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Monday’s Random Thought: April – National Poetry Month April 3, 2017

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I was informed over the weekend that April celebrates National Poetry Month. (Thank you Cynthia.) Found this out after I began a new morning ritual of creating a daily poem. So today, I will pull from the archives. This is from a decade ago, I believe. Inspiration on an afternoon walk, attending a writing retreat on Whidbey Island.

 

Flowers For Sale $5

It reminds me of Lucy’s psychiatrist stand

In the Charles Schultz comic strip where HELP

Is offered for 5 cents.

Sitting on a country road, speed limit 40

Sits a purple flower stand guarded by trust and a sign

Flowers 4 Sale, $5

Set on the side of a busy country road, speed limit 40.

 

Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader, Writer, Teacher and Seeker. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2009 or this is your first blog stop.

 

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Monday’s Random Thought: Dear November November 2, 2015

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Dear November,

You are much darker than your friend and neighbor,

October. She has so much color.

You have it too, the darkness

Covers it up or your wind blows it away, so I forget.

You remind me to wait.

Teaching me patience.

I need only be still, you whisper, as you wrap me up in your light when I least expect it.

Hi,  I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2008 or this is your first blog stop.

Interested in life or spiritual coaching or want to learn more about my retreats in Seattle, please find me on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit my website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Rain, Rain Come Back and Play August 31, 2015

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The hour late, the house asleep,

Only the dog and me sitting in the dark.

I open the window wide and let the wind blow the living room curtains.

Rain beats down, drawing me in, seducing me to stay awake, to BE a bit longer.

In the morning, dry pavement makes me wonder if it was all a dream.

Did I imagine green grass, dripping rain spouts and rustling leaves?

Was the musical sound of rain on glass an illusion?

Did I wish it so badly, I caused the neighbors power to go out?

I am home in the dark sky, myself again in the comfort of crying clouds.

The blue sky a visiting stranger, I stay in my pajamas this morning, awaiting her return.

Swaying trees tease as if to say the rain may come back or she may be away a bit longer.

Long enough for me to beg for her return.

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She says, “One cannot pour from an empty cup,” and offers her clients the possibility and power of pouring for themselves, first. She is also Transformational Educator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com), where the school “trains to transform lives.” You can find her on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Fruit for the Journey February 9, 2015

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In the poem, The Fruits of Practice, by Danna Faulds I feel affirmed in the reality that I don’t get to control the outcome but rather by being completely present to it and looking it right in the eye, I get to control how I choose to respond. By fleeing or by breathing it in. Today, I choose to breathe it in.

Despite fervent pleas for ease and safety, there are many days when reality doesn’t quite line up with what I’d choose. Breakdown. Letting go. Surrendering even the illusion of control. Breathing into the unknown – sometimes that is what life holds. Practice hasn’t brought an end to pain. I still increase my suffering like a fish caught on a line. My struggles only draw the hook in deeper. But being in reality is its own reward. It’s the perfect paradox; the courage to stand and breathe when everything in me wants to flee is as great a gift as the freedom to seek retreat. No, practice hasn’t brought an end to pain but it has honed my willingness to experience the moment and sometimes see perfection unfolding in ways I wasn’t big enough to plan, much less predict. Practice isn’t about achieving a goal. It’s not a means to pole- vault over suffering. Practice is my way of looking life in the face and saying yes to all its disparate gifts. Practice keeps me awake when I would sleep, and reminds me it’s the journey, unfolding in this very moment, it’s the journey that reveals the truth, and not the destination.  – By Danna Faulds

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She says, “One cannot pour from an empty cup,” and offers her clients the possibility and power of pouring for themselves, first. She is also co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com), where the school “trains to transform lives.” You can find her on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Thank You, MLK, Jr January 19, 2015

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You define courage. You exemplify Grace. You stood up for many, reminding us to Dream, encouraging us to Believe. Thank you for living your life with Purpose, Integrity and Spirit showing the world unselfish Beauty, total Wisdom and unbounded Love.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She says, “One cannot pour from an empty cup,” and offers her clients the possibility and power of pouring for themselves, first. She is also co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com), where the school “trains to transform lives.” You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com)

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Light December 23, 2013

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I share with you my blog post from December 25, 2012 below.

This year the adults in my family will receive homemade chocolate not a candle. I had totally forgotten about writing this poem even though it was just last year. I offer this light to all of you, this year as well.

This Christmas all the adults in our family are getting a candle and the poem written below. I share this with you and invite you to light a candle and send out love into the world. If you are unable to light a candle, light one in your heart and ignite the fire of your soul. May the Spirit of Christmas, whatever that means to you, fill your heart today and always.

Light
by J.G. McGlothern

A single flame fills a room with radiant
wonder.
That simple flame ignites my soul with hope.
As I light the wick I surrender
my prayers to the heavens, give up control,
trust in the mystery of it all
and
choose to believe in the power of one
small bit of
light.
The changing power
of one
flame.
The beauty and possibility of believing in love.
This Christmas may the light of your candle bring you exactly what your soul craves,
as you ignite its flame,
with a moment of quiet, a handful of tears, a spark of joy…
May it fill your entire being with gratitude and peace.

 

Monday’s Random Thought: First Glance August 8, 2011

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I learned today from Roger Housden, author of Ten Poems to Open Your Heart, that the 1996 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Wislawa Szymborska, ‘believes that the inspiration of the poet is born more than anything else from a moment-by-moment attitude of “I don’t know.”’

If we could only all be like poets and surrender to the “I don’t know” instead of the need to know at first glance.

We want to know how it all turns out, to be in control of the outcome. Instead of fighting for results, resisting what matters, engaging in senseless activity, what would happen if we let go and engaged instead in the unraveling?

In the last lines of Szymborska’s poem Love at First Sight, Housden reminds us in his reflection of the poem, that “our life is an ongoing story, every sentence and word following the previous page and leading to the next……no need to worry then…..Love…..for everything is already well, and just as it needs to be.”:

Every Beginning

is only a sequel, after all,

and the book of events

is always open halfway through.

At the same time that first glance can be deceiving and have all the answers.  Loving can seem painful and unreachable, but look again and even if you don’t see it, all you need is there.

by J.G. McGlothern