Darkness, a Dream and a Message from the Rainforest

Nightfall comes early in the Amazon rainforest to those of us who are accustomed to daylight savings time and extended daylight hours.  Light fades as the sun sinks below the canopy of trees and the darkness is absolute.  There is no glow from the lights of a city, traffic lights, street lights, or house lights.  A velvet blackness swallows shadows …

Be Your Best Friend

“Oh, you’re my best friend…”  The lyrics of that song by Queen have been running through my mind lately.  Which is a much better choice than what usually cycles and recycles through my monkey mind at times.  I heard the song a few days ago, and it caused me to ponder: what if we truly were a best friend to …

Who Do You Want To Be?

  This week I’ve been struggling with doubt.   Self-doubt.  I was sitting in a meeting a few days ago and I wondered, “am I really contributing here?”  “Am I the right person with the right skills to help?   There is so much this organization needs and I feel so inadequate to help it move forward.  Am I the right person?   …

The Un-clutter Dilemma

I failed.  I flunked the “un-clutter” furor.  In the past three years, I’ve done multiple purges of books, jewelry, clothing, shoes, linens, and cooking items.   I’ve tried to develop a detachment to things, as the “get rid of the clutter” gurus advise. Yet, I hang onto a lot of “stuff” beyond the time in which another person would post ads …