My fellow author, Jon, returns from a long journey into the interior!
If you look at the right-hand margin of Learning from Dogs, you will see that under the label Founding Authors there are two names! Over the past months Jon, as many of you may have noticed, has been absent. Indeed, Jon’s last Post on this Blog was on the 2nd January.
Jon’s absence has simply been the result of the total focus that was required to complete his Masters degree in Core Process Psychotherapy, thus adding another string to an already very professional bow. That focus included the writing of an extremely challenging thesis, all 16,000 words, then the total re-write of that thesis! That is now all behind Jon!
So from next week, Jon will be participating again on Learning from Dogs with his unique blend of professional and personal experiences. Indeed, one might argue that the challenges that face our global society need, more than ever, the insight and wisdom of such people. Am I biased? Yes, deeply so!
In the early part of 2007 I drew heavily on Jon’s expertise as I tried to make sense of what, at the time, was a deeply traumatic period. The testament to that relationship with Jon was a greater self-awareness and contentment than I had ever known and, subsequently in December 2007, me meeting Jeannie in Mexico and our ultimate marriage and new home in Payson, Arizona. As outcomes go, it doesn’t get better than that!
Back to that last article from Jon. In it he wrote,
Plus I did want to expand, just a touch, on what Paul wrote yesterday, more or less reflecting on an article by Leo Babauta. In that post, Paul quoted Leo writing:
The thing I’ve learned, and it’s not some new truth but an old one that took me much too long to learn, is that if you learn to be content with who you are and where you are in life, it changes everything.
In a very real sense what Leo is saying is that if you don’t love yourself you can’t possibly ‘love’ the world around you. Now this is incredibly easy to consider, too easy in fact, because the truth of loving oneself first is, for the vast majority of people, a complex, confusing and unclear journey, as in ‘self-journey’. Read that quote from Leo again and see how he writes, ‘an old one [as in truth] that took me much too long to learn‘.
I’m sure when Leo writes ‘too long to learn‘ he is, in effect, acknowledging the very individual circumstances that lead to a person developing the awareness that is expressed in that quote ‘if you learn to be content with who you are and where you are in life, it changes everything‘.
So if 2011 is going to be a challenging year then hang on to the only rock in your life – yourself! Embrace the reality that you, like all of us, do your best. Be good and kind to you.
“So if 2011 is going to be a challenging year then hang on to the only rock in your life – yourself! Embrace the reality that you, like all of us, do your best. Be good and kind to you.”
So to each and every one of you reading this, be good and kind to you!
Welcome back Jon.
Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes.
But if one believes, then miracles occur. Henry Miller