Unexpected Gifts

Do you ever have times when lessons appear when you least expect them?  Lately it seems that is exactly what has been happening to me.  Going through the day to day routines you find something you forgot you lost.  Get a phone call from someone you haven’t forgotten about, love very much, but have let the days since you’ve spoken turn to months, perhaps even years.

March has not come in like a lion weather wise for us in New York, but it has definitely made itself be heard in my life.  There are unexpected gifts all around me.  I feel like I am learning more now than ever before.  Maybe I’m just more relaxed these days, and when you are relaxed, you are more open to things around you.  Since beginning this journey as a writer I still cannot believe how things have lined up for me.  From the moment the Haven writing retreat came to pass – everything has been falling into place.  Why?  What is different now than all the time in the past I wish things were one way or another?  Is it confidence? Untapped strength? Dumb luck??  The only difference is I believe with all my heart this is what I should be doing.

Since saying that out loud, writing it down, and doing the work I need to make it happen – it simply is.  What I just described could be called:  thought, word and deed.  In Japanese it is called phonetically san-mitsu.  It is the three treasures or three secrets to accomplishing anything you want in life.

I first heard of san-mitsu in a martial arts seminar years and years ago.  It was carefully explained and described as a three legged stool.  If any one of the legs, or treasures is not there –the stool will fall.  I thought I understood the power in it then.  It was so easy – of course I could understand it right?  Wrong.  I was not ready to understand the magic of what it was saying.  Or was I being self centered instead of self confident?  Was I using it – key word – using it to get what I thought I wanted or needed?

I’m just now beginning to understand and appreciate it.  To see the power in it and feel the absolute strength these simple words contain.  Bringing this concept, the basic structure of san-mitsu into what I am doing – keeping in mind how each piece is important and balanced and cared for has brought me so much more than I could have hoped at this point in my writing.

I invite you dear reader to give some thought to the concept of san-mitsu.  I would love to read your thoughts and experiences if you have accomplished something you’ve worked hard for – or if the universe has lined up what you have hoped for.  May the winds of March carry in strength, hope and unexpected gifts to you!

 Breathe Deep, Think Peace

Patty

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About Patty Young

Patricia Young spent most of her life in the Northeast. Before the casinos arrived and many of the safety rails installed, she would walk Bushkill Falls and enjoy time in a little cabin by Meadow Lake near the Delaware Water Gap. The school year was spent in New Jersey, but many summers were spent in Mississippi where she wandered in the woods, ride horses, reading comic books and played with cousins. After graduating from college with a degree in education, she taught fifth grade in Queens. When rent climbed higher than her salary she working for a defense industry in Yonkers before starting a small business called, The Giving Tree Day Care. For fifteen years she was fondly "held hostage by two year olds!" Writing every day for in a notebook for each child to keep communication open and flowing to the families. Fast forward to the spring of 2013 diagnosed with sever carpal tunnel syndrome (she does NOT recommend having both hands done at the same time! Often wondering "What was I thinking?!") Physical therapy and time slowly began the healing process and gardening strengthened her hands. After an unexpected, but deeply personal journey to Montana in the fall of 2013 she decided it was time to reinvent herself and embrace her passion for words. With renewed confidence, and a plan to do the work necessary to become a writer, she began writing every day (with the help of 750Words.com - thank you Kellianne and Buster!), submitting to a variety of magazines and contests to practice the craft. As well as participating in the Learning to See poetry programs offered at the local library. Attending writing retreats, workshops, lectures, taking classes, reading and immersing herself in the process. She began to work with writers and authors in the tri-state area. Presently living in Westchester New York Patricia lives with her husband of 29 years, two daughters – both attending college and grad school and a dear college friend – all under the roof of a little cape cod. Its snug – but the laughter and support is rich and full! Patricia is working on her first novel with her editor, with hopes and dreams and fingers crossed to find an agent in the fall of 2015. You are invited to join her on this journey of a writer. To experience her trials, successes and stumbles along the way. Perhaps it will help you find your brave, and if writing is in your soul - to join her. Share your stories and maybe together we will unravel some of the complexities of this life. To heal, hope and learn what we can from one another, in the time we have. To listen and hear one another's stories. Breathe Deep, Think Peace Patty
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