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


About Patricia Young

Patricia Young spent most of her life in the Northeast. Before the casinos arrived and many of the safety rails installed, she would hike 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, rode horses, and read piles of comic books with cousins. After graduating from college with a degree in education, she taught fifth grade in Bayside, Queens. When rent climbed to high for her salary she working for the defense industry in Yonkers before starting a small business called, The Giving Tree Day Care. For fifteen years she was "held hostage by two-year-olds!" Writing every day in a notebook for each child to keep communication open to each family. Fast forward to the spring of 2013 diagnosed with severe 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 a deeply personal journey to Montana in the fall of 2013 she decided it was time to reinvent herself and embrace her fondness for writing. 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. 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. Currently living in Westchester New York Patty lives with her husband of 32 years, two dogs, two fish, and one cat in a little Cape Cod. The laughter, love, and support are plentiful. Patty has completed her first novel presently called "Northeast of 80". Working with her genre editor, she hopes and dreams and keeps fingers crossed to find an agent in the fall of 2019. You are invited to join her on this journey of a writer. To experience her trials, successes and stumbles along the way. Please share your own stories and maybe we can untangle some of the complexities of this writers life together. Breathe Deep, Think Peace
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