Do You Have 8 Minutes?


Hi there,

With travels over (for now) and writing daily for hours, this blog takes a different tack too.

For openers, I want to share an absolutely marvelous film (7-minutes short) called On Knowing Happiness.  It comes from Nic Askew’s Soul Biography series.

My response from posting it on Facebook was one of deep appreciation, so I felt it imperative to share with those who have opted to pass on the Social Media site.

Should you choose not to watch, let me share with you Kathryn Temple’s two big questions. Questions, supposedly, asked by Ancient Egyptians at the Gateway to Heaven:

* Have you found the joy in your life?

* Has your life brought joy to others?

That’s just in the first couple of minutes. Please check it out, and let me know what you think.

P.S. I have a bit of a ‘thing’ about the word happiness. I prefer joy. The way I see it, happiness is fleeting, transient, more easily lost, but joy resides deep in the bones. It is our way of being in the world.

Kathryn Temple

Kathryn Temple

Begin With The End In Mind

So much is written about New Year’s Resolutions. Some love them, others think they’re for the birds. Not a believer in goal-setting culture (it suggests either accomplishment or failure), I concur with the latter.

Stephen Covey had it right when he suggested we ‘Begin With The End In Mind’ as one of his 7 Habits. How well did you live this one wild life you’ve been given? How might others speak of you after you’ve died? Let’s put our energies toward these kinds of questions as the New Year arrives. No goals, just big picture stuff.

big sur

So, it got me thinking about my own intentions and questions for 2013. They read something like this:

  • Continue to live with joy, and in joy
  • Remind myself that meaning can only be found from within, not from the external world
  • Be open to wherever life takes me, to whomever I meet, and to whatever happens; listen to what they show me about myself
  • Consider how I can help others
  • Let others know how they help me. (I’m getting really good at this:) It’s a Think Win-Win, another of Covey’s 7 Habits.

My external world is HUGE and I love it. It allows for opportunities for my inner world to blossom and grow (Edelweiss-like) through wonder and gratitude for what I DO have, not for what I don’t. 

I relish the movement not as an escape from, but as a mirror to my soul – to what my future self might look back on and thank me for.

This constantly changing world awards endless practice in letting go and saying goodbye; things I used to hate (most of us do) yet in the past required me to do against my will, and too often! Now I choose a lifestyle that welcomes endings, hoping it heals and softens my resistance to change.

2012 has taken me from Australia to San Francisco, awarded me infinite beauty, choice times with friends and family, and more joy and laughter than I remember even as a child.

flowers on water

So, from a friend whose eloquent voice says it all:

I hope that 2013 unfolds in a way that meets your heart’s desires … and that you and those you love will be blessed in those ways that matter most.