Thursday, February 26

State of the Innkeeper Report 2/26/15

     Full day.  Beat.  Physically and emotionally. Two thousand, eight hundred and twenty of you have passed through the doors of  this inn today.

     That's not why I am exhausted.  I am carrying in my body the loss of

Wednesday, February 25

No Gratitudes Tonight: A Love of My Life Died

The cutest and most adorable female I have ever known. 
     Three times I've cried today.  Precious died.  The sweetest cat I ever made the acquaintance, she was.  As she lay dying Monday night, she was tender,

Tuesday, February 24

A Grateful Innkeeper

1.  My time getting training in Sebastopol tonight wasn't too bad.  Everyone else knows each other, have gone through these sessions, plenty of times.  Even though a newbie, I accounted well for myself.
2.  I made the trip, to and fro, safely.  I listened to a

Monday, February 23

It's That Time Again 2/23/15

      At the beginning of the week, we here at the inn look backwards, gleaning the good and bad that took place the previous seven days.  Here's my perspective.

1.  A productive week, making me feel

Saturday, February 21

A Fabulous Day 2/21/15

       Delightful weather, delightful conversation, delightful cycling.  Can't beat that.  Not true. All of these were trumped by spending all of these aspects of today with a son, creating memories I won't forget.

       I attended a

Thursday, February 19

The Benefits of Loss................. 2/19/15

More about this, later in this post. 
   Today is a red letter day.  The most visitors, ever.  Over two thousand.  Two thousand, four hundred and thirty-two (2,432). Yesterday, was the previous highest total  I am getting tired putting little chocolates on everyone's pillow.

Gratitudes for Today: 
1.  A client brought her mother with her, to today's session.  The focus was entirely upon the new guest.  I now have a new client.  The mom was visiting from Reno.  We'll use Skype.
2. An interesting point was brought up today, while with a client.  He believed nothing is impossible with

Tuesday, February 17

Being Gentle But Effective When Expressing Ourselves, Revisited....... ...................2/17/15

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’)
     Innkeeper's Note:  I see that a few have rummaged through the attic of this inn and have laid hold on this the following post, a favorite of mine.  It is running up the sidebar for the most popular posts for this week.  Thank you for dropping by and checking out the inn's library. 
        I am re-posting it for

Saturday, February 14

Taking Care of Needs, Dealing With Disappointment 2/14/15

      This is the time when reviewing the high and low points for the last seven days happens.  It's a barometer, allowing me to know if I am on track with my vision for my life.

High Points
1.  I am resting more, achieving balance during my week. My days are intense by nature.  I need down time to decompress.  When I slow down, I am more effective, my mind is clearer. 
2.  Using priorities, setting a scheduled time for

Thursday, February 12

Vying for Status: No Interest in Being the Head Dung Beetle .......... 2/12/15

Two dung beetles doing their thing. I'm
 the one on the right, behind the other. 
     When I worked in a psychiatric hospital, I worked the day shift on Saturdays.  Often, at the end of the day, the Assistant Director of Nursing asked if I would work a double shift, for her department.  It was Saturday, as I said.  Invariably, an employee would call in sick.  You could count on it.  For the psychiatric rehab department, I

Tuesday, February 10

The 1960's in California, Again, Without Boundaries, Like It Was, Back Then .................. 2/10/15

Back Jack
     Back from my bi-weekly trip to Sebastopol.  It's weird, what I sit in, on, while plopped upon a Back Jack.  If I had a tad more of a sense of humor, I would parody what happens.  Bizarre.  I restrain from

Sunday, February 8

High Points: Being More Realistic, Slowing Down..... 2/8/15

Image: "England: Northamptonshire: Lakeside" by
Tim Blessed.  Copyrighted photo. Used by permission.
     Hi there. This is the time, before a new week starts, when posting of highs and lows for the past week hap-pens.  A survey of sorts. Care to join me?  I'd love hear-ing what went on with you last week.

Friday, February 6

A Phrase That Helps Us Get Real With Others....... 2/6/15

     It is easy, our mind shooting off in different directions, being captive to our thoughts, out of touch with the emotions coursing through us.  Applying the sentence above helps us remain
present, in touch with our feelings, spirit and soul.  We take ownership for our judg-ments, expressing them.  Uttering this phrase, we admit our projections, "...I imagine."  We aren't declaring the other individual is a certain way, we

Wednesday, February 4

True Poverty and Wealth.............. 2/4/15

      I wrote the following today.

      As a comment on another blog.  The subject was how we should look at the poor.  I thought I'd share it with you:

      "We may need to change our per-spective. Often success is evaluated from an external perspective---the acquiring of things and how expensive these items are.  Whether it be it a house, clothing or jewelry. 

      "Abundance is not in how much we have, but in how much we enjoy." 
 "I have seen those who may be con-sidered as poor who were incred-ibly wealthy. They may not have had money to buy a gift for a loved one, but they used a pencil to write them a poem, draw them a picture or picked up a guitar and composed a song for the person cherished. 
      "So, who are truly the poor?  I know many considered wealthy people who are utterly poor.  They are poor in character.  Or they are judgmental.  They are unloving and insensitive.
     "Or perhaps destitute of character, who cannot connect with others.  Or they are bitter or arrogant.  And  what makes a person rich? It was not a matter how they have materially.   Their abundance is that they bless others with kindness, sensitivty and love. 
     "This is my roundabout answer to the question about poverty.  I don't assess a person by the car, job or money he has or doesn't have.  Most everyone can offer wealth.  We just need to see beyond their title, looks, ethnicity, name or what part of town they come from."
1.  I paced my day today.  That's taking care of me.
2.  I was diligent about work that was important, but not urgent, that can easily be ignored, but becomes urgent within a few weeks of neglect. I love the feeling of effectiveness I have, because of what I have done.
3.  My life is more ordered because of administrative work I have been focusing on since Sunday.
4.  Met with friends tonight.  It was terrific, the honesty, openness and vulnerability we shared with each other.
5.   I slept in today. Ya ay.  Rest is critical, if I am to thrive. 

Sunday, February 1

"Don't Should On Me." Standing Up to Abuse, Finding Freedom ............ 2/1/15

Copyrighted Image: "England: Northamptonshire:Summer Day" by Tim Blessed.  
       A funeral I attended.  I even strapped a guitar over my suit and performed, playing the song the deceased--- a lovely woman---asked me to play at her funeral, "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."  After the memorial service was over,  Yolanda, a woman who had the direct nature firstborns can

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.