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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 248 :: smile more

5 Sep

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Trust fact: smiles build trust. 

I read a bit about trust today and you know what came up? Smiles. According to an article on Psychology Today“Smiles are an integral part of human and primate communications. The bottom line: If you want others to trust you, smile at them genuinely.”

So I made a list of the things that make me smile. Topping the list are (no surprise) puppies, and babies, and the beach. Here’s a top 40 list (no surprise two of mine are on it).

It’s that easy to find joy and apparently build trust…then that gives me all the smiles. 
What’s on your list? 

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More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 247 :: look toward the sun

4 Sep

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I am excited to report that the orchids in my office bloomed this week. It’s the first time an orchid has bloomed in my care. It’s actually the first time an orchid has not completely died in my care, so I am beyond elated.

The plant sits on my bookcase and leans toward the sun. In fact, I didn’t even know it was blooming because the buds were pointing toward the sun hidden on the backside toward the wall. 

It reminds me that to grow you just need some water, good soil, and sun. So look toward the sun!

Trust me!
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 246 :: new routines

3 Sep

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With the newness of fall and everyone heading back to school, I am starting a new routine. Or, at least attempting one. We’ll see how it goes as I attempt to flip my schedule and workout in the morning.

I have been here before and maybe it’s a bit like a fad diet. But, this mountain is worth climbing so here goes! Welcome fall, welcome new routines, welcome new mountains!  

What’s your new mountain? 

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 245 :: welcome fall

2 Sep

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It’s time, it’s here, it’s Fall. For intents and purposes. Labor Day and all the unlaboring is over. I’m ready to receive Fall and all her glory, long football weekends, hot tea mornings, leaves turning.

As I was driving today I spotted a leaf. It was turned upside down like a teacup and the wind was driving it down the street. It looked like a little leaf car although I’m sure there were no passengers. But there it was driving down the street, or rather with the wind pushing it, as if it knew where to go. If there is any sign that Fall is coming, well, there it was!

Welcome Fall. Bring on the hot cocoa and lightly woven sweaters. 

Let’s get warm and cozy! 

Trust me!
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 244 :: summer endings

1 Sep

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As the sun sets on summer, or what we typically think of as summer, I am feeling the ending of it. Or, in other words, winter is coming. Endings always lead to beginnings. At least we have Fall to buffer the distance between ice cream and snow.

The seasons are changing and if there is anything I have learned in this almost decade of blogging, it is this: with the seasons come knowledge. In fact, wisdom. It is the fall, the harvest, the reaping of what we have sowed that I usually figure out what the year was all about in the first place. My teacher taught me this years ago — fall is the harvest, it is the time when we begin to unlock the bounty before us. So in this year of Trust, I am feeling the seasons turn. 

Summer isn’t over yet, but fall is on its way, and I TRUST that there will be more to learn.   

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 243 :: cuteness

31 Aug

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Ah, cuteness. I was thinking today about the beauty of summer, being that we are getting close to the wrap up of it. Summer has a certain cuteness to it, a Lily Pulizter of the seasons if you will. Cuteness can be so uplifting. Almost like a sweet dose of sugar or puppies.

I have one sleeping next to me as I write this. A puppy that is, not sugar. Although Sugar would be a fun name for a dog this one is called Brady. But just like sugar, he lightens my spirits every day. 

I think every day needs a little bit of cuteness. It goes a long way even when it’s not summer.  

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 242 :: happy labor day weekend

30 Aug

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Well hello, Labor Day weekend. You are so very welcomed to be here and yet, it’s the sign of things to come. Like winter. I am focused on enjoying the last moments of summer’s magic (including the melody of the tree frogs singing outside my window) and the first signs of fall warmth (cooler nights with the window open). 

It’s the changing of the seasons around here. Enjoy every moment! 

Trust me!
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 241 :: focus on the good

29 Aug

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They say where your mind goes your energy flows, so tonight I’m thinking about the goodness of summer. Especially as summer is winding down and the first signs of fall are popping up all around me.

There’s still time for good things like ice cream… ummmm, pink bubblegum ice cream. 

Focus on the good. 

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 240 :: all shall be well

28 Aug

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The world lost a bright light today and my dear teacher. Tonight I sit here reflecting on the words that she gave me for precisely moments like these. All shall be well. 

This is not the first time I have lost someone I loved but it is always hard to say goodbye. Even though I know that my teacher and her lessons will remain with me for a lifetime, and I am part of a lineage of students that will carry on her wisdom, it is still not easy. 

If there is one thing I know to do now, it is to look for the magic. There is magic in everyday life and there is magic in our dear relationships that continue way past the final breaths we breathe.

As my teacher would sing to me and I will sing into the future: 

All Shall Be Well, 
All Shall Be Well, 
And All Matter of Things, 
Shall Be Well, 
Shall Be Well, 
Shall Be Well. 

Trust me!
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 239 :: trusting it all

27 Aug

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Tonight I am reflecting on what it takes to trust and learn.

And that brings me to Laughter. I am laughing a little on the inside, at the realization that the joke has been on me. This year of Trust has given me many twists and turns and you know what the pattern keeps coming back to? Trusting myself. 

They say when the student is ready the teacher appears. And, now, my dearest teacher is in hospice. There is irony in this situation, being that this is the year that I am learning to trust and it appears it will also be the year when she is learning to leave. The two may intersect and while it wouldn’t surprise me, still I am shocked. 

She is the one who taught me to trust it all to matter. She taught me to trust the moments of confusion, and the moments of clarity, for each, have a valuable lesson to bring forward. She taught me that it all matters… and I mean ALL. 

When a spider would show up on my window she would ask me to trust it (not to kill it). When a flower bloomed she taught me to honor it. When an animal appeared she taught me to thank it. She was trained in Native American ways and in her teachings she taught me that everything mattered. Everything had a message. Everything had a purpose. 

So with that, I am left with this: the student has become the teacher. Through her lesson plan, I have ultimately been taught to trust myself. Silly me, not realizing that this was her plan all along. 

Now, as she prepares to leave I also know that she will never be gone. This is, in a way, the final test and possibly my graduation. And since I know that everything matters, I know that she will choose the perfect moment to leave and the perfect moment to remind me that lessons and love live on. 

They always do.
Trust me.

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Jamie

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