JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 221 :: trust the present

9 Aug

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Tonight we watched the movie, “The Art of Racing In The Rain.” I cried through the entire movie. It’s a movie for humans and especially for humans who love dogs. It’s especially emotionally draining for anyone who recently lost their dog, but then again, there really is no moratorium on the heartbreak of losing your best friend. 

I cried mostly because of Pup. He has been gone for a little over a year now but he is still so present in our hearts and memories. I think that’s the thing about dogs, they are forever connected to the heartstrings of the family tree.  

One of the lines that stuck with me most from the movie was: “The best drivers don’t dwell on the future or the past. The best drivers focus only on the present.” 

That is what our pets do for us, refocus us on the present moment. The wagging of the tail, the panting of the tongue, the leaping with joy, the barking and the snoring with great verve. They are the best teachers of the present moment. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 220 :: trust floats

8 Aug

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It’s the height of summer here in Boston. The days are hot and the nights are long. But it won’t always be that way, as we all know, too soon the leaves will begin to fall. So I am holding onto these last weeks of brilliant beauty in the flowers all around me. The birds singing in the morning. The beach waves on the weekend. It’s all so beautiful with the filter of summer. 

And maybe it’s just the understanding that summer will not last forever that makes each day so bright. Football is already on television in the form of preseason games, but still, it is the first sign of summer’s slow down. 

So tonight I hold the beauty of summer in my heart and trust in my head there will be so many things to look forward to this fall. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 219 :: hope blooms

7 Aug


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It’s a freaky flashback TV night. I am watching Pretty Woman on television waiting for 90210 to start… what year is it? I have to admit in a world that feels little out of control it feels good to reconnect with the Peach Pit.   

Sometimes a flashback is all that’s needed for the future to be okay. 

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 218 :: hope blooms

6 Aug

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Thoughts on trust tonight… Hope is what allows dreams to bloom.

Without hope, it’s hard to have faith, and without faith, it’s hard to focus on love. And, without love, it’s hard to have passion around your plan, and without a plan, well…you know. So, here’s to hope, faith and love with a plan.  

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 217 :: focus on trust

5 Aug

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It’s Monday, ya’ll. Congrats, we made it through the starter day of the week. It’s like a practice day and then we have 4 more chances before the weekend arrives. I can do that.

Focus on that which you can believe in and trust (like Friday!). 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 216 :: trust the stretch

4 Aug

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Today was my first day back to the OrangeTheory workout in a while. And when I say a “while” I mean a month. July has somehow flown away and with it summer is on the horizon.

I am proud of myself in the most humble way possible – mostly for finishing the workout without passing out. That is, in itself, an accomplishment. Tonight as I wind down and feel every aching fiber in my muscles I am reminded that sometimes we must stretch to grow.  

Even it means returning to something you have done before. (Ouch)

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 215 :: trust in the silence

3 Aug

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My head is beeping. It keeps beeping because the fire alarm at the top of the ceiling over the stairs more than 20 feet above me is beeping. It has been beeping for days now. We tried to fix it. Our realtor tried to fix it. None of us could fix it.

So now we wait for a ladder and new hardware to be replaced tomorrow. Until then, it beeps. Over and over again it beeps. In between the beeping is the most beautiful subtle silence.

In that moment I feel like I can hear everything.   

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 214 :: trusting your teacher

2 Aug

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I had to the most wonderful day on Cape Cod. Not because of the white sand beach and beautiful blue water (which was very nice and mesmerizing) but for a much better reason, the reunion of friends.

I have had many teachers in my life, some have taught me lessons of love, others lessons of faith, and still others lessons of loss. Life is a teacher until itself in so many ways but the people Life has sent to enlighten my path have been the most cherished.

One of those special and dearest people is Debbie Cottrell. She taught me women’s history in a way that nobody ever attempted before I entered college. I actually didn’t know what the women had been doing all the time that men were fighting battles and laying out tax law and claiming lands and building boats and railroads and all the other things that had been written in my history textbooks since grade school. But Debbie knew, and she taught me in the most inspiring way. It was her influence that led me down the path to claiming a women’s studies major at Smith College. 

But that’s not why she was my favorite professor. It was the birthday cards she sent every year on my birthday long past my college days. It was the emails and Christmas cards and check-ins on me after my divorce years. And today, it was meeting up on the most beautiful strand of sand on the eastern seaboard … just to catch up because she was in town.

It is the staying-in-touch that has touched me most and taught me the mostest (if that is a word!). It is the support of a lifetime not just the support of a semester that has stood out as exemplary. She is so exemplary, in fact, she was just named the president of TLU and this student couldn’t be more proud of her teacher. 

I can only imagine how many thousands more of me there must be, a student inspired by her teacher. Which brings me to this… you never know how much your influence holds or your words penetrate or your actions create ripples in the lives around you. But they do. Trust me!

Thank you, Dr. Cottrell, for staying in touch. 

More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 213 :: trusting the small stuff

1 Aug

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We just returned home from the movies. We saw Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to be specific. It was better than I expected it to be even though it was longer than I realized it would be.

The movie left me thinking about history and what would happen if history went another way, took a different turn. As I sit here tonight it makes me think about how small moves make big differences.  

Small is big.
Trust me!

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 212 :: trust the view

31 Jul


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My body and brain are finally catching up to the week. Tomorrow is Thursday but it feels like it should be Tuesday! Yes… I’m that slow this week.

But as I sit here, I am reminded to trust the view in front of me. To be where I am. To enjoy what I have and to take a moment to take it all in (even if it is already Wednesday!). 

Here’s to Wednesday and Thursday… and then Friday!
Trust me!

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Jamie

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