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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

More Fun! More Life! More Often!

Would love to hear about the excellent adventures you're having in your life...

23 Comments:

Anonymous Laura Whitworth said...

What this means to me is that I have to notice if what I am doing is life afirming, or life draining. And I have to keep identifying what is fun, and do more of that. Yet, what is fun can also mean what brings pleasure, like the sweat that rises from a task well done, even a task that is not fun. Hmmmm. What IS fun? What IS more life?

Thursday, August 18, 2005 8:48:00 AM

 
Blogger Stacy Parson said...

Life is laughter...especially during the struggle.

Thursday, August 18, 2005 9:04:00 AM

 
Blogger Eric Kohner said...

Just read your email to the community and of course I'm shocked and saddend by the news. I love you Laura and want you to know you are so a part of who I am as a coach, leader and human being. And now that I'm going through my own personal health journey let's add that to the list.
I will continually send you healing energy as I continue using your influence in my life. My lesson from you today is Live strong. Great reminder given my situation.

I'm so happy in one respect and that is that you are reaching out to all of us. It's also a timely reminder that I need to do that myself.

I'm feeling a bit awkward right now because I don't know the right inspiring thing to say to you, only that once again I love you deeply and if anyone can beat this it's you.

Love,

Eric

Thursday, August 18, 2005 1:56:00 PM

 
Anonymous Pamela McLean said...

Laura, I am sitting with Frederic and reading your email aloud...we are saddened, we are hopeful--knowing your spirit is fierce and very alive, we are ready to support you in any way that is useful and for now, just know that we are sending very positive energy to you and holding you in our caring and loving thoughts.

Love, Frederic and Pam
Santa Barbara, CA

Thursday, August 18, 2005 2:07:00 PM

 
Blogger Linda Clark said...

Hi Laura,
Please feel my arms wrapped tightly around you and know that I will be here with you on the new leg of this adventure.

Think of it as a most amazing road trip with a friend...stop when you want to stop, eat when your hungry, laugh and cry when the spirit moves you.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Until next time,
Linda...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 2:33:00 PM

 
Blogger WhiteEagle said...

Dear Beautiful Laura,

So ... the journey takes a turn. Sweet lady, know that I am praying for you. Know that you are loved and cherished. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. You can take yourself back to the Lodge and ask the Four Daughters to heal you again. It is always a place you can go anytime you choose. If you have questions let me know.

Meanwhile I will see you living big, laughing often, and grabbing onto life like a bunch of huge multicolored ballons! Let life take you away to the experiences you came here to have!

AND don't leave here until you've had them ...

Much, much love and respect for your journey,
WhiteEagle

Thursday, August 18, 2005 4:13:00 PM

 
Anonymous Roberta Coker said...

Laura -

Your spirit is interminable, as is your inspiration and effect on my life. I am honored to be among those included on your communications list. You are in my prayers and I see you smiling joyously and doing something like a Sufi dance, with arms outstretched and head flung back.

In my experience, fun is what happens when you let go, surrendering into who you really are, tapping into your true passion. Getting in touch with who you really want to be and then moving through the fears that stand in your way. Fun is on the other side of those fears.

The Universe is pushing you to learn all you can about fun and life; I believe you are up to the challenge!

Much, much, love and light....

Thursday, August 18, 2005 5:37:00 PM

 
Blogger Shekinah Shephard said...

Fun is living in the moment, experiencing what is happening NOW.. Lettng myself enjoy the small moments, feeling the sun on my body, the taste of a juicy peach in the summer, the feeling of the wind blowing through my hair, the smell of Mother Earth, the pleasure of a good BREATH, INHALE. EXHALE. Watch the ocean as it ebbs and flows..read a good book, the taste of wine and food.. YUMMY YUMMY food in my tummy...FUN is a GOOD BELLY LAUGH... haha..FUN is loving one another .. Much Love and Laughter coming you way, Shekinah

Saturday, August 20, 2005 6:57:00 PM

 
Blogger Stacy Parson said...

Living Out Loud.

I really like that phrase - and I loved the movie (if you haven't seen it, Queen Latifah's jazz performances are FANTASTIC!).

One of the ways that I constantly get in my own way is by being concerned about making a "fool" of myself. Laura, in our last conversation, you talked about taking on my fears by making them "my job."

So...my new job is to become the best "fool" I can. I have a strong suspicion that one of the outcomes of this journey is that I'll begin to live more loudly (I'm counting on learning a lot about grace too!) -- and experience much more aliveness!

I'll be sure to share my adventures in foolishness (and aliveness) and would love to hear about everyone else's "foolish" experiences and insights.

Saturday, August 20, 2005 11:07:00 PM

 
Anonymous Leslie Clark said...

Fun is knowing that I can connect with you on any corner of the Earth ... fun is getting a giggle from seeing your photo with your cute, short, sassy, curly hair ... fun is finally getting my phone line repaired 5 weeks after Hurricane Emily ... fun is blogging for my first time ever ... and major fun is getting my braces off in 3 days to reveal my killer smile! Photos forthcoming!

Monday, August 22, 2005 2:21:00 PM

 
Anonymous Joanie Misrack said...

Wow! I am so deeply touched by your messages, and saddened too. And I envision you with your brightest smile, and Judy's right beside you... as in that beautiful picture with the cow - that is on our altar. Thank you!

I light a candle for your healing and will continue to do so regularly. I send you much joy and love and add my offer of support - let me know what I can do.

As for my life, I am experiencing the joy of a wonderful, loving relationship for the first time in a long time - and we just celebrated our first anniversary (yes, a year!). Travelling with Jack brings me great joy, and laughing and being teenagers again. It's about time, wouldn't you say? You can see our photos from Central Europe at http://joaniescentraleuropepics.dell.shutterfly.com/ action/

Am holding you and Judy in the light, dear Sister, and sending infinite love to you both.

Monday, August 22, 2005 8:24:00 PM

 
Blogger Judy Pike said...

This saying came when my friend Breeze, Laura and I were out at the local Faire. A Faire Laura had always loved and which we had a great day.
The first go around with Laura's Cancer was hard and took us on a road to which we hadn't gone down before. This time she has chosen to do it different, more present, and asking for what she wants for everywhere she can see.
It has not yet been More Fun, but people that have shown up here on this Blog I know gives her more Life...definitely more often.
Laura is a amazingly strong woman. I don't think I could ever have had such a drive to continue to look as she looks for what is next. Not just for her but for others. I look forward to hearing from everyone who shows up for the healing that will take place from this journey of life we are all on.

Monday, August 29, 2005 10:42:00 PM

 
Anonymous Andy denne said...

Hi my dear friend laura
Well the first thing i must say is "Bloody hell, i mean for fu~*s sake! "
Now that can be fun....swearing out loud and shouting....Oh i know in professional coaching lingo we call it clearing...and well...its fun!!!
I am just back in office today after a months holiday. Read this and came straight here.
And what a bastard! (oops more fun/clearing!) You will find your unique powerful inspiring way through this journey Laura, of that i have no doubts.

There was an old quote from a nun in the healing centre i used to manage in the UK, I will look it up...and the jist of it is "all will be well, all will be well, all manner of things will be well."

You have inspired living well. and you have this mantra More fun more life more often....I love it.

The best teachers i have on this right now are my 4 and 2 year old daugthers...I will bring you pictures at leader days in sept.

Hope you get back from your healing journey for sept leader days, just so i can show you these great teachers.

Well, see the thing is, with Amelia and Angelike (my daughters) - well, everything seems to be fun, or its a state of play that they live in and can return to very quickly. A piece of string becomes a belt around a golden horse, a white piece of paper and a blue crayon becomes a picture of the wind, A skip and a jump becomes a new show.

And from what they are teaching me, its all about being in the now and being playful in the now and simply imagining....

I forgot as i grew older. And they are reminding me we are here to have fun, to imagine and dream and create, to live well as you say.

I bet you are going to have lots of ways to remember to live with more fun.

Princess Laura....The princess of FUN, LIFE ALWAYS (always is just much more you than often).

Leaning in with love light and glorious playful energy, even with a sad heart from time to time.

I love you
Andy

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 2:42:00 AM

 
Blogger Melissa O'Mara said...

Well Laura, I've been reading these wonderful posts, from wonderful human beings, and I'm so glad to be part of this community that you have helped to bear.

For me, stretching, growing, and learning are fun and fulfilling. Leaning into the wind. Finding nuggets of wisdom in the most mundane or challenging circumstances... And sharing these deep insights, nuggets, this is also fun.

You know about Dan's journey/battle/marathon (O'Marathon), which we have come through together. The sharing of the journey, which required reflection on my part, was very rewarding. And we too had a blog of sorts, using CaringBridge.org.

As sad/angry/unbelievable as I feel about your most recent news, I also feel hopeful/determined/blessed to participate and share in this with you. I thank you for sharing. I know you will unearth some incredible pearls, and also inspire us all to unearth our own through this process.

My love, prayers, positive healing energy and passion to partner with you some more on our bigger games....

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 8:43:00 AM

 
Blogger Helen House said...

Good ¬°GOD! - I LOVE you Laura!!

What is it about you that has me sit on the edge of my seat whenever I encounter anything even connected to you?! From the moment we met in the first workshop you led for me, I sat on the edge of my seat. When you speak where I'm part of a gathering, my heart beats faster and I feel I must get ready to pounce on my life. When other people write what is fun to you, I sit up straighter and feel inspired. You constantly call me to a place inside me that has me feel slightly out of breath before I've begun. THAT is FUN. That is MORE LIFE.

As I read the other posts here, things that came up for me as Living Well... More Fun... More Life... More Often... are not always what I would expect to show up on some list of these things. Here are some to add the growing list:

- Catching myself being crabby and unloving towards my children and finding it within myself to own it and apologize. In that moment, more Connection, more Love,, more Life and more FUN come rushing in.

- Yesterday, feeling hot and cranky after putting together one of those dreadful pieces of cheapo office furniture.... saying to my kids, "Let's go jump in the lake", and all of us running over to Lake Superior and jumping into the icy waters and remembering what it's all about. More blood flowing. More fun. More LIFE.

- Reading about Hurricane Katrina and remembering how small the stress in my life really is in the bigger picture. BREATHE. Look. Notice. More Life. More Fun. More Gratitude.

- Asking for help and having the askee be grateful for the opportunity to be supportive. Remembering how much is there for the taking if I just ask..... More humbleness... More Love... More ease... more fun... More LIFE.

- Questioning what it is "to beat this" is more Lush. More Permission. More Life. Is living on this physical plane in this earthly body 'winning'... 'beating it'? When I think of the possibility of being able to whisper in the ears of all those I love in any moment I choose, with no barriers of time, space and physical circumstances............... Golly..... I wonder if THAT would be more fun... MORE life... a chance to love and inspire even more. To be able to think that out loud is more bold... more daring... more fun... more life.

To know you... to LOVE YOU... to be endlessly inspired by you... to carry the torch of your passions into everything I do... To continually remember when I forget... This is all part of Living WELL... More Fun! More Life! More Often!

xoxoxxoxox,

Helen

Friday, September 02, 2005 7:36:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Laura and Judy,
You are in my thoughts and prayers always.

See you soon.

Love, Serena

Saturday, September 10, 2005 1:59:00 PM

 
Anonymous Betsy Rodriguez said...

Dear Laura,

More fun! More Life! More often! How much fun to be on the second half of my 2 part honeymoon here with Mark in the Tuscany region of Italy. Drinking good red local wine, eating crusty homemade bread dipped in peppery olive oil seasoned with salt and homegrown basil harvested from a pot downstairs, sitting out on a bench in a little village (Castelmuzio near Pienza) relishing the time to "take time" and just savoring the beauty of our world replete with vineyards, olive trees, long afternoon shadows, and soft light--all these things must be contributing to living well. Laura, i am so grateful to you for your leadership, your encouragement, and your edginess which has helped me push further and be more comfortable with telling people the truth instead of always being held back for fear of not "being nice." Mark and I lit a candle and said a prayer for you in this beautiful old church in Pienza about an hour ago, praying for you to have strength,healing, peace and to be surrounded by the love of many, many friends. I send lots of love to you on your journey.

love, Betsy Rodriguez

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:42:00 AM

 
Anonymous Bonnie Gray said...

Hello dear friend,
I have been thinking about you and Judy and your adventure in Reno and beyond. I hope that all is going well and that you are reaching the strength that you need right now to live you life with more fun. I have been on a cleanse for a couple of weeks and had the opportunity to retire deeply into myself and free up a whole lot of energy in my body for healing. I am just about to go play with John in Carmel tomorrow. Gari and I are sending you our love and holding a beautiful picture of your radiance! Can't wait to hug that radiance. Love to you and Jude. Blessings and cuddles, Bonnie

Saturday, November 05, 2005 6:40:00 PM

 
Blogger Zoe Windsor said...

well that's a damn good subject...

more fun...well recently for me that's been running around disneyland in paris with my new boyfriend putting various soft toys into very compromising positions...:)...never knew that timon was so good at licking his arse!!!....those bendy toys sure are great :)...yes well fun has always meant something naughty to me!!...

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 12:45:00 PM

 
Anonymous maria garza-lennon said...

Fun is little girl kisses first thing in the morning - when their breath still smells of candy dreams and fairy flights. Fun is my little boy's 4-tooth smile when he first spots me in the morning as if to say, "I'm so glad you're here! I never thought I'ld see you again! :-)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 8:19:00 AM

 
Anonymous Breeze Carlile said...

12/24/05

I've loved leaning into our battle cry of More Fun!More Life!More Often!

It means I get up off the sidelines where I can safely observe the goings-on, and join in the action. It means I jump on the trampoline with Skyler and Jack; it means lolling on a park bench with Claire and Caitlin laughing at the antics of the chipmunk; it means skating - on ice!- around and around with my cousins as my ankles wobble, Christmas songs blare, and I tense in anticipation of falling.

Guess what I learned ice skating today in Colorado - that like much of life, if I raised my eyes off the path, if I sank into my center, if I kept my feet moving, leaned forward, if I remembered that I was here having fun, if I could quit thinking about the pain of falling - then I just skated easier, faster, surer. Imagine that . . .

I kept being overwhelmed by emotion as I watched our sweet teenagers go round and round, kept thinking thank God for the wonderful women that showed up to love my boy cousins. And little tow-headed Olivia's "where's Beeze?" Is there anything more satisfying than the wet kiss of a trusting small child, or the way my 16-year-old niece snuggles by me on the couch. Its good, this life.

Saturday, December 24, 2005 11:31:00 AM

 
Anonymous Joanie said...

Dear Laura and Jude,

First time this year, methinks. Sorry about the long time! I'm in Park City, UT now, enjoying lots of snow -- or I should say, inside looking out at it, nice and warm. With my pal Jack, who's volunteering at Sundance Film Festival. Love the pictures on this site, and my prayers are so very with you both. Know that one of your sisters has been following your advice to have fun! Hoping to ski a bit... and relax!
With much love, Joanie

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:16:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you with love Laura. Thinking of all that you do to improve this world and about how many lives you touch and make a real difference. I can still feel your gentle energy and feel your hugs. Thanks so much for continuing to make such a meaningful difference in my life. Sending lots of energy, spirit, love your way.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 2:25:00 PM

 

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