Roots | Of solutions

No important problem or lesson is ever going to be solved with a bandage approach. That is, salving or treating the surface symptoms of our dissatisfaction or unhappiness. We may feel relief temporarily, but sooner or later we must dig to the very root any problem to achieve a lasting solution.

This requires some honesty and introspection, and sometimes we just don’t want to face it. I would suggest that we also live in a time where distraction is massively prevalent, and we are encouraged to salve our unhappiness with new material toys.

There are good roots and destructive roots within each of us. The trick is to build on the good ones, and heal the ones that keep causing us to hurt our own potential and happiness. We owe it to ourselves to reach for our happiness, but at the end of the day, it’s up to each of us to achieve it. No one is going to hand it to us on a silver platter.

On a larger scale, this idea also applies to our societies. Around the world we are beginning to witness massive collective dissatisfaction with the way things are being run by our leaders. I see people still falling back on the A/B thinking to find a solution. “If A isn’t working, then B must be the answer.”

But, stop! Are we really examining the roots of the disease? That is where the clues to our collective growth are to be found.

Inspirational Quotes:

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all encumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you do not like a certain behavior in others, look within yourself to find the roots of what discomforts you.” ~ Bryant McGill

“We found that trees could communicate, over the air and through their roots. Common sense hooted us down. We found that trees take care of each other. Collective science dismissed the idea. Outsiders discovered how seeds remember the seasons of their childhood and set buds accordingly. Outsiders discovered that trees sense the presence of other nearby life. That a tree learns to save water. That trees feed their young and synchronize their masts and bank resources and warn kin and send out signals to wasps to come and save them from attacks. “Here’s a little outsider information, and you can wait for it to be confirmed. A forest knows things. They wire themselves up underground. There are brains down there, ones our own brains aren’t shaped to see. Root plasticity, solving problems and making decisions. Fungal synapses. What else do you want to call it? Link enough trees together, and a forest grows aware.” ~ Richard Powers

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Transcendental | Nature

My grandmother raved many times to me about the majestic Rocky Mountains of Canada. She was a woman whose soul deeply craved travel and adventure, but alas, her life circumstances largely prevented it.

However, a one-time serendipitous trip to those mountains became indelibly imprinted on her heart. For the rest of her life, she held the vision and feeling of that place within her like a precious gold nugget. It fed her soul. She called the Rockies “God’s country”.

Transcendentalist writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau would agree with my grandmother. When we really tune into nature, we hook into the divine energy (whatever we each believe that to be) which breathes in all living things. We feel connected. Our souls transcend the mundane and remember the infinite nature of who we really are.

The divine is evident in the tiny dragonfly, but sometimes it takes a mighty mountain to awaken our souls. When we gaze upward at those magnificent rock faces, we feel small and big, all at the same time. The sublime grandeur within and without is undeniable. If such a thing as this exists in the world, then surely anything must be possible. And indeed, it is.

Take a moment to read the few quotes by Emerson and Thoreau, then enter the photo and imagine drifting on that tranquil lake in the tiny red canoe. No phones, no crowds, no stress, just blessed beauty, solitude and peace, the fullness of nature.

Do you hear your soul singing yet?

Inspirational Quotes by Emerson & Thoreau:

“In the woods is perpetual youth. In the woods we return to faith and reason.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I have a room all to myself; it is nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All good things are wild and free.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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A New Beginning | 2020

New years can be a little daunting. There is all that self-assessment of the year past, and realizing that perhaps we didn’t accomplish quite all that we intended 365 days ago. There is certainly some of that going on for me today.

BUT, in it I am also cutting myself some slack by realizing that life sometimes dishes out some unexpected surprises, and, we can’t always see into the future (and therefore plan for it) as well as we hope to. I love Isak Dinesen’s quote from Out of Africa, “God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.”

And after all, are not the surprises, the unexpected twists and turns in the road, part of what makes life exciting and challenging? It is often the journey and our lessons that hold the most satisfaction, not the destination we think we want. And from that point of view, 2019 was a success for me.

The great realization is that even though I didn’t fulfill all of my goals, I achieved enough to know that I love the path that I am walking. This year gifted me with clarity in the bigger picture of my purpose. That is huge! Today something deep within me says, “keep going”. I therefore will push forward with renewed determination, vigor, and vision, whilst making some alterations with my compass.

I wish for you the realization of your deepest dreams, and I look forward to sharing many more words with you in 2020. Happy New Year!

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Wishing | Won’t create it

“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” This old Scottish proverb, first recorded circa 1628, suggests that if a mere wish could bring anything to form, no one would be penniless. (The first known citation of the proverb is in James Carmichaell’s Collection of Proverbs in Scots.) Indeed, as money is crucial to survival in this world, it might possibly be the foremost item in the realm of wishes.

Oh, if it were only that simple! Manifesting money (or anything else) will never be achieved by simply wishing, as we are taught to do as children with our birthday candles. When we blow out them out with high hopes of delivery, all we really have are illusory strands of smoke. It takes much more than wishes to make our dreams come true.

As you ring in 2020, consider the difference between wishing and intending:

“Wishing”: To feel or express a strong desire or hope.
“Intending”: To have a plan or course of action as one’s purpose.

A wish is an idea or vision you have in your mind, attached to a hope that somehow a genie in a bottle, a fairly godmother, or some other external power is somehow magically going to deliver it.

An intention, on the other hand, combines that same desire with a solid plan. And, YOU make it happen! You have the power, with your creative mind and your intentional action. The catch is, this requires self-discipline (focus and commitment) and self-love (the belief you deserve it), combined with some good old-fashioned elbow grease.

Right now, 2020 is full of potentiality and ripe for the making. No wishing about it; the outcome will be in your intention(s).

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