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I joke that my least-favorite situation is feeling uninspired.
“Inspire” from the Latin “in” (into) + “spirae” (breath) has two meanings:

  1. To fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative
  2. To breathe in, inhale
Isn’t this beautiful? That sometimes we can be inspired by others, and sometimes we can be their inspiration, and that we can think of it as breathing deeply, filling our lungs?
I can’t be my own engine all the time, so I have a practice of looking for inspiration outside of me, around me. Especially as it gets exceedingly gray in the Pacific Northwest, this practice becomes even more important. Eden Philpotts said, “The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” The most interesting and resilient people I know have ever-sharpening wits, ever-sharpening powers of observation. They can be inspired by the smallest of things—it doesn’t take a TED talk or an extravagant vacation or a big success at work. It just takes being awake to what’s around them.
Some things that have inspired me lately:
  • All three of my amazing goddaughters, dancing, studying, making jewelry, starting a photography business, sending me Audre Lorde quotes.
  • Volunteering with Whatcom Million Trees Project—being in the orbit of other tree-lovers, drafting off the energy of values-driven people who also love being outside.
  • A team of non-profit leaders I worked with this week who do the hardest kind of work imaginable and have been though a hellish three years. They somehow managed to stick together and still deliver on their mission. Incredible.
  • Watching my daughter tough it out on the high school basketball team, getting back out there after losses and giving it her all. There are some lessons I just can’t teach at home.
  • My college son volunteering on Saturdays at an organic farm that grows for a food bank. Makes me super proud and inspires me beyond measure.
  • Lots of clients and friends in discernment about big vocational changes, moves, or shifts in focus. It always takes courage to try something new.
  • All the folks in Georgia who have been working for decades to make Raphael Warnock’s win a reality. Sadly and predictably, he’s still only one of four Black people in the US Senate. And that there have only been eleven total since 1870.
  • My friend and colleague, a cancer survivor, who went on a sea kayaking adventure with her teenagers just a year after multiple treatments and surgeries.
  • Taking my first real winter plunge into the 46-degree Puget Sound with my friend and assistant Robin. It’s painful in the moment, and I relive the glory of it all week long.
  • Gabor Mate’s new book, The Myth of Normal. #!*! Pity my husband, who is on the receiving end of my constant commentary.
  • My friend starting a “Trash Club” to clean along the banks of Whatcom Creek.
  • Singing this song over and over again.
  • My air fryer, which makes the most delectable mushrooms ever.

It’s time for us to get off our screens and out into the body of the world! It’s ready and waiting with so much to offer. Whatever is going on for you—seasonal overwhelm or depression, the violence of over-work, loneliness, sorrow, uncertainty—that is all real. But so is inspiration. I hope you find some this week.

Come Darkness, Come Light: A Solstice Gathering. 
Sunday December 18th 
10:00-11:15 PST
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We are culminating this seasons' "Wild Within" series with a special online solstice gathering. Whether you have joined us for other sessions or not, please come be with Emily Linderman,  Natasha Burrowes, and I as we welcome darkness, welcome light, and tune ourselves into communal rhythms of change. Using silence, song, poetry, and lightly structured connection, we are sure to experience what we always do--that it is good to be together!

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