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It is one of my last lunch breaks beneath the trees of Wooten Hall. Soon I will trade twisting branches for billowy clouds. Over the past few years, this place has been a sort of refuge for mea haven of green and brown amidst the hours of work and talk. It is in the presence of these wise beings, having endured years of sunshine and storms, that my spirit soars. I’ll miss seeing these trees every day, but if I know anything about life, I know that there are special spots everywhere. There are special spots everywhere, waiting to be found, and if not found, then created by you.

reflections after june

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

Viktor E. Frankl

It is easier to forgive someone for failing to act (the sin of omission) than to forgive someone for acting wrongly (the sin of commission).

The goal of the Enneagram is not to reinforce the ego pattern of your number but to act from the shape’s center—to adopt each number’s essential quality according to what a particular moment in time requires of you.

Just because something has happened in the past doesn’t mean it will happen again.

There is importance to belonging, to being a part of something, to transcending the absorption of the self.

Not everything has to be exciting or inspiring or creatively stimulating—nor should it be. Life is a full spectrum of moods and modes.

The waves of time build and recede, then wash over everything. True patience is wading through its swells with the faith that storms pass. They reappear cyclically, yet they always pass.

20 things that currently bring me genuine contentment

  1. Watching raindrops create tiny ripples as they fall on the ground.
  2. Mom’s muesli with honey for breakfast.
  3. Planning and organizing.
  4. Lavender essential oil.
  5. Climbing into bed after a long but satisfying day of hard work.
  6. My coworkers.
  7. The warm sun on a cool, clear day.
  8. Watching Gilmore Girls and drinking tea with Kayla.
  9. The smell of vanilla and pumpkin.
  10. Warm blankets.
  11. Afternoon breaks with Emily.
  12. Taking a hot shower at the end of a cold, dreary day.
  13. The way my bathroom smells after I take a shower.
  14. Reading a really well-written chapter of a book.
  15. Morning stretches, afternoon stretches, evening stretches.
  16. Listening to the Life Coach School podcast during my lunch break.
  17. Auburn-colored butterflies.
  18. Chatting with my student assistants.
  19. Quiet evenings at home.
  20. Getting a really good night’s sleep.