Beginning Again

Liz Sumner Fear, Forgiveness, Hope, Learning, Progress Leave a Comment

Hey, remember how proud I was of passing the written driving exam in Italian? Turns out, that was the easy part.  We thought we’d sail through the practical portion.  What hubris. Like a lot of Americans, Michael and I learned to drive, and got our original licenses on cars with automatic transmissions. Many folks I know never learned how to …

Don’t Sweat It

Liz Sumner Ease, Forgiveness, Stop Doing What You Hate Leave a Comment

It has been viciously hot here recently. It’s like all that solar energy just saps my own reserves and makes me good for nothing. I’m not yet wishing for winter but I’m surprised to find myself grateful that it’s only 30C/90F today. Never imagined saying that. The expression “turn up the heat” implies making something more urgent, but when it’s …

Judge your progress, not yourself

Judge your progress, not yourself

Liz Sumner Commitment, Fear, Forgiveness, Motivation, Progress Leave a Comment

Yesterday I was down in the dumps and angry at myself for my lack of progress. I could have been still coasting from another well-received musical event over the weekend, but instead I felt miserable and just kept wallowing in shame because I wasn’t where I thought I should be. My number one goal this year, according to my journal, …