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“Flower Power & Peace”

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Today is International day of peace
 

I should change the name of my blog to “Flower Girl,” because I do love spreading peace. The thing is I want to be taken serious when I talk about it, and the flower girl tends to be looked at…as having no-clue. My brother told me not long ago that I always reminded him of Janis Joplin. I have no idea where he got that impression except I had a tougher edge to me when I was a teen. I needed that in order to survive the world I was thrust into. Maybe he was talking more about the way she looked, I don’t know. What I do know is that when caught between our own right and wrongs sometimes letting go of all the hurt and ager they cause us…opens up a space for peace to come in.

I was with a group of ladies the other day taking a yoga class. At the end, I stayed for a group meditation. In the space of time between yoga and meditation the heaviness of the world events was the subject of talk. One of the ladies asked if we could focus on gratitude. I was thinking to myself how much more attention we put on the things that go wrong rather than the many more things that are still right in our life. The beautiful thing about counting our blessings is that we always find more to be grateful for than all the bad things we place our focus on. Letting go allows the peace to come in and when the peace comes in it gives us a healthier outlook on what we can do to help and make the world a better place. We could all aspire to be a little more like St. Francis who not only said, “Let peace begin with me,” but lived it as an example to all of us.

May you have a peace filled day!

“Gone But Forever In My Heart”

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Today marks the anniversary of my Dads passing. I miss his hugs, and our many wonderful conversations, but I still hear his wisdom in my heart. I am so grateful for the time we shared in the last decade of his life when we really got to know and appreciate each other. Not just as father and daughter, but as the person God created us both to be. You can never get those years back once they’re gone. So I encouraging anyone who’s parents are still with them to cherish every moment you have together. While in the process why not try getting to know them as a person instead of the parent you think you know. Believe me there’s a whole lifetime behind them, and they deserve to have their life validated by the children they brought into this world. Who knows you might learn something that will explain a lot of interesting things, and in turn help you to understand their actions, beliefs, and misunderstandings. All of these efforts allowing forgiveness to take place where needed. Leaving a space behind for us to fill with more love for them. All you can do is give it a try. I did, with both my patents, and I am forever grateful for the healing that took place before they were gone forever from my life.

“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…

“Feeling Blue”

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It is true that sometimes you just don’t have the strength to pick yourself up no matter how good of an attitude you have. As I thought about what I would write today I felt like I have nothing to give. What I need is some of my own medicine fed back to me, and right when I needed to hear it there it was in a thank you card I got in the mail today.

“There is no time for worry, or fear, or anger, or any negativity!”

“What does that mean?” I hear my inner spirit ask me.

And I remember it’s because there is always a degree of beauty, to be seen between the slivers of the moment that present themselves to us. I may not see the big picture as strongly as I’d like right now, but the glimpse give me the hope I need to keep going until I get to the other side of what I’m going through.

“The Best is Yet to Be”

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“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” -Khalil Gibran

This quote in my daily reading made me laugh out loud. Now I’m the kind of person who is always trying to look beneath the irritating things that people do. I always look for something good in others, giving them the benefit of the doubt. But “dog-gone-it!” It’s not easy! What have we really learned but that we don’t want to be like them, and we’re left with the irritating residue they leave behind.

Now what if we thought of it this way? If earth is our school, and life is our lesson, maybe the people we encounter along our life’s journey are actually angels on assignment sent to assist us toward our best selves yet to be. See now, that’s more like my way of thinking. So the irritating people would actually be angels in disguise sent to teach me what I need to know. Wow, if I knew they were specially sent from God to teach me what I need to know, that would shed a whole other light on how I saw them. Of course being human, I would shiver upon their departure, that’s for sure. Partly because I’d know how special they were, but also to shake off all the unwanted irritating residue they left behind. A letting go, you could say. That’s when the clarity of the lesson would set in. Now with all that junk out of the way how could I not see the wisdom of the lesson, and feel the gratitude it would create in me. I’d be that much closer to the best yet to come.

“Self Care”

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Taking care of our self first is not being selfish. It actually allows us to be a better care taker for other. What good am I to anyone if I am completely drained from my own lack of care. 

Wow! I love this 12 step self care list. I can sure use the reminder. I think it would be a good list to go down during those times when you feel like something is off kilter in your life. You know, when you’re feeling down but don’t know why. 

“On Being an Introvert”

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“On Being an Introvert”

“The funny thing about introverts is once they feel comfortable with you, they can be the funniest, most enjoyable people to be around. It’s like a secret, they feel comfortable sharing with you, except the secret is their personality.” -Unknown author

I often wondered why I find it so much easier to say things in writing, then I can in conversation. Today I learned that’s the way introverts are. I learned a lot of other positive things that I wish I’d known in my earlier years. Like we’re not necessarily shy, stuck up or stupid. We’re simple thinking, observing and reflecting. Writing gives us the chance to express all the wonderful things going inside our heads. When we try to speak our thoughts in conversation, we often can’t catch hold of the words that are spinning around in our head, that’s why they often come out garbled. Another thing I learned is because we are always thinking, analyzing, absorbing we are constantly exercising our brain which keeps it healthy. That’s a huge plus for us introverted seenagers.

I always thought being introverted made me inferior to everyone else. I had to be more extroverted to be accepted in the world. So I’d do the things that felt uncomfortable because I thought I needed to change myself. What I learned along the way was that being comfortable with who I am had to come first. That meant accepting my introverted personality. As acceptance came so did the comfort that allowed me to step outside myself and become a little more social. In the process I began to see another side of my personality that had been as much a secret to me as it was to everyone else. I often leave a conversation anymore asking myself, did that actually come out of you? IMG_0781-1

“Letting Go”

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It’s difficult to be inspirational when those negative Gremlins keep pulling you down. It’s even more difficult when you have all this great wisdom, but you can’t get yourself centered enough to use it. Breath in, breath out, I say as I sit in the quiet trying to get grounded. Suddenly I feel the ride of the rollercoaster pulling me away, up and down, twisting me to and fro. Eventually it hits me, I’m in one of those life changing situations, and there’s nothing I can do…but ride it out. It’s okay to let go, I tell myself, reach your arms in the air, and go with the flow of the ride.

Wow! I forgot how freeing letting go could be.

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