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Monday’s Random Thought: Random Act of Total Kindness March 31, 2014

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Leaving yoga class yesterday morning as I headed to my car, I spotted a young family coming out of a popular neighborhood bakery. You know those times when you feel like you have just walked in on someone’s personal, private moment? It was one of those.

The couple was watching their little toddler, toddle down the sidewalk at the same time they were approaching a woman standing against the building. The man stopped in front of the woman and her shopping cart full of black garbage bags and handed her a bagette sandwich freshly wrapped from the bakery. “I thouught you might like this,” he said softly handing her the sandwich.

She was delighted and open to receive this love offering.

They parted ways. The event took less than ten seconds.

I passed them all teary and touched. I had just witnessed a sacred moment of one stranger reaching out to another. I thought for a second about turning around and telling the couple how cool that was and how they had just made my day as well. But I thought better of it and chose to keep walking to my car. They didn’t do it to look cool. I just happened to be walking by, no one else was around to witness this act.

Something small. A meal for a stranger. An offering of love received with open arms. And I got to witness it. Very cool.

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com

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Monday’s Random Thought: Off the Beaten Track March 24, 2014

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In Robert Frost’s famous poem, The Road Not Taken, we are told of two roads diverging in a wood and how he, “…took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

This weekend I chose to get off the main road of my life and head out of town. My writing partner and friend, Sonya (http://sonyaelliott.com/blog.html/) and I packed our bags and hopped on a train from our homes in Seattle and headed south. Our destination? Relaxation, writing, reading, coffee shops, good food, book stores, anything that caught our attention. These activities that we love take the backseat in our daily lives because of all the hats we wear as wives, moms, coaches (she baketball, me life) and much more.

Portland, Oregon was the perfect destination to do all these things. Some would say we could’ve done all that back home in Seattle but we wouldn’t. Too many distractions and duties. In order to do the things we love it required getting out of town. Taking a new path. Leaving our familiar ways of routine and structure to tap into what stirs us. We honored and took the time to fill up on the simple things that fill us deeply: good conversation, rest, writing, exploring book stores. (We enjoy time with each of our husbands, but three hours in a book store is something neither of them would entertain or dream of calling “a great way to spend the afternoon.”

We didn’t hop on the midnight train to Georgia but the short destination fueled us back up for our lives back home. Lives we love, but lives filled with following the main road. Lives that don’t necessarily allow for three hour detours wandering among rows and rows of books.

The train trip to and from wound through farmland, hugged the Puget Sound coastline and followed the track through woods, valleys and orchards not ever seen by the Interstate from a car window. This different perspective refreshed my mind and opened my heart. Back home, I am more present to the hats I wear because I took the time and created the space to travel, if only briefly, on the side road of my life. And yes, it has made all the difference. Just ask my husband.

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Signs of Spring March 17, 2014

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Signs of spring have been here for a couple weeks now with the first offficial day of Spring just days away. The work in the fall and winter have cleared the path for little signs of life all over the place.

In November I planted eighty or so bulbs on the west and north sides of the house and in January I pruned back our giant hydrangea. Digging in the earth and cutting off the dead stuff months ago is now showing the fruits of my labor with new green shoots and little buds of life all over the yard.

We do the work then we wait. We wait and watch in wonder with open eyes and definitely with an open heart.

What have you been waiting for recently? What signs of new life are popping up in your world?

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Salty Morning March 10, 2014

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Yesteday morning our little family of four gathered in the living room for our own version of church. It began like many families practice on Sunday mornings with a little fight. This was actually one reason why we chose this year to take a break from our church, there was too much madness getting out the door.

After our two children settled their differences we proceeded to share some kind words and to create our own version of communion. Our homemade sourdough bread needed more salt and was going stale, so it made the perfect substitute for the Catholic Eucharist. Too early in the morning to open a bottle of wine, the white grape juice in the refrigerator was a tasty fill in. Instead of forming a line and having one person give out the communion, we rotated the bread bowl in a circle with a new person offering not only the bread but their own creative words of choice. “Take this, may it nourish your body, mind and soul,” I offered to my daughter. “I love you daddy,” she said to my hubby offering her bread of love. “You are perfect and whole just as you are,” hubby shared with our son. “You are my hero, you teach us to be the bread of life for the other,” my son looked me square in the eye as tears rolled down my cheeks. My own saltiness to add to my homemade version of communion.

Not being blessed by a priest, but blessed by our own tears nourishing us throughout the rest of the day to be Christ for each other as we continued the practice of being family. Of falling down and helping each other back up. Of being strength for the other, the hero in the madness, the friend in the circle, holding on with love. Doesn’t get more holy than that. More nourishing or more life giving.

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Be Here Now Not Tomorrow March 3, 2014

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When I really pay attention, when I sit up and take notice, after I wake up, I discover that I am often standing in a place that doesn’t even exist.

Talking with my husband I am aware that I am not even listening to his words. Reading a book the words have been readon the page, but not absorbed, not heard, because my thoughts are elsewhere so I need to start over and reread the passage.

How often does this happen to you, if at all? Are you with someone but caught up in thoughts of someone else? Are you physically one place, but because your mind has taken over you are standing in the past or forward in the future in a place that doesn’t even exist?

When I am present I am calm. When I am present I am aware, connected, really hearing the words, breathing in my surroundings, rooted and standing just where I need to be.

Even just now walking the dog in the pouring down Seattle rain, I wasn’t outside, I was back out home drying the dog, writing this blog.

I stopped. I took a breath. I SAW the trees. I FELT the rain on my face. I stood in the wet grass and took in my surroundings. After that I was calm. I was just fine. It was when I was forward in my mind in some futuristic place that I felt anxious, worried and over whelmed.

Finding myself wandering off from the present I bring myself back with my breath, eye contact with the one I am with or present to my surroundings. It takes practice, patience and perseverance for sure but it is worth it. It is life giving.

What if politicians lived in the present? I would like to think our world would be governed with less fear. Perhaps if relationships were lived from the present there would be less anger, fewer hateful words spoken.

I don’t know that for sure, but I do know for sure, as I intentionally practiced this weekend and again this morning on my dog walk, when I am grounded in the present the air around me is more than sufficient. Full of blessings. If I am out of my head and feeling the ground under my feet, engaging with what or whom is in front of me and really hearing the words on the page, I am just fine. I am at peace. I am rooted. I am here not in a place that doesn’t exist. I am held not scattered in a thousand places.

When I really pay attention, when I sit up and take notice, after I wake up, I discover that I am often standing in a place that doesn’t even exist.

Talking with my husband I am aware that I am not even listening to his words. Reading a book the words have been readon the page, but not absorbed, not heard, because my thoughts are elsewhere so I need to start over and reread the passage.

How often does this happen to you, if at all? Are you with someone but caught up in thoughts of someone else? Are you physically one place, but because your mind has taken over you are standing in the past or forward in the future in a place that doesn’t even exist?

When I am present I am calm. When I am present I am aware, connected, really hearing the words, breathing in my surroundings, rooted and standing just where I need to be.

Even just now walking the dog in the pouring down Seattle rain, I wasn’t outside, I was back out home drying the dog, writing this blog.

I stopped. I took a breath. I SAW the trees. I FELT the rain on my face. I stood in the wet grass and took in my surroundings. After that I was calm. I was just fine. It was when I was forward in my mind in some futuristic place that I felt anxious, worried and over whelmed.

Finding myself wandering off from the present I bring myself back with my breath, eye contact with the one I am with or present to my surroundings. It takes practice, patieince and perseverence for sure but it is worth it. It is life giving.

What if politicians lived in the present? I would like to think our world would be goverened with less fear. Perhaps if relationships were lived from the present there would be less anger, fewer hateful words spoken.

I don’t know that for sure, but I do know for sure, as I intentionally practiced this weekend and again this morning on my dog walk, when I am grounded in the present the air around me is more than sufficient. Full of blessings. If I am out of my head and feeling the ground under my feet, engaging with what or whom is in front of me and really hearing the words on the page, I am just fine. I am at peace. I am here, not in a place that doesn’t exist scattered in a thousand pieces in a million places. I am rooted.

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com