The Secret Message

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
— Robert Schuller

Fourteen years ago, I had that Schuller quote made into a wall decal for the yoga studio I was about to open. I peeled off the backing and pasted it up high to face our classes, right above the position where I thought instructors would sit. After I came off the ladder and stepped back a few feet, I realized that my color choice was too light and the words practically blended into the wall. Harrumph!

I didn't want the quote to be a distraction as I easily imagined people squinting to read the writing on the wall.  Luckily, before the first class, I was given an Indonesian-style wood carving that completely obscured the sentence and no one knew of the hidden message.

A few days ago, I came across that quote again and recalled the hopes I had had for my studio and the people it would serve. I had meant for it to motivate folks to look past their physical discomforts (the studio also offered massage and acupuncture) and focus on their hopes of well-being. No one saw the quote but it was always, the underlying intention.

So much has changed in the fourteen years since I carefully positioned, then hastily covered those words.  What astounds me, is that much of what I hoped for during those years that I sat or moved under that sentence, I now have in my life. It's as though, what I intended for others to do, so I did. Curious thought.

This much I do know, when you focus on what you want, not on what you don't want, the journey and the destination are just what you hoped for, maybe even more. Please, may I never forget that.

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.


Image: A page from my art journal.


I Hope I Never "Know It All"

Approaching Kahului Airport, Maui.

Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai.

Kiahuna Beach in Poipu, Kauai.

I've been to Kauai several times in my life and whenever someone would ask me about it my standard talking points were:

  • It's beautiful but small, you can drive from one end to the other in a few hours.
  • There's red dirt everywhere.
  • There are no direct flights from Kona so it's a drag to go there.
  • Traffic can be awful.
  • Oh, and they don't have any mongoose on Kauai.

The last point was just a bit of trivia since it may actually be a plus for the island to only have the occasional rogue mongoose scurrying about. Tall Guy though, has been intrigued by the island since he spent a few weeks there several years ago and so we both went back in August.

We spent seven nights there and took a few days to drive around the island and never once got stuck in traffic. I saw more white sand than red dirt and although the flights weren't direct, I'm now in love with the views of other islands from the air. Last week, we flew back again. This time for only two nights and as soon as we were on the road, I felt as though we were driving through a neighborhood on the Big Island.

There still may be some truth to my talking points, but they can no longer serve as negative points or sound as though I know it all. In fact, it scares me to think of other beliefs that I may have. There should be a refresh button in my brain so that I can update information and experience, consistently.  Maybe, I could even keep my mind open as one of my favorite quotes suggests:

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
— Gerry Spence

#NaPhoPoMo Day 23: What's in the Mirror?

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I'm still walking around the house in awe of all of the clean windows, mirrors and screens. Everything, the view outside and objects inside the house, looks clean and bright. I didn't realize that a minuscule layer of dust held my sight at the surface and kept me from seeing things in depth. I even find myself tidying up a corner or space so that the reflected image of a room looks better. It's an optical illusion that's becoming real.

I thought about a TED Talk on mirror neurons that I saw a few years ago and watched it again. Perhaps I'm not as looney as I (and you?) thought, it's just my mirror neurons at work. If you'd like, watch VS Ramachandran's presentation: 3 Clues to Understanding Your Brain

Caution: It may change the way you look at mirrors.

During the month of November, as part of NaPhoPoMo, I intend to post at least one photo a day here. Sometimes with a little story, sometimes with only a caption, always in the hope of resisting the urge for it all to be perfect.

Photo: Leica V-Lux 20, Camera+ edit.