The Serene One

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Today’s WOTD is … seussian

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Maya Angelou …

I learned of Maya Angelou’s passing this morning while in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. It was at that precise moment in time when I realized just how much this remarkable woman meant to me. I never had the pleasure of meeting her in person. Maya Angelou was a stranger to me. And yet… I immediately began to cry.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

There was a long wait in that waiting room this morning (they are called that for a reason) so I had quite a bit of time to wipe my tears and reflect on this amazing woman. I had time to think about her beautiful spirit and the strength of her wisdom; I had time to remember her lovely poetry and inspirational writing; I had time to remember the peacefulness of her serenity and the strength of her femininity. I had time enough to know that I am feeling this loss personally.

I look around my office and I feel her presence everywhere. I see her quotes on my wall and in the books on my shelf. I see her name in the tags attached to my blog and on this post. My fourth post on WordPress was one of the quotes taken from her book, “Letter to My Daughter.”  [Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud posted on 04/11/2014]  Her name is on the news, on your lips, and in my head. I feel her everywhere but, most especially, I feel her in my heart.

Maya Angelou taught me how to be a strong woman. Her words have lifted me on days when I didn’t even have the strength to raise my eyes in prayer or close them in meditation. In her writings, I have found the will to go on for just one more day and to love again even when all hope was lost. Maya Angelou taught me to find the joy in Life and in who I am — as a person, as an artist, as a woman, and as a Mother. Through her, I’ve learned the true definition of success.

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

I read this blog earlier when I was having trouble finding the words through my tears. The Daily Post | “When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am.”  It helped.

Maya Angelou taught me how to be a creative writer and a hell of a lot about being a strong confidant woman. Maya Angelou showed all of us, though, how to be a compassionate, loving, wise, and supremely beautiful Human Being. What an incredible legacy.

Thank you Maya.

 


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Today’s WOTD is … sonder

/SAHN-der/
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

Sonder | from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

from John Koenig on Vimeo

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com) is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language – to give name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.

The author’ s mission is to capture the aches, demons, vibes, joys and urges that roam the wilderness of the psychological interior. Each sorrow is bagged, tagged and tranquilized, then released gently back into the subconscious.”


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Living with Vorfreude … and skydiving!

We’re going skydiving tomorrow. Oh my! That sounded very nonchalant, now didn’t it?  Ho hum! Just another Saturday in the life of me. La-tee-DA! What shall we do? It is not, though, just another Saturday because on this particular Saturday we’re going skydiving. (“Skydive” aka “fly, Fly, FLY like a bird” if you’re inside my head … or if you’re 4 years old.)

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I have wanted to skydive (::cough:: FLY) ever since I was about nine or ten years old. And we are going. Tomorrow. In the Morning. To skydive. Obviously I am beyond the moon excited about this little adventure and when I came across  the word “vorfreude” {FOR-froy-dah} earlier today, I thought…“Could there be any word more perfect than vorfreude to describe how I am feeling?”

VorfrudeI’m turning 50 years old soon. Oh no, I don’t mean “next week” kind of soon. I’m talking about the “soon enough” kind of soon. It is “soon enough” that I think about turning 50 every. single. damn. day.

But… here’s the thing. I figure that if I’m going to have this thought in my head all the time, well then, it’d better be a good one. So… I’m choosing to be happy about this upcoming birthday. (My daughter says I’m weird about this ‘happy’ thing but I don’t mind that she thinks that.) This birthday is a big milestone and it is NOT necessary to be sad about the occasion. I mean, come on?! We only get to turn 50 once in our lifetimes, right? Therefore, let’s have some fun!

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I am “taking the road less traveled” (aka “You’re weird, Mom”) and I am celebrating my birthday every single month of the year 2014 because… one 50th birthday? Au contraire mon frère!

And beginning on January 1, I put action to words and started celebrating my 50th Birthday by choosing JUBILANT as my “One Word” for 2014. Words have always mattered very much to me. I am an empath, an introvert, and a voracious reader. Truly, you wouldn’t believe the vibrational impact words have on our psyche. So… three years ago I decided to stop making New Year’s Resolutions in favor of the “One Word” approach. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long. In years past, I’ve chosen KIND, GRATEFUL, and MINDFUL. They were wonderful choices and did indeed color my whole world for that year.

This year, the year 2014 and the year in which I will turn 50 (my jubilee year if you will), I chose JUBILANT and it has been extraordinary the impact this one little word has had on my mindset. I AM overjoyed, exultant, triumphant, joyful, rejoicing, exuberant, elated, thrilled, gleeful, euphoric, ecstatic, enraptured, in raptures, walking on air, in seventh heaven, and on cloud nine!

Tomorrow… I am skydiving for the very first time and I am jubilant! But I am also savoring the anticipation like a fine wine… or a good Kombucha. And to think that it is only May. What’s in store for the rest of the year? Oh my but there are so many wonderful things yet to come!

Here’s to moving forward in our journeys with much Vorfreude!

And skydiving! Is it Saturday yet?