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Middah (character trait) focus: Learn to make mistakes; learn to say I’m sorry.

Note: I will be Counting the Omer for a total of 49 days, from Passover to Shavuot or from Slavery to Freedom.  For many, this is simply the Counting the Omer; for me, it is a time to actively reflect on different middot (character traits) that will lead me to my own rebirth.

This year has perhaps been one of the most humbling years of my life.  I have learned to navigate mistaken assumptions and to apologize for misinterpretations.  I have had to learn new skills and cope with learning from my mistakes.  And I have been challenged by the evolution of altered connections with important people in my life.

The beauty of each and every journey is that while I may feel a little unsteady as I walk along the way, I am learning to navigate new twists and turns within my life.  And throughout it all, I am surrounded by loving friends that hear me when I say I am sorry or pick me up when I feel dejected.  New experiences lead to mistakes; new friendships lead to gifts and challenges that come from getting to know a new person.  Just remember that new realities can be like learning how to dance, you stumble until you get the hang of the new dance.

Stumbling is a part of beginnings, the key is whether or not you act graceful when you trip.

May we all be blessed to have the character which allows us to get up when we fall.

May we each reach to find the beauty that surrounds us.

May we each always keep moving forward.

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StumblePartOfDance

Life is full of journeys.  Each day we take a step and then another.  When we are lucky we find the footing and then there are other times when we don’t.  Every step matters, some matter more than others, but they matter just the same.

Lately I am trying real hard to embrace the Dance of Emergence.  So much is happening within me and around me.  Some days I wake up in fear of where the next step will lead me; and then I push through the fear and do what I need to do.  I take one step and then another.  Other days, I wake up seriously excited about the infinite possibilities, the doorways to new opportunities.

Transition has a way of making me walk in circles as I navigate the world around me.  There is so much to consider as I seek a full time job.  The good news is that I have decided to honor myself as I focus on finding positions that will ultimately fuel my soul and allow me the room to create.  In the meantime, I worry about having the money I need during this time of transition.  I worry and then I take a deep breath and do what I have to do – so far so good.   I can still parent.

There are days that my steps are far from firm, but it doesn’t really matter.  I am a fortunate soul; I find a way to find joy in what is.  Sometimes I celebrate the dance of grace and sometimes I celebrate the dance of creativity.  Other times I stumble or simply fall; on those days I might curl up in a ball and cry.  Crying is part of the dance – everything I do is part of the journey.  And so is wiping off the tears and finding the gifts within the challenges.

In the Dance of Emergence, every step counts, even if you think you are just stumbling. . . . .

 

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We al have moments that we hope to stay private.

Most of them are laughable; some of them are dramatic or just downright inappropriate.

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This morning, I went out wearing pajama bottoms that are better left hidden and a sweatshirt showing my loyalty to the New Orleans Saints.  My hair was disheveled….it always is – so never mind that!  And I was perfect picture of sloppy and goofy looking.  If that wasn’t enough, I was thinking about this while I was walking the puppy.  At the very moment that I started to giggle, I was fumbling with putting on my gloves when a branch jumped out and hit me right in the face.  I really didn’t see it coming and I couldn’t stop laughing either.  I kept thinking what if someone saw this picture.  Truthfully, I would make them laugh.

Making people laugh is always a good thing, right?  I think so!

And then earlier this week, I was walking the puppy when I fell on all fours.  At this point, you could say that perhaps I am a little too connected to the animal kingdom or maybe just the earth, but more accurately I wasn’t paying attention to where I was walking in the dark.  Well 30 minutes later, when I looked at my knees and hands, I saw some really beautiful shades of blue and purple.  Truth be told I was OK, but my ego – not so much.

Have you noticed a theme here? Maybe I should get rid of the puppy? Or perhaps I should stop walking outside in my neighborhood?  Or perhaps it is time for me to admit that I am a klutz?  Either way, I think I will stay just the way I am.

And then there are the times, I have said the completely wrong thing at the wrong time.  Or used a word that I thought I knew how to say, but didn’t. . .those are the times I really want to hide.  Unfortunately, there are many more of those stories. . .  OY!   But you can wait, I am sure one day I will share some of my communication blooper stories.  Stay tuned. . . .

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RenewalBodySpirit

Last night I took a fall and kept a positive attitude; I really believed all would be alright.  I thought I might wake up terribly achey, but I didn’t nurture that concern.  In fact, I didn’t even take any pain reliever for fear of discomfort.  I trusted all would be OK and it was (or more accurately, it is)!

To be fair, I have a couple of bruises that are growing deeper and some soreness, but I didn’t wake up stiff or in major pain.  Today I woke up with the realization that my body and my spirit are doing just fine!!! I woke up smiling; none of the stiffness and pain I feared will hold me back today.

Moving slower might be the prudent thing to do, but I could have told you that last night in my blog, http://t.co/ddZce1zk, in fact I did.  I truthful believe that if I was more present with each step, I would not have fallen.  While I might have stumbled by accident, I would not have necessarily twisted my body and landed on all fours.  I suspect that being present would have meant that I would have stumbled and that found my footing with a little more ease.

Today is a new day; a day full of blessings.  I am feeling much gratitude for what is.

Renewal of Body; Renewal of Spirit.

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