In the month since my return home from IAGG, John & I have found our home church, are regular participants in a weekly mutual support group, participated in a full moon drum circle, started a meditation practice, take dinner every other week to a young friend & her two strapping sons & go out on a walk every night before bedtime.
John might very well wonder who absconded with his wife, although he seems happy enough with the changes. The front room is finally cleared, the front lawn (my responsibility, with the rotary mower) is being shorn, we’ve shifted from nominally to healthy vegetarian meals, am up every day at 5:15 a.m., do my morning rituals then am out the door by 5:40 a.m. to get the heart rate going with a brisk walk around the block before settling in for journaling then at least an hour of writing.
Have even blocked out an editorial calendar for this blog. GASP! At the moment, it’s shaping up as follows: Sunday – Mindwalker1910 guest post ~ Monday – writing prompt ~ Tuesday – book discussion ~ Wednesday – guest post ~ Thursday – share a website ~ Friday – share a TED talk ~ Saturday – introduce one of my heart mentors
What I shared with a friend from IAGG as we grabbed one final grab at the very tag end of the IAGG World Congress has turned out to be utterly completely FABULOUSLY spot on – – unlike every other workshop & conference I’ve attended since 2014, I did not feel changed, transformed at the end of this one. I felt whole, completed, at one with who I am.
Organized? Me? NOT the inspired winger I always saw myself as being?
Not quite. Organized – yes! And still inspired.
Am found of a quote from Harvey, where a character shares with new friends, “‘Elwood,’ my grandmother would say – she always called me Elwood, ‘Elwood,’ she’d say, ‘In this life, you can be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.’ For years, I was smart; I recommend pleasant.”
For years, I’ve tweaked that to say it IS possible to be BOTH smart & pleasant. Likewise, am here to attest, on this day of our Lord August the twenty-ninth, two thousand & seventeen, it IS possible to be BOTH organized & inspired.