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I woke up this morning with a Beatles song in my head… the lyrics repeating themselves over and over “Nothing’s gonna change my world… Nothing’s gonna change my world.” and I thought to myself… WAIT! That isn’t the right mantra to have in my head – no matter what world I’m living in.

So I hopped in the shower… still having that Beatles tape loop in my head (which btw, I love the Beatles so don’t get me wrong) and an old camp song from middle school came into my head. Montlure Camp 🙂

Chorus: You and I can climb every mountain, Cross every stream and drink from every fountain, In His name, In His name, In His name…
Verse 1: Truth is gone, the world proclaims, No foundation now remains, Yesterday cannot return, Tomorrow won’t be the same, but…
Verse 2: Men hide their deeds from human eyes, Their hope in self alone, Man’s power fails, the light grows dim, Blind lead blind, I hear their wail, but…
Chorus: You and I can climb every mountain, Cross every stream and drink from every fountain, In His name, In His name, In His name…

And… all of a sudden I started to feel really energized. Yes… I was in the shower. I sound incredible when I belt it out in the shower 🙂 heehee Beyonce has nuthin’ on me in that shower when I’m singing… let me tell you. And… I started thinking about the words. With an idea in your head of facing mountains and knowing you can climb them anything is possible… even 60+ page grants needing to be written in a matter of a few days… even silly drama that people I know seem to be praying on stirring more of… blah blah blah… forget it CLIMB THAT MOUNTAIN .

Then, I went on to give my youngest, Simon, his breathing treatment for his asthma as I continued to get ready for work. And I was reminded of another favorite song of mine. I fell in love with it during those same camp years and it has carried me through some very dark and stressful times. This is the one I sang softly as I rubbed Simon’s head and gave him his treatment. This is the one I’ll carry in my heart today. When chaos and darkness prevails, it is most definitely time to return to center. I added new quotes to my sidebar today. I’m excited that it is May 14 and there are incredible possibilities, including mountains ahead of me. And… I’m ready to climb ’em or move ’em.

Happy Thursday in whatever world you are in 🙂

All I Ever Have To Be
Written by Gary Chapman, Sung by Amy Grant
When the weight of all my dreams
Is resting heavy on my head,
And the thoughtful words
of health and hope
Have all been nicely said.
But I’m still hurting,
Wondering if I’ll ever be
The one I think I am.
I think I am.
Then you gently re-remind me
That you’ve made me from the first,
And the more I try to be the best
The more I get the worst.
And I realize the good in me,
Is only there because of who you are.
Who you are…
And all I ever have to be
Is what you’ve made me.
Any more or less would be a step
Out of your plan.
As you daily recreate me,
Help me always keep in mind
That I only have to do
What I can find.
And all I ever have to be
All I have to be
All I ever have to be
Is what you’ve made me.


By some small miracle, everyone in our house was quiet long enough to enjoy this news clip tonight from CBS. I just love it. I had to find it and surprisingly enough (or not so surprisingly) my kids remembered the name of the news segment: Assignment America.

Take a look and tell me for yourself. And yes, Virginia, there is a metaphor here:

Assignment America

Bella & Tarra

Bella & Tarra

Cheers January 2 and the countdown to Obama! If these two can be friends, don’t you think the Republican Conservatives who made the rest of us feel like godless heathens could meet us half way? After all, Bella and Tarra figured it out.

We are never broken. In the end only kindness matters. Good prevails. Light illuminates the darkness.

These days we seem to be surrounded by dark spirits who are lurking, waiting. Let your soul breathe deeply. Soak up all that is good. There are so many things right with the world. Look into the eyes of someone you love. Really look. You’ll see what I see. You’ll find lots of amazing things right.

Enjoy this season. Don’t let it be stolen from you. Worry, doubt, insecurity… are vultures for another time.

We are never broken
We are God’s eyes
God’s hands
God’s mind
We are God’s eyes
God’s hands
God’s heart
We are God’s eyes
God’s hands
God’s eyes
We are God’s hands
We are God’s hands

Thoughts from my email inbox worth keeping… sometimes couldn’t be more on target for things I need to ponder…

I like to walk alone on country paths, rice plants and wild grasses on both sides, putting each foot down on the earth in mindfulness, knowing that I walk on the wondrous earth. In such moments, existence is a miraculous and mysterious reality.

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child–our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, “Miracle of Mindfulness”
From “365 Buddha: Daily Meditations,” edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted by arrangement with Tarcher/Putnam, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.

My family recorded the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics because I was just enroute home when it was happening. I got home in time to watch all the teams enter the stadium – but not see the tremendous performances. Watching it this morning, I am in awe. I know some of the history, some of the politics, and some of the philosophy. I know enough to know I shouldn’t endorse their politics. I know of the controversy of the trip the olympic flame across the world. But… in watching the tremendous opening ceremonies – the dance, the symbolism, the beauty, the synchronicity of the performance, the technology behind what they created, the ultimate awe factor… how can you NOT be impressed!

Ok… I admit it… I was a band geek. I did marching band. It is hard. You are responsible for your one little spot and yet if you screw up your one little spot – it has a domino effect across the entire performance. That was in a band of 175 members… and we were good… we won awards… but.. 2008 performers… 2008 performers in sync… it is mind boggling. It is beauty and science. 15,000 performers total.

If you missed the opening ceremonies… go back and catch them on Regardless of your politics… take the time to absorb the performance art and beauty that encompasses this once in a lifetime event. The symbols above represent harmony. There is a very cool site I found that you can explore other chinese symbols China Connection. The other thing I find fascinating is the symbolism of numbers. I learned yesterday that 8 is the luckiest of all in chinese culture. 080808 represented a reason for thousands of chinese couples to get married yesterday. 6 and 9 are also lucky numbers. 4 and 14 are unlucky. 14 the unluckiest of all… representing certain death. There are no 14th floors in high rise buildings in China.

So… where is the olympic presence in SL? I am going to set out today to find it. I would love for someone to recreate the mural painting dance on the floor of the Bistro. It was incredible. The drumming… yes, I love drummers… but the mass 2008 drummers and the technology lighting up the countdown? Mind boggling precision. I hope there is something the Lindens have cooked up to honor the olympics in SL. I hope there is something someone has done in some sim. If not… I’m going to feel a little pressure to do I don’t know what.

Cheers to harmony and foreign lands and things beyond our wildest imaginations made possible!