Anvil or Hammer? Or something More?

July 9, 2012

In this world man must either be anvil or hammer.

~Henry W. Longfellow

Now I adore Mr. Longfellow and have ever since grade 11 when my English teacher introduced us to the genre of Romantic Literature. Loved it so much in fact that I studied it again in University.

Still, I came across this rather famous quote the other day and had a bit of a thought bubble freaking explode over my head.

I mean, I get what he's saying here.

The hammer is the tool used to strike whatever is being created at the time. An anvil is meant to bear the brunt of the hammer, to transfer the energy of the strike to whatever is being forged.

Both are important and needed. There is quite a few who mention the two in speeches and quotes because these tools were really important in humanity’s history.

Edwin Markham is quoted as saying “For all your days be prepared, and meet them ever alike. When you are the anvils, bear - when you are the hammer, strike.”

We heard from Emily Dickenson that “It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.”

What I noticed missing from this lovely metaphor - what is being forged. And yet that is rarely mentioned.

They all believe you are either the hammer-the one striking; or the anvil the one being acted upon. I think they may have missed something. A different option.

At some point you can also liken all of humanity as the steel being forged and shaped can you not?

Let's face it we are always changing, getting tempered as the steel does by life's lessons and changes. We are being acted upon by external and internal forces as the hammer does to the steel.

What do you think? Are you an Anvil, Hammer or something more being forged by the trials and joys of life?  And just what are you becoming?



Who's writing your story?

June 24, 2012
They say life is mirror and you get reflected back what you put into it.

Makes sense right?

Except when you try to be really great, focus your energy on the postitive and live with compassion and kindness and then S#!* still happens.

What gives right?

Look no one ever said that things would be easy.  The deal is can always be a lot worse and you can get stuck there, on that page of your life, much longer than you have to be. 

I love the image of life being a book, the story of your jour...

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Things are Wonderful

June 18, 2012
This weekend I was blessed by conversation with Eleanor Ross of   I have to say I ended up with 4 pages of things to reflect on. 

I hope you've had time to listen to the replay.  Leave us your comments and questions below this post.

For those that registered Eleanor asked me to add this link to her book (which is FREE by the way) entitled Women On Purpose.  Being me I had to grab a copy also and boy am I glad I did.  It fits beautifully into Coffee with Soul.  In it's cove...

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Upcoming Call with Eleanor Ross

June 15, 2012

Our next speaker is new to the series, but she is not new to helping women let go of the self-imposed roadblocks that keep them stuck! 

Eleanor Ross will be talking about those who have experienced painful or abusive relationships and how they can release the emotion from the experience.  

I love this statement from
her website!  It really tells you a lot about the warm and supportive person that she is.

"For the last 15 years I have been searching, testing and living ways of accelerating my ev...
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