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HW 007: Winter Weeps

What part does grieving play in the winters we all face?

 

What will bring us through tough times?  Listen in as Lee Ann reflects upon the power of our grief.

 

…And drop Lee Ann a line via email, sky-writing or pigeon carrier!  She’d love to hear from you…and as you’ll hear in this episode, she’s sending cards and notes to listeners who just need a bit of love, cheer and/or pick-me-up.  Nothing better than finding some love in your mail box (not your email in box!)…Just don’t forget to leave your mailing address or the address of someone you care about who needs a little surprise.  You can email Lee Ann at:  leeann@hoorayliving.com.

 

Resources/Links referenced in today’s podcast:

 

Mary Oliver — (American poet, born 1935)  The poem I read on the podcast is called, “Starlings in Winter” and can be found in her book, Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays (Beacon Press 2003). Another couple of recommendations include one of her more recent collections,  Felicity: Poems (Penquin Press 2015) and, as a devoted dog lover, her book Dog Songs: Poems (Penguin Press 2013).  I particularly enjoy the poems in Felicity because they are about love. Yes, love as the headlong rush into life each day. She grabs you by the shirt collar and points to the birds, furry four-legged creatures, the sky and the mangroves, exclaiming “look, listen and love!”  Pick up any of Ms. Oliver’s poetry and you will get a dose of nature surely capable of healing any woes.

 

Leo Tolstoy — (Russian writer, 1828-1910)  Tolstoy wrote the acclaimed novels War and Peace, Anna Karenina and The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and still ranks among the world’s top writers.  Here’s an interesting tidbit you may not know…Did you know that Leo Tolstoy’s ideas of nonviolent resistance to evil influenced Mahatma Gandhi?  Indeed!  He was deeply spiritual.

 

Fyodor Dostoevsky — (Russian writer, 1821-1881)  Dostoevsky’s great novels include,  Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov and The Idiot.

More quotes from this most influential author:

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”

“Love is such a priceless treasure that you can buy the whole world with it, and redeem not only your own but other people’s sins. Go, and do not be afraid.”

Turbo “Today” for 2017

“The same wind blows on us all. The difference is the set of the sail.”–Jim Rohn

 

You’ve seen hundreds of articles in your Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter news feeds about all that you need to do to kick-start your 2017. You’ve read all the grab-you-by-the-shoulders headlines: “Why New Years Goals Don’t Work,” “21 Ways to Make Your Life Infinitely Better in 2017,” “5 Tips to Make You a Better Investor in 2017,” “3 Simple Steps to Building Consistency,” “Your Successful 2017 in 7 Easy Moves,” “Habits to Help You in the New Year”…Ugh, the list is endless! And what’s worse, we actually read this stuff and think, “Well that person must know something I don’t…” Then you read the articles and realize on second thought, “They don’t know anything more than I do!  It’s just more (can I say this to you?…)…CRAP!”

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The Myth of Self-Sufficiency (or How I Found My Way Out of Lonely)

The Myth ~

We aim for self-sufficiency like a prized trophy.  We do so with the help of mythology.

The American Prairie plays a significant role in our contemporary understanding of self-sufficiency.  During the 1840s and 50s, when gold-diggers, land speculators and homesteaders headed West, a large number of people and families staked their claim to a piece of America smack-dab in the middle of the country, where there was an expansive sky, plenty of fertile soil, herds of buffalo and sweeping winds.  Families dotted the landscape in their sod homes and simple cabins, often with their closest neighbor fifteen miles away.  This environment gave rise to the idea that self-sufficiency was honorable, noble and somehow grand because one counted only upon one’s own wits, resourcefulness and skills.   Continue Reading

Darkness Teaches Lessons that Light Cannot

New Beginnings Start in the Dark

 

Darkness embraced me with a bear hug on two separate and distinct occasions upon my recent return from my honeymoon. (Of course, as I write this blog, fewer and fewer hours of daylight have been apportioned to this winter season. So darkness, both figuratively and metaphorically, is part of our lives.) The kind of darkness of which I write was nearly total—life and brightness choked off.

The first embrace was fierce and so complete I dropped to my knees—a quivering mess if there ever was one. I shook with sobs. My face contorted and wet. I made it to the shower for a full-on sob that could awaken the dead. The shower sounds muffle the unwieldy tears.

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