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Frontiers of Possibility

Frontiers of Possibility

The well-known poet, Rilke once said, “Being here is so much.” I agree, it really, really is. However, the human condition crowds out the frequency of which most of us reflect on those five significant words.

The traditional structures of family, parenting, community, and communication have become increasingly unsure. We lose sight of the reliable presence and repetitions of the stars, sun, moon, and seasons. Our lives become predictable, and our behaviors become routine and mindless. We lose ourselves in the daily mechanical functioning of our lives. We take the same route to the office each day; we park in the same parking spot, we eat our meals at the same time and often eat the same thing over and over again, we interact with friends and colleagues with little presence or creativity, and we rarely step out of our comfort zone. We begin to develop patterns of thinking which render us incapable of feeling or thinking with any authenticity and refinement. We have handed much of our daily living over to Smartphones, busyness, and mindless consumption. And all of this is why Rilke’s quote goes unexamined.

Don’t Wait For Tragedy

Alas, it is only when something throws a wrench into our drone-like existence that we wake up to the fact that ‘Being here is so much.’ It is the diagnosis of a terminal illness, the unexpected death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or some other sudden disruption of our comfort and familiarity that awakens us to

Blessing Spaces With Your Grace And Presence

A Quiet Place

One of the ten lines in the Lines In The Sand course that I teach is “Quiet Yourself So That You Can Hear The Whispers of Destiny.”  Each participant creates a special quiet place for themselves.  A place that is all theirs.  A safe and inspiring space that allows them to slow down and simply be.  A place where they can ask themselves, how is the state of your heart today?  It is a place where they can leave their ‘to-do list’ at the door and step into space where they can get in touch with their own heart and soul.   This matters.  It matters a lot, especially in this day and age of distraction and busyness.  I invite you to create a quiet place for yourself.  Go there often and examine the state of your heart.

Bless The Spaces You Visit

I read a beautiful article the other day by Madisyn Taylor.  Here is what it said:

“Physical space acts like a sponge, absorbing the radiant of all who pass through it. And, more likely than not, the spaces we move through each day have seen many people come and go. We have no way of knowing whether the energy footprints left behind by those who preceded us will invigorate us or drain us. Yet we can control the energy footprint we leave behind for others. In blessing each space we enter, we orchestrate a subtle energy shift that affects not only our own experiences in that space but also the

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What Will Matter…On The Day You Die?

Have You Ever Done This?

I sat in a room full of moms this weekend; really caring, present, concerned and tired moms.  One of the most disquieting things they worry about as a parent is the fact that their young children are anxious.  A few of them have ten and eleven-year-olds who are so distressed about how they look; compared to others.  What their grades are; compared to others.  If they are preparing enough to be accepted into the best college; compared to others.   If they get enough LIKES on social media; compared to others.  And, the list goes on.  As I sat there and listened to these beautiful women describe the ripple effect of their fretful children, I began to wonder about a few things.

I Wonder…

I wonder how many of us are so busy being busy that we miss out on the juiciness of life.  How many of us are so engaged in ‘planning’ our life instead of actually living it?  Does a calendar rule your life, or do you direct your calendar in a life-giving way?  How many of us are exhausting ourselves as we chase the ‘oh so important material things’?  Do you get hung up on what someone thinks of you?  Do you have to win every argument?   Are you addicted to texting, and Facebook, and SnapChat, and Instagram and everything else your gadget does to distract you?  Do you stand in front of a mirror each day and pick apart every inch of your body with disdainful self-talk? 

10 Things You Need To Give Up To Be Exceptionally Successful

Great Advice From A Fellow Thought Leader

I am unwavering in my search for good advice from people who are making a difference in the world.  I came across this article by Elle Kaplan, a self-made entrepreneur and thought leader and I want to share it with you.  As with many things, habits can be a good thing, and they can be a burden, depending on the habit.  Kaplan talks about kicking the following 10 taxing behaviors to the curb.  Here they are:

  1.  Doubt
  2.  Impulsive Emotional Decisions
  3.  Reliance On Praise
  4.  Being a Control Freak
  5.  People-Pleasing
  6.  The Blame Game
  7.  Multitasking
  8.  Bad Company
  9.  Giving Up
  10.  Frivolous Spending

Here is the link to her full article.

I encourage you to read her savvy advice and then make the commitment to rid yourself of any of those pesky habits that are keeping you from creating a life that you love. Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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