A Thousand Words

What does this picture say?

It says I didn’t give up all those years. It says I wanted to, I almost did, I tried, but I’m still here.

It says I still keep trying despite weekly pain spikes and daily flares and the host of what goes with just a half hour kayak trip.

Gone the ways of the appendix and pinkie toe, the failure muscle is a defunct mass of sinew. There's just no need for it. The muscles we do need - Resilience. Response. Self-grace. Self-compassion. Other-grace. Other-Compassion. They get stronger with practice. Build those muscles, add them to the circuit. That practice comes every time we catch ourselves in the moment, in real time and reframe through recognizing ourselves living the human condition, like everyone else. Our humanness. That we all enjoy. And sometimes don't enjoy. 

I tell my children there is no failure, it's all just data points. Information. Information where we gain insight about ourselves, about others, about whatever-it-was we're working on or trying out or going through. Information that can be applied and used to inform further action and decision. You can graph that shit. Our posture towards failure can make failure a tripping point or a data point. Francis Bacon was right, "Knowledge is power." 

Think for a moment about your definition of failure. What types of situations cause your inner critic to go wild? "I'm such a failure, I'll never change, I knew this would happen, why did I even try, I'm so stupid, I can't believe I did that, no one else would have done that, seriously no one else." What is your posture towards failure? Are you afraid to fail? To be seen failing? What does failure say about who you are? 

Onions and Elephants

People, like Ogres, are like onions. We have layers; sometimes we stink.

For me, layers are discovered in repetition. That takes time. My unbounded inner world that springs poetic leaks relies on the frayed threads from the worn bindings of overuse.

Meditation Moment

This canvas print hangs in my studio, pretty sure it came from Target years ago. I love the on purpose prompt of purpose.  

Most days, I follow a ritual morning-and-evening moment of meditation that help me get into a posture of reviewing my Intentions for the day, for the night.