Whirlwind: When Life Picks You Up and Puts You Down in the Place You Intended—VERY FAST


 
The way it goes in Life is when we decide we want to be something—like a student at a particular school, or a mother or a ballet dancer or a chef—we embark upon a course and things begin to happen in that direction as a result of walking that particular path. As we take each step and learn more and more, we gain new abilities and understandings. We go, for example, from not being able to read music notation or knowing what the keys are on a piano, to having the ability to read music effortlessly and being able to play a complex piece of music flawlessly.

As Larry and I walk our Lifely path, things have been changing for us.

But this past month—and especially this past week—things have been changing very rapidly, more rapidly than I have ever experienced before.

So I just want to catch everyone up here with what has happened. Because things have progressed.
 


Starting Over with a New Life


 
I just wanted to mark today as the first day of our new intentionally-created Lifely life.

The life I had that was based in the industrial world is over.

Though we have been working on this for a long time, and it’s not complete by any means, today is the “first day” because we have moved everything from the space where we had been living before, and now we need to create our living space entirely anew.
 


BIG SHIFT: Stepping Into a World of My Own Creation

From time to time I take a break from my regularly scheduled programming to write a post about a shift that has occurred in my own personal life, as a result of my journey from industrialization to nature. Read about other shifts that have occurred since I started the Lifely blog in Jun 2019 here.

This past week there have been some big changes in my life, since completing the metamorphosis of my website into a new design.

This past week there have been some big changes in my life, since completing the metamorphosis of my website into a new design.

I want to tell you about the changes because this Lifely blog is, for me, as much about sharing with you a process of change from industrialization to nature as it is to orient you to Life itself.

But before I tell you what happened this week, I need to tell you what has come before.

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Larry and I have been together for thirty-three years.

We have had our ups and downs as all couples do. What is perhaps different about us is that we have been married twice and divorced twice to each other and are still together, making our way through life.

In 2013 we were living in Florida. We had divorced for the second time, and were living apart. Then Larry fell out of a tree while doing some tree work. He fell some twenty feet and broke his back and right leg. After several surgeries and months in the hospital it was time for him to go “home,” but my home was no longer his. And I could not take care of him 24 hours a day and also work to earn income. So it was decided he would go live in California with his parents and two siblings, where there were plenty of people to take care of him while he recovered. His last words to me as he was wheeled out the door were, “When I can walk, i’ll be back.”

 


What Happened When I Started Upgrading The Lifely Group Websites


 
The past six weeks has been such a metamorphosis, I want to tell you what happened. I truly feel like I have gone from being a caterpillar to a butterfly.

After working on this website for almost a year and a half, I got to a point where I started to feel ready to put my ideas out in the world. But I wasn’t happy with the way the websites looked. I wanted to make a better first impression. So I just started considering this and what I needed and wanted.

Then all of a sudden someone contacted me to record a podcast that would air in February. This really made me want to upgrade the site.

And then one of my readers wanted to give me a donation. So suddenly I had enough money to hire the professional graphic designer and photographer that I needed. I knew who I wanted for the graphic design and easily found the perfect photographer.
 


Next Steps for My New Future


 
Last Thursday, June 18, was my birthday.

My 65th birthday.

I’ve had birthdays before. Usually they come and go. Larry and I usually take the day off on our birthdays and do something special. We go out to eat. We have cake.

On my 16th birthday I got my driver’s license. But usually birthday’s just pass by.

So I wasn’t expecting what happened on my 65th birthday.

So many things shifted, it has taken almost a week for me to be able to even write them down.
 


The End of the Pandemic—A Personal Shift

Just as a butterfly shelters-in-place in it’s cocoon and then emerges and flies in all it’s glory, so to are we emerging from our shelter-in-place with the opportunity to discover new aspects of ourselves and create a new lives.

The week before last, I had a major personal shift. I struggled to write about it and thought I had a finished post, but it didn’t feel right. Now I see there was more to the story, so here it is now.

On 29 April, I had a stunning realization: the industrial news organizations were broadcasting death. Every day we were getting reports of ever-increasing numbers of cases and numbers of deaths. And we are told how horrible this is and it’s all very dramatically reported in the new media. But they didn’t ever tell us how many of those stricken with the virus had recovered. [In fact, most sources of covid-19 statics didn’t include the recovery statistics, though we did find one source in particular that did.]

The thing is, this constant barrage of bad news about the pandemic only reinforces it. Because what we put our attention on is what happens.