Hang in there and trust

Are the winds of change blowing more strongly in your life? They sure seem to be blowing more strongly in my life.

But there is one thing that isn’t changing at all — and that is the balance that undergirds this universe of love. Life loves balance. It loves to get busy, and move, and create. But paradoxically, it also loves to be still. It loves to come to rest, and be at peace.

Take the big blue spruce tree that grows outside the front door of our town home here in Denver. This tree is a master of this mysterious process we call life. Right now, it is still as can be. There’s not even a suspicion of movement. Every branch, every needle rests in an ocean of perfect calm and peace.

But strong winds are forecast for later today. I know it won’t be too long before this large, impressive tree is very busy indeed, branches moving this way and that as it dances irresistibly with the power of the wind.

Sometimes life calls for everything we’ve got

Sometimes life really puts us through our paces too. It calls for everything we’ve got, and then some, like it did for me these past few months when I was working on finishing my course on “The true promise and potential of aging.”

I’ve written some books in my life, but I’ve never attempted a course like this before. There were times when I wondered if I would be able to finish the course — or if I even wanted to finish it. So many new things to learn. So many surprises. Such a lot of plain hard work.

The days immediately preceding the “launch,” as it’s called in blogging circles, were really crazy — a gazillion things to organize, and tie together – not only the course itself, but things that would help spread the word about it, like guest posts and interviews here and there.

But I’m so glad I did finish the course. I’m so glad I didn’t quit, and throw up my hands.

The joy of friendship and mutual support

One of the particular joys of doing this course has been meeting many new friends. There is an extraordinary movement of mutual support, friendship and cooperation moving in this world. Let us not imagine for a moment that any of us are alone in our projects and dreams.

All the forces of love and creativity are on your side as you initiate new projects and aspirations – or meet old challenges with fervor and love. Just consider this beautiful letter that I received this morning from a woman who commented on one of my posts:

“I’ve given birth to my new website and blog. I launched it five months ago. This is a whole new world to me — the world of social media and blogging, connecting, community building, etc. Our kids are born into it, with the lingo as a part of their lives.

“I am a mid-lifer, very soon to retire from my school social work career of 20 years. As I write this I realize I am also giving birth to a new life phase, with retirement from my job right upon me (June 30th). I will be mindful of operating much more from my right side of the brain as I open myself up to what will evolve. It will be hard shedding some of that left side of the brain – the structure, routines, full knowledge of exactly what I’m doing- and go with the more creative, spontaneous part. But I’m ready, willing and excited by it.”

Life is trustworthy

Most of all, as I finish one phase of my own course, and prepare for the next — some one-on-one conversations and explorations with those who’ve signed up for a personal support session with me — the bottom line is this. Life is trustworthy.

Love is trustworthy. The truth that already exists at the core of your own being is trustworthy. Our own true character is trustworthy. Wherever we are in life’s ongoing continuum — busy as all get out, freaking out at some new challenge, enjoying a few blissful moments of rest — it’s all good.

We are here to bless the world with our presence

It’s the drama we call life, and in one sense, paradoxically, we are not touched by any of it. We are spiritual beings whose true home is nowhere you can find with a physical eye or a telescope or a map or even a belief. It can’t even be described.

We are Children of Light, here with a very simple mission — to bless the world with our presence. Thank you again for your interest and support, both for my blog and for my course on “The true promise and potential of aging.”

Incidentally, something else that has knocked my socks off these past few days is the big jump in my subscriber count. Up from 870 subscribers to 1341A warm welcome to each one of you, new or old.

As years pass by, may you discover more and more vividly the simple truth that only our bodies age. Our unconquerable spirit does not age at all. I wish you peace, happiness and abundance. May you never give up on your dreams. If you wish, please do share any thoughts on the above.

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One Heart May 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Hi Christopher,

I am a new visitor to your happy blog :-) I am in the midst of change, in my 50’s, and even though there are many moments of doubt, I remind myself to have faith that my intentions are true and whatever path presents itself will be okay. I will be okay.

I am hoping to move to Haifa, Israel for a few years, or if that is not part of the plan, I will be moving to Loveland, CO at some point this year. That’s partly why I’m commenting, as I was surprised to read that you are there! It is a wonderful spot, but I agree, I miss the ocean as well. I am currently living in Southern CO.

Thank you for your wonderful and positive website. I will visit often and look forward to reading more of your articles.

Peace~
Debi

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Christopher Foster May 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Lovely to hear from you Debi. JoAnn and I lived in Loveland for a few years, but we just moved back to Denver a year ago to be closer to her family. I guess I need to update some info somewhere.

Loveland’s a very nice little town and there’s a lot of growth going on in that area. Just keep listening to your inner voice and everything will work out perfectly. Peace to you too. I love your brave spirit.

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Harriet Cabelly May 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Wow, I am honored that you used my comment in your post.
I am a newcomer to your website/blog and I love your writing and your message.
I will be subscribing when I finish this comment so you can tally in one more to your huge jump in Subscribers. Congratulations!! And all the best in your new course. Hopefully I will be looking into it when I get, or better yet, when I ‘make’ some more free time.
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Christopher Foster May 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Thanks for your kind words Harriet. Loved your comment. It’s wonderful to connect with you and thank you for subscribing. Very happy to connect with you and every good wish with your endeavors.

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Daniel M. Wood May 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Everyone is unique and everyone has a wonderful gift to share.
By being a part of our community, sharing what we know, who we are, we enrich the whole community.
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Christopher Foster May 31, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Daniel, beautiful words. Just as you say, we all have something unique to give to the community we are part of. Thanks. Every good wish.

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sheila May 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I love your caption along with the cat hanging on…life changes no matter what our age…whether self induced or thrown as a curve ball. One has to eventually dig one’s claws into it, hang on and trust that things work out and all happens for a reason.

Life is not always calm, winds of change come in and sooner or later we need to trust in ourselves, and sometimes our friends and loved ones for support. Life can be an interesting journey indeed and yes, for the most part life is very good.

cheers
Sheila

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Christopher Foster May 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Sheila, great to hear from you. Thanks for sharing. There’s a lot of experience back of your words and I appreciate what you say very much. Blessings to you and keep hanging in there. How on earth does that cat do it?

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Sibyl June 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Christopher:
Thanks for your post. I really thought what you said about sometimes life calling you for all you have is so true. I think we really do have to realize that we are going to have all types of things thrown at us as we move through life and the key is to learn and grow as much as we possibly can. Congrats on all your new subscribers and the launch of your product. I am so happy to be a part of thehappyseeker community :)
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Christopher Foster June 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

Lovely to hear from you Sibyl and thank you for your kind words at the end. I really like what you say about the need to learn and grow as much as we can in this journey of life. A mentor of mine once said “it’s not live and learn,” it’s “learn and live,” and I think there’s some truth in that.

I admire what you’re doing with your blog Sibyl and send you blessings and every good wish.

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Gail Brenner (AFlourishingLife) June 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Your words always ring so clearly with love and truth, Chris. You are a light in the world of blogging.

I love how you inspire great acceptance for anything that might be going on in all of our lives, even if it is challenging. Thank you for the reminders and the inspiration.
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Christopher Foster June 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Thanks Gail. Such a pleasure to be sharing this journey with you. Blessings.

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Keith June 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Christopher,

In this post you have written about the very thing that has improved my quality of life tremendously over the past few years. Balance. At first glance, one may quickly glance at that word and then move on in search of something with “deeper” meaning. They won’t find it because I truly believe life is all about balance.

Balance, as you stated, is evident everywhere in the universe. Even our emotions are evidence of the need for balance. Is anger wrong? Is depression, joy, fear or any of the others wrong? No, but any one of them out of balance IS! Wow, one could speak for hours on this topic.

Thank you Christopher! Great article.

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Christopher Foster June 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Your words strike such a chord in me Keith. Thanks for going deeper into this remarkable principle we call balance. I think our own lives, perhaps the life of the planet itself will improve dramatically as we bring more balance into our lives and our attitudes. So happy for this developing connection with you. Hang in there brother.

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Krizia | Women Entrepreneurs HQ Show June 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

Christopher,

Trusting and having faith are NOT easy things at all.

It’s a learning process. I think it’s an important skill for us to develop in order to help us deal with the ups and downs of life a bit more!

Thanks for taking the time to make us all think a little bit harder and thanks for a great discussion platform!

k.

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