It seems the way of it over time is that on weekends, there is either only one Grace Note, or maybe even none.
But I felt full of joy to give you a gift of remembering to pause, perhaps even right now.
Even if you are wildly busy, which feels like my life in the past few years.
Busier, busier, and busier. Calendar filling, writing like crazy, so many clients, many classes, always a retreat coming up and preparation needed and kids, dance, gym, groceries, laundry.
Sometimes feeling on the edge of not actually being able to do all that I say I will be doing, all that I’m saying “yes” to.
Instead of tightening up about it today….taking a deep breath.
It has to happen, it should be done, it needs to get complete, I must finish.
Who would you be without the belief that you really need to have that thing finished in order to be happy?
You may still be on the road towards its completion….
….but it’s OK if you don’t get it done.
Because this journey is amazing, and wonderful, and glowing.
You are awesome, no matter what predicament or situation you’re in. Even with all that is unfinished and undone.
When an archer is shooting for nothing, he has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle, he is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold, he goes blind or sees two targets —
He is out of his mind!
His skill has not changed. But the prize divides him.
He cares. He thinks more of winning than of shooting–
And the need to win drains him of power….
….The non-action of the wise man is not inaction. It is not studied. It is not shaken by anything. The sage is quiet because he is not moved, not because he wills to be quiet.
Joy does all things without concern. For emptiness, stillness, tranquillity, tastelessness, silence, and non-action are the root of all things.
~ The Way of Chuang Tzu translated by Thomas Merton
Pause. Feel the quiet.
Feel how good and simple it is, even when your to-do list is long and your dreams are big.
Did you notice the full moon?