A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with my friend Melanie, who had given birth to a baby girl a few months earlier and was now nervous about going back to work. Like so many new moms, she couldn't imagine leaving her baby with someone else. Melanie is a communications executive with a company in the Midwest. She's been with them for more than seven years and has enjoyed a fruitful career.
Last night my husband Michael held a 50th birthday party for me with a surprise guest list of important family and friends. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the half-century mark with people who have touched my life in meaningful ways. It set the stage for another celebration - a gift I give myself every year, and one I invite you to give yourself, too.
I've just arrived home from Omega where I taught a Mother's Day weekend retreat about developing the qualities and habits of an extraordinary mother. We had a terrific group of women and this week I'd like to share ten pieces of wisdom from our time together. Here we go...
It’s been quite a week here in the states. My heart goes out to all those affected by the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Whether you’ve lost a family member or friend, live in the community where the crime occurred, or feel deeply saddened for those who are suffering, it’s important to take extra good care of yourself during this time.
Saying goodbye. It’s something we all do at various times in our lives. Some of us do it consciously and intentionally and some of us avoid it like the plague. This week, I’m saying goodbye to a dear friend who’s moving to Europe. While the trip marks an exciting new adventure in his life (and I’m very happy for him), I feel sad to see him go. It’s another chance to practice saying goodbye with open eyes and an open heart. Here’s what I’ve learned about loss and endings:
Every week I receive emails from readers of this newsletter and I get to enjoy the feedback, reactions, and stories that come my way. I appreciate hearing from you and it’s a big part of what’s kept me motivated to write these weekly newsletters over the last twelve years. This time, in response to my friend Kathy’s decision to rescue a dog from down south (you can read the story here), I received a wonderful email from Mary and I wanted to share it with you.
"Your sensitivity is your greatest gift. Protect it."
Last night I went to see a movie with a group of friends. I'd heard wonderful things about the story from people whose opinion I respect, and I was so looking forward to enjoying the film. However, within twenty minutes of watching, I made a decision to leave the theater.
"Every thought you think and every word you say is an affirmation for your future." - Now think about. Really think about it. If each of us spent one entire day noticing our thoughts and words, chances are we'd be a little concerned about the future we're creating. For most people, negative thinking and talking is a way of life. But not anymore, thanks to Louise Hay.
This morning I visited our farmer’s market to get some fresh vegetables and to see what kinds of treasures the local artists were offering. I love this summer ritual and look forward to seeing familiar faces, hearing music from neighborhood bands, or learning about the new businesses that have joined our community. As I sat on a bench with my friend Nancy, eating a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie, I overheard a conversation between a mom, her daughter, and the mother’s mom.