If you haven’t discovered Late Bloomer Bride, yet, you are in for a ride! It is full of life’s wisdom. The blogger has a most cherished wit that routinely lands me on the floor ~ rolling.

I was a late bloomer in every way possible, except for the bride part (I got married at 25). Her quote of the week will give you a taste of her offerings. This particular quote’s message serves as a marvelous intersection between mid-life issues and the power of slow.

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.  ~Oprah Winfrey

How many people’s bus do you ride? Are you in one or two? Do you show up for all your friends or for only a select few? Would you rather have a large circle or a few intimate people to accompany you on this journey?

I have a few bus-riding friends. The rest, I would guess, would enjoy the champagne and the limo ride, too. It’s the ones who stay after the party to help clean up that count as my closest buddies.

Standing at JFK airport with a few hours left before boarding, I browsed the newsstand for a good read. Eckhardt Tolle’s A New Earth
stood out right away. Although I had read The Power of Now years ago, I a-new-earthhad felt no urge to read his second book. That is, until I was faced with eight hours of nothingness and a curious mind to fill.

So I purchased the book and set out to read a few pages. But I couldn’t put it down. Through my still jet-lagged, bleary post-New York eyes, I pressed forward as I read about what I have been going through for years now.

It is always gratifying to get confirmation in print what you’ve known all along. Transformation, in whatever form, takes a great deal of energy and awareness. Eckhardt talks about how we carry around our past, and even our future, without acknowledging the present moment. As he states, Presence is all we have. Past is gone. Future is not yet here.

The Power of Slow addresses many of these same issues. I kept nodding my head in agreement as I turned page after page of his work. It felt as though his mind had melded with mine even though we have never met and I had not read his book until now.

It is encouraging to know we are not alone in this journey. We are truly all One, interconnected through the choices we make. Remember the movie Sliding Doors? It shows what would happen if Gwyneth Paltrow’s character had made that train or not. In the one scenario, when she makes the earlier train, she catches her boyfriend in bed with another. In the second, she is none the wiser and her life takes a different path. All the same Truth dances behind the scenes. In one case, it is revealed. In the other, it is not (until later).

Imagine if you chose to live in Present Time. How might your life change for the better?

I used to work as a PR consultant for Deborah King, author of Truth Heals: What You Hide Can Hurt You. She recently published an open letter to Oprah Winfrey, addressing Oprah’s weight challenges and Deborah’s beliefs about its underlying causes.

I was moved by Deborah’s courage and also by Oprah’s shame. With her truth-healspermission, I will quote what Deborah says about balance:

“”You speak of balance in O magazine, and external balance between work and the rest of our lives is important, no doubt. But, first and foremost, the balance of our own energy field is vital if we are to be healthy and happy.”

Looking at the underlying causes of our choices is immensely important. Deborah herself has dealt effectively with her own addictions, stemming from childhood trauma, as Oprah’s food addiction does, too.

What does this have to do with The Power of Slow?

Everything.

It is about our choices. Whether we choose to address dark issues or choose to ignore them, everything we do has an impact.

Everyone has issues and challenges. The question is what will you do with them? I find myself dealing with thirty-year-old issues that are resurfacing as I watch my daughter go through similar things. It is amazing how children won’t allow your soul to slumber.

I embrace people who find the courage to face their shadows and who do good for others in the process. Blessings upon you all whose pain lurks just beneath your skin. You are not alone. And never will be.