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Ring the bells that can still ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. -- Leonard Cohen

I'm going to admit that I'm a child of the 1980's and that Leonard Cohen was before my time. However, in the last year, trying feed my taste for folk music in my life and trying to find more songs like this, I've been digging into the singer-songwriters of the 70's. Janis Joplin and "Me and Bobby McGee," Simon & Garfunkel and "The Sound of Silence," Gordon Lightfoot and "Rainy Day People." Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. And the vision that was planted in my brain still remains within the sound of silence. Rainy day people don't talk, they just listen till they've heard it all. How could I never have heard this stuff before now?

How are your New Year's resolutions, er, intentions, going? Have you cleared that clutter in your home yet? Detoxed your diet and lost 5 pounds? Stuck to your budget and saved money? Or maybe not. January can be such a manic frenzy of self-improvement---trying to fix, fix, fix everything that is "wrong" with life. By March, we usually have forgotten to try to follow those self-imposed rules and think of them only occasionally and maybe somewhat guiltily.

What if we just let them go? What if we rang the bells that can be rung to celebrate our lives as they are now instead of how they might be. The lovely Sarah McColl at Pink of Perfection states this beautifully in her post about her recent trip to Scandinavia: "When I think back on my trip, now already growing smaller as weeks pass, I think of a few things. The warm, clean design I so love and the golden light in winter windows; the space that cushioned my life so that I could see with a new gratitude and love what, or rather who, was right in front of me; and that wonderful wide-eyed sense of freedom. It’s either a relative or another word for one of my most beloved feelings on earth: expansiveness. When did you last feel that way? What brought it on? Is it something we can summon, right here, on a Friday? I have felt it on wind-whipped coastlines, driving on dark roads with the windows open, and floating, weightless, on a Pennsylvania lake in August. Maybe it’s being fully present in the moment that is and loving it deeply. Maybe it’s when our hearts feel wholly aligned with, in that very instant, the life we are living. Whatever it is, I think it is one of the finest feelings on earth."

And you? Where do you find your sense of expansiveness?


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