The Twenty Third Day: Hanging Out In Edgy Edina, Trying To Be Cool…


I am hearing this mantra over and over in my head, “Do good and Be good.” It’s as insistent as Siri when I accidentally stay to the right when I should have gone left; rerouting, detouring me back, setting me on the path of enlightened awareness. “Shit,” I think. And heed the call, keep moving forward, less than tidy, I am nevertheless amazed by my progress.

Minnesota has been ripe with opportunities. I thought this was going to be the slow down time; a place where I could gather my thoughtful energies, sublime intentions and wide-cast aspirations and coast the wave of self-discovery at a softer, more languid, dare I say, midwestern pace. Not so….I am presented with countless expressions of goodness and  I’m trying not to be surprised by any of them.

Here are a few that I bore witness to in St Paul MN today:


Bevie lights a candle for my father Bob Bob who died a little over three years ago. Always at the Statue of the Virgin Mary. “He loved her,” she whispers. I never knew that.


The domed ceiling of The Cathedral of Saint Paul. It’s just really great.


It was all in the kneeling….I guess, because suddenly, I got it!

Abundance is arriving in all kinds of fantastic, fuzzy redeemable packages. I always thought it would just be about money, or the right job or the perfect partner. I guess I just never had the softness from within to really be able to see the magnificence right in front of me in the small simple moments of expression usually emanating from others, or out of simple vistas, places of peace; always beckoning me to greater goodness.

It’s a beguiling lesson. And it seems to be repeating itself over and over and over again, in Minnesota of all places! I am humbled by the invitation to trust and surrender to the wisdom of my wide-open heart. Sometimes it hurts a lot to vulnerably submit in this way. But it’s happened too often, lately, for me to do anything but believe in it; in that great, gushy goodness as it mysteriously and magically springs forth and boldly reveals itself all around me.

My goodness, ( pun intended), I hope I’m up to the task.

I think I’ll take it day by day.

About livebig365

Join me as I dive in to the deep end of the pool and challenge myself to live big and love big. What does that mean? In 2012 , I accepted the invitation to push myself beyond my comfort zone, at least once a day, and engaged and responded to my life, or a given situation in my life, in a way that would normally scare the hell out of me. Why did I do it it? Because it was time time to begin, and I was ready! Each day brought a new revelation, lesson, challenge, encounter, a teaching moment, that revealed to me that living big and loving big are uniquely interconnected. Welcome 2013, the year of lovebig 365. Each post was an expression of love experienced, witnessed, inspired, manifested. It didn't always make sense in the moment, and yet its sheer mystery hopefully evoked a beautiful affirmation of life and all of its shimmery brightness; broken up, lovely to behold, tender and full of purpose. 2014, jagged, bumpy, disjointed posts. 2015, silence, and plenty of growth within that silence. Manifesting 2016: The creation of a gathering place for gratitude. Join in the wavering, audacious, unequivocal fun. 2017: Reflection 2018: POWER, MAGIC, TRANSFORMATION
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