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  • With age comes awareness and my major awareness is that the easier, softer way to live is to go with the flow. Since I spend much of my day living in my head, awarenesses usually takes root as a mental process. The next step is giving my thoughts a voice. This is the messy part, moving from the drawing board to the dry run. It's where the I meets the Other. It's relational. Not a strong point for me. I'm not a multi-tasker by nature and relationships seem to require keeping many balls in the air; listening deeply, reflecting, interpreting, giving feedback and clarifying. Once through the loop is challenging enough but the key to success is refinement through repetition. Rarely do I hear during the clarification step, "That's exactly what I meant. You've got it now!" So around I go again only this isn't a case of practice makes perfect. Each relationship experience is unique. It has a different lesson to teach. It doesn't lend itself to a streamlined efficiency.

    What awareness is teaching me is that my process is my life's rhythm. It's my own flow that I need to go with. Who knew? All these years I thought "Go with the flow" meant moving in harmony with the majority, moving with the herd. I was never comfortable in the herd but move too far towards the edge, outside the herd's protection, well then you are just prime for the picking. The image that comes to mind is trying to walk in a large crowd exiting a sporting event or a concert. Everyone is moving in the same direction but lose your footing and you are herd fodder. If you stay seated until the aisles have cleared, it's steady as you go.

    One of the great benefits of Blogging - is showing up on the page and finding yourself in the middle of an AHA moment. Think I'll go with my flow, honor the moment and get cozy with that Inner Presence. A little reflection time might reduce further blather and seed my imagination. To Be Continued...
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