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Is This a Fit?

My one BIG take away from Covid was the practice of looking at my life, my relationships, my work, and my home as a “fit.” I often ask myself, “is this mine to do?” when it comes to an invitation, idea or an ask. I added the question, “is this a fit?” “Does this relationship, idea, food I’m about to eat, (fill in the blank) fit with my Soul?” Is there a resonance? I took a hiatus from the blog, social media, my work, friendships, and feeding the external structures of my life during the pandemic. I now return to picking up the forms of communication I put down from a different place. I no longer feel as though I am feeding an external medium. I feel grateful for our connection. I am glad to be back. What did you leave during Covid and what are you returning to? How are you returning to it? What has been your pandemic revelation thus far? To state the obvious, in order...

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Insights on Interruption and Change

In Thursday’s press briefing to his state, NY Governor Cuomo said three things in dealing with Covid-19 that caught my attention: 1. One person cannot fight the pandemic. It takes all of us. 2. When there is a disruption in your life; you look for how you can “make better,” not “make the same.” 3. Improvement requires change. All change comes with opposition. Take a moment to think about this. Any major life shift can be substituted for the word pandemic. “Starting a business,” “healing from an illness,” “reuniting a family,” “getting married or divorced,” “buying a house, etc.” Allow this to be a template lesson. A successful elimination of Covid cannot be done alone. It can’t. Look at the roles necessary for its elimination: US Government: Country vision for what’s emerging, direction, information and funding Governors: State vision, local numbers, implementation of US Government plans Mayor: Distribution of funding, oversight of stay at home orders Essential workers: Providing services necessary for us to remain at home Public: Stay...

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Permanently Changing

Impermanence. Buddhists use this term to describe the constant state of change.  Life is impermanent. Everything changes.  Suffering, the Buddhist says, exists in part when we hold on to that which changes, wanting it to stay the same. Today in Phoenix is the perfect day to write about this.  It is the second day in a row we’ve had non-stop rain.  I have mud-caked tennis shoes in the car port looking like I just left a horse stall, not walked down my palm tree lined street.  I’ve lived here for two and a half years and this is the first time I’ve experienced this.  It is different, not the same.  And, today I like it.  It reminds me of Seattle without the promise it will remain this way for four, five, or six months.  It will change.  It really doesn’t matter if I like it, anyhow, because it is what it is … raining. Elements of life are this way.  We do have influence over much of life, some...

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