Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Day-1 Triad Challenge

Welcome to what I hope will be the beginning of something meaningful . 
Mind: take three slow deep breaths then think of one thing on your to-do list you don't want to do...do it first. Enjoy the release of it not being on the list. 
Body: make or collect your favorite beverage...coffee, tea, water, Mike's, Brandy, Ice tea, hot chocolate, glass of milk. Think of the process and people that played a part in it setting before you. Think of the benefits or enjoyment this beverage will provide you. As you drink go slow...feel it , taste it, be aware of it traveling.  
Spirit: Before you walk though a door...any door...all the doors...pause and say thank you. For the reason that you are at the door...the people that made the door...the people on the other side...

Triad challenge

Daily Lifetime Process Honoring Mind Body and Sprit.
As the reflective time of year approaches I will be looking forward and planing to move myself and maybe you to a better place to enjoy my holiday gatherings.
I have learned many things over the last 22 months since hearing the words...you have cancer.
One that I am capable of letting go of my need to be right. I am capable of not being in charge. I am able to let others help. I can ask for help, and when people say no, I am not to take it personally. I have learned that we must, everyday, do the things that move us in the process of life. As we all know there are no guaranties on our life span and that we all have expiration dates. We all know there are things we can do to enjoy our life while we are here and honor the gift of the present.
I am learning that this is a Daily Lifetime Process Honoring Mind Body and Spirit. Everyday I must do something positive to help my body heal, encourage my mind to repair, foster joy in my sprit. Beginning November 1 I will post a three part challenge that will contain activities for the current/next day to guide us through honoring mind body and sprit. You can comment your results, thoughts and encouragement to each other on that day's post.
Remember this is about you learning about you and being a better you for yourself and others. Be Kind... Be Gentle...  Yes you can set smart goals that support the triad of mind, body and spirit, but they are not required. Do you have to do every part of every challenge...no. Let's be real people...we have jobs, kids, families and others that make demands on our time. The activities may be things you already do, but this will ask you to look at the task in a different light. I am excited to welcome you to this process.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Divers: di-vers
1.       of varying types: several

Community: com·mu·ni·ty
2.     a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

3.     a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
"the sense of community that organized religion can provide"

I am often struck by the historic advances of my divers community. What I refer to as the Clan of Marie. It all started about two years ago with the life altering words: You have cancer. In the last few days I have been acutely aware how my community is never stagnate or boring. There are opinions… LOTS of opinions on the state of the government shutdown. Weddings. Vacations. Trips to see children move on in adult hood.  Babies. Death. Happiness and sorrow. Misunderstandings and encouragement. Love and Loss. Seeking and knowing.

Technology has made so many of the functions of a community on fast forward or turned up on full volume. I read a book set in 13th century Wales. It was interesting to think of how much that community of castle dwelling, horse riding, sword wielding is much like the one I see on Facebook, twitter and the food market. One thing remains constant in all world, centuries and communities, our need to connect with each other.

I have a community that my common bond is breast cancer survival. We are all in a love hate relationship with Pink, Pink Ribbons and Breast Cancer Awareness. We each have a same different story that we never want anyone to ever experience. But dam glad to know we are not alone. We have love and support that we would never want to give up but hate each new invitation to our community. This is a community no one want to be a part.  I encourage you to stay out. Walk extra mile every day, eat your vegetables and beans. Drink more water.

I have a community that my common bond is scouting, a very large and formidable group. That is focused on providing an amazing way to live for the youth of our world.  We again have the same different story of why our children are in scouts and why adults that have a warm comfortable bed are willing to leave it for the great outdoors two nights a month all year long. This is a community that many people want to be a part of, but sometimes are concerned what others may think or what it might cost, or I don’t have a the right equipment.   I encourage you to look around and see just how much fun it can be to hang out with 30 young people ages 10 to 21 all doing the same thing for different reasons but trusting and supporting one another to achieve the goal. You don’t have to have children to be involved with scouting. Everyone has knowledge and experience to share, be a Merit Badge Counselor, be a unit commissioner.    Be, Know, Do and Teach.

I have a common bond with a community that believes there is a God, a higher power, a spiritual source of the universe. There is a same different story as to how we have come to know and celebrate our beliefs.  I have always sought more understanding of how and why we do the things we do in church…regardless of the church.  Celebrate your belief and honor that of your neighbor.

I have a common bond with a community that knows that Idaho was made late on the 6th day because God wanted a special place to rest. We have come to this great state and community through many routes. our stories of arrival are very divers but we have the same love and pride that was shared with a young California girl in the form of a white cowboy hat. I pray that in days to come she will return to Idaho and see beauty and love.

I have a common bond with a community of people that are my history, family and friends of friends, past co-workers and students. They post pictures of camels, on Wednesday, and of things that make me smile, laugh and scratch my head. They, we have some amazing stories.   

 Look around your communities in the next few days, enjoy your communities, acknowledge your sameness and your differentness. Honor the person next to you, they are someone's community.