Aug 19/20: Loss

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Lessons in the Key of Today for the Weekend of August 19/20th:


“But laugh?” He pressed the flat of his hand against my stomach. “Here lives laugh.” He ran his finger straight up to my mouth and spread his fingers. “Push back laugh is not good. Not healthy.”

“Also cry?” I asked. I traced an imaginary tear down my cheek with one finger.

“Also cry.” He put his hand on his own belly. “Ha ha ha,” he said, pressing his hand to show me the motion of his stomach. Then his expression changed to sad. “Huh huh huh,” he heaved with exaggerated sobs, pressing his stomach again. “Same place. Not healthy to push down.”

― Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

Remember how the grownups in your life used to say ‘Oh well, there’s no use crying over spilled milk?’ The weekend holds a departure or a release that will ultimately offer a silver lining, but may require some attending to, or cleaning up.

I wonder… when the adult you trusted offered that advice, what types of life events were they referring to at the time? Continue reading “Aug 19/20: Loss”

Aug 18th: The Secret to Winning

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Lessons in the Key of Today for Friday, August 18th, 2017:


The player of the inner game comes to value the art of relaxed concentration above all other skills; he discovers a true basis for self-confidence; and he learns that the secret to winning any game lies in not trying too hard.

–W. Timothy Gallwey, The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

We are about to begin a new journey, or a new chapter, if you will. There is an initiation or integration that is required for this rite of passage, though. These times carry uncertainty, perhaps an unknown destination, and occasionally some turbulent waters. Have no fear, though, for there is always the calm after the storm.

I wonder… what is it you wish for? An end to personal or collective suffering? Love? Happiness? Contentment? Joy? A sense of self? Rewards for a job well done? Forgiveness? Comfort? Peace? Self-expression? Freedom from fear? Continue reading “Aug 18th: The Secret to Winning”

Aug 17th: The Flow of Life

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Lessons in the Key of Today for Thursday August 17th, 2017:


From today, no more paddling upstream. You’ve done this long enough. It’s your time to go with the flow of life.

–Jason Stephenson

There is a great deal of support in the air for you to move forward, even though it feels like you are stuck. I would like to challenge the reality of that ‘stuckness.’

I wonder… have you been getting an intensive education of sorts as of late? Like a crash course in Life? Have you been expanding what you know? Has your mind been expanding? Are you learning a new craft, or skill, or updating or upgrading an old one?  What would you like to do with what you have gained or learned? Where would you like to go from here? Continue reading “Aug 17th: The Flow of Life”