited with his younger brother. His sibling tried dominating the conversation.  I simply told him he had talked at length and I now I needed to speak.   If I hadn't I'd be sitting in that booth, sleeping at this moment, as he droned on.
3.  My life is moving forward.  I am happy with how this year is working out.  The best year in my life has been, and will be, 2014.
4.  Yesterday was my most successful day, ever.  I thank God for his guidance and support, as I serve others.

How About You? 
What three circumstances has created joy in your life?

I'm going to bed. I'm tired. I'll revise this post tomorrow. 

Monday, January 27

Overjoyed and Transcending Hurt 1/27/14

       Good evening.  How you be?  Thank you, for dropping by.  I was busy today, but I thrived.  Can I encourage some of you, who haven't posted comments, to do so?  It contributes towards the community shared here.  I'll thank you in advance.

My Gratitudes for Monday:

      I had a delicious conversation early this morning, as in, from midnight until 2:45 a.m.  I was nurtured.  Connection, communication, love, openness and

Sunday, January 26

Highs and Lows for The Past Week 1/26/14

      It's that time again. On weekends I ask if we can share the highs and lows from the previous week. Here are mine:

1.  I pushed my way through an emotionally

Friday, January 24

Calmness In the Eye of the Storm, Part V 1/24/14

Image: "Scotland: Glen Coe and Glen Etive"  by Tim
 Blessed. Used by permission. Copyrighted photo 
    Good morning,

This post is an ex-ception. Scribing before the day changes its name, a few minutes before the witching hour of midnight, is what I usually do.  Con-necting with you has been

Tuesday, January 21

Where Has the Innkeeper Been? 1/21/14

     Please excuse the innkeeper's absence.  It hasn't been for want of desire.  I've been here in spirit, even though you haven't heard from me.  If you look around this inn,  you'll see I've been

Wednesday, January 15

Celebrating A Life-Changing Day 1/15/14

That's my son, when younger, tweaking my nose. (Kidding.)
       Tomorrow is a special day.  A life-changing one. On January 16th my first child was born. The following post I dedicate to my oldest son, Pablo Jr. (He's actually the sixth, I'm the fifth.)

       Dear Son,

Thanks for the gift you've

Tuesday, January 14

Ruminations Upon My Son and Other Gratitudes 1/14/14

     Hello everyone.  I'm bushed.  Clients kept me busy until 6:00 p.m. last night.  Afterwards, I wrote, preparing material for upcoming sessions, including today's----until 12 midnight.  I didn't bed down until after 2:00 a.m.  Not the type of night I want, but

Thursday, January 9

Letting Go, Revisited 1/09/14

    According to the sidebar, something written two years ago has surged in popularity.  It has spiked its way to first place, among posts viewed this week.  I'm sharing it again, for those who may not have read it. 

o let go doesn’t mean to stop caring:
       it means I can’t do it for someone else.
   To let go is not to cut myself off:
       it is the realization that I can’t control another.

Tuesday, January 7

Maintaining Integrity 1/7/14

    Good evening, all.  How was your day?  Mine was good, but tiring.   Didn't sleep much last night, so I'm in a fog, mentally.

   My Gratitudes for Tonight:

1. I love the island town where I live.  Last night, I lost my

Monday, January 6

Balance 1/6/14

   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 deci-
sion to do the right thing, the loving and unselfish 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 despair
 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. (The photographer's caption.)
  Good morning everyone.
Did you have a good Sunday? Mine was.  I am going easy on myself, I am in the midst of

Saturday, January 4

Inhaling the Perfume of Life, Not Being An Insincere Chameleon 1/4/14

      Hello. How are you? Was your Saturday sensational?  Mine was. I cycled seventeen miles (27.35 km) with a cantankerous but dear friend that I love+.

       As I often do at the end of the week, I'm asking if we could share our high and low points for the week that just concluded.

My High Points: 
1.  I was loved by many this week.  It is infinitely rewarding knowing

Friday, January 3

Not Tethered to Today's Technology 1/3/14

      Good evening,

Yes, I'm back, two days in a row.  I'm tired.  Very.  Five clients were seen today.  On top of moving to a new home this week, I stayed true to my

Thursday, January 2

Avoiding the White Noise of the Day 1/2/14

   The last couple of days, I regrouped, catching my equilibrium.  I'm adjusting to a new home and rhythm, after a vigorous two days of packing and toting possessions and redistributing them in a new place.  I'm tired, but still have a large portion of the peace and joy that allows me to be the keeper of this inn of gratitude.

    Life is

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.