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Monday’s Random Thought: Summer Poetry Friends Laugh July 28, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — heartwriter @ 4:14 pm
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Last night gathered in the light of the setting sun
Surrounded by friends, fresh caught salmon, fire on the table
Laughter dancing through the air
Asked about my blogs, revealing details
Spontaneity leapt from the table
Friend and daughter off to create a Haiku
Neither claim creative bones in their bodies
I say, not true

This beautiful summer morning as the sunshine continues its dance
Birds sing, I wake slowly
Hungover from laughter

I give you the spontaneous creation of two souls meeting for the first time
My twelve year old daughter, my friend huddle in the kitchen
Birthing words from nothing
Poetry and new friendship born

Summer is here now
Laugh play sing dance enjoy the sun
Friends are forever
—- Lauren and Margaret

Marshmallows that ooze
Toasted graham milk chocolate
Smores taste like summer
— Lauren

Summer soon over
Winter’s frost will overtake
Memories saved forever
— Margaret

This life moves me
Her inspiration
Light, love, creation everywhere
Even if you blink, there will be more to witness

Will you write a Haiku today? Syllables of 5, 7, 5 ready to burst from within.
Or perhaps, will you simply dance in the sun and find yourself hungover
in the morning from laughter and friendship?

(Thank you to our guest Poets, Lauren Hudspeth and daughter Margaret ElizabethAnn McGlothern for your willingness to create beauty and share it with the world!)

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. She is also a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com) 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: Trust July 21, 2014

Filed under: From The Heart — heartwriter @ 5:45 pm
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All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. – Julian of Norwich

The only thing that gets in the way of the natural flow of life is me. When I step aside, surrender control and choose not to interefere with the inevitable rhythm of things, I am safe. All is well, all is totally well and my worrying has been for not. My stress and anxiety a waste of breath.

Forgetting to trust and ignoring the power of faith doesn’t stop the flow of life, something even worse. I become blind. Blind to the freedom, grace and beauty trust brings to the table. When I trust and give up my preconceived notions believing in possibility I am able to see that all along I am held. I am moving along, uplifted, flowing in the natural rhythm of life.

Where in your life would a bit of trust, some stepping aside and letting go create that natural flow your life is meant to have?

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. She is also a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com) You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

 

Monday’s Random Thought: For the Love of the Game July 14, 2014

Filed under: From The Heart — heartwriter @ 1:58 pm
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I am typically not one to enjoy watching other people play sports. I get distracted and bored.

That was then, this is now.

Two years ago hubby and I stopped coaching our daughter’s soccer team and she joined a team where she could learn and grow from a new coach. Hubby had taught her all he could and I was done with her not listening to me. I mean what did I know, I was her mom.

On this team the game became exciting for me as a spectator. These ten year olds were grasping their knowledge of the sport, owning their skills as well as discovering their confidence. I began to look forward to actually watching their weekend games and not just talking to the parents on the sidelines.

Then this summer two things happened. The girls got older. World Cup 2014.

As I was enjoying the girls blossom on the field I still didn’t particularly enjoy sitting on the couch on the weekends watching professional soccer with my family. I had a hard time tracking the action on the screen and I got bored.

Bored that is until Messi, Hulk, Dempsey, Howard, James, Neymar, Robben and Goetze entered my spectating world. I admit most of these players are easy on the eyes but their precission, skill and passion on the field drew me in to actually stay near the couch and not flee the room.

I could track the action because there was action, lots of action not to mention enthusiasm, drive, drama, and a game played with heart. Everything played left on the field. Tears were shed both on and off the field in Brazil these past weeks of the World Cup. Fans crying in the stands. Players weeping on the field. A game played not for ego but for the love of country and for the love of the game.

During the final match of the World Cup yesterday my daughter’s soccer team was playing out their own hearts in their fourth game of the weekend and second game of the day. Participating in a tournament that even had a team fly in from Hawaii. At the end of their game against the Hawaiin team, winning by one goal our girls were given a big surprise. Each girl received a shell necklace from their opponents.

I feel bad we beat them, claimed my daughter, showing off her new gift around her neck.

Unaware of this tradition we were all touched by the gracious demonstration of something beyond sportsmanship. Their tournament was finished but our girls were going on to play one more game. One more long game in the unprecedented heat of an already very long day.

Oh, but wait, I now love being a spectator. I now love the drama, the emotion, the waiting, the anticipation, the let down, the agony of defeat and the passion of a game that not only can be played with heart but watched with one.

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. She is also a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com) You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Priceless July 7, 2014

Filed under: From The Heart — heartwriter @ 7:45 pm
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My jaw hurts from laughing the last four days. I picked up my friend from the airport Thursday and before long we were laughing so hard I cried and peed my pants at the same time. JD and I met 23 years ago at a Halloween party in Tokyo. Both Americans teaching English in Japan, we discovered humor made living, in at times a very strange country, more bareable.

Rehashing our Japanese memories not only had us laughing but my whole family was in stitches. There were so many funny experiences I had totally forgotten. Breaking them open again reminded me how laughter can take the edge off and get me out of my serious head.

What a gift to be able to share a poignant time in my life not only with serious recall but with uncontrollable giggles. Laughing is the new Prozac. It’s affordable, contagious, only addicting in a good way, very effective for your overall health and well being and super cheap entertainment. An invaluable reality check with no side effects, unless you count happiness as a side effect. And if so, that’s a bareable side effect I can handle.

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. She is also a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com) You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com