The Lessons of Now

November 13, 2012

Some days we climb buildings in a single bound. Other days we can barely raise our heads off the pillow. Life can get overwhelming at times. When everything seems to be happening at once, know that you can only do so much.

For the past week I have blogged in my head a hundred times. And I’ve missed it. A lot. I am in the process of doing some back end work on this site to serve you better and to spread the word more easily about the Power of Slow. And yet, it seems, there are forces at work that have set me back from my desire to improve this blog even more for you.

As in all things, there is a gift to be found in setbacks. We often want things yesterday, as if now, or even tomorrow, isn’t soon enough. We get frustrated when our computers don’t boot up “fast enough”, when the person driving in front of us is “too slow”, when our loved ones don’t answer our emails/phone calls/text messages “right away”.

But it takes time to let things grow. They must first germinate, then grow roots, then push themselves slowly out of the ground. Only then can they come into full bloom.

So if my blog has yet to have the beautiful character I wish it to have, know that I’m working on it.

That is the lesson of Now.

When We Go for the Gold

April 25, 2012

Living on purpose is a big topic here on the Power of Slow blog. What better way to exhibit your enthusiasm for life than by going for the gold? Literally. As in the Olympics. Or figuratively, as in blogging about the same?

The folks promoting the Samsung Global Blogger competition approached me as they liked this blog and thought maybe others would be equally interested in reports from the trenches during the London Summer Games. So I put together a 30-second audition video as a candidate in the blogger competition.

If you want to actually view it, vote for it, pin it, like it or tweet it, you can do so here.

To vote, you can either:

1) Register at Zoopa.com (follow the steps)

2) Log-in using your Facebook details (follow the steps to ad the zoopa app).

Once logged in (either way), note the sliding bar on the right. 5 is the best; 1 is the worst, then click ‘vote’.

Either way, please view the video as every pair of eyes counts! Imagine taking the Power of Slow to the Summer Games? It would be my honor!

2010 in review

January 14, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

 

In 2010, there were 228 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 449 posts. There were 128 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 112mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 7th with 897 views. The most popular post that day was The Anti-Resolution Solution.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were thedailybrainstorm.com, facebook.com, wordpress.com, beliefnet.com, and twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for the power of slow, difference between purpose and mission, difference between mission and purpose, power of slow, and quality time quotes.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

The Anti-Resolution Solution January 2010
17 comments

2

Difference between vision, purpose, values, and mission March 2009
4 comments

3

About November 2008
11 comments

4

Time Abundance Quiz October 2009
4 comments

5

Forest Bathing August 2010
3 comments

What topics would you like to know more about? Less? Feel free to weigh in because a blog without readers is like, well, the Taj Mahal without visitors.

Thank you!

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In a post last July I wrote about the importance of space clearing. Like the leaves we rake to reveal the grass once again, the things that surround us carry energy. They are made up of particles just as we are. And they resonate deeply like the taut skin of a bongo drum.

Every now and then it’s important to awaken that space by cleaning it out.

After six years, I finally decided to let go of my mommy blog. It wasn’t an easy decision because apart from my Web site, it was the longest-running online documentation of my journey in cyberspace. It held a large presence in my heart, but then the fire began to dwindle. The blog fell into neglect, abandoned like a cabin on the frontier. Every time I posted something,  I could almost hear the rust growing on its hinges. It had been a loyal friend, standing by me during times when I needed so desperately to express the challenges of early motherhood.

But as my children grow, I can feel the departing need to lend those feelings expression. As I learn to give my kids more room to grow, bit by bit, I must also let go of that part of myself that yearned for a glimmer of understanding from someone, anyone. For the course of those years, that blog served its purpose well, unfailingly offering me a spine when I felt I had none.

Space clearing can be painful as you lift your roots to reach richer soils. But it can also be liberating as you awaken the spaces you never thought you’d reach. It requires trust and an inner knowing that we are capable of immeasurable expansion.

What things might you let go to free up energy for yourself?

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