Hello and welcome to Friday, December 27, 2019! This is a rare and precious day that will never come again.
This year, and decade, are swiftly coming to an end. And with each ending, there is a new beginning. Anymore, I don’t really think about time in this way – I feel it’s more non-linear. But that is a different topic. This changing of the calendar is, nonetheless, an invitation, a convenient moment to pause, reflect, and consider the future.
As I look back over the last ten years, I’m amazed by how much has happened not only to me, but within me.
Ten years ago, I did not imagine that I would earn three degrees and move from my place of origin to Oregon; I had no idea that I would bury a nephew, a dear friend and mentor, and five furry four-legged family members; I did not foresee selling my mother’s house and admitting her into an a memory care facility; I would not have believed it if you told me I would work for the National Park Service, teach as a graduate student, drive school buses and become certified as a Life Coach and a Mindful Life Program instructor. There is no way that I could have foreseen that I would someday create the Turning Leaf Foundation. I had no idea that I would cross paths with an incredible lady friend and develop a deeply intimate relationship with her. I had no idea that I would move from Corvallis to Monmouth and live with this most wonderful lady. I never could have imagined that, only months after moving in together, she would move to China to teach English. These are all things that have largely happened to me. Some were intentional, some unintentional and some seem to have happened by chance. None of them were foreseeable.
Even more astonishing than this decade’s outward changes is what has happened within me.
Over the last ten years, through following suggestions, a program of recovery, and a daily mindfulness practice, I have discov