Focus on falling forward…

leapintolifeAre you falling forward?

Let’s take a lesson from nature and Mr. Emerson to simply accept the fact that we as humans will always be in a state of falling.

“…Let us draw a lesson from nature, which always works by short ways. When the fruit is ripe, it falls. When the fruit is despatched, the leaf falls. The circuit of the waters is mere falling. The walking of man and all animals is a falling forward. All our manual labor and works of strength, as prying, splitting, digging, rowing, and so forth, are done by dint of continual falling, and the globe, earth, moon, comet, sun, star, fall for ever and ever…”

From Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essay 4

Falling is an easy posture for us to be in to look back on where we have been…the mistakes that stopped us in the pursuit of our goals…the disappointments and hurts. Why not be grateful that we’ve had the chance to go after our dreams? Pick yourself up and use the lessons learned to create a new plan. Move on one step at a time, one dream at a time, and build on the information we’ve gained and the knowledge we’ve acquired from the school of life.

Decide to keep your eyes on the horizon, and focus on falling forward into the future and not back into the past. 

Fall is a time of new beginnings…starting back to school…starting to harvest the crops…starting another quarter in the business world. 

What are you starting? 

Please share with me on my FB page how you will fall forward?

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Creativity a Nurturing Mentor

DSC03114Driving home recently, the sky was a delicious shade of pink with wisps of white fog billowing as if it were an ice cream sundae with streams of cherry juice running through a huge scoop of vanilla. I am forever grateful to be living where I do…even if we do experience some foggy days. I certainly prefer it to the heat other parts of the Bay Area endures. The soft blanket of fog nurtures creativity in all forms of life whether it be human or plant form.

In recognition of January as Mentoring and Creativity Month, let’s emphasize their tremendous influence on our lives. When you allow Nature to nurture, your creativity is able to help you tap into your unique gifts and begin to plan how you will create a new life for yourself. Taking the time to write down what it is you want so that you can start planning how you will achieve it. Perhaps making a collage to see how the puzzle pieces of your fantasy may become a reality.

 Dreaming. Observing. Recharging. Renewing. Being Nurtured by Nature.

Whether you run a marathon, stroll in the neighborhood, swing on a swing,  scale the face of  Half Dome at Yosemite, or simply sit motionless absorbing the energy surrounding you…get out and let Nature Nurture YOU!

photo credit:  MEKnippel

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Take a walk in the fall colors

Fall is here, can you feel it? It arrived just when the pumpkins started showing up and the air began to have that crispness you only feel in the fall. It’s been such a grey summer here on the Coastside and we may be missing the carefree beach days which we never got around to having. There’s still time!

Fall is a time of new beginnings…starting back to school…starting to harvest the crops…starting another quarter in the business world.

Walk in  your neighborhood, a local park, observe the trees along busy city streets, or the changing  landscape in the fields near you. I’m lucky enough to have  the Coastal Trail where I can enjoy all the new scenes Nature has to share with us.

What is your favorite way to enjoy the change of seasons?

In Minnesota, the burnt oranges, golden reds and bronzed greens crunched under our feet.  In Colorado, the golden hues let us know what time of year it was. 

Trees, shrubs and plants are dressed up for the occasion…let’s give them some attention!

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Visit Hermitland…

Have you noticed the leaves? Are you enjoying the golden hues? Or, do you find yourself ignoring the trees because you are so busy fighting your way through the forest? Maybe you just want to find a cave and be by yourself.

Did you know October actually has a National Hermit Day? Perhaps you’d like to make that holiday a cherished tradition where you go off by yourself to ponder all the wonderful things about living a hermit’s life. Would that spark some creativity?

Getting away by yourself. A retreat away from the world and time to concentrate on YOU!

Living in a cave would mean not much housekeeping, that sounds good. But not being hooked up to electricity and modern plumbing would be bad. I have a friend who takes her children camping, but brings all the comforts of home with her. The tent has three rooms, there is a television set and refrigerator powered by a portable generator. Is that really ruffing it? Guess a campground really isn’t Hermitland after all, but the general principle is the same. Wanting to get away from everything and bond with Nature. That part I can get behind. Spending time listening to the quiet and being able to hear your own thoughts. Sounds lovely.

Well, you don’t have to disappear into a cave in Hermitland, or take all the comforts of home with you at a campground. Pack yourself off for a walk in the neighborhood, or stop on a tree-lined street on your way home from work. Just drink in the beauty of this time of year. Have a mini-retreat for a few minutes counting the colors of the leaves, maybe even press some in your journal, and write about how the colors make you feel.

How many hues do your see?

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Falling forward naturally…

Young Woman Standing Under Falling Leaves

Are you falling forward naturally?

“…Let us draw a lesson from nature, which always works by short ways. When the fruit is ripe, it falls. When the fruit is despatched, the leaf falls. The circuit of the waters is mere falling. The walking of man and all animals is a falling forward. All our manual labor and works of strength, as prying, splitting, digging, rowing, and so forth, are done by dint of continual falling, and the globe, earth, moon, comet, sun, star, fall for ever and ever…” 

From Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essay 4 

Let’s take a lesson from nature and Mr. Emerson to simply accept the fact that we as humans will always be in a state of falling. It is an easy posture for us to be in to look back on where we have been…the mistakes that stopped us in the pursuit of our goals…the disappointments and hurts. Why not be grateful that we’ve had the chance to go after our dreams? Pick ourselves up and use the lessons we’ve learned to create a new plan. Move on one step at a time, one dream at a time, and build on the information we’ve gained and the knowledge we’ve acquired from the school of life.

Decide to keep your eyes on the horizon, and focus on falling forward into the future and not back into the past. 

Fall is a time of new beginnings…starting back to school…starting to harvest the crops…starting another quarter in the business world. 

What are you starting? 

Please share with me on my FB page how you will fall forward?

 

Photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

Your ordinary life as your legacy…

 

farm legacy from Mary E Knippel, author

don’t hit the pumphouse

August poses the question – “What Will Your Legacy Be?”

Three generations have farmed the same homestead where I grew up. My father took over farming it from his father and my brother now farms with his son today.

The land is their legacy.

My sisters tease me about my lack of expertise when it came to various farm chores. The majority of my chores were in the house doing the dishes, setting the table, dusting, and cleaning our bedrooms upstairs (one small bedroom for my two brothers, and the other larger one of my three sisters and myself). My outside chores were limited, but I did have some responsibilities like most farm kids.

I hated being pecked by the chickens when I had to gather eggs. I just never developed the knack to not ruffle feathers! 

I lacked upper body strength, so my job during baling was driving the little Ford tractor back and forth to pull the bales into the hayloft. It was a treacherous job because I had to go in reverse about a half a short block in a semi-straight line making sure to miss the pump house, a tree and stop at the back door of our house.  That was the only time I was trusted behind the wheel of a tractor. 

In the era when I graduated from high school, the college track was not the norm as it is for this generation. Only a few of us had aspirations that required a college degree or specific education:  doctor, teacher and nurse. The rest of us would get a job and get on with the business of life. We were eager to make our mark on the world. Since then I’ve come to realize that the process had already begun…this creating of a legacy…as soon as you drew your first breath…the story of your life.

Your legacy isn’t the “stuff” we accumulate; it’s the stuff you do every single minute of every day. Your legacy is how you treat each other, your loved ones, business associates, Mother Earth and yourself with respect, compassion and kindness. Sometimes it may take every ounce of creativity and inspiration to keep your stuff together for this challenging part of your story, but having faith that whatever it bugging you will pass helps to stay focused on living your beautiful legacy of the story of a life well lived.

My legacy is sharing on-going stories…my own and helping you share yours.

A legacy can be an inheritance, an heirloom, heritage, birthright, money or the gift you leave behind which defies naming a monetary value. 

How will you be remembered? 

  • for making fabulous birthday cakes?
  • for making a house a home?
  • for inspiring young minds to explore new worlds?
  • for planting seeds that grow to feed hungry minds and bodies?
  • for writing about the issues to cause great change?

Hop over to my Facebook page to share…what is the story of your legacy? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Bounty Hunting…

Are you putting off taking a break because your schedule doesn’t allow for a vacation?  The calendar says it is summer, but you are loaded down with obligations. Carve time in your schedule for a different kind of hunt – take yourself  bounty hunting at a street fair or a farmer’s market.

Check the local listings and make a date with yourself for this weekend or block out a day to take a long lunch to explore the bounty. Bring home something seasonal for dinner, or a trinket from a street fair stall. 

My step-father tells tales of going out to the rhubarb patch with a bowl of sugar to “chow down” on green and red veined stalks. I have fond memories of climbing up into the branches of the apple tree outside our house and gorging myself on the sweet little green apples (they were the size of apricots and tasted like pears). My aunt enjoys this time of year because she absolutely loves tomatoes. She relishes eating them just the way an apple enthusiast looks forward to biting into a tart, juicy Granny Smith.  No cutting it up into slices, wedges or bit size pieces – she just brings it to her mouth and bites down letting the juices and seeds fall where they may.

Congratulations if you have been nurturing a garden and now are able to enjoy the fruits of your labor by simply stepping outside to your back yard. Savor the warmth from the sun, the sweetness from the earth and the satisfaction of your home grown repast. You have a hobby that is is a feast for the eyes as well as your stomach! 

[Mentoring Month] Nature and Creativity Nurturing…

DSC03114Driving home tonight, the sky was a delicious shade of pink with wisps of white fog billowing as if it were an ice cream sundae with streams of cherry juice running through a huge scoop of vanilla. I am forever grateful to be living where I do…even if we do experience some foggy days. I certainly prefer it to the heat other parts of the Bay Area endures. The soft blanket of fog nurtures creativity in all forms of life whether it be human or plant form.

In recognition of January as Mentoring and Creativity Month, let’s emphasize their tremendous influence on our lives. When you allow Nature to nurture, your creativity is able to help you tap into your unique gifts and begin to plan how you will create a new life for yourself. Taking the time to write down what it is you want so that you can start planning how you will achieve it. Perhaps making a collage to see how the puzzle pieces of your fantasy may become a reality.

 Dreaming. Observing. Recharging. Renewing. Being Nurtured by Nature.

Whether you run a marathon, stroll in the neighborhood, swing on a swing,  scale the face of  Half Dome at Yosemite, or simply sit motionless absorbing the energy surrounding you…get out and let Nature Nurture YOU!

Falling forward…

leapintolifeAre you falling forward?

“…Let us draw a lesson from nature, which always works by short ways. When the fruit is ripe, it falls. When the fruit is despatched, the leaf falls. The circuit of the waters is mere falling. The walking of man and all animals is a falling forward. All our manual labor and works of strength, as prying, splitting, digging, rowing, and so forth, are done by dint of continual falling, and the globe, earth, moon, comet, sun, star, fall for ever and ever…” 

From Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essay 4 

Let’s take a lesson from nature and Mr. Emerson to simply accept the fact that we as humans will always be in a state of falling. It is an easy posture for us to be in to look back on where we have been…the mistakes that stopped us in the pursuit of our goals…the disappointments and hurts. Why not be grateful that we’ve had the chance to go after our dreams? Pick ourselves up and use the lessons we’ve learned to create a new plan. Move on one step at a time, one dream at a time, and build on the information we’ve gained and the knowledge we’ve acquired from the school of life.

Decide to keep your eyes on the horizon, and focus on falling forward into the future and not back into the past. 

Fall is a time of new beginnings…starting back to school…starting to harvest the crops…starting another quarter in the business world. 

What are you starting? 

Please share with me on my FB page how you will fall forward?

The business of life…

 

farm legacy from Mary E Knippel, author

farm legacy from Mary E Knippel, author

August poses the question – “What Will Your Legacy Be?”

I’m spending a couple of days on the farm where I grew up. Three generations have farmed here. My father took over farming it from his father. My brother and his son farm it today.

The land is their legacy.

My sisters tease me about my lack of expertise when it came to various farm chores. The majority of my chores were in the house doing the dishes, setting the table, dusting, and cleaning our bedrooms upstairs (one small bedroom for my two brothers, and the other larger one of my three sisters and myself). My outside chores were limited, but I did have some responsibilities like most farm kids.

I hated being pecked by the chickens when I had to gather eggs. I just never developed the knack to not ruffle feathers! 

I lacked upper body strength, so my job during baling was driving the little Ford tractor back and forth to pull the bales into the hayloft. It was a treacherous job because I had to go in reverse about a half a short block in a semi-straight line making sure to miss the pump house, a tree and stop at the back door of our house.  That was the only time I was trusted behind the wheel of a tractor. 

In the era when I graduated from high school, the college track was not the norm as it is for this generation. Only a few of us had aspirations that required a college degree or specific education:  doctor, teacher and nurse. The rest of us would get a job and get on with the business of life. We were eager to make our mark on the world. Since then I’ve come to realize that we’d already begun the process of creating our legacy as soon as we drew our first breath…the story of our lives. Our legacy isn’t the “stuff” we accumulate; it’s the stuff we do every single minute of every day. Our legacy is how we treat each other, our loved ones, business associates, Mother Earth and ourselves with respect, compassion and kindness. Sometimes it may take every ounce of creativity and inspiration to keep our stuff together for this challenging part of our story, but having faith that whatever it bugging us will pass helps to stay focused on living our beautiful legacy of the story of a life well lived.

My legacy is sharing on-going stories…my own and helping you share yours.

A legacy can be an inheritance, heirloom, heritage, birthright, money or the gift you leave behind which defies naming a monetary value. 

How will you be remembered? 

  • for making fabulous birthday cakes?
  • for making a house a home?
  • for inspiring young minds to explore new worlds?
  • for planting seeds that grow to feed hungry minds and bodies?
  • for writing about the issues to cause great change?

Hop over to my Facebook page to share…what is your story? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                             

[Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip] Stop and smell sweet scents…

photo (2) It’s April and the showers have brought Spring flowers.

The lilacs are blooming in my front yard. I am enjoying the sweet scent of the delicate blossoms as I write this.  I’m always excited to see these tiny buds because it is a reminder of my childhood in Minnesota and a connection to home. Spring and lilacs meant that the school year was almost over and the freedom of summer was in the not to distant future.

The daffodils are a riot of yellow and white throughout the Coastside. I’ll never forget the fields of daffodils I witnessed when I spent Spring Quarter in London while a student at the University of Minnesota. Their lovely yellow faces turned up to the sun was an amazing sight.

I’m sure you have new blooms where you are too. Take a walk to check out what is blossoming in your world. Go to a park. Visit a nursery. Home and Garden shows offer a wealth of inspiration and education. Wander up and down the aisles to find out what is new and get acquainted with what continues to be a staple no gardener should be without.

Take your journal…write an ode to Nature…sketch a pastoral scene…write a thank you note to the Universe and feel your stress level drop.

Get out and breathe in the perfume of Nature!

[Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip from Mary E. Knippel] Visited Hermitland lately?

Have you noticed the leaves? Are you enjoying the golden hues? Or, do you find yourself ignoring the trees because you are so busy fighting your way through the forest? Maybe you just want to find a cave and be by yourself.

Did you know October actually has a National Hermit Day? Perhaps you’d like to make that holiday a cherished tradition where you go off by yourself to ponder all the wonderful things about living a hermit’s life. Would that spark some creativity?

Getting away by yourself. A retreat away from the world and time to concentrate on YOU!

Let’s see living in a cave would mean not much housekeeping, that sounds good. But not being hooked up to electricity and modern plumbing would be bad. I have a friend who takes her children camping, but brings all the comforts of home with her. The tent has three rooms, there is a television set and refrigerator powered by a portable generator. Is that really ruffing it? Guess a campground really isn’t Hermitland after all, but the general principle is the same. Wanting to get away from everything and bond with Nature. That part I can get behind. Spending time listening to the quiet and being able to hear your own thoughts. Sounds lovely.

Well, you don’t have to disappear into a cave in Hermitland, or take all the comforts of home with you at a campground. Pack yourself off for a walk in the neighborhood, or stop on a tree-lined street on your way home from work. Just drink in the beauty of this time of year. Have a mini-retreat for a few minutes counting the colors of the leaves, maybe even press some in your journal, and write about how the colors make you feel.

How many hues do your see?