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I believe in simplicity. I believe in feelings and family, friendship and fidelity, forgiveness and fortitude. I believe in motherhood and make believe and that music is the only real magic this world has ever seen. I believe in concocting and consuming colorful cocktails and fussing over and feasting on fabulous food. I believe in living out loud. I believe in laughing until your face hurts and loving until your heart breaks. I believe in behaving boldly and when warranted, badly, taking bubble baths and being barefoot. I believe in poetry, puppies and playing in the park. I believe in scheduled working on weekdays and sleeping in on Sundays. I believe in seeking without ceasing that which sings to my soul and strengthens my spirit. I believe in dancing in the rain and digging in the dirt. I believe in honest expression and the golden rule. I believe in nature and naps and that naïveté is sometimes necessary. I believe in goodness and gratitude and grace. I believe in unity and the power of the universe. I believe in being authentically awesome. I believe in being better today than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow. I believe in challenges and change and growing pains. I believe in the inherent worth of every creature on this planet. I believe in honoring the individual journeys and paths of people whether I understand them or not. I believe in letting people live their truth and trusting that it’s right for them. I believe in lifting up and letting go. I believe that death is just as sacred an experience as birth and that it is never, ever an end.

Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.


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Words From a Father to His Daughter (From the Makeup Aisle)

Dear Little One,

As I write this, I’m sitting in the makeup aisle of our local Target store. A friend recently texted me from a different makeup aisle and told me it felt like one of the most oppressive places in the world. I wanted to find out what he meant. And now that I’m sitting here, I’m beginning to agree with him. Words have power, and the words on display in this aisle have a deep power. Words and phrases like:

Affordably gorgeous,

Infallible,

Flawless finish,

Brilliant strength,

Liquid power,

Go nude,

Age defying,

Instant age rewind,

Choose your dream,

Nearly naked, and

Natural beauty.

When you have a daughter you start to realize she’s just as strong as everyone else in the house—a force to be reckoned with, a soul on fire with the same life and gifts and passions as any man. But sitting in this store aisle, you also begin to realize most people won’t see her that way. They’ll see her as a pretty face and a body to enjoy. And they’ll tell her she has to look a certain way to have any worth or influence.

But words do have power and maybe, just maybe, the words of a father can begin to compete with the words of the world. Maybe a father’s words can deliver his daughter through this gauntlet of institutionalized shame and into a deep, unshakeable sense of her own worthiness and beauty.

A father’s words aren’t different words, but they are words with a radically different meaning:

Brilliant strength. May your strength be not in your fingernails but in your heart. May you discern in your center who you are, and then may you fearfully but tenaciously live it out in the world.

Choose your dream. But not from a department store shelf. Find the still-quiet place within you. A real dream has been planted there. Discover what you want to do in the world. And when you have chosen, may you faithfully pursue it, with integrity and with hope.

Naked. The world wants you to take your clothes off. Please keep them on. But take your gloves off. Pull no punches. Say what is in your heart. Be vulnerable. Embrace risk. Love a world that barely knows what it means to love itself. Do so nakedly. Openly. With abandon.

Infallible. May you be constantly, infallibly aware that infallibility doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion created by people interested in your wallet. If you choose to seek perfection, may it be in an infallible grace—for yourself, and for everyone around you.

Age defying. Your skin will wrinkle and your youth will fade, but your soul is ageless. It will always know how to play and how to enjoy and how to revel in this one-chance life. May you always defiantly resist the aging of your spirit.

Flawless finish. Your finish has nothing to do with how your face looks today and everything to do with how your life looks on your last day. May your years be a preparation for that day. May you be aged by grace, may you grow in wisdom, and may your love become big enough to embrace all people. May your flawless finish be a peaceful embrace of the end and the unknown that follows, and may it thus be a gift to everyone who cherishes you.

Little One, you love everything pink and frilly and I will surely understand if someday makeup is important to you. But I pray three words will remain more important to you—the last three words you say every night, when I ask the question: “Where are you the most beautiful?” Three words so bright no concealer can cover them.

Where are you the most beautiful?

On the inside.

From my heart to yours,

Daddy

“The cells in your body are completely loyal to you; they work for you in harmony. We can even say they pray to you. You are their God. That is absolutely the truth. Now what are you going to do with this knowledge?”

—Don Miguel Ruiz (via larmoyante)

Because I literally just told someone to speak to their cells because they thrive on our attentiveness. Our awareness of ourselves even (& especially) at a cellular level is vital to our mental, physical, emotional & spiritual wellness.

I 100% believe this.

I practice this.

It is healing.

(via parkstepp)

“I’ve given up asking questions. I merely float on a tsunami of acceptance of anything life throws at me… and marvel stupidly.”

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”

—Kurt Vonnegut

“Love manifests towards those whom we like as love; towards those whom we do not like as forgiveness.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan

“Being of service is not an option, it is a biological necessity. Every kind of action we do for someone is a reanimation of our own life force - and of the other person’s.”

Caroline Myss

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

This is the dance we do every Tuesday night when we know The Goldberg’s is about to come on ABC. 

If you haven’t been watching this hilarious show, you’re missin’ out. 

TO THE MAX!

This is the dance we do every Tuesday night when we know The Goldberg’s is about to come on ABC.

If you haven’t been watching this hilarious show, you’re missin’ out.

TO THE MAX!

(Source: thegoldbergstvroom.com)

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

—Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

“Some of the most magical things happen in the middle of the night. So my kid, at one month, looked directly at me at one point and kind of cooed. It was this recognition, like “Oh, you’re my mom.” I’d like to think that when I’m dying I’ll remember that because it was really wild and if you don’t have religious instincts, which unfortunately, I don’t, I was born with out them, that is the closest I’m going to come to awe. So even in my depressive, sleep deprived, hysterical, Looney Tunes state, I remember thinking that was just the bomb—that was magic.”

Jennifer Senior talking to Terry Gross about parenting. 

Those midnight moments ARE truly magical and I can recall every single one even 14 years later.

(Source: nprfreshair)

Billy Joel: A Matter Of Trust--The Bridge To Russia on Showtime

I’m a big old Billy Joel fan so of course I’ve already watched this 4 times but it’s an excellent doc for ANYONE (especially you 90’s & 00’s kiddos who don’t quite get what the big deal was/is with Russia) who wants to witness just how powerful a force for good and change music can be.

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