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Erraid

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Erraid

Erraid

Erraid.

How do you say that? Air-raid?? That’s peculiar. Err-raid? Err-ud?

Whatever. We’re on Erraid, a small island next to Iona off the west coast of Scotland. It’s about a mile square, hosts 9 houses and no cars, and has, according to my 10-year-old daughter, the cleanest air there is.

We’ve landed here for an indefinite time. We start with two weeks and then see how it goes. This is an exercise in accepting things as they are: because of the way the islanders welcome visitors, there is no way to know how long we will be here. This has been not only a logistical challenge, but a fairly big emotional challenge, too.

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Authenticity

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Recently I added the button “I choose authenticity” to the HeronSister home page (see the right sidebar at the bottom). Learning more about how to be authentic has helped enormously in my quest for emotional health, emotional intelligence and clear and clean relationships with other people.

Sky Dance

The authenticity button is Brené Brown’s (she writes with great insight and compassion about shame and vulnerability). In her world, shame is not helpful and vulnerability is. You’ll have to read the books to see why, because this post is about authenticity and the lack thereof.

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5-Minute Friday: Grateful

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The idea behind Lisa-Jo Baker‘s 5-Minute Friday is to write for five minutes on her prompt. No preparation, no editing, no perfectionism. And then you post it on your blog. Today I’m posting on last Friday’s prompt: “Grateful.”  

The Artist’s Way introduced me to the idea of making a daily list of things I’m grateful for. Along with other tools in The Artist’s Way, this was one of the most transformative processes of my life. The summer I worked through The Artist’s Way was one of the happiest of my life. Gratitude is powerful.

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5-Minute Friday: Mess

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The idea behind Lisa-Jo Baker‘s  5-Minute Friday is to write for five minutes on her prompt. No preparation, no editing, no perfectionism. And then you post it on your blog. Today’s prompt is “mess.”

“My life is a mess!”

So easy to say, so easy to believe, yet such a lie.

Life is messy. Left to their own devices, things disintegrate, especially households.

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5-Minute Friday: Mighty

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Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker at lisa-jobaker.com provides a prompt for 5-Minute Friday. She explains it here. The idea is for anyone to write for five minutes on a word that Lisa-Jo posts at 1 minutes past midnight (Eastern Standard Time) every Friday. No preparation, no editing, no perfectionism. And then you post it on your blog, the only rule being that you visit the blog of the person who posted before you.Here’s my first 5-Minute Friday post (from 28th March.) The prompt is “mighty.”

Mighty

That’s a mighty fine pie.

She scaled a mighty mountain, and found might within herself. She dragged her tired body on the school run for the 178th time that year, and when her friend called her mighty, she wept. Her husband fought the good fight at work, her children tackled playground shenanigans, and she supported it all. They are all mighty.

She took a much-needed hour walk in the woods, alone, and the sight of one vast beech showed her what mighty is. She took strength and solace from it. That mighty beech inserted an atom of peace into her frazzled being.

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