Driving through the time of your life

Driving through the time of your life

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Posted on: September 9, 2015 • 0 Comments

Where do you find your mind taking you?  Do your thoughts take you to the past, present, or future?  If it is the past, do you find yourself picking apart every detail?  Ever notice how you then can further beat yourself up for choices that you can no longer change because they are in the past.  They have already happened and can’t be returned into the present; the NOW.  Or maybe you prefer to think of the future.  You may think about what is necessary in your life to finally be happy.  Goals are one thing, but postponing happiness is altogether something different.

Where does the present or NOW come into focus?  If you are using now to rehash the past there is nothing left for now.  If you are someone withholding joy until you have a certain job, car, home, are married, have kids, retire, or any other array of things, where is the space for now?  It seems to slip through your fingers, so to speak.

Think about this as though you are driving a car.  The car represents your life.  When facing forward you have a large windshield to look through.  This allows you to see what is right in front of you; or the now.  When driving in the dark you have bright headlights, high beams, and even windshield wipers to obtain an optimal view of what is right in front of you.

Your personal GPS would represent the future.  The screen sizes vary, as do the amount of direction it gives you.  Nonetheless, the display on your GPS is much smaller in comparison to the windshield.  If you are completely focused on looking at the GPS you are missing the beauty of the NOW.  I have seen many beautiful skies while looking out the windshield.  Not even once have I seen such beauty on my GPS screen.

Using the same example of the car, your past would be represented by the mirrors.  Cars have 2 small side view mirrors, a rear view mirror, and even smaller back up lights in which to guide you.  This view of the past is limited to say the least.  If you were to drive forward while only paying attention to the rear view mirrors how could you possibly navigate safely through what is right in front of you; the NOW?  Not only are you likely to crash the car, you are likely to miss out on valuable information.  While you were using the present time to focus only on what is behind, you missed the beautiful opportunities that were right in front of you in full view.  Of course if you wait long enough the present becomes the past.  Once those lovely things from the present are in the past, you again are only viewing a fraction of the information that was there in the NOW..

Take a moment to notice where you naturally focus your thoughts. You may recognize that you focus on the past, or are postponing your joy for the future.  You can change your world with your thoughts. .Consider staying present today, in this moment called NOW, and enjoy it!

Here’s to looking out the front window and taking in the beauty life has to offer!


Kristin Springfield Saunders

Visionary Enthusiast

Advocate for your Highest Self

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Collecting my younger self

9-7-15 collecting my younger self

My first night on the trip will be remembered forever!

This trip I chose to stay in Airbnb places.  Hotel traveling can be so lonely.  I had been doing that for many years and wanted to experience something different.  The first stop along my journey is in Lexington, KY.  The home I am staying in is located in the historic district and owned by Karma.  Wow!  My thought was, let us stay with Karma on the first night of this healing journey!

Karma is spectacular!  The home is lovely and she asks if I like live jazz music.  Sure, I like live jazz music, especially if it is free and within walking distance.  My luck would have it that this event was indeed free and just down the street.  As Karma begins to share the details, I feel my legs get weak.  She shares that this event is being held at the Ashland Henry Clay Estate on Richmond Ave.  I realize that I must go to this place!  You see this information is very important to me.  I married my first husband in Ashland, VA and the Henry Clay Inn while we lived in Richmond, VA.  As I am walking to this event, I am struck by the similarities of this place to where I lived with my first husband in Richmond.  The street is lined with historic homes.  It is tree lined with a grass median, just like the street we lived on together.

I arrive at this music event to be greeted by about 100 young families and couples.  They are roughly ranging in age from early 20s to mid 30s, which of course is the ages my first husband and I were married to each other.  It was nice to reminisce and show gratitude to that time as well as to the end of that marriage.  After the amazing band ended their set, I made my way around to the front of the estate. I noticed a sign upon entering that I wanted to look at.  I was curious to learn if this was the same Henry Clay that was prominent in Ashland, VA.  I am disappointed to read that this plaque is about the heating system of the estate.  Yet laugh aloud as I discover the name of this state of the art system is Springfield!

Thank you God for making these signs loud and obvious!  Please continue to do so along this journey, for I do not want to miss anything!


Kristin Springfield

Start the Tree hugging tour!

9-6-15 Eye to Eye
It is the eve of my Womanly Journey Tree Hugging Tour start date and my Highlander arrives to take me out to dinner. I am dressed up, as this is a celebration! I am taking a huge leap of faith by investing in my heart. I am about to leave everything I have known for 9 weeks with one purpose: Calm my mind and listen to my heart.

The weather on this Saturday evening was lovely. We decided to go to the nicest restaurant in Danville with a deck area to enjoy the night air as well as a good meal. Upon arrival the hostess escorted us to the deck area. While opening the door, she is telling me that I can pick any place I’d like to sit. Just as she moves to allow me to walk through the door, I find myself looking right into the eyes of my second ex husband. We have not spoken to or seen each other since the day I moved out in December of 2014. My stomach drops as the adrenaline floods my veins. I simply maintained eye contact focusing on sending him love. It felt like eternity, yet it was maybe 5 seconds. He simply stared back with cold dead eyes. I then released the gaze and picked my seat, which was behind him at an angle that would have required him to turn all the way around to look at me again.

It was intensely interesting to look into the eyes of someone who used to love me. As his eyes were cold, mine were warm. No words passed my lips, but love from my heart was sent to his highest self. For that I am thankful. It also was great to have my Highlander behind me. It is always a bonus when there is a large muscular man over 6 feet tall standing behind me who is clearly on my side.

My second ex husband and his date left after finishing their evening at the restaurant. I was so thankful since I was in need of the ladies room. You see, I could not go back through the same set of doors to go to the restroom while they were still there. I knew I was not that ready to deal with his glare again. After a minute from them leaving, I hopped up and walked to the door. Fortunately, I looked through the glass first prior to opening the door. He was in the narrow hallway waiting outside the ladies room with his back to the door. I have done a great deal of healing, but I am aware of my limits. There was no way I could walk past him in that narrow corridor without touching him or speaking to him. Then, I would be in the bathroom with his girlfriend. Oh my! So I simply turned back around to go to my seat.

Well, now that the initial encounter is over, I can get on with my journey!

Here’s to collecting pieces of me!
Kristin Springfield