Adventure

Cold air.

Cold air. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Cold air. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

The air this morning has that ‘just blown off the snowy mountains’ feel to it.

And I haven’t even been outside yet.

Winter is here. It seemed to take a while arrive this year.

I couldn’t get myself out of bed this morning and yesterday I didn’t feel like exercising. It can be hard to get moving when it is this chilly.

I did, however, get going. I went for a run in the cold air yesterday and, of course, it was great.

A fresh blast to get the day moving.

Now I just have to get myself off the couch and out of the house.

No worries!

Love

Luke

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Grab the baton and run.

Grab the baton and run. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Grab the baton and run. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I remember running relays when I was a kid.

I don’t think I was particularly good at it or anything…but I really liked that feeling of someone running towards me with the baton, my only job was to be ready to grab the baton, run and then cleanly hand that baton on to the next person.

Any double guessing or mucking around at the moment the baton was coming towards me was futile and, quite possibly, a dangerous distraction.

Just be ready, run in rhythm with the person carrying the baton, reach back and grab that baton and run.

Right now, I think I might benefit from this approach in my life.

Love

Luke

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Some wood.

Some wood. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Some wood. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Some wood burns much hotter than other wood.

How would you ever know that?

Unless you had a wood fire that you relied on for your warmth.

The stringy bark kind of wood doesn’t burn that well.

Redgum is the ideal wood, apparently…but we don’t have that on our property.

We’ve got a wood called Redbox, and that's a keeper that one.

It’ll burn long and hot.

Which is very good for making a house full of visitors feel warm and cosy.

Love

Luke

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Every precious moment.

Every precious moment. Drawing Luke Hockley

Every precious moment. Drawing Luke Hockley

Dear Self,

I know, I know it is such an outrageous cliché…but at the moment I am intensely aware of every precious moment that I have.

I’m curious about how to both be light and not let anything slip through my fingers.

How to experience everything, but not strangle it with a focus that is too intense.

Life is a gift. I want to experience that gift, but not spend nights sleepless around what I am experiencing.

There is something important going on for me about living it to the full in the day time and then sleeping soundly each evening.

I sleep much better than I used to. But I notice that when I am deep in a new adventure, when I am learning and discovering something about the world and how I want to be in it, that I can get restless at night.

I’d like to live my life to its edges. Which means hitting the pillow and sleeping soundly.

I think that’s my new goal.

Love

Luke

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I do love an early start.

I do love an early start. Drawing Luke Hockley.

I do love an early start. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I do love an early start.  

Seriously.  

Not that I particularly like getting out of bed very early in the morning...but I love how it feels like I get an extra day in each day.

Mid morning hits and I’ve already done so much living! And there’s so much more time to get more living done.

It’s a good thing to remember.

Otherwise I can forget to have joy in my early mornings.  

Love  

Luke.  

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Will I regret this?

Will I regret this? Drawing Luke Hockley.

Will I regret this? Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I’ve just spent the afternoon moving in ways I have not moved for quite some time.

Handstands and cartwheels and play wrestling on the beach.

It felt great to be moving again, but…will I regret this in the morning?

Let’s wait and see.

Love

Luke

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Anticipation.

Anticipation. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Anticipation. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I’m coiled up like a spring.

Campfire! Tonight!

Excited and trying to keep a lid on it.

Why keep a lid on it? What’s the point?

What if it isn’t as great as I hope it might be? What if I don’t do something just the way it needs to be done?

So what.

Why wreck the joy of the anticipation just because I may not get what I hoped for?

Enjoy the lead up.

It’s all part of the fun!  

Love

Luke

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Time and kindness.

Time and kindness. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Time and kindness. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

The level of kindness required to keep my ship on an even keel is remarkable.

I just get things moving in the right direction again and then the weather starts to change again, and I am tempted to fall back into unhelpful ways of talking to myself.

Time. It’s just time and kindness.

It seems so straightforward, until I’m inside it all and then its seems like there is no way out.

Time and kindness.

Time and kindness.

Time and kindness.

Love

Luke

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I am.

I am. Drawing Luke Hockley.

I am. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

A slowly unfolding mystery.

The unravelling of a tangled ball of wool.

Delicate but robust.

Determined and fragile.

A question that changes at any given moment.

I am.

Love

Luke

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Lost and found.

Lost and found. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Lost and found. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Lost and found.

Questioning things that don’t need to be questioned is a fabulously destructive habit of mine.

I avoid this rabbit hole as much as I can.

But sometimes I just see it and dive right in anyhow.

And once I do…it can be a long slow crawl back out.

Because I lose momentum.

Everything feels like a standing start.

No run up.

Finding that energy to get the engine revving from a cold start can be a bit overwhelming.

My experience is that I need some deadlines and I need to get back into things, even if it’s a bit rough to start with.

Just. Get. Moving.

Love

Luke

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