Home for the Holidays....what does that mean? Often it's a gathering with family and friends and while that is one version of home, here I'm referring to a completely different one.... that still place inside each of us, where unconditional love and peace abide. It's a home that is always accessible and available, no matter where we physically are or what may be swirling around us. We are always welcome, always comforted and always safe. In this moment, I'm reaching for the essence of my internal home. I desire to navigate my days expressing from that place, but I know I need to feel it for myself first. I'm finding it to be a most challenging task.

Hello friends! Many of you have been inquiring because I've been out of touch for awhile. I'm well and just taking some time to contemplate life and how best to move forward. I hope you are well too! Today I invite you along on my walk and thought process, exploring a recognition of acceptance.

It’s a gorgeous Fall morning here, with a sun unseasonably warm for the time of day. As I head out for a walk, my eyes are excited

Severe hurricanes. Massive flooding. Consuming forest fires. Threats of nuclear bombs. Conflict with world leaders/governments. If one is not careful, it's easy to feel like everything is going to hell in a handbasket...as the old saying goes.

And I'm due to leave on a wonderful vacation with girlfriends to Cancun on Saturday. This is a trip that has been a long time in coming and I'm so excited! I've never been on a vacation like this. At the same time, though, I notice a bit of guilt wanting to creep in. How dare I experience something so joyful when there are many experiencing such pain. And yet I'm certain that last year, at the exact moment I was receiving my very jolting and scary diagnosis, someone somewhere was experiencing a magnificent dream come true or receiving the most amazing news. Does one make make the other less valid or important? No. It's paradox and it's the way the world works. Two opposites can, and often do, simultaneously exist.

"I have good news, bad news, and weird news. Which do you want first?”

Well obviously, I want the good news first, right?! But apparently that is not the common response, based on the expression moving across the doctor’s face. After the fact, I pondered this, as I do with any conversation, especially if I’m trying to stay in my head so I can keep control of my emotions. In the past I would’ve wanted the bad news first, to get it over with, so I could end on a high note. I now know, that if I start with something pleasant, it allows me to shift into a sense of gratitude, which then pre-paves a more positive way for whatever is to come. As a result, I seem to be more equipped emotionally to handle the “bad” and the weird.

"Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense." -Helen Rowland

I came across this quote earlier today and marvel at the insightful nature of Helen Rowland, an American journalist and humorist born in the late 1800s. While I imagine she is describing the process of falling in love with a specific person, it also feels applicable to life in general.

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