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“The Freedom to Be Me”

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“The Freedom to Be Me”

America, the land of the free. Who wouldn’t want to live in a country where they could say, “I’m free to be me?” Is that not why our own ancestors came to this country in the first place? To live their lives in a way that would fulfill their potential and personal calling from God? But freedom is not merely entitled to those who come to America. The source of freedom was given to us by God from the very beginning when he created us in likeness. He taught and continues to guide us through his example. That through our thoughts, words, and actions we create the world we live in, the country, the family all the way down to ourselves. Freedom is not just a word. It is nothing without choice. That choice is like the stone you toss into the still waters, it creates a ripple effect and touches everything around you. So, while the freedom to be me is a beautiful God-given gift. It also comes with a great responsibility not just to the people around me but to this great big wonderful world I live in. The real power of freedom begins with you and me right where we find ourselves…now. So, on this special day of freedom and independence maybe we could all take a moment to pause and ask ourselves, am I adding to the better-good of all through my thoughts words and actions? Or could I make a new commitment on this 4th of July to do the best I can to forgive and love one another as God first loved us? I’m in! How about you?

Too Busy to See

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I was reading a wonderful article in my “Country Garden” magazine by Margaret Roach called “Sparrows.”

It wasn’t the particular title that caught my eye although I do love sparrows. It was the quote she wrote below it: “A busy life with a long to-do-list means some of the smallest things go unnoticed–but those small things can teach us big lessons.”

Sometimes I can’t even get to the task at hand because I’m too busy putting things on my to-do-list. Then onto the business of figuring out how I’m going to get them all done.

She goes on in the article to say; “If I could only slow down and be still someday, I’d (—-fill in the blank).” And I’m thinking to myself, I’m retired. I don’t have to do this or that if I don’t really want to. As a matter of fact I’m the one who writes about being in the moment all the time.

Sometimes having a snowy day where we can’t do much of anything else gives us the opportunity to slow down and ask ourselves that very question, what could I do?

I picked my magazine up because I’d been wanting to read it for a while. I opened it to this article first thing, and in this small gesture I got a reminder lesson on the more important things in life. All we have exist within our untamed moments, and if we’re too busy cluttering our thoughts with things to do later, we miss out on what life has to show and offer us…in the now.

“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 anger 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!

“Morning Prayer & Meditation”

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As I begin my day I light my spiced pumpkin candle. The light representing the presence of God. The smell awakening my senses and I give thanks for another day to experience what life has to teach and offer me. Then I open my little marble book that holds the names of people who are in need of prayer. I don’t ask God for what he already knows their needs to be. I simple see them as receiving whatever it is that God has to offer them on this day. Then I center myself through meditation and as I concentrate on my breath I can’t help feeling blessed to be alive yet one more day. One breath at a time and nothing else matters except the moment I find myself in. All else stems from this moment of thanks and praise. I breath in wellness and out happiness in and out filling myself with all that is good and right in the world. Remembering that with all that can go wrong there is so much more good to draw from.
May your day be blessed and filled with all your hearts desire.
🙏

“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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“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.

“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…

“My 7-Day Challenge”

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“My 7-Day Challenge”

Ok, so this morning I woke up thinking about what a good night’s sleep I had. I grab the opportunity to say how grateful I am to have been given another day to live. My gratitude moves off into a list of things that come to mind. My day is started on a good grounding. I want to stay in this frame of mind, but I know that it takes work and practice to shut out all the things that begin to creep into my everyday life. How easy it is to lose sight of the joyful things we want to hang onto.

Something that I recently read came to mind. It was a challenge that was planted like a seed and I could hear it calling out to be watered. The challenge was to not complain for 7 days. Hum! This could be a good practice in seeing how much I actual do that. But I start thinking that maybe this isn’t a good week to do it. I’m still recovering and I have a lot coming up this week, maybe I should wait until the conditions are better. I realized that it sounded like the same thing I do when I think about going on a diet. Ha-ha! I’m laughing at myself as I realize the game I play to avoid the things that are good for me.

So I sit down with Tom for a chat. At some point I find myself complaining about this that and anything else I can think of. It feels like I’m getting it all out before I venture onto this challenge, and when I realize what I’m doing I’m ashamed to see the ugliness it brings out in me. This is certainly not the reflection I want to cast of myself. It doesn’t even feel like the real me.

Now some would say, “ah Connie, you’re only human.” I might say the same thing to someone else to make them feel better. But isn’t that actually settling for less than we really are capable of being as humans?

So I’m accepting the challenge as of today Friday September 16, 2016. I’ll let you know how I make out. Maybe you might want to join me in the challenge for yourself. Wow! Think of what the world would be like if we all stopped complaining for even one day.