Sitting back on the porch this week, I got a call letting me know about some things coming up and some other things worth researching that I want to share with you.
Looking forward to :
Saturday March 18th – I’ll be giving a talk at TOTEM called Planting Seeds in the Field of Possibility. For those who don’t know what TOTEM is, you can check it out here (http://www.totemsb.com) and for those who need the short explanation, “TOTEM is an intergenerational arts program that utilizes movement, music, and wilderness experiential learning to encourage strong, compassionate, and curious creators: elevating our community through a holistic educational approach to the arts. TOTEM is a seasonal program, conducted in intensive weekend format from September- June. During the weekends, members and community allies participate in a variety of activities designed to stimulate artistic creation, break down barriers to creativity, encourage positive communication and relationships with others, build self-esteem, and engage with the land. We also bring in an array of guest artists to share their craft, creating opportunities for mentorship in everything from plant identification to printmaking to multicultural dance.”
Tom Bucy playing the Blues (aka ‘Robert Thomas Blues Band’) up at Cold Springs Tavern MARCH 25th 6-9 PM So if you’re in the area, drive on up and get some fun & music in your life! The more the merrier!
Things I’m thinking about : I ran across this company that help relocate businesses and their employees called MOVE Guides (https://www.moveguides.com) and loved what they’re offering and that they’re contributing to the support of the refugees around the world. Increasingly, partnering up with others who support similar values has appeal. Look at Airbnb, Uber, and such. The “shared” approach to living a life, at least in some respect, is not only economically sound but also morally brilliant. Who have we become and what do we support and does it benefit the larger community or world or just benefit ‘me’? Yes, we love to have our comfortable house with all its ‘special’ things that reflect us. But at a certain point, it might be worth asking how much of that we really truly need and at what point is it simply massaging what is fragile in us. Surrounding ourselves with more and more things, may make us feel we’ve ‘arrived’, that we are ‘successful’, that we matter but who are we without any of it? This might be a thought to consider when you have a bit of time to step away – in so doing, no one is asking you to drop off your favorite couch at the Goodwill, no one is passing judgment on any of it and no one is asking you to change one iota. With that in mind, you can safely go spend a day or a week or two, in an out of the way place and consider Who are you without your things and how much is crucial to your wellbeing? These questions might open up something worth getting to know about yourself.
I’m reading : The Road to Character by David Brooks. I bought this book a year ago after hearing a great interview with him and was impressed by his honesty and self -inquiry as well as what he’d set out to develop in himself. Would that we all took the time now and then to seek out and ask for the BEST in ourselves as opposed to accepting what is average (and often mediocre) in ourselves.
On a different note : Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott just passed away at 87 and in honor of his poetic gift here's one of the poems I particularly love :
Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Let’s try this for a week : Try keeping a daily “gratitude” journal and when you wake every morning, quickly write down what you are grateful for. According to Martin Seligman, the big kahuna (or Director) of the Penn Positive Psychology Center, and a major researcher in the field, found that keeping a daily gratitude journal measurably increases overall happiness throughout the day. Key word here is measurably, and as such, it’s saying that it’s not just airy-fairy, wishful thinking. So give it a try, especially if you’ve been mucking around and feeling ‘the Blues”.