Subject: Everyday Actions
Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Friday, May 10, 2002
Issue #86


1. Welcome Notes
2. Everyday Actions
3. Coaching: Be Here Now
5. Celebrating Out Loud!
6. Humor: Technology for Country Folk

1. Welcome Notes

This morning I was midway between Colorado and
California, and the data link at the hotel in Eureka,
Nevada just didn’t seem to operate on the same
frequency as my laptop. I have just arrived back at
my California office and can finally connect with
you all, later than usual on this particular Friday.

Late or not, welcome to our new subscribers. I invite
you to contact us and let us know what you like
about CTJ. And what you don’t like! Send your ideas
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appreciate those of you who share Celebrating the
Journey with your community and encourage you to
keep on doing that.

The Celebrating Out Loud section of this publication
continues to be my favorite. I so love sharing our
readers’ celebrations with you all. So please keep
sharing them with us by e-mailing them to There is no
celebration too small to share!

2. Every Day Actions

I have lived in my house in Colorado for 4 years.
Almost every day – some days more than once – I
backed my car out of the garage. I knew by heart and
by feel exactly when I needed to look behind me
before I pulled from my driveway into the street on
which I live.

Yesterday, I backed my car out of that garage once
again. I was just beginning to turn around to check
the street when there was an awful metallic crunch. I
had forgotten there was a houseguest’s car in the

There were no injuries, and both cars are being well
taken care of at a local bodyshop. The mishap has,
however, caused a great deal of inconvenience for my
houseguests and me.

And it happened because I wasn’t conscious of
backing out of that garage. I was doing it out of
muscle memory, out of habit, rather than truly
paying attention.

We all have actions we take each day, sometimes
multiple times, that we stop thinking about after a
while. We just do them, paying little or no real
attention to the process.

Most of the time, there is no problem. I’d backed
out of my garage over 4,000 times without mishap.
Even when there is no problem, however, we give up
something when we do things mindlessly, out of
habit, without thinking or consciousness. We give up
the experience. And it will never come again.

I caused some pretty good damage to my brand new,
very fun sports car and to the car of an innocent
party. The accident has reminded me of the
importance of paying attention to all aspects of our
lives. In the long run, it’s a relatively inexpensive
reminder to be present.

3. Coaching: Be Here Now

It was the 1970’s when Ram Dass said, “Be here now.”
His advice is equally pertinent today.

What everyday actions or events are you missing by
not being really present?

Like anything else, being present takes practice. Each
morning for the next week, be totally present when
you brush your teeth. Notice the temperature of the
water, how your tongue looks, how your toothpaste
looks on the brush; how it tastes. Is there a coating on
your tongue? Do you brush your molars first or your
front teeth? Do you brush up and down or sideways?

Really pay attention to the everyday action of
brushing your teeth. Then bring that attention into
the rest of your day. We give a great deal of our lives
away because we’re thinking about something else.

Each day this week, Be Here Now and enrich your


We are what we repeatedly do.

Every day is a great day; if you don’t believe it . . . try
missing one!

Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at
your door very softly.
Frank Tyger

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that
your strength lies.
Mother Teresa

5. Celebrating Out Loud

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more
there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

Sharon Eakes celebrates the magazine Heron Dance
which comes 4 times a year and “slows me down and
fills me with delight every time.” It is a magazine
“celebrating the seeker’s journey, and the beauty and
mystery of all that is wild.” It includes not only
beautiful texts, but the most wonderful water color
paintings of birds and wild places. The brave people
publishing this treasure could use our
support, and subscriptions. Check it out at

On May 3 Charlotte Norton celebrated the removal
of the 4-pound cast on her leg and the freedom and
lightness with which she can now move around.
Here’s to healing! Celebrate with Charlotte at

I just don’t think we celebrate enough in
this busy world of ours. What are you celebrating
today? Share it with us at

6. Humor: Technology for Country Folk

LOG ON: Making a wood stove hotter.

LOG OFF: Don’t add more wood.

MONITOR: Keeping an eye on the wood stove.

DOWNLOAD: Gettin’ the firewood off the truck

MEGA HERTZ: When yer not careful gettin’ the

FLOPPY DISK: Whatcha get from tryin to carry too
much firewood

RAM: That thing that splits the firewood

HARD DRIVE: Gettin’ home in the wintertime

WINDOWS: What to shut when it’s cold outside

SCREEN: What to shut when it’s black fly season

CHIP: Munchies for the TV

MICRO CHIP: What’s in the bottom of the munchie

MODEM: Whatcha did to the hay fields

DOT MATRIX: Old Dan Matrix’s wife

LAP TOP: Where the kitty sleeps

KEYBOARD: Where ya hang the truck keys

SOFTWARE: Plastic forks and knives

MOUSE: What eats the grain in the barn

MOUSE PAD: Hippie talk for the mouse hole

MAIN FRAME: Holds up the barn roof

ENTER: Northerner talk for “c’mon in, y’all”

Give yourself the gift of being here now this week.

Namaste, Margo

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Come to the edge, life said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, life said.
They came.
It pushed them…
And they flew.
Gulliaume Apollinaire

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