Just finished a book that will stay with me for a long while – one of those exquisite pieces of prose that shapes the way I think and puts into words those feelings I struggle to express clearly.
Actually she had not changed. She just got tired of pretending to be what she was not . . .
The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are.
What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender? What if we focus on interests instead of gender?
–Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists
Believe in yourself. There is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.
–Christian D. Larson
I'm still feeling my way back to this space, and rather than set goals or expectations, I prefer to be still and open, waiting and seeing.
In the meantime, I'm spending my time exploring new ways.
Healthy eating. Working my way through the book, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and making some worthwhile changes in our diet. I haven't had a single headache for an entire month, and I've taken off about 10 pounds! Feeling great.
Mindfulness. I'm taking an 8-week course, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
Fitness. I'm training for a 25 mile bike ride, the Cap2Cap, with my Fitness Friends. Twenty-five miles might not sound like far, and it's a pretty nice ride on a road bike, but on a hybrid like I ride, it's really a workout!
I've been a little less social - not nearly as quick to answer an email, write a letter, or make a phone call - and all the quiet is growing on me. I think I had forgotten how to be alone and I find the quiet soothing these days.
My creative mind is like a bird's nest ". . . a home for artistic ideas and impulses that dart around like colorful birds." –Andrew Maxfield, Taproot Magazine, Weave Issue 21