Saturday, June 30, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 30 June 2012

Give The World Your Exquisite Gifts 
Ó2012 Currie Silver

Give them without hesitation
Give them to everyone
Don’t think about “yes” or “no”
Give the World YOUR Exquisite Gifts.

I know that when I wrote this particular line I was simply talking to myself. I never expected to share this “out loud.” None of it. Ever. It was just my “practise” writing, the stuff I DO to get the over-layer of wordiness out of me. I mean, really, DO I think MY gifts are exquisite?!

Each morning I DO the same things, pretty much. In fact, a lot of my Life these days is repetition and practise. I’ve found a “speed” or a “way” of BEing that truly works. For ME. I never wanted to BE this “predictable” but I suppose that’s another secret I was keeping from myself. Y’know what I mean?!

I’ve thought I did this for ME. To make Life more tenable and accommodating. And while I suppose that is part of my WHY, what I know Now is that I DO what I DO so that I Give First. Writing my Gratitude is a part of that daily “giving.” It’s neither wise nor influential, it is simply what floats up in me, what I then gladly, easily, give to Life…

I love you, Currie

Friday, June 29, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 29 June 2012

       Share Yourself Ó2012 Currie Silver

Share Yourself
Give Gladly
Speak Freely
BE Open
Let Go
Travel Light

It doesn’t always make sense, but I think Life is unfolding precisely as intended. Disappointment seems to crop up as easily as the weeds that sometimes pass for a “lawn” outside the Wee Cottage. Riding the waves of it, the disappointment, is really the only approach that makes sense. Life is peculious and I DO know that most everything I’ve thought “bad” at some point ended up a gift.

If I am completely honest here, which I definitely intend always to BE, I have to say I am surprised that so much of what I’ve called “loss” [or called it at the time I was BEing rocked backward by it] has been precisely what has given me the most “loft” and capacity to Soar. Like I said… peculious.

Lately I seem to BE stepping out of the shadows, taking risks, accepting the challenge of playing on a bigger field. It’s totally without fanfare, pretty much just ME on my own, and the remarkable thing is that while it’s NOT giving me what I thought I wanted, NOT by a long shot, it is definitely filling my NEED for whatever it may BE that I am in need of. Just. For. Now.

I love you, Currie

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 28 June 2012

Write. See. Imagine. Ó2012 Currie Silver

Write. BEgin always by writing. Just WRITE.
See. Live to SEE Life as it is. As it is NOT. SEE.
Imagine. Ride through everything in possibility. IMAGINE.
Trust this.
I’ve done studies. Researched every nook and cranny.
Write. See. Imagine.

I’ve been having lots of fun taking each of these lines apart. I didn’t know that I’d ever even FIND a use for them when I wrote them several months back. I just thought they were the part of what I was DOing called “Write.” Getting all the noise out of my head onto the paper.

I am grateful for mixing and re-matching things I’ve written or made. I’ve often wondered, why bother writing this day in and day out?! Whatever is it but a sort of out-loud reflection on Life, mine in particular?!

Actually, that may indeed BE all that this is, yet how amazing it is when revisiting something to discover something I didn’t/couldn’t SEE BEfore.

Write. See. Imagine. It could BE a sort of premise for how I live. Sort of just add water and stir, or, more appropriate, add Right Now, fold Life all in together, and let rise.

I’ve grown simpler these last few years. On purpose?!!? In response!??! I find I REALLY like living this way…

I love you, Currie

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 27 June 2012

Trust It. Completely. 
Ó2012 Currie Silver

Take things as they happen and with a light heart.
Remember that the Process is always unfolding.
Understanding goes a long, long way toward lightening your heart and others’ hearts, too.
Sweeter still is Life when it is taken in stride and easily.
Time is Life…never is even one moment “wasted” nor “lost.”

It has taken me an almost “too long” time to BEgin from Trust. I have been certain that NOT trusting is the way to keep myself safe from any more hurt, betrayal, and disappointed disillusionment. I’ve Just Said NO to Trust so long and so often that it is my default, and I DO NOT say that with pride or gladness.

I know that Trust challenges me BEcause I have misplaced my Trust a few dozen too many times. And I don’t want to experience the wrong side of it EVER EVER again.

And yet…

Trust is such a lighter load, more scenic path, and simpler way to travel in Life. It carries Forgiveness within it, a true benefit considering the weight of Guilt and Regret. It lets mind and heart stay open, make room, and feel free. CanNOT underestimate that!!!

I am grateful for the Willingness to Trust again. Even if it is only a little tiny bit.

I love you, Currie

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 26 June 2012

Respect Creativity 
Ó2012 Currie Silver

Respect Creativity
BE Inspired By It
Learn From It
Take It Apart To Better Understand It
Yet Always
Respect It [BEginning with your own]

As I have branched out into the larger “puddle” sometimes called the Internet or World Wide Web, I have been exposed and indulged time and again. It is astonishing how much “MORE” is possible when we bring this tool, process, experience into focus. I can see and read the work of others “like me” round the “World” both literally and in every other incarnation I can imagine.

One thing I hear over and over is the refrain of “respecting copyrights” and “giving credit where it’s due.” Some find more subtle ways to say this, and for a Very Long Time I didn’t understand the “fuss” at all. I mean, we all know if our work is our own or NOT, right?!

MayBE growing up in a World where it seemed the point to BE LIKE this or that but certainly NOT like some other “this” or “that” has jaded me. Frankly, I don’t see that I’ve anything anyone else WOULD copy, yet I’ve learned to add the Ó2012 Currie Silver to my art…

I am grateful for my Awareness and for NOT always understanding what that meant… Respect Creativity.

I love you, Currie

Monday, June 25, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 25 June 2012

Create Like You Breathe Ó2012 Currie Silver

NOT for what you make
Or to call it good
Create Like You Breathe
Let your Life BE a song of thanksgiving
It’s what you’re here for. Really.
Create Like You Breathe.

I BElieve this, same as I BElieve all that I am certain of. There’s no more discussion necessary for me to BE sure. [And I surely DID challenge this one in so many ways.]

It took me what it took to finally see that I have been given certain gifts NOT to point to them and BE noticed for them but to use them, to breathe them, walk in them, and wear them like I DO my eyes or my feet. Strange?!


I am grateful for who has grown up in me, especially this one who is driving Now. I don’t know if it’s age, Life experience, or just “my time” but I’m far less the unsure and needing approval and agreement sort. It surprises me, this bodaciousness, this willingness to walk into the fray. It’s so different. For me anyway.

I am grateful for sleeps that are over-punctuated with bizarre dreams and from which I wake with questions that feel urgent but aren’t. It is just that they FEEL that way, Right Now and to me…

I love you, Currie

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 24 June 2012

BE Encouraged Ó2012 Currie Silver

BE Encouraged
Let What Is BE
Call It Good
Let Perfection
Disappear Forever

I am grateful for this wee poeming. Most of the time my poems are little reminders of the ways I seek to BE. Rarely DO I write anymore with any notion of influencing someone else. It is always a treat when my words touch another, whether I know about it or NOT. Yet the audience I write to [if indeed I DO write for “an audience”] is always those parts of me wanting to evolve, grow, change, and hopefully BEcome.

This painting today is from a cut-out I have in the window right where I sit as I write this. I’ve had it nearly 3 years Now, and it is yet another turtle reminding me to take this Journey easier, savouring its sweetness.

I’m learning, or trying to learn, Photoshop Elements. It’s like swimming up the waterfall [oh surprise] and I want to BE proficient. Now. [though yesterday would’ve been better still.] There seems to BE something magical it can DO [though I need to ask it, and I don’t know its language] that I canNOT.

I am grateful I decided after yesterday’s “session” to go and play in Pixlr, which I can maneuver. It let me BE Encouraged

I love you, Currie

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 23 June 2012

BE Willing. BE Inspired. Ó2012 Currie Silver

BE Willing.
To BE Inspired.
BE Inspired
By BEing Willing.
Hold these with both hands.

Somedays it seems that I want to move faster through my morning routine than my “partners” in the process want to [or can?!]. This morning was like that. So I am glad I used the prompt to BE Willing to BE Inspired by the challenges rather than BEing reactive, even a tad bit “pissy” over it all.

Ahhhhhhh… Progress is sweet, eh?!

I am grateful this morning for HAVING this morning routine. For having conceived of it at all. I used to get so lost in the weeds on such a regular basis… Sometimes it was all I could DO to have an intention to BE grateful. Some mornings I would show up at my lappie and sit transfixed and unable to imagine my Gratitude even existed.

How much simpler, easier, and more fulfilling it is to simply show up and follow my little [perhaps silly, but hey, that’s one of the benefits of living on my own] practises one thing at a time, without EVER having to “remember” or “BE motivated” to DO any of it.

Sometimes the best way through is as simple as restarting and DOing what I CAN in the process!

I love you, Currie

Friday, June 22, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 22 June 2012

Connect. Share. Listen. 
Ó2012 Currie Silver

Show Up & Make Contact.
Hear and See and Acknowledge.
Simply. Easily. Naturally.
With Your Whole BEing.

I’ve been noticing, in these months of riding the bus, walking a LOT more, and having interactions with “waves” of people, oftentimes in the briefest of seconds, how little connection there is BEtween humans. Whether it is BEcause of BEing in our own vehicles, listening to our own little headphones, and NOT needing to truly Connect one-to-one to “connect” with others OR BEcause we’ve simply forgotten that humans [and other BEings] DO share this planet with us, we’ve seemed to collectively set aside Connection. Left it by the side of the roads we Now travel connected virtually, wirelessly, and constantly.

How simple it is, sharing a smile, a nod, a hello or good morning, even a thank you. And yet, so few are those who DO. Who take that time. LIVE. Face-to-face. Now. Fewer still, I think, who REALLY understand that sharing and with it connecting are BEcoming nearly extinct.

Listen. Take a moment Today, and LISTEN. To the wind. To a bird’s song. To the place that is BEyond the eyes and face of another, to their unique and BEautimous Spirit. Like the little boy I met on the bus yesterday…

I love you, Currie

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 21 June 2012

                                Explore. Imagine. Lean Into Your Life. Ó2012 Currie Silver

Lean Into Your Life.
Every Day.

An attitude, I suppose, more than anything else, Explore. Imagine. Lean Into Your Life., is a way of “rolling” through Life. A willingness to look foolish, seem overly eager and, yes, even a bit dork-like.

I remember changing schools, something I did 3 times in elementary, 3 times in high school, and 3 times in college. I’ve also started my Masters 4 times, though I often leave out the 4th BEcause I quit that BEfore I’d even finished one course. I suppose it’s what came of trying too hard to fit into the “right” box…

Each of those changes and new school situations asked a LOT of Me. Especially so the younger Me. Early on I gathered, with my keen observation skill, that it was better to hold back, to BE cool, to NOT seem eager. [or, I suppose, desperate, though I was, in each and every change, and still was when I made the most recent Life change, my move to Florida from Arizona]

Now, however, I am more likely to appear foolish and eager and very dork-like. Perhaps I’ve less to lose in the process?! Or mayBE I know how much is to BE gained?!

I love you, Currie

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 20 June 2012

Create Your Own Momentum 
Ó2012 Currie Silver

Create Your Own Momentum
BE Your Own Training Wheels
Encourage Yourself Often & Easily
Celebrate Inches Of DOing What You Can
EnJOY Your Process & Have Fun With It

It’s sometimes a challenge for me to keep going BEcause I tend to start with immense enthusiasm, the sort that wanes when I have to come up with what comes next. I am discovering, at long last, what works better and is consistently efficient AND effective for me. That is, simply, to set it in front of me one thing at a time, one day at a time, and Just DO It.

The Training Wheels, for instance, with my Gratitude Practise, are simple. My poeming rises out of a line or word about which I write for 15 minutes first thing each morning. Then I find some art I have made and I fiddle with it a bit in Picasa [lately I have been having fun with mats and frames].

Encouraging myself is pretty simple, as is celebrating. Why?! BEcause I am sharing this “out loud” and it is also something that I can go back to, reread, re-calling those “inches” of my Life.

The process is one I have made to fit ME. It keeps me BEing, EnJOYing, and having FUN…

I love you, Currie

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 19 June 2012

Thrive In Your Own Company Ó2012 Currie Silver

In YOUR OWN light
On YOUR OWN terms…

When I initially wrote these 50 lines [of which Thrive In Your Own Company is #19] I was brainstorming for my Manifesto. I was thinking “out loud” at the computer what things, ideas, one-liners, and intentions really speak to me.

As I was writing earlier on Thrive In Your Own Company, I came across the synonyms I’ve turned into poeming above.

The idea to use the 2 octopus [octopi?! Help Me!! Help Me, Mrs. Meader my 10th grade Latin teacher] cut-outs came to me in a brilliant flash.

These explanations give me Gratitude multiplied. To see how easily I move from one thing to the next simply by reaching within myself; well it’s something of a miracle, I’ve got to tell you… I haven’t always been self-reliant. It’s taken me way longer than I think it should have to BEcome my own Encourager. And only recently did I recognise that I was “waiting for” permission, many times, BEfore DOing what was, for me, clearly the Next Right Thing.

I am grateful for the consistency of this practise, and how it has introduced myself to ME. For the first time EVER I really know MY Self

I love you, Currie

Monday, June 18, 2012

Currie's Gratitude 18 June 2012

       LEARN WHO YOU ARE Ó2012 Currie Silver

Learn Who YOU Are
What makes your heart sing
What takes your breath away
What lights your eyes
What invites you to play
To dance

BEginnings are NOT so different from endings. In fact, they are usually pretty good at exchanging the baton, one flowing into the other. So is it true for ME today.

I am 59 today, entering my 60th year, as my mother will no doubt remind me when we talk. I’ve never liked that notion much and Now?! MayBE I’m liking it a little bit more.

As I travel the next 365 days, I intend to go right on learning who I am. My mind and heart open, my judgmental bits set aside.

I thought 50 was a big deal, and I suppose in its ways it was, but it has been the decade since turning 50 that has seemed to show myself to me. I have spent this decade mostly alone. NOT all, just mostly.

I am grateful I was born BEcause, for the most part, I find ME intriguing and have remained curious about what is possible. What may BE round the next bend. What could BE if I’d just LET GO and spread my birdbrain little wings and just take flight…

I love you, Currie