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The Beauty of Time…

Time is a beautiful thing.  If you have been journaling for awhile you have the joy of looking through your pages and seeing your life move forward.  I recently read an entry that I had written several months ago.  I was surprised at what I had written and was so grateful that I had the opportunity to visit these pages.  I love that if we choose, we can document our feelings and then go back months later and revisit them.  Or we can choose to just write it and release it.  One of my favorite hikes has a huge boulder that is up on the top of the mountain.  The boulder is split in two and I have on several occasions written out a prayer or a wish and placed it inside this boulder.  I call this hike my releasing hike.  Due to the heat of the summer I have not been up on that mountain, but I am looking forward to cooler weather coming so I can once again go up with my piece of paper and place it there and let whatever is bothering me go.

Spend some time looking at your life… what were you doing 5 years ago?  5 months ago? What do you want to see yourself doing 5 years from now?  It is so much fun to write down your dreams and watch them come true.  I am so looking forward to these next few months as I am a butterfly coming forth from my cocoon.  I know that the best years are ahead for me.  In my business as well as in my personal and family life. 

Time is a beautiful thing!

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When are you “Home?”

One afternoon when I was driving home from a workshop at Inter Valley Health Plan I heard the most beautiful song on the radio by Christina Perri.  It was called Arms.

Here are the lyrics:

I never thought that you would be the one to hold my heart
But you came around and you knocked me off the ground from the start

You put your arms around me
And I believe that it’s easier for you to let me go
You put your arms around me and I’m home

How many times will you let me change my mind and turn around
I can’t decide if I’ll let you save my life or if I’ll drown

I hope that you see right through my walls
I hope that you catch me, ’cause I’m already falling
I’ll never let a love get so close
You put your arms around me and I’m home

The world is coming down on me and I can’t find a reason to be loved
I never wanna leave you but I can’t make you bleed if I’m alone

You put your arms around me
And I believe that it’s easier for you to let me go

I hope that you see right through my walls
I hope that you catch me, ’cause I’m already falling
I’ll never let a love get so close
You put your arms around me and I’m home

I tried my best to never let you in to see the truth
And I’ve never opened up
I’ve never truly loved ‘Till you put your arms around me
And I believe that it’s easier for you to let me go

I hope that you see right through my walls
I hope that you catch me, ’cause I’m already falling
I’ll never let a love get so close
You put your arms around me and I’m home

You put your arms around me and I’m home

I love these lyrics because it made me think about when do I feel “home”.  In my workshop a few Saturdays ago,  I talked about the “masks” we wear,  who do we let into our “home” space?  Which of your friends do you feel the most at home with?  Where are the walls that you may have put up, can you see them?  Who holds your heart?  Spend some time journaling about this topic.  Explore and write your feelings.

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Be a tourist!

I lived most of my life in San Jose, California.  San Jose is probably most famous for the Winchester Mystery House.  As my mom always called it…a tourist trap, so guess what, I never went!  I lived only 45 minutes from San Francisco and do you think I ever visited Alcatraz?  Nope!  So here I am now, almost celebrating my 3rd year of living here in beautiful Palm Springs and I started thinking about what do tourists do that come to our beautiful area.  Ah ha!  Take a ride up on the Palm Springs Tram!  So yesterday, I packed my backpack and headed for the tram, it was a beautiful 93 degrees here in Palm Springs and I heard it is 20-30 degrees cooler up on the top of the mountain.  After dishing out a measley 23.95 (or you could buy a summer pass for only $60.00) I got in line.  This was definitely a tourist attraction as most of the people around me seemed to be speaking another language!  After I finally boarded I was amazed at the beauty of traveling so high above the desert floor and literally watching the world transform around me!  After a short ride to the top the doors opened and I was immediately struck by the smell of the fresh trees.  I hiked all afternoon and yes, I did manage to hug a few trees and yes, I did feel like a tourist.  I told myself that from now on, even if my mom calls something a tourist trap, I wanted to experience it just as a tourist would!  Although, I still probably won’t go to visit the Winchester Mystery House when I am back in San Jose, it is fun to go and be a tourist in your own town, don’t wait for visitors to come, just go out and do it!

Today in your journaling think about ways you can be a tourist in your own town.  What do the tourists like to visit when they come to your neck of the woods?  Have you been a tourist lately?  What is stopping you, go out and do it…and if you get a chance  hug a few trees along the way…

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.


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