Time for Friends; Time for Peace

I’m slowly making plans to be without anything but an electronic reader this summer when I go to Europe. My phone will come along, but only as a camera. Three weeks with no electronic input.

I think my brain needs it. We’ll see how I do.

But I realized, huh, I won’t have a watch. I stopped wearing a watch when I stopped my corporate job at 30. I am now 2x+5… so, I haven’t worn a watch for a long time.

So time goes back to more public displays. I will keep time only insofar as I need to be at a show or on a plane or a train. The rest of time it will be time for rest. Time for friends. Time for Peace. I am really looking forward to seeing how my relationship to Time adjusts. And what will I have to do if I see my relationship to Peace change?

I’m going to have to make more time for Friends and Peace. I think I’ll make better Peace.

The Peace and Beauty of the Day

Every day you get up the world is in the midst of being beautiful. I’m writing that today when it’s grey and blustery… when it’s November to its very core.

Some places they’re celebrating snow… not here of course. Welcome to Snowhole PA…

I’m simply delighting in the leaves swirling and dancing in the streets. I get to go to wowrk and do things I love. And then I get to come home and be with friends and family, family, family… my birth family who are local are coming to dinner to meet my beloved family who have arrived from California. Last night I held grandchildren in my arms and two amazing women who have allowed me to call them daughters of my heart. Way to go Steve Mitchell… thanks for the great gift of Love!

The times are as turbulent as the wind. But Love is as constant as time — if we let it be so. And Peace is there for the making.


The Peace of Light at the End of the Day

Sometimes, in addition to our thoughtfulness and creativity, it is time that makes the difference. Whether it’s what softens the heart or what gives the penny time to drop; sometimes time can allow things to settle into place.

Sometimes perhaps it’s the in-breaking light through the imperfections that helps us. Leonard Cohen says, “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

When that happens, there’s nothing to do but offer a heartfelt thank you — and accept the Beauty and the Peace.


Peace on the boil!

Well, it’s nice to be back. Life has been so hectic recently that I haven’t had the time to sit down and write. Good things happening, so I”l tell you more, in another post.

The sugaring image has been tugging at me recently. Lots of effort and lots of ingredients and lots of time required, but oh what sweetness at the end. Peace is a lot like that, while it may be as simple as a smile, there are always logistics to be worked out. But, as with anything worth having, you have to take the time and make the effort to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You work hard, and then you wait. You have to keep the fire banked and burning steadily so you don’t burn the sugar or fail to chase the moisture. If you’re smart, you’ll glory in the process as well. We might as well let go of the notion of simply getting things done, getting past this or that to the sugar at the end. The process makes the sugar sweet, but you can allow the process to be sweet as well. Make some memories to store up for the year ahead. Reflect on your life and the beauty of nature. Have a good time and enjoy your solitude and your company. Live in the time you have.

Not the one tending the fires? You have to invest to enjoy the fruits of other people’s labor. We each add our own piece to the process. Our Passion can help keep the Peace fire steadily burning. Maple sugar is a little delight. Peace is a grand one. Maple sugar isn’t good for everyone. Peace is good for everyone. Enjoy your Maple sugar judiciously. Spread Peace on everything. Peace awaits our hands to do the work and our hearts to take the time.