Judy and I were two of a “kazillion” other people in the world who watched the full supermoon lunar eclipse last evening (Sunday—27Sept15). We drove over to the top of Hess Reservoir, southwest of us here in Parker and parked in the dark and waited. From where we live, that was the darkest place we knew we could find…except for the occasional car going by.
What a show………..!
What a welcome opportunity to just be still and…wait, together.
What v e r y slowly unfolded before our eyes, we understand will not be repeated again in the manner it was last evening until 2033...as I've received some welcome correction...this is for a supermoon eclipse, as other kinds of eclipses will be coming...so stay tuned. When the next supermoon eclipse happens we two will then be 89 and 91.
It is my sincere hope that, together, we will get to see that again. That will be super from a number of directions. ;-)
...found this exceptional picture this morning when searching for pics taken here in Colorado. Turns out a talented lady, who lives just blocks from where we live in Parker, CO took and posted this beautiful picture...
However, today, I can choose to be fully alive, even with some limitations, at the ripe olde age of 73. Some dear friends back in Southern California are barely able to leave their home due to some severe limitations…I ache for them. But what I do know of them is that they are committed to making the most of each day, hour, minute until they breath no more…and slip through that thin veil into heaven.
Those men and women I’ve the sacred privilege of mentoring around the globe, who live in significantly good, and some in significantly not-so-good, circumstances, I keep encouraging to think about and focus their lives using our Circle of Life Mentoring Model as a living, vibrant framework from what we are about within Leadership Design Group: ...click here to read...
If you are committed to being the mentor you’ve been designed to be, and can get to the Dallas, TX area this coming Friday, day time, and Saturday morning (October 2-3, 2015), I hope we would get to see you, or those you may know, at our Leadership by Design Mentoring Workshop: ...click here for the Dallas workshop...
We have room for those “last minute” souls who long to be mentoring better, from a whole person perspective, as they influence lives to change and grow.
Also…….coming to the Denver, CO area is our Leadership by Design Mentoring Workshop for all day and evening, Friday, October 9, 2015: ...click here for the Denver workshop... There are some spaces still available to see you here in our part of the world. But you need to register soon. And check out the “price” for both workshops…can’t be beat.
The privilege of mentoring men and women, from late teens to mid-60’s, for all of who they are and long to be in all 8 dimensions of their lives…well, both the challenges and the rewards are sincerely significant. Each of those exceptional humans knows that I am living into and out of my own 8 dimensions of my own life. Together, in good and those not-so-good times, we are flourishing.
I invite you to come learn, grow and do the same. Indeed, here’s to life, no matter what color the moon is tonight, or if we even see it through the clouds that are showing up today.
Life, for any of us, can some times be a balancing act. Unwanted, life can get very lonely, tedious, cluttered, if admitted, and often there is an unspoken longing for a guide along life's journey. Those who may enjoy working at balancing life's demands (even though there is really no such thing as a totally balanced life...) also need a caring relationship to help them get to where they long to be.
Within the first half of October Leadership Design Group
will be hosting two workshops on whole-life mentoring.
Valued and experienced members of our LDG Mentoring Development Team will be leading the eight sessions in Dallas/Plano area...daytime, October 2 and morning Oct. 3, and again in Denver, all day and evening Oct. 9, at Denver Seminary. We are grateful for the seminary's partnership in co-sponsoring this workshop.
We are delighted that several people are flying to Denver for this creative, life-giving, life-challenging training, as well as a good group from up and down the Front Range will be attending. Both in Dallas and Denver this will be a first step in being a certified mentor under LDG's future training of Master Mentors.
Your help in spreading the word would be most welcome. This is a significant gift to all who will attend, as you will read in the workshop descriptions for both places. If you can make it, sign up soon. I'm hoping to see you, or a friend of yours, at one of these workshops.
Walking early this morning, the same route as yesterday, going around "Sunrise Reservoir" (what I've named a small reservoir just off the Cherry Creek Bike Trail about a mile from our home), my thoughts were, "What a bland sunrise. Clear skies. No clouds. No breeze. Just a new day dawning."
What happened yesterday, at just about the same time of morning, 6:38am, stopped me totally in my tracks. If ever one can be stunned into silence.......and awe...........it was yesterday morning.
Yet, as I tooled around the reservoir today, remembering yesterday's awe-filled response to the sunrise, a life-lesson re-emerged in my olde soul. Simple? Yes. But not simplistic.
Yesterday could not be repeated. Even 5 minutes from when these thoughts began to form as I continued gaining my first 10,000 steps for this day (my usual morning habit...life-giving, to the max!), I was struck afresh that moments, minutes, hours, days, months, years, decades, even centuries, need to be paid attention to.
They come. They go. Reflecting this AM, I challenged myself to pay better attention to those time frames. The short ones. Even the longer ones.
Standing at my desk in my office before my "official day" begins, getting this out to you...I wonder how many moments I've missed because I've been too wrapped up in the "dailyness" of life and have not given myself the gift of time to pause, to wonder, to be soulishly nurtured by the awe, very small to huGe, that is around me.
And so...yesterday's sunrise, captured on my iPhone, with no doctoring on my computer, has me still noticing the ever changing glory our God places before us.......if we will but take time to pause, wonder as we wander through our hours, and notice what is before and around us. I hope you take the time to do just that on this day...........
...if you look closely, you will see a good friend sitting on the edge of that rock, spending time sorting through the moments of his life, and pondering some of his next moments. Time spent up in Rocky Mountain National Park with some of the truly remarkable leaders I've the sacred privilege of mentoring always seems to yield both unexpected and life-giving moments.
Today is going to be one of those busy days, with a rather large series of planned moments (and most likely unplanned ones showing up, as well). Getting ready for the morning walk/run my olde brain has become fixated on a word we all probably use, even quite unconsciously:
My favorite English dictionary defines the word as:
moment, a noun
: a very short period of time
: a particular time : a precise point in time
: the present time
How long is a moment?
What all can take place in a moment?
When did a moment, in your own life, change your life…
…for the better?
…for the not-so-good?
What moment(s) are you planning for today?
What do you really mean when you tell someone, “Just a moment.”
How do you feel when you’ve something really important to share, and you’re bursting with hope and enthusiasm and you are told to wait “…for a moment?”
What was your best moment yesterday?
What was your worst?
In this moment, what will you commit to doing with the moments that are just waiting to show up in your own life today?
How might you ignore them?
When you are made aware that “this is today’s moment” how will you treasure it?
What, as you move through this day of yours, will you do to make the most of the moments that appear out of nowhere…let alone, what will you do to make the planned moments more fulfilling than you might imagine right now.
I hope and pray for you moments that will bring you to stop, pause, and be thanks-filled with how, this day, you are honestly blessed to be alive and breathing and capable of blessing others when they least expected to be blessed…at all.
I repent. Really. Had to. :-) Got shamed into it. lol...!
You know, when an olde couple like us has the sacred privilege of some time away that brings renewal to our souls, our life, our relationship, being grateful, to the max!, is not far behind.
And, yup! I did expand my exercise. Even surprised myself. Humbled with current health, when so many we love and care about are suffering in some hard ways. My/our turn may come some day sooner that we now know. Until then, I plan to stay as active and health conscious as is possible and reasonable. I ache for some of my friends and family who have not made that same commitment.
So.......we're home again.
And what a treat to be greeted with this welcoming sunset!
To ponder as you "un-labor" during this US of A Labor Day Weekend.
Frankly, this is worth pondering and acting on every day.
What will it take for you to activate this?
...found this sign this week in an office complex in downtown Denver while experiencing some filming being done by two creative geniuses, and their able assistant, who helped to set up the scenes. Their work was poetry in motion.
When they said, "It's a wrap!" there was no arrogance concerning the excellence with which they accomplished their task, only warm grins and a quiet satisfaction that their labors were rewarded with a job very well done.
This team's pride is in the quality of their work and the satisfaction that what they are doing will be making a difference in the lives of people in need.