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Gifts from Working with the Drifter

The gifts of working with the drifter were beyond simply getting the garage cleaned out. His irritating behavior allowed me to identify what I could do to have more joy, fewer hassles in my life. Continue reading

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The Drifter, Part 12: Abandoned Again!

I am never alone. Even for a heavy-lifting garage project, the spiritual “helpers” who have always been there for me were there to help me, even for this. Continue reading

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The Drifter, Part 11: 4th day of the third 5-day contract

I hired The Drifter on September 14 and we had been working on my Clear Clutter with Feng Shui garage project three weeks so far. For each week, I typed a contract listing tasks to be completed and deadlines. We both signed that piece of paper, and The Drifter got a copy. So far, he had done as he pleased, showing up if and when he chose, and not following directions from his employer, me. Continue reading

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The Drifter, Part 10: Concrete!

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I’m getting to be a pro at living in the moment, fully present – a skill I learned at Kripalu in 1990. This guy has given me more practice than all my colleagues and students when I was a professor. And I believe that’s why he’s here: to help me get even better because we’re both reflecting opportunities to work on our “stuff.” Continue reading

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The Drifter, Part 9: Court Day!

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I finally realized how I was contributing to and reinforcing his lack of responsibility. Continue reading

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The Drifter, Part 8: Boss Man

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I was learning to be fully present even about planning. Continue reading

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The Drifter, Part 7: Building Trust

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The Drifter worked WITH me instead of constantly challenging me and together we got a lot done. That little girl inside me was relaxing. Maybe it was okay to trust a man again… Continue reading