• Autumn,  Change,  Halloween


    “There is nothing permanent except change.” ~Heraclitus, Greek philosopher As much as I love Michigan’s dynamic four seasons, I’m not quite ready for autumn — which officially started yesterday. A neighbor’s maple tree is already starting to turn red, and the temperature suddenly dipped low enough to call for sweaters and boots. But I’m still running around in sandals and summer cotton tops. I don’t avoid change, but tend to follow rituals and routines. I patronize the same favorite restaurants, favor the same pair of jeans (though I have a drawerful of others), and brew a pot of coffee at the same time every morning. You too? Last week I…

  • Arts & crafts,  Autumn,  Change,  Motivation,  Nature,  Personal growth

    Creative cycles

    “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks. Its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ~Cynthia Occelli Nature often reminds us that growth and creativity are preceded by change — or “complete destruction” — especially in the fall. Here in the Midwest, some of our trees are just starting to drop their leaves and seeds, and soon will stage a brilliant color show before shedding completely. Likewise, the best way through a creative road block is to remove something that’s getting in the way. Sometimes I have to “undo” a…

  • Change,  Empty nest,  Home & Family,  Parenting advice

    Taking flight, growing strong

    “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” ~Pema Chodron Today’s quote spoke to me in several different ways. First, I thought of all the new college students who’ll soon be starting school — and how leaving the nest for the first time is such a milestone for our kids. The whole process involves facing change and challenges — and learning how to adapt. But Buddhist author Pema Chodron isn’t just referring to young people living on their own for the first time. She uses “the nest” as a metaphor for our comfort zone. No matter how old or young…

  • Change,  Personal growth,  Photo stories


    “Not all who wander are lost.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien Sometimes we need to reconsider the direction in which we’ve been heading — and that applies to everything from problem relationships to career goals. When we hit a creative dry spell, for instance, we might put our project on hold or try something different. Feeling unmoored can be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t mean we’ve lost our way. It could be an opportunity to rest, refuel, and find a better path. ~CL For more like this: Check out additional posts and new content on the Life Lines home page. Photo by Cindy La Ferle