Underbelly: 10 Things

By Wendy Kelly

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Underbelly: 10 Things - Coping

This week I contemplated coping — I had a strange week of being given opportunities to notice myself not at my best, notice what I really really wanted to do in those moments and notice that desire passing as I breathed a sigh of relief that I had not acted i…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Holy Mess

This week I contemplated Holy messiness — messiness in general. Swimming in chaos that reminded me (fondly) of how it felt to try to herd 4 high energy little ones back in the day.Luckily it was sunny this week, with inspiring high fluffy clouds, a light bree…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Nuance

This week I contemplated nuance — even as I felt that my internal world was sometimes swinging wildly from joy to despair, from rage to peace, even from deep shame to feelings of well being.It was an odd week. The tempest in a tea cup this week occurred when …

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Rollercoaster

This week I contemplated pain :) The marketing genius in me noticed that opening numbers go slightly down when I have a negative sounding title for the newsletter, so I considered for a bit what more broadly had been my contemplation.It's not the pain, actual…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Obligation

This week I contemplated obligation. I had not put a name to what was swirling around in my consciousness until this morning, when I happened upon the latest episode of Hidden Brain, a podcast I am enamored with.Near the end, Bill Maurer, an anthropologist at…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Hype

This week I contemplated hype - the noise that exists all around us that helps train us away from attending to what is important and instead lures us, drags us, to the next loud thing.This weekend while listening to a conversation between Iain McGilchrist and…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Politicos

This week I contemplated politicos - the terms we agree to when we commit to living together as a community or body.Our own families are a tiny politicos, aren't they? I had a discussion with my Dad when my first son was about to be born. His intention was ki…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Habitual

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated patterns.Warning: I might ramble.I skipped last week and did not sleep well last night.What this triggered (What an interesting word.) is a series of thoughts around not writing a newsletter this morning. It …

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Throughway

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated going through.The children's story "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" popped into my mind this week as a wonderfully lighthearted reminder that we do, indeed, need to go through it.We can't go over itWe can't go un…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Be Encouraged

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated being encouraged. I had the great joy of seeing the book that I edited come out this week — a devotional written by the mom of a friend — and a series of events unfolded that reminded me of the infinite feedb…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Value

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated value.We're in the homestretch of Lent :) with next Sunday being Palm Sunday and the following Sunday being Easter.Back in the beginning of March, I had an elaborate writing practice / early morning wake up /…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Illuminate

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated illumination.A series of small encounters led me to start contemplating how we get what we need to make decisions.During my lifetime, we have undergone a "data revolution" — it literally began when I was one …

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Awe

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated awe.One of the fundamental cornerstones of the idea of awe is that it defies language.Awe inspires us to humility and creativity — two pillars of humanity held in tension which make us who we are. This week I…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Super-Powers

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated our super powers.A quote from an old trainer, Ed Natyshak, kept popping into my head as I went about my week: "Use your super powers for good." Tongue-in-cheek but also quite seriously, after our workouts he …

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Unity

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated unity. How, really, you could say that our one job on this earth is to learn how to play nicely with each other.How, if you wanted to go to the next level, it's to co-create beauty out of chaos together.And h…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Purposefulness

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated purposefulness.I noticed intentions. Mine, my family's, my community's, the world's. I considered the "Whys" — Do I know, more or less, why I am doing what I am doing?I mean, on one level — No. But on another…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Benevolence

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated benevolence....and all its cringey undertones. This week I noticed, day after day, the pure joy — like an electricity — as people found each other, hugged, laughed, and celebrated. The culmination: Watching t…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Ubuntu

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated ubuntu.By the end of the week I had a "vulnerability hangover" so bad that all I wanted to do was dig a deep pit, crawl into it, and hide.Of course, my better senses prevailed and the ground is still frozen h…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Action

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated action.That Jacqueline Novogratz admonition to "Just Start".Our family reconvened yesterday evening and in the rehashing sessions what I noticed was how "the vibe was high" to quote Canada's junior freeride h…

 
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Underbelly: 10 Things - Conversation

TWIL (This Week I Learned)This week I contemplated conversation.There were two threads vying for priority this week — creation and conversation. Conversation won out.At several points during my week, that quote misattributed to Voltaire popped into my head — …