What Are You Waiting For?, by Maureen Doyle, MAT

What Are You Waiting For?, by Maureen Doyle, MAT

What are you waiting for?

That phrase has played over and over in my mind for so many years that I don’t remember when it started. Waiting to leave a bad marriage. Waiting to start dating again. Waiting to start Life Coach Training. Waiting to write my first blog. Why all of this waiting?

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Life Force, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Life Force, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

It seems much of my life has been filled with meaningless activity.  In my younger years, without much of me to operate with, I tried to please as I was hoping for value and purpose.  I worked at jobs I hated, tried to stay in struggling relationships for the “sake of the children”, and was mediocre at parenting.

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Receiving Comfort, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Receiving Comfort, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

As I was driving home I noticed two signs posted on church announcement boards.  They both got me thinking and feeling about the difference in comfort levels of their messages.   Seemingly the same, they had a very different feel to each of them.

Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
- Mathew 11:28

The other read:

If you are in trouble, I will rescue you.
 - ???
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Pippin's Quest for Meaning Reveals Enlightenment at Home, by Larkin Oates

Pippin's Quest for Meaning Reveals Enlightenment at Home, by Larkin Oates

Saturday night, my family and I enjoyed the vibrant, acrobatic, and often humorous revival of the Broadway musical Pippin. The Cirque de Soleil backdrop for the story, added by Director Diane Paulus was brilliant. That coupled with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the show had us all spell bound. In this story, King Charlemagne’s son Pippin seeks his life’s deeper purpose. Historically set around 800 AD, the performance was a visually stunning mix of medieval, Barnum and Bailey, and late 1800’s steampunk imagery, punctuated by Pilates balls and aerial silks.

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Tree Hugging, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Tree Hugging, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Last year at this time I was wishing for better energy, an end to the fatigue I was experiencing, and good health. Two weeks later I had bypass surgery on my heart.

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Divine Providence, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Divine Providence, by Susan Austin-Crumpton
“Everything is by Divine Providence.
If a leaf is turned over by a breeze,
It is only because this has been specifically ordained
by God to serve a particular function
within the purpose of creation.”
                                   -- Baal Shem Tov

As a child I often felt unloved and alone.  Since I was surrounded by sisters, parents and expanded family constantly coming and going it didn’t always make sense.  I was never sure of my place or my role.

 

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