From the Members:
"It's not from the known, but the unknown...that creativity and inventiveness are born. Turn away from the predictable, cliché, and reliable. Brave the void where the darkness is greatest. Trust the quiet, find the stillness, feel the calm. Then steadily think, speak, and move as if you were led. Behave as if your vision were clear. Anticipate the emotional rush that will come with your triumph." --A note from The Universe courtesy of TUT.com
At these times you may know what you need to do, but you may not know why. Or you may be stuck between two possibilities, both of which seem to have many advantages and you just have to pick one and see what comes next. Other times, you may be struck by paralyzing fear and indecision, having absolutely no idea what to do next and you just have to take a stab in the dark.
At times like these I find the above advice to be very helpful. Turn away from the predictable. Brave the void. Think, speak, and move as if you were led. Behave as if your vision were clear.
It's what I did one year ago when I left the job I loved at Verity and it is what I am doing now as I sign off from Verity Voices with this post.
I am not really sure why, but I have been feeling like it is time to move on, to write something new, to brave the void. I don't have anything else lined up (nothing that pays anyway), but I trust that something - the right thing, the perfect thing - will show up when I am ready.
In the meantime I am diving into the unknown, where creativity and inventiveness are born.
Thank you to all my fellow bloggers, to the staff at Verity who allowed me to be a voice for this amazing credit union, and to you for reading. I will miss you all and wish you nothing but the best.
May you follow the signs and brave the void when life calls out to you, "Follow me."
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." --Milan Kundera
"It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game." --Old sports adage attributed to sportswriter Grantland Rice
"Simplicity in its essence demands neither a vow of poverty nor a life of rural homesteading. As an ethic of self-conscious material moderation, it can be practiced in cities and suburbs, townhouses and condominiums. It requires neither a log cabin nor a hair shirt but a deliberate ordering of priorities so as to distinguish between the necessary and superfluous, useful and wasteful, beautiful and vulgar." -- David E. Shi
My 8 year old son after school: “Hey Mom, did you drive?”
Me (bracing for the backlash): “No.”
My Son: “Good, because I really care about stopping Global Warming.”
"Regard your neighbor's gain as your gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss." --Lao Tzu
"...A relationship is a great gift, not because it makes us happy - it often doesn't - but because any...relationship, if we view it as a practice, is the clearest mirror we can find.." --Charlotte Zoko Beck
Liz Lemon: "I'm about to do something crazy."
Her boyfriend Chris: "You should! Real life is for March.”
--From the “Leap Day” episode of 30 Rock
"All you need is....chocolate."
--As seen on a "Life is Good" tee shirt in Chicago
I took my kids to the dentist the other day. Things didn't go quite as I had planned....
"I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit. --Dawna Markova a three-time Cancer survivor
"A word I've come across a lot during the years is 'abundance'. Self-help books encourage us to welcome abundance into our lives. If we think abundant thoughts then abundance will automatically grace us.
The dictionary tells me that abundance is, 'an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply.' In these difficult financial times, is it realistic to expect abundance? Do we really need an 'oversufficient quantity'?
I'm coming to feel pretty fond of the word 'enough'. Enough is saving the washing up water and putting it on the roses. It's appreciating every melting moment of a square of bitter chocolate...It's having a terrible morning and then noticing those red berries on a walk to the post-box. Those red berries!"--Fiona Robyn