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Relax Again

Relax You're At The Lake

“the more relaxed you are,

the better you are at everything –

the better you are with your loved ones,

the better you are with your enemies,

the better you are at your job,

the better you are with yourself”

…..Bill Murray


I find the world today so….busy. I shouldn’t, I am retired. I can sign myself out of newscasts and social media but it seems that everyone around me is stressed…..and in a hurry. I live at a lake, calm, beautiful and serene. Every morning you can hear the loons, the geese, the ducks and the coyotes across the lake.

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When you drive the 26km from the lake to town you can see, deer, moose, bear, eagle , hawk, owl, wild horses, ranches, quails, kamikazes chipmunks, free range cattle, mountain vistas and lakes. Why are you in a hurry? Go slow so you don’t miss:

If you watch closely they all of a sudden pop out of a cattle guard, on their way to the lake, and not in any hurry. They even wait for the last duckling.



Or this:


Go Ahead

Give yourself permission to feel emotion, get curious about it, pay attention to it, and practice. This work takes practice. Awkward, uncomfortable practice.

….    Brene Brown, Rising Strong

Go ahead, give yourself permission.

Kick back, lay on the grass…heck why not roll in it. RELAX. Forget your responsibilities for a few minutes.  Eat that ice cream cone!

Relax and Go Lightly It Is Just #oneword

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

…..T.S. Eliot “Little Gidding”

Paul Dimitoff

On my daughter’s Twitter feed she had #oneword for last year, and so did her circle of work friends. I thought it was kind a cool and wondered if I had a word that would sum up my plans, wishes, intentions for a new year.  Her word for this coming 2016 year is “light”.  I immediately thought of  a blogger I really enjoy and envy for his dedication and insight. He regularly blogs on themes and one is:

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”

…….Aldous Huxley   

I will pass it on to my daughter. I  tried to think of a word that might inspire my intentions for the coming year and after two nights of restless sleeping it occurred to me that I have been violating the “11 commandment” of Rev. Paul Dimitoff for a significant time. RELAX

paulIt is hard for me to do. I can’t think the action ‘relax”. In just writing this  post my mind sent me careening all over the universe. Starting out looking for the quote from Elliot on “light”, to realizing how much I love reading  the Little Gidding which took  to me to

“Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always–
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well”

and Julian of Norwich my favourite mystic and then to

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

making me remember Love after Love from Derek Walcott

I have always feared relaxing, to me the word spoke of no action. So for the actions of #relax I will work on balance and equanimity; using #relax to gain back my balance and core strengths, and most of all my time.

I have put my painting of Paul above my desk to remind me!