Welcome to Following the Whispers blog

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, July 9, 2020


Gosh, I keep meaning to blog but, big sigh, time just slips away. Which is weird because during the pandemic, I really can't go anywhere or do much outside the home. I'm keeping busy by learning to play the piano via online lessons. And reading. Lots. And doing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. Lots. And one day a week I get to have my twin 2 1/2 year old grandchildren for the day and a sleepover.

For the last year or so, for oh so many reasons, I was unable to do lots of the activities that filled my heart with joy  - singing, dancing, and writing. But I've done some healing work and suddenly I find myself singing and dancing again, if only in my own living room all alone. One of the insights that came from my healing work is that I am the source of my own joy. I've always looked to others to give me something I thought I needed, but I know now I am whole and complete just the way I am. It has freed me up to express that joy in more ways than just with my precious grandbabies.

May your days and nights be filled with joy.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Joy has to come from within.

We've been doing puzzles, too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes you are! Just enjoy yourself.

Mason Canyon said...

I think it's hard sometimes for us to remember that we can make our own joy. If we're not happy with ourselves, I think others can tell. To me, more and more, I'm learning small things bring the greatest joy. Continue to find that joy and be happy.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I always enjoy your posts, Karen. Stay joyful and safe, and stay in touch with the gang here at your blog.

DMS said...

I am so glad you are finding yourself singing and dancing again. Finding joy within ourselves is so important. Sound like those grandchildren are a lot of fun too! Enjoy. Stay safe! Keep dancing and singing. :)

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