Go without knowing or expecting, and see what unfolds


I recently spent a month at a monastery in central Florida. The weather and surroundings were absolutely perfect; I enjoyed the chilly mornings and soft northern-like summer evenings. Between my volunteer chores I had time for reflection as I strolled over gently rolling, lush, spring-green lawns, leading down to a dusty blue lake and as I sat in the sun or shade, depending on the time of day and the weather. While I was daydreaming one afternoon in a lovely little garden under a huge, old oak tree, a particular thought came to me and has kept me company ever since.

I believe that thoughts which survive a return to the “real” world are worth sharing. I think this one is particularly special because it connects me to others in a more compassionate way. I didn’t visit the monastery to find compassion or to figure anything out, or even to relax or renew, it was just something I had wanted to do for years. (Wishful thinking at work!) I had no expectations, which was all part of the adventure – go, without knowing or expecting, and see what unfolds. Follow your interests and see what happens. This is one of the thoughts that unfolded for me . . .

“Everyone is trying.”

Each of us in our own haphazard and sometimes confusing way is trying to be better personally or at something, or to work something out, or to make something better for someone else. We don’t always succeed, but for the most part everyone is trying.

On a good day, this thought is exciting and exhilarating – everyone is trying! It peaks my curiosity and expands my empathy. On a not-so-good day, it softens the edges of humanity and brings clarity or at least a bit of understanding or acceptance to the actions of others. Everyone is trying.

While my new-found realization might not seem particularly profound or dramatic, it delights me, and I’ve decided to keep it, to take it wherever I go, and to see what unfolds. I’m trusting that you will give me the benefit of any doubts you may have about its value, because, after all, I’m trying.

Enjoy your weekend, I hope you have a moment or two to let go, and see what unfolds.

Other Wishful Thinking Works posts you might enjoy . . .

The Art of Unfolding

What I learned from trees

Stories and Strengths

Words to Live By

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Beginnings and balance

Patrice Koerper  Life Coach Wishful Thinking DaffodilsSpring is just days away! On March 20, when the sun crosses the celestial equator (the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator from south to north) the spring equinox will occur.

That’s the moment day and night are equal length, because the Earth’s axis tilts neither away from nor towards the Sun. It is the time when our planet is perfectly balanced.

Why not mark March 20th as the day for new beginnings and balance in your life?

What have you been wanting to do, but haven’t done? How can you begin that process?

Baby steps count: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (Lao-tzu.) Where will your journey take you?

Or perhaps, you need a day, an hour, or a moment to simply contemplate achieving more balance in your life – to consider new ways to blend work and play or doing for others and doing for yourself.

I’m taking my commitment to balance and new beginnings more seriously than ever this year by a spending a month volunteering and living at a monastery. The experience has been amazing thus far, and quickly reminded me that the first step to beginnings and balance is believing they are possible. I first contemplated this experience almost ten years ago, and at that time it seemed like an impossible dream, but I dreamt it anyway! My life has taken me on many wonderful “impossible” journeys since then, and now seems to have come full circle as I find myself enjoying life here as the spring equinox prepares to unfold.

Patrice Koerper  Life Coach Wishful Thinking Your whole world in your handsEach of us, truly holds our world in our hands. Don’t be afraid to dream.

What will your first step be? If this spring you do nothing more than to simply think about beginnings and balance or to consider creating the life you really want, know that you have taken the most important step, the first one. You are moving in the right direction, now keep going . . .

Upcoming Wishful Thinking Works events you wont want to miss:

Patrice Koerper will be presenting two special Wishful Thinking Works workshops in Cleveland, Ohio: on Saturday, April 20 “Reenergize and Redirect Your Life” and April 27“Flourishing Together” for mother and daughters ages 9-12. On May 17-19, she will host a Wishful Thinking Works weekend retreat at the world renowned Safety Harbor Spa in Tampa, Florida. Plan to join us, if you want to discover new ways to create beginnings and balance in your life

For ways to develop more happiness in your life, follow Wishful Thinking Works or visit Wishful Thinking Works on Facebook. Later this week I’ll be sharing ways to create your personal happiness index!

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Have a great day!

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