Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Age

Tomorrow I will be 75 years old or young.  I don't think much about age because I have always felt younger than my age, however, someone mentioned that I will be 3/4 of a century.  Boy that does sound old. 

Five years ago I almost died from West Nile Virus.  I was in the hospital for over 50 days and the outcome was not certain.  It took me a while to recover but I have always been pretty healthy and had so much support that there was no question in the minds of my family but that I would recover.  The strength of family friends and even mere acquaintances carried me through this most difficult time. 

I think that I felt there was no other option but to honor their thoughts & prayers through my own determination to recover and live a healthy and whole life.  I think I got a new lease on life at that time and so now I am determined to honor them. 

I live daily with gratitude and the expectation that all will be well.  I have a friend and every time I talk to him I leave the conversation feeling that all is in perfect order.  There is a feeling of reassurance and comfort in that thought. 

So I leave you with my thought for the coming year that all is well and in perfect order.  Rest assured that even though we see struggles all around us we can be the peace we wish to see in the world.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

R E S P E C T

RESPECT is the name of a song made famous by the great singer Aretha Franklin.  Since her recent death the song has been played many times.  As I have listened to it I am reminded how important that word really is.

Respect is such an important thing in life and yet many times lately I have wondered what has happened to general respect for each other.  In my lifetime I don't remember a time when so many have no respect for another's opinion or thoughts.

I am online and have enjoyed social media a lot.  I have been able to connect with old friends, learn about what is happening in their lives and share times of celebration.  That is important to me and I value the ability to participate.  And yet I see people who are normally so kind and thoughtful spewing words of hate and vitriol that I hope they would never say to my face.  Where is the respect for each other?  What has happened to the belief that when I allow you to have your thoughts and opinions I can trust that you will do the same for me?

Someone mentioned that we should all ban certain television shows if we don't agree with what they say.  I disagree and offer the thought that I respect the rights of other to think and believe as they wish so that I can expect the same in return.  I encourage all of us to step back and consider the value of allowing others whatever we wish for ourselves. 

I am also reminded of what one of my wise teachers taught me when she said that we might look at life as "interesting" rather than having to have an opinion about it all.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

MY MOTHER

On this Mother's Day I have been thinking about my mother and all the things I learned from her.  One of her favorite poems that had an influence on me keeps going through my head so I thought I would share it. I send this out in honor of all mothers.

Somebody Said it Couldn't Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
     But, he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn’t," but he would be one
     Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
     On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
     That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you’ll never do that;
     At least no one has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
     And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
     Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
     That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
     There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
     The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,
     Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
     That "couldn’t be done," and you’ll do it.
 

from Collected Verse of Edgar Guest

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Willingness

As human beings we become so efficient in taking care of ourselves and our daily activities of living.  We begin to take for granted the luxuries of life and the many blessings we have each day.  There are so many opportunities to grow and learn and create new experiences for ourselves and yet we often are fearful of what the future may bring.

I have been involving myself in some personal growth and belief change opportunities.  As I read and ponder I have become more aware that as challenges appear before me I may not always know which way to go but if I have the WILLINGNESS to move forward it will always pay off for me.  I suppose that is really what faith is.  Being willing to move forward with faith without necessarily understanding what the outcome might be or what may be required of me.  We don't really have to have the answers or know what might happen but the act of moving into action is a benefit in itself.

I may not know how to fix or change a situation but if I am willing to step forward in faith things will begin to fall into place and resolve themselves.  It is not necessary to focus on the outcome but to be willing to step forward that brings the greatest joy. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Chaos

Quantum Psychology says if you can't allow energy to flow, it will yield chaos; but if you let it be, it will reorder and reorganize itself at a higher, deeper & more connected universal level.  If you expand the context out far enough you will find order in chaos. 

Imagine a lake.  If a large rock was thrown into the lake it would cause a big ripple.  If we resist the ripple by placing a circular wall around the ripple to contain it, the chaotic ripple will gain strength.  If we expand the context of the ripple to include the whole lake the chaotic ripple will reach a deeper connection to the rest of the lake.  In the same way the appearance of chaos within an individual system, if allowed, ultimately will take you to the entire lake. 

By including, allowing and expanding the context of individual chaos, infinitely if necessary, a new order is revealed.  This means that emotions must be experienced and allowed "as energy" the chaos must be allowed as energy.  This nonresistance to chaos helps the person to reorganize themselves at a new level.  Stated another way, if you allow chaos, the underlying unity or united field that connects us will be revealed.  LET THE CHAOS BE AND IT WILL LET YOU BE.

                                                                                 Taken from the Tao of Chaos,  Stephen Wolinsky

I read that book many years ago and yesterday as I was looking through my books I realized how much I learned from it.  Everything in our world is energy.  It condenses into somethingness and evaporates into nothingness.  When we resist anything it will gain power and can create a barrier that also may cause frustration or illness.  Last week I read in the news about a family that was caught in a flash flood.  The energy of the water has to find a way to go and if it does not flow freely it builds up tremendous strength and can be damaging to everything in its path.

I love the song that I learned as a child, Row, row, row your boat; gently down the stream; Merrily, merrily, merrily merrily; life is but a dream.  If we can practice allowing the energy to flow through us the chaos will reorder itself and empower us rather than become a block.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Enjoy

Lately I have been using the word enjoy a lot and as I do I realize that it means even more to me.  I consider being In Joy as I use the word.  What is joy?  Contentment, pleasure, fun, excitement and the act of being present.  I respond to my friends on Facebook telling them to Enjoy whatever situation they are in. 

It really is a powerful word.  The world is full of opportunities that we can take advantage of so if we Enjoy them we are living life to the fullest.  When I asked my granddaughter what Enjoy meant she said, "love yourself, be yourself and don't change yourself just because someone else might not like you."  Very interesting.  She is 12.

So I suppose enjoy has lots of meanings and so I want you to enjoy yourself today and enjoy all those around you.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tlhe Christmas Present

I am definitely in the holiday mood this year and everywhere I go people are saying "Merry Christmas".  It seems the times of being politically correct have passed and we are freely expressing what we believe in our hearts once again.  There are always those who don't celebrate Christmas or may have different religious beliefs and I certainly respect that. 

I have never believed that December 25, was the birth of Christ because I was taught that the shepherds we not out in their fields in the winter and that the actual birth was more likely in the spring.  However, for me the holiday time is a special time of celebrating not only our faith but a time to celebrate family and friends.  It is a time to connect with those close to us and give them gifts of love.  It is a happy time for me to reflect on memories and traditions of joy and laughter.

My mother always made a big deal of Christmas and cooked for days.  She made a punch of lime sherbet and ginger ale for the children that we called "Granny's Green Goup."   We have continued that tradition and my grandchildren still ask for it even though they are in high school.  I have started another tradition making my special chocolate fudge.  I make the fudge in a pan that belonged to my grandmother and you can feel on the handle where her hand held the pan.  Those are special things to me that I look forward to each year during the holidays.

I love giving gifts and looking for that special something that will bring a smile to those I love.  We also give to those who may not be as lucky as we are as a gift to relatives.  I look forward to the pretty decorations and the smells of the season.  Most of all I look forward to The Christmas Present.  The gift is actually THE PRESENT.  The present is the most precious thing we have in our lives and it is important to focus on the present moment which is the best of all gifts from God. 

So my wish for you is that you enjoy the Christmas Present and be blessed with the greatest gift of all.

Merry Christmas