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What Wonderful Change Is Emerging Beneath Your Surface?

Change is all around us, as was evident on a recent walk. As I moved along a familiar Hudson River path, I noticed something unusual. Instead of flowing freely, the river’s surface was mostly frozen.

Sitting on a boulder along the river’s shore, I was mesmerized by the sounds and movement of the ice cracking and shifting. The frozen pieces were continually adjusting, pushing, sliding, and floating away. The tempo and noises changed as sections of ice piled-up and then released back to the river. While expansive portions of the river’s surface were frozen, there was a gentle motion beneath the ice. The rumblings below were covered with a mixture of stillness and agitation above.

How often is that true for us? Internally we begin to change even though it might be barely visible to others. We think about what we might want to do next? We ponder varying options and scenarios. We have conversations with ourselves that are either uplifting or discouraging. We might even get to the point of being overwhelmed just from thinking about change. We might appear frozen on the surface, yet inside we are full of activity and movement.

Then the ice cracks. A positive idea or word of encouragement breaks through. We see the light of possibility and change. The ice begins to thaw. Movement slowly occurs as we turn our thoughts into actions. The ice melts into our sea of change.



What changes or shifts are you noticing? Did any ideas resonate with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I invite you to join the conversation!





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That is one cool video, Linda! Isn't water amazing? Water is always moving and morphing, and if it isn't, it is stagnating. I want to be like the river, not the stagnant puddle! I resonate with your idea of change brewing deep down where perhaps the surface looks static. I am just returning from vacation where my husband and I had some time to think about the future. Change isn't evident in our lives right now, but some ideas are brewing. We are thinking and praying and looking forward to what might be on the horizon! (FYI, I posted my water video on my FB page yesterday... fun that we both love doing this!)

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- Thank you so much. Water IS amazing! I love all things water related- natural bodies like rivers, lakes, or oceans, but also showers, baths, and doing dishes in the sink. It sounds like your vacation was beautiful with time to reflect, future think, and ponder by the beautiful Aruba sea. I looked just now at your water video. How peaceful and serene! And that sand! It seems so smooth and soft. I've never been to Aruba, but I've love to go. Welcome back. I'm excited to hear more about what is bubbling up — wishing you all good things.

February 11, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I do find that I percolate before a change happens. It's like making a cup of coffee, I bring my thoughts to a boil and when I am ready for the change, I then move the thoughts (coffee) into the new idea or action. Just call me, "SabrinaJava." lol

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

I love that you went and sat on a boulder and watched the river! I live within walking distance of a river and go there often. When I take Josie with me she loves to hurl herself off the boulder into the river over and over again. I keep her on a long leash so I can be sure she is safe. I have internal conversations all the time. I have learned that if I listen closely enough I am really my own best advocate. I am in a good place right now and am doing everything I can not to rock the boat.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Sabrina- You cracked me up! I LOVE your new nickname. It's such beautiful imagery that you offered here- waiting for the coffee to percolate and when we're ready we pour it into our cup. A mindful moment. Love it!

February 11, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Diane- Ahh. We're river/boulder buddies. It sounds like Josie is also a big fan of the water. So many people take their dogs to walk along the river. I love seeing all of the different types, sizes, and attitudes. Every single one seems to enjoy being outside as much as I do. I'm so happy that you have a place to sit and listen to your voice. I appreciate those reflective times more and more each day. I'm glad you're in a "good place" now. Interesting that you mention about your desire not to "rock the boat." I get that, but also know that unless a boat is dry-docked, it's a difficult thing to keep it entirely still when it's on the water. Here's to finding that liveable combination of stillness and movement.

February 11, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

What a beautiful video! I always admire your ability to not only notice things in the world around you, but to find life lessons in them. Thank you for your inspiration.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Recently I had a major change thrust upon my unexpectedly. Instead of rushing around trying to fix the situation, I have been sitting quietly waiting , listening to figure out the way forward. It’s been amazing what I’ve noticed that I missed before this change.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAndi Willis

I don't know what happened but that video gave me all the feels! Perhaps it's because there's been a bit of change in my little corner of the world lately and I've been doing a bit of inward gazing. Sometimes that's a tricky thing to do but so worthwhile. So, yeah, the movement may be slow but it's still moving forward. Thanks for sharing, Linda.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Lee

Your post fabulous as always. Your video, gosh, amazing!!! I'm speechless, thought was broken glass, and the sound of it.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

@Janet- Thank you so much for your kind words. It's funny because the day that I went out for that walk, I debated whether to venture outside or not. But a voice inside was telling me to "Go!" I'm so glad that I did or I would have missed this scene and the thoughts that ensued.

February 11, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Andi- Sudden and unexpected change can be challenging. I wish you all the best as you navigate through the transition. I'm glad to know that you're giving yourself time and space to listen and feel your way forward.

February 11, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Deb- In reading the various comments, I see that you're not alone in experiencing a period of change along with the "inward gazing." What a gift to give yourself to allow the time needed to navigate the transition time. That is often the most challenging part of shifting from what was to what will be. Wishing you all the best as you reflect and move forward.

February 11, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Nacho- Thank you so much. I agree that the ice looks like broken glass. It was incredible to witness the movement, sound, and process of things shifting. I've never seen anything like it before. It reminded me of a kinetic sculpture located at an art movie theatre nearby. Whenever I go there, I am captivated by it and can't seem to pull myself away. There are surprises at every turn.

February 11, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

This is a wonderful video of the ice cracking! I agree that much change comes from within. It often takes introspective thinking and planning before an action can be taken to make a change.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Haworth

@Nancy- Thanks so much. I'm glad you like the video. I went back to visit the river today, and the ice has morphed and changed yet again.. There are remnants of those ice sheets, but they are no longer moving and many of them have melted. Change continues. And so it goes.

February 11, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I loved your words and then the video was such a beautiful, and beautiful sounding metaphor. One change can start a series of changes. One opening can help you believe more is possible. I loved the way the video started with one crack/change and moved on from there. And I suppose .... if we didn't stop to notice the first change, we might get overwhelmed by more, too.

Beautifully done, all around.


February 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSue West

@Sue- Thank you so much for your lovely response and ideas. I love your phrasing of "one opening," and how those small beginnings can morph into other possibilities.

It's so beautiful to "hear" your voice here. I was just thinking of you today and gave your name to the NAPO Senior SIG as a potential presenter for one of their upcoming meetings. You'd be great!

February 12, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'm glad you did too, Linda! I know I wouldn't be out in this weather if I didn't have a dog to walk.

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- That's one of the many things I miss about having a dog. It forced me to walk regularly. And I enjoyed it too. But without someone "needing" me to go out, it's harder for me to activate/motivate. Awesome that you have a dog. Lucky.

February 13, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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