Gone Fishing…

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop (drawing by Diane Mottl)Okay, I’m not literally going fishing. I have not fished since I was a tyke but I am hanging a “gone fishing” sign on my blog to let readers know that I am taking a brief blogging break.

There are no wiggly worms in my future (other than the gardening kind), but for the next few weeks I will be unplugging from Twitter (@TrulyPresent), Facebook (Being Truly Present) and will not be publishing weekly blog posts.

Feel free to peruse the archives and read past posts. If you honor me with a comment, I will happily leave a return comment.

Have a wonderful summer everyone!

 

“It is important from time to time to slow down, to go away by yourself, and simply be.” Eileen Caddy

“As we exit the speeding highway and opt for the slower, scenic route, we find a richness to life, and we wonder how we’ve missed it all this time.” — Christina Hibbert

“If you’re having difficulty coming up with new ideas, then slow down. For me, slowing down has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has allowed me to open up — to know that there’s life under the earth and that I have to let it come through me in a new way. Creativity exists in the present moment. You can’t find it anywhere else.” — Natalie Goldberg

“You can come to understand your purpose in life by slowing down and feeling your heart’s desires.” —  Marcia Wieder

“Sometimes slowing down for a bit is just what we need to rejuvenate and come back even stronger and better. Slowing down doesn’t mean you are going down.” — Mary-Frances Winters

“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” — John DePaola

Saying It, Not Just Thinking It…

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die (drawing by Diane Mottl)

When I was sixteen, a good friend of mine died while on an overseas school trip (peanut allergy). I have thought of her often over the years. In my early twenties, when I was struggling and did not know if I believed in a God, I reached out to her instead. I imagined her looking down, hearing my words and giving me comfort. When the turmoil of my twenties settled, there were many other times that I thought of her and wondered what she would have been like at this age and that. When I dig through my box of memorabilia and come […] Read more »

Believing We Can Be Anything (Again)…

Children see magic because they look for it (drawing by Diane Mottl)

When I was drawing this photo of my nephew as a wee-one, it reminded me of that childhood time when we thought we could be or do anything. We did not get caught up with the logistics: we let ourselves think big and believed that we could be whatever we dreamed up. I like to color, so I am going to be an artist when I grow up. I know how to skate, so I’m going to be a NHL hockey player. Yet somewhere along the way, it starts to shift. We begin to hear messages about whether or not our dream is “realistic” for someone of our […] Read more »

More Successful Than We Know..

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right (drawing by Diane Mottl)

Isn’t it interesting, how easy it is to get caught up in what society deems as successful? Markers of success are everywhere. Earn this amount. Reach this high in your career. Have this level of responsibility. Inspire this many people. Make sure you accomplish at least this much each day. Raise children who achieve this level. We often associate success with an outcome: I have successfully accomplished X when I have achieved Y. Even if we are careful to make sure the “Y” is our best (not someone else’s), success still becomes about reaching a certain standard. We may celebrate the milestones along the way but success […] Read more »

Understanding A Dad’s Expression Of Love…

My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it (drawing by Diane Mottl)

I am blessed with a Dad who makes celebrating Father’s Day easy. He was and is there for me. This is not to say there were not bumps along the way. Like many men of his generation, his expression of love (and other feelings) was in a language that was not always easy to pick up on. Relationships with fathers can be complicated. Even the healthiest of Dads may struggle from the aftermath of being bombarded with societal message about what is manly and what is not; how to express themselves and how not to; what their role in the family is and what it is […] Read more »

The Need For More Touch…

Too often we underestimate the power of touch... (drawing by Diane Mottl)

Fingers entwined. The squeeze of a hand. A soothing circular motion on the back. An arm slung over a shoulder. A pat on the back. An all-out bear-hug. A furry paw on skin. The nudge of a wet nose. Whether from human or furry friend, touch has power. It heals. It soothes. It has emotional and physical health benefits. Research suggests that the effects are so profound that “…touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health.” (Hands on Research: The Science of Touch). We know that without touch, a baby cannot thrive and can even die. The evidence is there. Yet while many of us are […] Read more »

Do You See Flowers or Weeds?

What we see depends mainly on what we look for (Drawing by Diane Mottl)

When I was a wee-one dressed in my Sunday best, I offered my Mom a bouquet of hand-picked pretty yellow flowers. At least, that is what I saw. My Mom saw something different in my chubby outstretched hands. Lucky for me, she focused on the joyful intent of the giver and not on the dandelion juice dripping down and staining the dress she had just spent hours sewing. Yes, that bouquet I had so lovingly picked was a common weed. The scourge of lawns everywhere. The lowly dandelion. To a child: beauty, magic and fun. To an adult: pesky weed that must be […] Read more »

Thank You, But Joining Award Free Blogs…

A joyful spirit is evidence of a grateful heart (Drawing by Diane Mottl)

A couple weeks ago I was doing backflips of happiness, having been nominated by three fellow bloggers for two blogging awards: The Liebster Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. When I first started blogging, I remember seeing these colorful badges of honor affixed to blogs and thinking, “Wow, maybe someday…” Now the day has come, but I have mixed feelings about it. On the one-hand, I am deeply honored to be included in such a supportive blogging community that acknowledges one another. The Versatile Blogger Award is to honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now […] Read more »

No Apologies For Being A Toe-Dipper…

The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance (drawing by Diane Mottl)

If you read my blog post Taking Off the Training Wheels, you know I was going to start a group art class. The night before, I tossed and turned. By morning, my stomach was in full butterfly-mode (the size of condors). As I got ready, I gave myself a pep-talk and the cheerleader rah-rah-rah’s. But as one side of me you-canned, the other side dug in her heels. The heels won out. And yes, I know. I could have pushed harder and made myself go. Yes, doing it would have felt invigorating and given me a “Yesss! I did it!” moment. Yes, choosing […] Read more »

The Non-Mother’s Mother’s Day…

Pencil drawing of baby holding Mom's finger (by Diane Mottl)

Whenever I am doing the polite get-to-know-you Q & A with someone, it inevitably happens. I am asked whether I have children. I used to say, “No, we do not have children” but since I look far younger than I am,  I would get the pity look and the “You still have time” comment. So a few years ago I changed the response to, “No, my husband and I chose not to have children.” Judging from some of the looks I got, you would think I sprouted horns out of my forehead. Their mouth would freeze in this half-smile of politeness (that looked more like a grimace) while their eyes furtively searched for someone else to […] Read more »