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Posts Tagged ‘grateful’

The Beauty of Time…

Time is a beautiful thing.  If you have been journaling for awhile you have the joy of looking through your pages and seeing your life move forward.  I recently read an entry that I had written several months ago.  I was surprised at what I had written and was so grateful that I had the opportunity to visit these pages.  I love that if we choose, we can document our feelings and then go back months later and revisit them.  Or we can choose to just write it and release it.  One of my favorite hikes has a huge boulder that is up on the top of the mountain.  The boulder is split in two and I have on several occasions written out a prayer or a wish and placed it inside this boulder.  I call this hike my releasing hike.  Due to the heat of the summer I have not been up on that mountain, but I am looking forward to cooler weather coming so I can once again go up with my piece of paper and place it there and let whatever is bothering me go.

Spend some time looking at your life… what were you doing 5 years ago?  5 months ago? What do you want to see yourself doing 5 years from now?  It is so much fun to write down your dreams and watch them come true.  I am so looking forward to these next few months as I am a butterfly coming forth from my cocoon.  I know that the best years are ahead for me.  In my business as well as in my personal and family life. 

Time is a beautiful thing!

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Doubly Blessed…

The picture to the left is of my sister Sandy and my father.  I love this picture because it reminds me of how tender my father was.  Although I was only 3 when the divorce happened my dad stayed active in our lives until my mom remarried.  I can remember crying myself to sleep so many nights when I was a little girl because I missed my dad.  When we spent the weekends with our dad he would take us everywhere with him.  My dad would say, if my kids can’t come I won’t come.  It has been less than 3 months since he has passed and how I wish I could see him one more time and tell him how much I love him.  I know that it was from my dad that I got my love for animals, especially dogs.  I can remember when a friend of my dads had a dog that had puppies.  When we left the house we each (my sister, brother and I) had a puppy.  I still remember mine, a black lab named Tippy.  Of course when we tried to come home to our mom’s house with 3 puppies she said no way! My dad took them to my grandparents farm and we would see them on the weekends.  I can also remember when we spent time with dad we each got 3 kittens, 3 rabbits and I am not sure what else we talked him into.  Dad was a softy.  I can never remember getting a spanking from him, usually we just knew we did wrong and that was enough for dad.  I can still picture him drinking coffee and eating a cookie.  My most cherished memory of my time with dad was when I was a little girl and I was sitting on his lap not wanting to miss anything but having my head on his chest and hearing his deep voice in my ear.  Before I knew it, I was fast asleep with the sound of his heart next to mine.  I called todays blog doubly blessed because I did have the honor to have a step-dad that provided a very nice life for me.  He married my mom when I was only 6, my sister was 9 and my brother was 4.  He took on a lot when he married my mom and I am so grateful he became my step-dad.  Although I never called him Dad, he treated us as though we were his own.  I don’t know how my life would have turned out without the guidance of Ronnie.  He was a tough disciplinarian, but the three of us kids never got into any trouble and he is the greatest grandpa to my 4 children.  So as I think about this Father’s Day, I miss my dad but I am also thankful that my mom and step-dad will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this August.

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Don’t be afraid of change…

I think another great tool for your tool kit is this: don’t be afraid of change.  I think that many times in our lives when we get hit with unexpected news or a change in the direction we have been traveling on we fight and resist the change.  Are you struggling with or resisting some change right now in your life?  I blogged yesterday about my men’s memoir class and I have to admit that I struggled with the concept for awhile.  When I was approached last year about teaching men, I said “nope.”  It is amazing what the universe brings your way when you are resistant to change.  It all began last November when I began teaching the Writing for Wellness class at Eisenhower Hospital, a mixed group of both men and women.  Then last January I co-taught a 6 week course at Sun City Shadow Hills for both men and women.  I guess the universe was being gentle with me in leading me into another amazing group.  I am grateful for the opportunity I have to teach both men and women.  Friday, the amazing Stevie Nicks was here in the desert and one of her songs that is my favorite is Landslide.  I love to listen to it and let it remind me to be grateful for the “landslides of change” in my life.  If you are not familiar with the lyrics I included them, you can also visit youtube.com and see her performing this amazing song:

 

I took my love and I took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing ’cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too
Well…

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing ’cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older, too
Well I’m getting older too

So, take this love and take it down
 and if you climb a mountain and ya turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Well the landslide brought me down
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Well maybe
Well maybe
Well maybe the landslide will bring you down 

Examine in your life right now your seasons of change.  Are you in one right now?  Can the child within your heart rise above?  How have you handled your seasons of change?  Yes, you can rise above even the hardest of circumstances and come across those mountains in your life.  Spend some time in reflection today examining how well you have handled your seasons of change.
 

 

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