"Tell me, what is it you will you do with your one wild and precious life?" ~Mary Oliver


Delicious Cosmic Joke

A couple months ago, a dear friend of mine, Jenny Finn, moved away. I miss her curled up on my Big Red Couch. This morning, as her website popped up in my inbox, I dropped in. Kind of like a cuppa tea with Jenny. To catch up. Feel her closeness, catch a wave of her particular flavor of juice (trust me...very tart, fresh and juicy!).

You never know...

Savoring, opening, leaning in---I glanced at the column of testimonials on the right. Real like rain. Succulent like late summer's fruit. Jenny's unique essence and abundant gifts leapt and danced (like Jenny does!) up and out and into me.

Wait for it...

Then, there it came. A little inner thought. Wow. This is great. I wish I was having this impact in the world. You know, little inner voices whispering little germy thoughts. Oh Lynn, you're not enough. Look at Jenny, SHE knows how to activate! Actually, they aren't exactly little. When they arrive (less often now than 10 years ago, but yes, they do still arrive) they create a little chorus of naysayers. Pointing----always in the direction of my lack. Bam. Lack. Bang. Not enough. Pow. 

Wait for it...

Thankfully, I kept reading to the end. And there it was. Shazam! The testimonial I'd been reading was written by ME! I laughed out loud----rolled my head back, pushed my chair back, the whole of me erupting with the ridiculous, glorious truth. I WAS having impact. I just didn't know it. The joke was on ME! 

Cosmic joke...cosmic gift

And----that brought me right back here. To you. To this blog. Us---connecting. Whether hundreds or thousands. Known or unknown. WE are impacting each other in every moment.

At a minimum we breathe each other's air. The same air. Shared.

We create love. Waves of love. Or hate, waves of hate. Either way---we are up to something, and it ripples out. Locally...and ultimately globally.

This morning, I didn't expect to see me being broadcast from the Blue Ridge Mountains. I had no idea. Nor do YOU know who is sharing you, loving better because of something you did long ago...long forgotten.

Never underestimate that. 

So, vroom vroom! Let's live! Risk! Be (I mean really be---the messy whole-hearted version). Enjoy! Create! Put it out there. Little (we think but they never are) things. And big. Loving the checkout clerk. Going the extra mile. Showing up courageously and speaking the truth that needs to be shared. Big or small. So that we can (like in the old school days) raise our hand and say, "Present!" Because it is. This is the gift of being alive. In the quirky, dancing swirl of the Mystery of life.

And then, get ready to delight in the surprise---when, bam, it circles round to you.

You can't predict it...but you can count on it!

p.s. Thanks Jenny...from the Big Red Couch! And, if you're curious---here's Jenny's site!



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Reader Comments (4)

Wow. Thank you Lynn for your words here. And for you…

You brighten the world with the scarves you wear on your head.

You shine in the world just by smiling.

You bring joy to the world with your bold, big, beautiful heart.

The BRC is one of the warmest places on the planet.

I am blessed by your presence as friend, colleague, soul sister and I love you dearly.

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Finn

Hi Lynn,

I am a Jenny Finn fan as well, and now I am a Lynn fan. I started writing in a blog a few years ago and was amazed at how comforting it was to feel like I was reaching out to people around the world and creating a community, however virtual, to embrace the stories of who we are.

Thanks for sharing yourself with us!
marieke :)

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarieke slovin

Jenny (love you!) and Marieke--welcome!!! Love you BOTH showing up HERE! It's kind of like we are blogdancing! So---Marieke your words made me realize that we use 'virtual' for something that is quite real. We haven't met. AND YET, this connection---this community dancing we are doing electronically is real, nonetheless, I think. Embracing the stories of who we such a privilege and gift. Marieke---what is YOUR blog?? Joy, Lynn

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn Young

Lynn Young! This is GORGEOUS, TIMELY, and simply DELIGHTFUL. Thank you for sharing your big beautiful self here in this way with me and the world. Amen to showing up fully in the world and Hallelujah to loving' the check out clerk! How happy to find myself reading this right now...sitting my the fire...on the [virtual] big red couch with you.
Much love to you, Jenny

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Glick

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