Thanksgiving week, 1974.
It was the Monday before Thanksgiving. I had made the choice to move from Portland to San Francisco right after Labor Day, to start a new chapter of my life. It didn’t take long to become acquainted with people at work, at my new church, and through the local Glen Park Homeowners’ Association.
Two weeks before, I had started thinking about how I was going to spend Thanksgiving, and had been asking everyone if they had plans, hoping that someone would either invite me to share the day with them, or leave the door open for me to suggest a group potluck. Everyone had plans. I felt awkward about inviting myself, so I’d usually reply, “That’s wonderful,” or something similar. By Monday, I was feeling very alone, and sad. (more…)
Seeing The Possibilities, A Journey of Discovery
Asakusa Temple, a Haven of Serenity in the middle of Tokyo
Serenity was discovered in the middle of Tokyo, one of the world’s most populous cities. In the middle of busy schedules being met and the noise of everyday life, we found a haven of serenity in the Asakusa Temple. It was an opportunity to go inside and explore a beautiful, peaceful garden during our vacation. The photos we took that day serve as a daily reminder that it is possible to find peace within, even when we’re surrounded by chaos. I look at this picture, then close my eyes and feel the warmth of pure connectedness with the universal spirit. We took hundreds of photos while in Japan, but this particular photo has always been my favorite.
This photo helped me maintain composure when I was taking the two-day National Council for Interior Design Qualification examination. Although I’d studied and practiced, my test anxiety had gotten in the way the first time I attempted to take the test. My new approach was to find inner peace, and acknowledge that I was ready and able to pass the test. In addition to continuing the program of studying and taking practice tests, I also meditated, using this photo as a tool, while listening to Japanese flute music. My husband suggested recording the music, which I was allowed to listen to during the practicum (drafting) section of the test. In preparation for the drafting section, I arranged all my drafting tools, and placed the photo at the upper left-hand corner of the drafting table, and turned on the music. With these tools, I conquered test anxiety, and got a very high score on the practicum section. (more…)