If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

On Reflection

The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.    M. Scott Peck

It’s been twelve days.

For years now I’ve begun my day with Julia Cameron‘s morning pages. However, lately I was wanting something more. A reflection of the day, a closure of some kind. I tried something I called “evening pages” once, but didn’t stay with the idea for long.

Try something simpler.

So I make a list before going to bed of the positive feelings I remember from the day. The first week of this list-making  I name people I am with (my brother, my Friday happy hour friends) or things I do on my own (try a new recipe, plan a lesson.) But soon I am repeating myself.

Go  deeper.

I get more specific. Rather than just listing “my brother” I tell of the aha moment we shared at our Sunday morning breakfast. Instead of entering “cleaned the kitchen drawer,” I note the memories certain things in the drawer trigger.

This week I write “X and I share big scary dreams for our futures” and ” let go of a conundrum with Y by voicing it with another.” I’m making deeper connections.

I just returned from a classroom observation in a school 45 minutes away. There were at least a dozen worthy notations for tonight’s list.

This new growth is becoming a joyful one.


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