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Give your best and trust

Do you have a compass in life? My compass goes something like this: “Give your best and trust.”

For example, I'm finishing work right now on a new book. The title is, Stumbling into Bliss: Insights and Adventures of an Octogenarian Blogger.

It's actually a lot of fun working on this new project, despite the challenges. I'm planning to produce the book in a PDF format, at least to begin with, and then perhaps do a Kindle version and a real honest-to-goodness printed book -- you know, a book with actual paper you can smell and pages you can turn:-). (If you have any thoughts on any of this please let me know).

Oh dear. I used to think I knew a bit about publishing – but what a laugh. That was back in the day. The faster publishing moves into the digital age the more confused I become:-).

But as long as I follow my compass and trust life, I’m sure things will work out just fine with my new book. I do look forward to "giving birth" and hope you will enjoy taking a look when my "baby" is born.

What about health?

Then there's health. What about this? We're all interested in our health. Well, I go for a walk every day, or almost every day. I do my resistance training at the gym three days a week. JoAnn does her best to feed us both appropriately. And since I'm pre-diabetic, I watch my sugar intake like a hawk, or try to. And so on. But again, what can I do but do my best and trust?

Three or four readers and friends, and also a family member, have been bereaved recently. What a difficult, challenging experience this is. I was numb with shock when I suddenly lost my first wife and had no idea how to proceed or what my next step should be.

There really is something we can trust

But the good news about life, I have learned, is that regardless of what life brings to us, there really is something we can trust.

All forms come and go. But in the midst of changing forms and circumstances stands something that does not change -- our own eternal nature. Our own timeless presence, that does not move, does not fear, and does not change. It is always here. And it is who I am, and who you are.

As Teresa of Avila so beautifully said, “Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee. All things are changing, God changeth not.” Whatever is going on in this outer world, give it your best – and trust the unconquerable spirit which is the truth of your existence.

At the end of the day, it’s why we’re here. To become conscious of our reality. To know ourselves as spiritual beings who are timeless and free. "Living with joy, aging with joy," as I say in my new tagline. My love and blessing to you.

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Durwin Foster June 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Hi dad: Beautiful post this morning. And timely in the sense of the metaphor of a compass. The local physician I am working with shared a compass with me the other day that I also like very much. It comes from a website called http://www.moralcompass.com, I believe. The compass has integrity at the north end, forgiveness at the south, compassion at the east, and responsibility at the west. These are great qualities, strengths, or kinds of intelligence that we can practice and cultivate.
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Christopher Foster June 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Durwin, many thanks for sharing. Sounds like a great compass to me. I like the notion of placing integrity at the top, a kind of north star, with the other beautiful qualities making up the other points of the compass. Good to share life’s adventure with you. Hope Brogan had a great birthday.

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Lynn Hess June 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I had never seen that Teresa of Avila quote before…how beautiful. And I LOVE your new tagline — it sums up what you write so perfectly.

It’s always so centering and peaceful reading your posts. Thanks, Christopher!

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Christopher Foster June 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I’m very happy to hear from you Lynn. Thank you for your kind words, and for your input re the tagline. Be well and take care.

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Kaylee June 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Beautiful post, Christopher, and very relevant for me right now… My world has been shaken up (though nothing tragic, thank goodness) and I’m a little stressed. Your words have given me a new sense of direction: to do my best and trust. That’s all I can do, right? And much better that than feel anxious. 🙂 Love the quote by Teresa of Avila, by the way. Beautiful!
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Christopher Foster June 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Good for you Kaylee. Yes. It really is all you need to do. We live in a time of much turbulence and anxiety but I find the answer I need is always present in the moment if I’m patient and willing to change, and be still, and listen to the wisdom of my heart. Love and blessings to you and hang in there Kaylee.

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Evan Griffith June 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Christopher–

I’ve come to trust too — that you will always engage my mind and leave my spirit replenished when I read your work. No matter where you go in your thoughts, you raise us up. It’s like sitting by a pure, fresh spring and actually being able to hear its thoughts . . . .

I’ll be one of the first to purchase the new book when it comes out!

Evan
PS: And I’m still hoping you’re going to write a book about your spiritual community years, and the aftermath upon its closure.
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Christopher Foster June 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm

You are so kind, and you have such a steadfast, generous spirit Evan. It’s a privilege to know you. I appreciate your PS re the book idea immensely. Will really give this serious thought. There’s quite a story there. Love to you and your loved ones.

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Elizabeth Nunn June 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Dear Friend,
Once again you are spot on with your truth. I’ve had a rough time while in the midst of resettlement from my beloved Santa Fe to Bend, OR, a place I don’t know at all. There was no computer connection, no TV, no phone…just me and the dogs unpacking and wondering where in the heck we were and how to get from HERE to THERE and, hopefully, back again.

So I deeply appreciate the comment “there is really something we can trust” and I add, there is ALWAYS something we can trust. I knew I’d eventually get online, get a phone, and know where I am. As simple as those things are, they are signs of deeper trusting that I will know what to do in time. Everything is definitely changing and I consider this move to be symbolic of the world around me. Trust, focus, and steadiness in the midst of chaos will see us through.

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Christopher Foster June 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

Elizabeth, I’m so sorry you’ve been having a rough time with the move. (I’m glad you have your dogs with you to give you support in this early stage of the move. What kind of dogs are they? What are their names?)

Obviously I don’t know what should or should not unfold in your life Elizabeth but it’s been my sense this will be a good move for you. And if it was and is the right thing to make this move, then what I can say with confidence is that as you do “give it your best and trust,” out of the confusion something increasingly beautiful in every way will emerge.

Bottom line is, I’m with you in this move, and I admire the strong, positive attitude you are bringing to bear in this very new and I’m sure challenging situation. You’re following your best instinct and it won’t let you down. It is a challenge to move. I shared your comment with JoAnn and we were remembering that when we moved to the townhouse complex where we live now it was CHALLENGING to put it mildly. But now — after two years — we are very, VERY glad we made our move. By the way, it looks like Bend is in a beautiful area. We were looking at a map. JoAnn (a quilter) was quick to see that a town called Sisters is not too far away. Apparently it’s a big place as far as quilting is concerned.

And we saw there is a “wild, natural scenic river” not far away. Courage, Elizabeth:-) The gods are with you. Everything is going to work out just fine.

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Carmen June 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Oh, my goodness, Christopher, what an inspiration you are, not to mention how you provoke me to write my book. I hope you really know how impactful your life is in so many ways.

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Christopher Foster June 23, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thank you Carmen. So happy to hear from you again. You are a light in this world and I do wish you every success with your book. You’ve got a fine story to tell. Blessings.

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Carmen June 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

PS. I ditto the comment about you writing a book about your life experiences both within the community and the aftermath. As I type this I wonder if you have ever read the book Hind’s Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard?

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Christopher Foster June 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

Carmen, thanks again. I haven’t heard of this book but I’ll look it up. Good to be in touch with you Carmen. Love to you.

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Vivek Sharma June 23, 2012 at 2:00 am

Very informative and truly inspiring!

I am a published Author and would like to invite and request you to kindly review one of my recent work’s whose’s content is quite relevant to what you write about.

Its an Ebook Why do You Do What You Do? available at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/168067

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Regards

Vivek

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Christopher Foster June 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

Thanks for your comment Vivek. It’s good to meet you. Congratulations on publishing your book, I’ll have a look at it. Wish you all the best with your endeavors.

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Reed Ean June 23, 2012 at 6:27 am

I want to read your new book. I think you can publish this ebook on PDF Format, its the best way of publishing i think so. I am waiting for your book. Thanks for this nice post.
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Christopher Foster June 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

Thank you Reed. I sure appreciate your support. I hope you’ll enjoy the book when it comes out and I wish you all the very best in your own endeavors. Take care.

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Genevieve Ross June 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

When a new posting arrives to my in-box, from you–it is like receiving a gift. I in turn am pleased to give one to you. When it comes to “publishing” your new book: “Stumbling into Bliss: Insights and Adventures of an Octogenarian Blogger,” you can achieve all the formats by working with Amazon.

You start by writing your content (of course) in whatever format you like to work in, I do my writing in Word. Set up an account with http://www.createspace.com they will walk you through each step from cover design, size of book, even the best paper for the pages. You will also get complete details on how to upload your content (pdf prefered), and how to set up your Authors profile page.

Once that is complete you can order your book at a wholesale price and make it available for people to purchase through Amazon, and other channels. It is on demand printing so you don’t have to pay up front to purchase (a minimum quantity of) books.

Then here is the coolest part. You can also go to http://www.kdp.amazon.com and publish your book for Kindle! Since you will have an account with CreateSpace they will link your content (book) in all its formats, so… tahda… you are not only the author, you are the publisher too.

I did this for my book: http://www.amazon.com/Family-Choice-Genevieve-Ross/dp/1468185659

There certainly was a “learning curve” involved, but well worth it to achieve my goal, and I’m confident you can do it too 🙂

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Christopher Foster June 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

This is very interesting and helpful information Genevieve. Thank you so much for sharing, and for laying out the various steps you took so clearly. I’ll definitely look into this.

I’m very, VERY impressed Genevieve. Wow. You’re a determined lady:-) When you decide to do something you don’t let anything stop you. I’m truly happy to share this adventure of living with you and wish you the very best of everything.

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Elaine Bott June 23, 2012 at 9:30 am

Thank you Chris, I needed your kind reminders and great energy and wisdom, today. I’m still grieving; but, I’m realizing I have a lot of “other” work to do.
Elaine

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Christopher Foster June 23, 2012 at 11:12 am

Bless you Elaine. You have a lot on your plate and you are handling it with dignity and courage. Your husband would be proud. With your permission, I’d like to change that wording a little and say he IS proud of you. Keep on keeping on, as a dear friend of mine, long since departed, liked to say.

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Craig Morton June 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Great post. It’s balanced on both sides: work hard and trust that you are doing what you can. Thanks

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Christopher Foster June 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Thanks Craig. Good to hear from you. Best wishes

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CARLOS SAL ZURITA June 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm

My dear friend, beautiful words!!!
“Trust the unconquerable spirit which is the truth of your existence”.
Yes, we are here to express life every day, every moment and nothing more than that. We are here to give birth the light of our heart in our daily activity, like yours is your new book!!! We are here to trust and let the spirit move along with us.
Thank you for reminding me the real purpose of Life every week with your messages.
With much love from Buenos Aires!!!

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Christopher Foster June 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Carlos, it’s very special to hear from you again. A friendship with roots going a long way back:-) Thank you for your lovely words all the way from Buenos Aires. I send love and greetings from Denver, a pretty hot place right now. Take care and God bless.

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Heidi June 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I am so looking forward to having a copy of the book. I am pretty sure it will be so inspirational. And something else, I am curious to see the pictures of your “baby,” and your rocking post-baby looks.
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Christopher Foster July 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

Heidi, I’m so sorry for the delay in responding. Thank you for your comment, and I hope you’ll be pleased with my new “baby’ when it finally appears. Blessings to you Heidi.

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Bea July 1, 2013 at 6:10 am

I just want to say “Thank you Christopher” for this exceptional post. There are just so many things that touched my heart as I read this that it is very hard to name a few.
Thnx, Thnx, Thnx

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Christopher Foster July 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Thank you Bea. Your kind words much apprecieated.

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