Thursday, June 27, 2013

Flashback Friday...I Found Peace

I was driving through an old familiar neighborhood a few weeks ago
when I passed a building that made me smile. 

I pulled my car into the nearest driveway,
grabbed my camera, and walked back down the street toward that building.

Then I called my mother and said...

"You'll never guess where I am right now. 
I'm standing in front of old Peace"

"Old Peace" as it is affectionately called is

the place where our church was formerly located
the place where life changed for us
the place where we met God

... and found peace

She asked me "How does it look?"

"It looks the same to me, only now it's called Peak Performance"

And it began to sink in...
Peace is now Peak Performance

I found peace... June 28, 1992
and return 21 years later to find peak performance training

If that is not irony at its best

So I question... am I there?



And I feel His answer... Yes, because of the fact "I Am" yet here

I found peace and I am here...

Still standing
here
there

21 years later

giddy
glad and
grateful

to know that...

"There is nothing old about this peace!"

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Enemy You See (Part 2)

I had just finished writing this post
when I suddenly received (part 2) of this lesson

It was the last day of school,
and I had promised the kids that I would come enjoy lunch with them. 

When I arrived, I parked around the corner
and began walking back toward the campus

when I suddenly stopped in my tracks because something was different

It took a few seconds for me to realize
that the tree was missing!

The hairs on the back of my neck
stood up
because I knew for sure that there had been a tree there before

It was...

the tree that I'd encountered after parent orientation during the first day of school
the tree whose roots had pushed the sidewalk up, causing me to fall
the tree that I wrote about here

I had to smile because

here on the last day of school
the tree that had tripped me on the first day of school

was suddenly...

missing
gone
removed
uprooted

And not only was the tree missing,
the sidewalk had been repaved leaving no trace of my experience...
 



"and the enemy that you see today, you will see no more"

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Enemy You Fear (Part 1)

 

I just returned from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Institute in San Francisco where I spent three days looking at (culturally) and Developmentally Appropriate Practices for children ages birth through eight.

I am exhausted

And yet...

I am refreshed
I am clear
I have a renewed sense of awareness and purpose

My conference experience led to many discoveries

thoughts
ideas
lessons

In fact, during the very first session that same lesson found me again...

"Focus on what you want, not what you worry about,
because what you focus on expands"

Perhaps it was my imagination, but was she looking at me?
Her words echoing, and sounding a lot like these words from my 10 year old

"Don't focus on where I am now, focus on where I am going to be"

Later that day, my suspicions were confirmed as she walked up to me in the lobby, and greeted me with a smile and a hug.  Although we had never met, something about her felt very familiar, and she answered the question I hadn't even asked out loud...

"The reason that I looked at you was because I knew that your eyes would tell me the truth".

"Focus on what you want, not what you worry about,
because what you focus on expands"

My thoughts went back to Rosie the hen, who decided to go for a walk across the farm yard in "Rosie's Walk" by Pat Hutchins.

Without her knowledge a fox slowly and carefully follows Rosie, as if preparing to pounce on her.

Rosie steps on a rock, which pops up and hits the fox. Rosie continues to walk around the pond, unaware that the fox has fallen into the pond behind her. Each time it seems as though the fox is about to have Rosie for dinner, Rosie unknowingly causes something to happen that hinders him.

The story ends with Rosie arriving home in time for dinner
(unaware that)

she was accompanied by a fox most of the way 

She never focused on her enemy...

because that very

focus
fear
anxiety

is what would have given her enemy the strength to defeat her

So don't let your fear feed your enemies...

Starve them!

And check out Rosie's Walk...