What I’m Grateful For: The Moon
I was out in the hottub a few nights ago, gazing at the full moon. This is one of my most-favorite things to do in winter – there’s really nothing quite like being warm and cozy in gently burbling water while under deep, dark freezing skies studded with stars. It just never ceases to fill me with gratitude.
But this last week, looking at the full moon, I started thinking about how many full moons I’ve seen in my lifetime, and how many more I’m likely to see. By my count, I could have (theoretically, if the skies were always clear and I was always paying attention) 538 full moons. If you subtract the first few years of my life, it’s pretty easy to round that to a nice even 500. Looking forward, I would be very lucky to see 500 more. And I realized, that’s a nice span of time to track life in – moons. Days are far too many, I’ve never been a journaler or kept a diary. Weeks would be nice but I’m not that organized. Years are far too long to use as any way of keeping track of things. But moons? About twelve, maybe thirteen, in a year. Enough time to track things that matter, but not so much that you lose the gist of the details of life. So, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to keep a moon journal (I know, so hippy-dippy!) and I will put in it the things I want to remember – how fat the kitten got that month, what new recipe did I fall in love with, what clients did I get to work with, how did I show up for my team? What did I notice in the snow, what did I think of on my long drives, did I write a poem? Did I learn a new song? Did I sleep well?
Maybe someday these scraps of months will be the raw materials of a really cool art piece. Or maybe my kids will enjoy reading them. Who knows? But I think it will be interesting, no matter what!
What I’m Reading: Same as last week, The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz. I have really been delighted with this book. A takeaway now I’m about 3/4 through: the power of choosing. I have been exposed to the notion of CHOOSING as a way to get access to another level of living, but this book just makes it so clear how our normal, oscillating back-and-forth way of approaching and then falling away from our goals is so common. So making conscious choices about who and how we want to be, and what we want to experience, is very powerful. But the next bit takes it one step further – it talks about the nature of FUNDAMENTAL choices and how they affect everything else, from a paradigm level. These are examples of fundamental choices from this author: I choose to live my life to its highest potential. I choose to be the predominant creative force in my life. I choose to be free. I choose to be true to myself. I choose to be healthy.
As I examined these in detail, I was struck by how naturally and easily they could serve to not just steer other choices (I choose to learn a new language, I choose to be a leader my team can respect) but they give access to an ease in being, as opposed to a struggle (I choose to be healthy is much less judgemental than, I need to lose 20 pounds.) So I’m playing with this idea of fundamental choices. I know many might have some that were handed down by family traditions, or from your spiritual path, or some other place. I’d love to hear from you, what they might be, and how you came upon them?
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Quote I’m Pondering: If you know who Victor Frankl was, then you know that there is likely no better person to speak about true freedom than he was, having survived the Holocaust and Nazi concentration camps. He is a hero to me in the truest sense of the word.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to
choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
– Vicktor Emil Frankl