Subject: A Blizzard-Avoiding Inkle
Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Friday, June 14, 2002
Issue #98


1. Welcome Notes
2. A Blizzard-Avoiding Inkle
3. Coaching: Listen To Your Internal Nudges!
5. “Try” Alternatives
6. Celebrating Out Loud!
7. Humor: Only In America…

1. Welcome Notes

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Yes, I know it’s only Thursday, June 13, not Friday,
June 14. I am headed toward Breitenbush Hot Springs
today for a workshop called Dance Intimate.
Breitenbush is a no phone zone, cell or otherwise,
hence the early arrival of this issue of Celebrating The

I have driven through western Nevada and central
Oregon the last two days, and have truly experienced
the “wide open spaces” of this country. Many miles
between farmhouses, many minutes without seeing
another vehicle, a sky that goes on forever. I have felt
very connected to the earth on this part of my
journey, and in awe of the pioneers who first
explored this part of the world. Humbled is a good
word for how I feel.

We so often fly to where we are going these days,
and it is a great treat to see the country from back
roads as I continue this summer adventure.

The journal of this summer adventure has several
new entries since last week. There will be more
posted after I finish the workshop this weekend.
Please visit and share my summer adventures at
If you’d like a copy of my summer itinerary, send an
e-mail to

Adventures come in all sizes and shapes and levels
and intensities. What adventures are you creating this
summer? Let us know at

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing on this
gorgeous June day, bring a sense of adventure to it –
even if it seems filled with everyday events.
Remember – adventure is an attitude. And above all –

2. A Blizzard-Avoiding Inkle

When I heard of the huge snowstorm that hit the area
of Glacier National Park last week, I was immediately
grateful that I had listened to the intuition that told
me to stay at Red Mountain Fitness Spa in Utah rather
than follow my original plans to go backpacking for
several days in Glacier.

While it’s true there were some “reasons” for my
staying where I was, the choice was mostly based on
what I call an inkle: that little nudge that comes from
inside that has no real evidence in the physical world
and yet just feels “right”.

The tent that I have with me is an ultra-light tent
which was not even remotely designed to withstand
that kind of snowfall. I would have been, at the very
least, reasonably cold and wet and quite possibly in a
good bit of difficulty.

Listening to that intuitive inkle, even though it had
little logic to it, once again proved to be the
opportune choice with very positive results.

3. Coaching: Listen To Your Internal Nudges!

We live in a culture which tends to advocate logic and
practicality and order to the exclusion of heart-based
nudges. Having the life you REALLY want requires
both. Most of us are more proficient at seeing the
logical side of life than at listening to the intuitive

Practicality and logic are necessary for us to
navigate this road called life with some level of
accomplishment. It is our inkles, however, that lead
us to discovery and dreams and heartful success.

Practicality and logic give us durable boots to wear as
we trudge through the forest of our lives. Inkles give
us the wings to see over the tops of the trees to all the
possibilities that are invisible from “ground level”.
Together they can take us to unimagined places.

How do your inkles speak to you? A tickle in your
belly; an angel on your shoulder; unspoken words
you hear in your mind; a spoken idea coming from
several unconnected sources; maybe just a feeling.
Each of us have an intuitive sense that speaks from
our hearts.

This week pay special attention to those tickles and
whispers and themes which may seem to make no
“sense”. Honor your intuitive inkles and see where
they lead you. You may find that “something” you’ve
been looking for for so long.


Vision: the art of seeing things invisible.
Jonathan Swift

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot

The difference between fiction and reality?
Fiction has to make sense.
Tom Clancy

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to
give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.
Hodding Carter

5. “Try” Alternatives

Several of you responded to my request for
alternatives to the word “try” with the wonderful
Yoda quote from The Empire Strikes Back, “Do or do
not. There is no try.” It remains one of my all time
favorites, and clearly some of yours as well.

Kathy Hendershot-Hurd has her own version of that
idea: “When any of my children tell me, ‘I’m trying,’ I
tell them. ‘You’re either doing it or you’re not. Which
is it?’”

Brett Tucker uses, “Endeavoring to succeed.”

Vicki Bright says, “I’m working on…”

Dee Dukehart finds that making a commitment shifts
her out of trying and into doing.

My own favorite is, “My intention is…”

My thanks to all of you who sent your thoughts in on
how to eliminate the phrase, “I’m trying…” from our

6. Celebrating Out Loud

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

June 10: Tom Edge celebrates 21 years clean and
sober and 18 years off nicotine. A joyous celebration,

Ruth Zanes celebrates her return to the gym after a
three-year absence and many months of “trying.”
Perhaps we will climb a mountain together, Ruth!
Bravo to you.

Share your celebrations with us – big or small,
heartful and/or cerebral, animal or human. We all
benefit when celebrations of any kind are shared. E-
ail yours to

7. Humor: Only In America…

This comes from my friend Dave Gallagher. Thanks,

1. Only in America……can a pizza get to your house
faster than an ambulance.

2. Only in America……are there handicap parking
places in front of a skating rink.

3. Only in America……do drugstores make the sick
walk all the way to the back of the store to get their
prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes
at the front.

4. Only in America……do people order double cheese
burgers, large fries, and a diet Coke.

5. Only in America……do banks leave both doors to
the vault open and then chain the pens to the

6. Only in America……do we leave cars worth
thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our
useless junk in the garage.

7. Only in America……do we use answering machines
to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won’t
miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk to in
the first place.

8. Only in America……do we buy hot dogs in
packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

9. Only in America……do we use the word “politics” to
describe the process so well: “poli” in Latin meaning
“many” and “tics” meaning “bloodsucking creatures.”

10. Only in America……do they have drive-up ATM
machines with Braille lettering.

Give yourself the gift of listening to your inkles this

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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