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Slide4Navigating 2020

Apprehension, great expectations and promises dawned on our uncharted journey of this 20th year of the 3rd millennium. A fresh new decade, a coveted leap year with an extra day. How could we have known what awaited us?

In January, mentioning 2020 invoked impressions of perfection. With the first two digits matching the last two digits, 2020 foretold balance which had not occurred since 1919 and will not occur until 2121.

But 2020 challenged us to find balance navigating through a global pandemic. Isolation, uncertainty, and shifting times took us out of our social, economic and physical comfort zones. Our familiar life evaporated. We faced the interruption and disconnection of everything; ranging from the enormity of despair (not being able to say our last goodbyes and pay respect to the dying) to trivial things we took for granted (stopping at a local coffee shop to sit alone in a crowd for a cup of coffee). Our life erupted into silence and stillness. Empty roads, closed malls, and quiet skies became the new normal. Everything came to a standstill.

2020 also presented unexpected opportunities for reflection, and focus on an inward journey to find peace, consolation and strength. For me, 2020 provided time to recharge, find my inner balance and spend more time appreciating nature. Visiting cardinals, rabbits, dragonflies, even yellow and black butterflies made increasing appearances. Nature filled the void with spectacular sunsets to aid with coping. When the world plunged into self-isolation, nature came to the rescue, fueling my writing. It inspired me to create and express the hope and beauty taken for granted in the normal hustle and bustle of pre-non pandemic life.

My writing has been my companion in navigating through this uncharted journey. I have been voicing my emotions and illuminating my perceptions of my quarantine through poetry. In my daily practice of writing, fullness came along filling the emptiness (“nature abhors a vacuum”).

Through writing I can settle in, process the immensity taking place. It helps me gain comfort in new norms forming and contributes to a new sense of feeling connected beyond isolation, putting my mind at ease.

 

On Fire

I am on fire

With no time to burn

Ashes scattered around me

Remnants of gone days

Memories reminiscent in the flames

Start to fade

Outside the fire

Wisdom weeps

In the residue

Rising from the darkness

 

Stillness

Step into calm

Take the time to find it

It is there, resting between breaths

Lingers in anticipation

Lures you

Nervous tension dissolves

Expels expired emptiness

Sails into stormy stillness

Sows seeds of restoration

 

Endurance

Everything changes

Nothing ever stays the same

Days grace endures

Ushers us into what is upon us

Renders calm as we

Anticipate the storm of existence

New encounters on our journey

Clear the way for intercessions of

Endurance to persist beyond suffering into deliverance

 

Bloom

Blooming buds

Lean towards the sun’s golden arms

Opening slowly

Secretly savour the sizzle

Stepping into oneness

With the sun

Making the day blossom

Deadlines

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Conversations with Myself | 0 comments

Deadlines

It has been said, “if it wasn’t for deadlines nothing would ever get done”. The truth behind deadlines is that they do in fact provide a needed structure that creates a sense of urgency! Assigning a deadline to a task or a goal adds a certain sense of importance and fuels the resolve to get it done! Just uttering the term deadline creates a certain ominous air. Historically the deadline was a line drawn in the sand around a prison. Prisoners were liable to be shot if they crossed that line. They dared not get anywhere close to that line but...

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Goals

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Reflections on Life | 0 comments

Goals

Ready, set, go? Not so fast, where or what are you setting off to go or to do? Are you focused on the right goal? Setting goals is not a straightforward, static one-time activity. To be successful in achieving your goals it is important to constantly review, redefine and refine them! Traditionally we have all heard about the SMART approach to setting and getting to your goals: But lets challenge this SMART approach so that it is more relevant for this day and age and redefine what it means to be smarter in todays environment. Now more than...

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Focus

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Reflections on Life | 0 comments

Focus

You tackled your distractions, cleared them to the curb and NOW you are ready. Ready to start again with a renewed sense of focus, putting your attention to what matters. When you focus things become clear. Distractions disappear and our attention becomes centred and concentrated on the task at hand. Once we focus we unleash the creative energy within us, connecting to the task at hand. Focusing is not about keeping up with your to do list. It is about turning up the internal volume and shutting out the external distractions, tuning into your...

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Distraction

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Conversations with Myself | 0 comments

Distraction

The enemy of momentum is distraction – it can stop you dead in your tracks and derail your progress! When you are stuck in the landscape of distraction not only do you loose momentum but the diversion also causes you to loose sight of what it was you were hoping to get to in the first place. Before you know it you start to become discouraged and it becomes harder to get back on tack. When our momentum becomes interrupted, the more absent-minded and less attentive we become to moving forward. Sometimes the distraction hits and takes over like...

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Momentum – Keep on Moving!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Reflections on Life | 0 comments

Momentum – Keep on Moving!

A common challenge in fresh starts is maintaining momentum. Soon after the excitement of starting fresh comes the lull that if not addressed, could easily turn into stagnation. No one likes that feeling of being stuck. That is where gathering momentum comes in handy.  Just how do you get momentum? Think back to your high school formulas. When it comes to measuring movement you take into consideration both the speed and magnitude. () It’s about how fast you move and the extent or degree of how much effort or energy you put into it! Once you...

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Fresh Start

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Reflections on Life | 0 comments

Fresh Start

The concept of a fresh start really has two components to it. The first part is “fresh” implying a new, not stale approach, like getting a fresh start in the morning when travelling on a long journey.  The intent is that you will be rested and able to carry on and navigate the road with alertness and new gusto! The second component to a fresh start is movement. We often embark on a fresh start because we are stuck or at a stand still.  Simply stated, a fresh start refers to starting over to reach a particular destination or to attempt to...

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The Comfort of Routine

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Conversations with Myself | 0 comments

The Comfort of Routine

As eventful as the holidays are and as much as we look forward to them, by the time the middle of January rolls around we gladly welcome and embrace the comfort of our usual daily activities that form part of our life’s routine. We like, need and even start to crave routine when we don’t have it. This is because we gain comfort in the familiar. The usual goings-on provide us with a sense of grounding. The rhythm of predictability gives us the feeling of order and makes us feel in control. There is, however, a tipping point associated with...

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Gatherings

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Reflections on Life | 0 comments

Gatherings

It is that time of year when plans are made to gather. Family and friends from near and far get together to celebrate, to connect and to create new memories. We eagerly awake these moments. Favourite traditional dishes are prepared, meals are shared and stories are told. We gather to exchange stories, to get caught up with one another. After the meal is done, the board games are won all that is left are new stories for us to reminisce on the next time we gather.  We unite to build and strengthen bonds that sustain us when we are away from...

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The Christmas Tree

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Conversations with Myself | 0 comments

The Christmas Tree

There is nothing better on a snowy night than to sit by the Christmas tree, all decorated, lit up and twinkling in the night. The reflection from the window of the lights makes it seem like there is another tree out yonder! There is something soothing and comforting about being in the presence of the tree representing rich traditions passed down through the centuries. This started me thinking about the evergreen tree and wondering about its history and how it came to be that we now have it as a main staple in our homes at Christmas. ...

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Traditions

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Reflections on Life | 0 comments

Traditions

            Every month is marked by a longstanding customary tradition that owns and defines the month. Retailers rally round and don’t miss the early opportunity to remind us to pay attention and get ready to conform to the norm of traditions defined by our society. From the beginning of January through to the end of December we are reminded when and what to do, according to traditional flare. Just like each month is marked with a signature tradition each season also has routines of passage. Growing up in an...

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