One of the things I pondered during the recent retreat from blogging and computer and caffeine and other distracting activities was this: how can we more deeply align our daily activities with our deepest beliefs and values?
Where are we putting the gift of our attention? Is it really aimed at our deepest wishes, or is it aimlessly drifting in other helter-skelter directions?
What do we want to be doing with our one precious life? What is the core, the honey, the hidden treasure, the Holy Grail?
In what ways am I just coasting through the day, sugar-coating or filling the hours with distractions? In what way is attention scattered into pursuits that really lead down dead-end streets?
I am vowing to keep these eyes wide open to see what is really wanted. What direction I want to go from sunrise to sunset.
One thing came clear. My blog needs to change directions to better align with my deepest values. It’s been a fun three years of sharing *The adventures of Kathy* with you. I wanted to encourage readers to deeply be themselves, to find their own quirkiness, their own individuality, their own chutzpah, their own path through their own woods of life. I wanted them to find the Lake Superior within, one of the biggest coldest wildest lakes on the planet. To run with wolves and coyotes and beavers and Facebook and WordPress and whatever your heart begged.
I wanted to encourage others to be authentic–to be more of who one truly is.
But that doesn’t exactly align with my deepest self any more.
What resonates the most deeply is Presence. Being present. Being.
Perhaps it’s just a small change in focus.
Perhaps it’s only an incremental change.
Perhaps you won’t even notice.
But this blog is changing directions, friends. It’s moving from north to the center of the circle.
The posts will share stories of this life in the Little House in the Woods, next to Lake Superior. In fact it will share more stories.
But the main character will no longer be Kathy. She’s stepping out of the main focus and allowing Presence itself to step forward. She’s moving into a support role as Life takes center stage.
I’m really not interested in blathering about Kathy’s feelings, opinions, thoughts right now.
Life itself will tell the stories.
True life will tell what’s happening.
We’ll see how this goes. (Kathy really has no idea, since Life is now in the driving seat bumping along the snow-covered back roads.)
You may be wiggling your nose in a couple of weeks thinking, “What WAS she talking about? She still uses the ‘I’ word, doesn’t she?”
But, if you’re astute, perhaps you’ll notice a shift. Perhaps you’ll notice a shift within yourself, as well, if you choose to celebrate Presence with me. (Yesterday’s post was the first attempt to share this with you. The next attempt, already written, is about a chickadee and the hand of grace.)
Here’s to Life, my friends. Here’s to aligning with our deepest values, again and again and again.