Sunday, February 13, 2011

No More Wagon Rides...

So I fell off the wagon... again. I am back to drinking Diet Coke and ignoring the call of my running shoes buried under piles of laundry. I was thinking, what if I don't want to get back on the wagon? What if I just want to walk for awhile? I know it would be easier to ride that wagon, to run & meditate on a regular basis, drink my daily four bottles of water and avoid eating Oreos like potato chips (or potato chips like Oreos, for that matter). I think my excuses are as big as my piles of laundry.

I am rereading one of my favorite books titled Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It is a book about writing and life.

She writes, "Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird."

This is a great metaphor for how to live our lives. Just take everything "Bird by Bird".  If we look at the hugeness of the tasks ahead, it can be immobilizing. So tomorrow I will drink one more cup of water than usual or do just one thing at a time on my to do list. And if I decide to not get back on the wagon right away and walk awhile, that is okay too. It is all good, all as it is supposed to be.

Here are some photos from this weekend.

Love & Light,


Happy Birthday Taegan!!

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