Category Archives: Gratitude

“A note to Myself”

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Why do I need notes to remind me
What’s already written my heart?
To be grateful for a new day.
For the people I love
And pray for too.

To remember to hear the birds sing
To smell a rose or two.
And
How could I ever forget
to tell you
I love you too.

And don’t forget to laugh out loud
And be silly instead of blue.

Savoring a glass of wine
With a piece of dark chocolate
Or two.

Walk on the grass in my bare feet
Maybe even dance in the rain like a kid.

Sing a song that goes to my heart
And makes me tap your feet.

Oh the gift of life
Is so sweet
Yet can be gone in the blink
Of an eye.
So why waste my time
Writing notes to myself
When I could
Be living 
what’s already
written in my heart.

“Celebrating Of Life”

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Image from balanceforlife.us

“Celebrating Of Life”

Who doesn’t want to wake up with the celebrated enthusiasm for life. I do! It truly is as easy as it sounds. However, the thing that makes it difficult is moving aside what stands in the way, and when we can’t move it, we need to find a way to rise above it.

When we are living within our own limited abilities as a humans, the ego state of mind, we often feel like the Whack-a-mole. What holds us up against that which knocks us down comes from a deeper connection within us. I call it our personal trinity, the mind, body and spirit. Some people will say that it is not me but the God within me that makes good things happen. This is true, but God also created us as humans with a mind all our own, and a personality to go along with it, and there is a purpose for all that makes up who we are. Our calling is to bring all the working parts God gave us together, and in partnership give to the world what only we can give.

Ego only wants to keep us in it’s grips. It tells us there is nothing else to see but the limited reality that’s in front of us. It’s always that which exist outside of us. Everything is connected. Just as Love works within all creation, we are called to be inter-connected with the same Love within us. In so doing we are able to reach out and extending that Love to one another. How beautiful to think the world could be if we lived within the means of our God given authenticity being the unique individual we were created to be.

Waking up each day remembering all that we have within us to work with . That trinity of mind, body and spirit all rolled up into one with no other intention but to extend the love from which we come. Now that’s a life worth celebrating everyday.

“My Well Intended Day”

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It’s easy enough to get out of bed with the right intentions of making the best out of my day. But wait! It first takes a moment of conscious effort, to know what it is I want, before the wheels of intention can start spinning. But wait! Even more important than that, it all begins with awakening. “Smile, breathe, and go slowly,” I hear the quote of-Thich Nhat Hanh playing in my head. But just as my thoughts are written in a reverse manor. I would turn the quote around at the beginning of my awakening and ‘go slowly.’ ‘Breathing’ in the breath of life. Breathing out the whispered words of praise and thanksgiving for another day. How could I not ‘smile’ as my intentions of the day had already been set in motion simple through the awareness of my awakening. 
Now the quote is put back in its proper place as I start the rest of my day with a ‘smile,’ and use my ‘breathe’ to keep my focus. I “go…slowly” with the intention of making the best of my day.

The work begins the moment I walk through the doorway of my bedroom. It is the world of distractions that I must face. It’s within the choices I make that my day will be determined. The first thought that comes to mind that starts the tug-a-war inside is, “should I turn the news on as I eat my breakfast?” My inner voice says “no”, my ego says “yes! We need to know what’s going on in the world.” I will refocus when I go into my sacred space after I eat, I tell myself. The negativity begins as I watch the news, read the paper, then onto the internet. If only I could focus on the few good things I see, but the cloud of negativity has begun to overshadow it. With coffee in hand and hope in my heart I head to my special room. As I light my candle to set the mood, I wonder why we humans so easily do the very thing we know we shouldn’t? As I try to quiet my mind for prayer I can’t get the news out of my mind. Like a wall across my path, its blocking my way. Entertaining the thoughts only makes it worse, “Breath,” I hear that voice inside me, but the ego wants to entertain all the things that make me frustrated, anger, and anxious. “Breathe,” I hear the voice again. Closing my eyes, I slowly breath in and out until I’m able to let the thoughts pass through me, and my intentions of the day come back into view. The ‘smile’ returns as I remember the focus my ‘breathing’ brings into play, and I’m reminded of how much easier it is to stay on track when I simple ‘go slowly,’ mindfully remembering what a gift I’ve been given today.

“Just To Be Alive”

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Photo & quote from “Life Ouotes” 

As I read this today it was the fuel I needed to fill my inner tank, and move with grace in a more positive direction.I share it with you that you might know how beautifully you are made as well. That no matter what’s going on in your life you are loved, needed and stronger than you think. All that really matters is that we awaken to the blessing of a brand new day. I don’t know about you, but I’m still glad I’m alive!

Have a wonderful day!

“A New Journey Begins”

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As I sit with my new journal in hand I pause to look back over a trying 2016 for me, my family, friends, our country, and the world. But instead of carrying the negative, sorrow and pain with me into 2017, I choose to let it go, and as the cover of my journal reads I plan to live the story I want to tell. 

Standing before a brand new path I want only to take what I’ve learned and gained from my experience. The only way I know to get beyond the pain and sorry is to look for the good that remains. As always when I sit down to list all that I have to be grateful for, it never fails to show me that there is so much more good in my life than not. 

I’m ready and packed for the journey with my positive optimistic bags full. I intend to make the best of each day I’m blessed with, and to continue to learn and grow from the days that bring me difficult paths to climb over. 

I hope that your journey this New Year will be blessed, and that you are able to live the storys you want to tell as well.

Happy New Year!

“Thankfulness”

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Today I was reading several different gratitude quotes. Which should I use to express what it means to me? They are all great messages, but didn’t quite say what it’s taught me in my own life. So I’m writing my own.

“Gratitude is the medicine,
That brought healing to my broken heart.
That mended my painful wounds.
That cleared away my foggy mind.
That brought clarity into focus.
That opened my eyes once again.
That revealed all the good,
That over-shadowed all my saddness.
That brought me back to life.
And for that I will forever be full 
Of thankfulness and gratitude!

“Here’s To Those Who Choose Something Better”

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Here’s to the people who try their hardest to be good enough for everyone; 

Who see the best in people even when others sees nothing but the worst. 

To those who deserve so much more than they get in return. 

To those who live the example of what they believe. 

To those who try to be true to themselves that they may be true to others. 

Here’s to the person who spends hours looking for the perfect quote;

The ones who’s hear the songs that play in their head as they think of the the things that touch their hearts. 

Here’s to the people who look beyond their own pain that they might spread love, peace and joy instead of sadness and defeat.

Here’s to the people who are able to believe in the better good because they walk beside God who gives them the ability to think beyond the human ego.

“I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag”

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My husband and I went to grandparent day recently. Our morning began with the pledge of allegiance to our country’s flag. Us oldie’s but goody’s automatically put our right hand over our heart, the way we were taught in school. It brought back memories. As I said the words I found myself thinking how different our country is today. I wondered where that pride went. It sure was prevalent right after 9/11. There where flags flying everywhere even from the windows of people’s cars. Every house had one standing proudly in its rightful place. We felt what that pledge of allegiance stood for. We were one nation, under God, undivided. We cherished the freedom that our county stood for. Love for each other came shining though also as we reached out to  our loved making sure that they knew how much we cared about them. We never believed something like 9/11 could happen in our country, and I can’t help but wonder why it is that terrible things have to happen to bring us together like that. 

That was 15 years ago, and now all we seem to do is fight with one another right here on our own soil. We are this melting pot of people from all over the world. We’ve come together to live in this great land of freedom, and now that very freedom is being twisted around by words that justify anything and everything, even if its blatantly wrong. We can’t let the gift of freedom be turned into the very thing that destroys us. 

We can’t have the kind of world we want by starting with the whole world. We can’t have the kind of country we want by startling with the vastness of that either. We have to start right where we are, first with ourselves. Then reaching out to one another with compassion, understanding, and respect for our differences. Only then can we return to belief this country was founded on. We are one nation under God, undivided, and we stand for liberty and justice for all. Be the change you want this country to be, it has to start with each one of us. 

I don’t know, maybe we should get back to flying the American flag in its honored place upon our property’s. Then stand before it with our hand over our hearts pledging our allegiance to the United States of America. The land that we love. It’s like saying our daily prayers it gives us a moment of pause that reminds us who we are, what we believe, and that we’re not alone. We are one nation under God. 

“The Sunshine Blogger Award”

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I’m extremely honored and humbled to have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award by http://fauxcroft.wordpress.com/ Thank you Fauxcroft! You certainly lite up my day.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger is an award for bloggers from bloggers. It’s a way of recognizing bloggers who are positive, creatively and inspiring. I love the term Sunshine because it truly represents what I want my blog to bring to my readers. I think about when we hand someone a gift we have the opportunity to see in their face how much they appreciate it or not. When we write and put it out there we don’t always know who reads it or if it’s made a difference. So to be nominated for this award makes me feel like I’m accomplishing what I set out to do. My goal is simple to touch one person with a little bit of love and inspiration. Then I know I’ve made a difference in someone’s life, and maybe I’ve contributed to making the world a little bit better while I’m here.

Do check out http://fauxcroft.wordpress.com/ who nominated me for this award. The blog is amazing, inspirational, and full of thought provoking insight worth checking out and following.

These are the questions I was asked to answer:

1-Which part of the globe do you come from and what made you start your blog?

U.S. Pennsylvania

2-A special message which you received that holds special place for you?

As I was trying to be the best Christian I could by going to church, studying the bible doing everything I thought I was supposed to. One day the word simplify kept popping off the pages from the bible like neon sign. I realized with time that I was making things more difficult than they were meant to be. That simple word has lead me to a more peaceful place and what it means to be connected to God.

3-Your Favorite Movies?

Splendor in The Grass 1961 love story with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty

4-Things about friends/siblings you love and annoy?

The things I love are the times we sit and laugh, when we have amicable conversations.

What annoys me is when I’m in the middle of a conversation and they start talking to someone else as if I don’t notice.

5-Qualities you love about yourself?

I believe in everyone, and always try to look for the best in them.

6-Your motive in life?

To keep bringing myself back to my true-self which exist in the place of connection and oneness with God! When I am in this place of belonging everything comes together as it should be and I do my best writing.

7-Craziness you would like to do in life that you were not able to do?

I would have loved to of traveled the world more, maybe even lived in another country like Italy for a while.

8-Your birthday? (so that I can wish you: p)

January 27

9-What does your name mean?

My real name is Constance it means to be constant.

10-Any topic which I should write as my next post?

How about what simplify means to you.


Nominees – Here are the set of questions for you:

1-What is your goal in life?

2-Why do you write?

3-What gives you hope?

4-Are you more optimistic or pessimistic about life?

5-What do you love the most about nature?

6-What motivates you?

7-Do you have a pet?

8-What do you do for fun?

9-What’s your favorite song?

10-Who inspires you the most?

These are the nominees I have picked who bring Sunshine into my life. I hope you will take the time to check out their blogs.

http://miraclewingsweblog.wordpress.com/

http://darylmadden.wordpress.com/

http://nicodemasplusthree.wordpress.com/

http://shunnom.com/

http://beautybeyondbones.wordpress.com/

 The Rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you

-Answer the questions asked to you

-Nominate other bloggers

-Write the same amount of questions for other nominated bloggers

-Notify the bloggers you have nominated

Have a peaceful day and Happy writing…