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Table Of Contents

speCial appreCiaTion
inTroduCTion
Soul Friend
The Beauty of Brokenness
Complexity
Awe, Wonder, Joy
Awe?
Decisions
The Questions
Experiencing God in Our Travels
My Journeys—Old and New
Telling Our Stories
Young People
Telling Our Stories!
Imagination
Distinguishing the Two Voices
Intuition
I Didn’t Want to Hear It
The Backstory
Acquired Wisdom
Other Spirited Notions
On Joy and Sorrow
Letter to a Friend
The Notion of Blessings
On Meditation and Awareness
Apparition
Spirited Musings
Earth Womb
Finding Our Own Path
The Night God Spoke
epilogue
reCommended readings
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Journey to Yes

Journey to Yes

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Do you need me? “No,” I answered so many years ago. I don’t need you to be with you. I want to be with you. There is a difference; one is of necessity, the other of choice.
I don’t need you to get through life literally. But life together will be so much richer and complete if we choose to do it together.
Do you love me? “Yes, I love you beyond words.”
Then why can’t you need me?
At the time, I thought my response to be honest and thoughtful. I was complete and self-sufficient on a practical level, yet sharing life with another for whom my feelings ran deep would open life beyond the practical—perhaps into the realm of sublime. In this instance, the notion of saying yes or no seemed clear, pragmatic, and sensitive.
Yet today the complexity of my life over the years has helped me to understand that yes and no are powerful precursor words that can and do lend themselves to the quality and outcome of our life’s journey. Thus, it seems wise and prudent to think upon these words before uttering them cavalierly to myself or others.
There is a healing power and energy in uttering yes—in doing so, we are opening up to possibilities that may invite us more into life or more into our lives. There are times when saying yes means stepping out of our comfort zone to adventure, to take risks, and to be more present in our life to the moment, to the opportunity, or to another.
Yes is a door opening in response to an invitation, the nature of which is not necessarily clearly understood.
Yet no is also appropriate at times, though it implies shutting out possibilities for ourselves and others, possibilities that may or may not serve our needs, interests, well-being, or that of another—whatever that may be.
I suggest yes and no are more than what they imply in the moment of utterance. They are more complex dispositions through which we modulate our thought, feeling, and emotion.
Fear, anxiety, uncertainty, timidity, fearlessness, hope, aspiration, joy, and sorrow are all factored into how we arrive at the crossroad of yes and no, though we may not consciously realize the implication of their presence.
I wrote this book to capture, to some extent, the magnitude of what our yeses and nos add up to and how in retrospect they have impacted the outcome of our lives for the better or worse. You know as well as I that life is uncertain and demands much from us.
Each of us starts out in our own unique set of circumstances. We grow up in varied conditions, which shape and mold us emotionally and spiritually, impacting our belief systems and evolving worldviews. These are conditions that in general afford us greater or lesser opportunity to be present to ourselves and others.
To characterize life as complex is an understatement. Confronting life in the context of our own growth and development at best is challenging and requires focus, mindfulness, ingenuity, and perseverance. Though it may not be clear or evident, when we are young, to some of us or, in general, to all of us, within each of us there is an innate ability to thrive, not merely to survive.
To access the possibilities of a richer, deeper, more dimensional life, may I suggest an attitude of yes may be especially useful and productive to illumine our way.
Yes to life.
Yes to hope.
Yes to joy.
Yes to moments of wonder and awe.
Yes to beauty in all its manifestations.
Yes to compassion.
Yes to humility.
Yes to gratitude.
Yes to loving with less conditions, if unconditional loving is not yet within our reach.
Yes to giving.
Yes to forgiving.
Yes to listening more and really hearing perhaps for the first time (especially to our inner voice).
Yes to being more fully connected to the energy of life, which flows through all that is and inherently connects us.
Dear reader, though this book is spiritually themed, it has no religious bent or bias. To my mind, religion is best served when it brings all of us together in an inclusive, compassionate, and loving way that serves
Do you need me? “No,” I answered so many years ago. I don’t need you to be with you. I want to be with you. There is a difference; one is of necessity, the other of choice.
I don’t need you to get through life literally. But life together will be so much richer and complete if we choose to do it together.
Do you love me? “Yes, I love you beyond words.”
Then why can’t you need me?
At the time, I thought my response to be honest and thoughtful. I was complete and self-sufficient on a practical level, yet sharing life with another for whom my feelings ran deep would open life beyond the practical—perhaps into the realm of sublime. In this instance, the notion of saying yes or no seemed clear, pragmatic, and sensitive.
Yet today the complexity of my life over the years has helped me to understand that yes and no are powerful precursor words that can and do lend themselves to the quality and outcome of our life’s journey. Thus, it seems wise and prudent to think upon these words before uttering them cavalierly to myself or others.
There is a healing power and energy in uttering yes—in doing so, we are opening up to possibilities that may invite us more into life or more into our lives. There are times when saying yes means stepping out of our comfort zone to adventure, to take risks, and to be more present in our life to the moment, to the opportunity, or to another.
Yes is a door opening in response to an invitation, the nature of which is not necessarily clearly understood.
Yet no is also appropriate at times, though it implies shutting out possibilities for ourselves and others, possibilities that may or may not serve our needs, interests, well-being, or that of another—whatever that may be.
I suggest yes and no are more than what they imply in the moment of utterance. They are more complex dispositions through which we modulate our thought, feeling, and emotion.
Fear, anxiety, uncertainty, timidity, fearlessness, hope, aspiration, joy, and sorrow are all factored into how we arrive at the crossroad of yes and no, though we may not consciously realize the implication of their presence.
I wrote this book to capture, to some extent, the magnitude of what our yeses and nos add up to and how in retrospect they have impacted the outcome of our lives for the better or worse. You know as well as I that life is uncertain and demands much from us.
Each of us starts out in our own unique set of circumstances. We grow up in varied conditions, which shape and mold us emotionally and spiritually, impacting our belief systems and evolving worldviews. These are conditions that in general afford us greater or lesser opportunity to be present to ourselves and others.
To characterize life as complex is an understatement. Confronting life in the context of our own growth and development at best is challenging and requires focus, mindfulness, ingenuity, and perseverance. Though it may not be clear or evident, when we are young, to some of us or, in general, to all of us, within each of us there is an innate ability to thrive, not merely to survive.
To access the possibilities of a richer, deeper, more dimensional life, may I suggest an attitude of yes may be especially useful and productive to illumine our way.
Yes to life.
Yes to hope.
Yes to joy.
Yes to moments of wonder and awe.
Yes to beauty in all its manifestations.
Yes to compassion.
Yes to humility.
Yes to gratitude.
Yes to loving with less conditions, if unconditional loving is not yet within our reach.
Yes to giving.
Yes to forgiving.
Yes to listening more and really hearing perhaps for the first time (especially to our inner voice).
Yes to being more fully connected to the energy of life, which flows through all that is and inherently connects us.
Dear reader, though this book is spiritually themed, it has no religious bent or bias. To my mind, religion is best served when it brings all of us together in an inclusive, compassionate, and loving way that serves

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