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Where are you going?

When the day doesn’t just take over, when your mind can wander over things you need to consider but have pushed aside for one reason or another, do you know where you’re going?

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Do you contemplate your future path? Your present? Your past?

In the movie Moonstruck, Rose Castorini asks her husband, “Where you been?”
Cosmo answers. “I don’t know, Rose. I don’t know where I’ve been
or where I’m going. All right?”

I can relate. I think we all can, especially this year.

In Finding Nemo Dory says, “Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming.” Because of a short-term memory loss Dory doesn’t know where she’s been, but she knows she has a place she’s working toward getting to; every day she works towards getting closer and closer until eventually she gets to where she’s meant to be.

Another great line from Moonstruck occurs when Loretta goes to confession and the priest tells her with great expression,”Reflect on your life Loretta.” This made me think of the popular poem by Robert Frost.

The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Frost’s poem can seem to be about the need to choose a path that different, perhaps better, from another but that’s not the point of view of the poet as he writes, And both that morning equally lay, In leaves no step had trodden black. Frost, right there, tells us that one path was just as good as the other.

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It’s all up to you; follow the path that best suits. As Frost says, way leads on to way, which to me echoes Dory. “Swimming, swimming, just keep swimming.”

Enjoy the trip.

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How’s it going?

So, for many of us its two weeks into the quarantine . How’s everyone doing?

And besides for remote work, what’s everyone doing?

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I wish you many creative thoughts and inventive ideas. I wish you wellness and kindness. I wish you compassion and love. I wish you many long walks and hopeful visions.

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Stay well, Jan

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In the here and now . . .

Its a place where most children are quite comfortable being. Wherever they are and whatever they are presently involved in is their focus. I see it everyday as a teacher for pre-school aged children. And so I’d like to share with you my thoughts on the picture book HERE and NOW, by Julia Denos and illustrated by E.B. Goodale in hopes that you will go check it out yourself and share it with others.

A lovely picture book
dedicated to showing
children what it means
to be present.

Right here right now, you are reading this book. That’s the first line of HERE and NOW. The author and illustrator take their readers on a journey that starts where they are with the book in their hands and gently extends out to explore the earth and the many, many things that are happening around the reader while they are reading. My favorite one is pictured below.

An idea is blooming.

All of the happenings occur as the child is involved in the act of reading and through that simple activity the child is becoming. The last image expresses the perception we all hope that children can hold onto as they grow and develop.

Right here, right now, YOU are becoming.
Isn’t that wonderful!

At the end of the book is an authors note that discusses the origins of the book, what meditation means to the author, and the awareness (that of noticing with senses wide open) that she’d like to encourage her audience to engage in.

Go check it out, and let me know what you think.