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Be inwardly happy and at peace and the outsides will come along!

March 20, 2015

Clayton D. Mathewson Ph. D| WordPress

There is a simple promise that if we get the inside right the outside will take care of itself!  Like in all sorts of positive ways!   So be kind to you, yourself!  Charity starts at home.  This is not selfish, you will have more to give others and for a longer period of time.  Read, run, meditate!  What does this mean?  Simple, four minutes of reading someone smarter than you, any sacred text or your own journal, run or walk, do something with your body and meditate, have quiet time to tune into self and tune out all distractions outside of yourself, 15 minutes daily is enough.  This will make you happier and more at peace. ;$)

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Be inwardly happy and at peace and the outsides will come along!

March 20, 2015

Be inwardly happy and at peace and the outsides will come along!.

Be inwardly happy and at peace and the outsides will come along!

March 20, 2015

There is a simple promise that if we get the inside right the outside will take care of itself!  Like in all sorts of positive ways!   So be kind to you, yourself!  Charity starts at home.  This is not selfish, you will have more to give others and for a longer period of time.  Read, run, meditate!  What does this mean?  Simple, four minutes of reading someone smarter than you, any sacred text or your own journal, run or walk, do something with your body and meditate, have quiet time to tune into self and tune out all distractions outside of yourself, 15 minutes daily is enough.  This will make you happier and more at peace. ;$)

The Third Thing Is the One That Doesn’t Matter

March 20, 2015

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In the winter of my first baby’s first year, I took up quilting. It was the result of a lot of realities, but mostly it was that raising a child was an undertaking that would stretch out as far into infinity as I could imagine, and so too would the accompanying Philadelphia winter. I needed a project that I could do inside. One that took less than 18 years and would make me feel accomplished, even if only in the tiniest of ways.

In the six years since, quilting has become a bigger and bigger part of my life, and paradoxically, the reason I’ve grown to love it so is because in the end, to me, it simply does not matter.

Craft matters, and art matters; keeping warm matters. But sitting at my sewing machine during that winter provided an escape from the pressures of the two things that mattered…

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Five Good Days: Life’s a Marathon

February 18, 2015

After 15 marathons and a couple of ultra marathons, I really get life is a marathon. Pace, pace, peace, pace!!! ;$)

Five.

I can tell you without hesitation when and where the four longest hours of my entire life took place. I don’t have to stop and think, I don’t have to go back into the recesses of my memory; I can tell you right now: They happened in Maine, in the rain, and I spent the entire duration of them running.

Now, you might ask yourself, “Gee whiz, that doesn’t sound like a very good day. I wonder why it’s included in this selection of stories?” Your surprise and confusion would not be misplaced, were you reflecting upon the life and interests of someone who hadn’t decided to spend every Sunday for 16 weeks doing nothing but eating, running, and painfully rolling the knots and cramps out of a pair of very sore legs, in preparation for the hugely unnecessary vanity project called “My First Marathon.”

A marathon—unless you are fast enough and good enough…

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Life will have it’s way with you. Say ‘yes’ to it and relax. Much better than resisting and constricting! ;$)

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