Painted by Marnie Pitts
“No tree has branches so foolish as to fight among themselves.”-Native American Saying
Today I’m turning over a new leaf in my life. I start by thanking God for this day, and pray that I may see the many gifts He has in store for me. Like the leaves blowing on this windy day, may all the accumulated negativism I’ve let piled up around me blow away with them. I am thankful for the people in my life who I can always depend on to point me in the right direction. They are ever-present the same as all the other good things that continue, even when I lose sight of them. Forgiving myself begins the healing of all the dis-ease I’ve brought into my life that has literally made my body sick. I am free of the prison that held me bound. My ego is not happy as it now takes a back seat to my true-self. I can breathe the fresh air again, see the beauty of the perfect world God created, and I’m reminded of how important it is to honor all His creations.
I was thinking as my day began that it was going to be hard work keeping myself centered in this good place. However, as my day goes on I realize the hard work is only present when I go against myself.
“The secret of having it all is knowing you already do.” -Unknown
When you look at the people in Louisiana who have lost so much, it makes you stop for a moment, and as we look around at all we have, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to lose it all. When you watch how the people come together helping one another it is then that you see the truth. That sometimes in losing we find something greater within ourselves. Something that we may have never known about our humanity until we knew what it meant to have nothing but ourselves. That the secret of having it all is knowing you already do.
Ever since I was a kid I loved the challenge of finding Waldo. I bought a book for our grand-kids a long time ago, and even when the big ones come over if the book is out, they still love searching Waldo out in the maze of a crowd.
Of course me, being me, I always see something deeper in things, even if that wasn’t the designer’s purpose in the first place. I think Waldo represents a little bit about each of us. He likes to play games that’s one thing for sure. He’s jokester, a challenger, smart, cleaver, and elusive. Maybe he’s even a little insecure, having a need to hide yet wanting desperately to be found otherwise why would he wear a strip shirt?
I think that searching for Waldo can be a great form of meditation as we look for answers about ourselves. As we seek him out he becomes us and we ask ourselves what am I hiding from? What am I searching for? Why do I dress to draw attention, yet hide for fear of not being accepted for who I am. I know just about now you’re thinking, ah…Connie you’re taking all the fun out of it. No, that’s not my intention. I love looking for Waldo just for the fun of it like everyone else. My point is in showing that there can be more to see than what meets the eye.
If I look outside my window on a cold dreary winter day. I can simple see my holly tree or see it as a beautify Christmas tree with strings of red berries. Twinkling lights of ice cover raindrops, with ornaments of red cardinal birds and squirrels munching away on their Christmas feast. I can look a friend in the eyes, and see their very soul or only notice what heir wearing on the outside. I can wallow in my own misery letting that be all I focus on or catch a glimpse of the daisy’s outside my window saying, “hello.”
I think there’s a kind of picture puzzle in all things whether it be a person, a situation, nature or even as far as the universe itself. If we’re not seeing these hidden pictures, then maybe we need to start asking ourselves what’s standing in our way. What’s so much more important than discovering all that life has to show and teach us. You don’t have to be a deep person to see, all you need is to get your ego out of the way. You don’t have to imagine what heaven will be like, it’s hidden in plain sight right here on earth. Ask Waldo, he’ll help you find it.