My Goals: IN ONE YEAR Learn to EAT, PRAY, LOVE ... My Way*
1) Find Health and Strength for Me and my Family (Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually).
2) Have a Love Affair and Long-Lasting Friendship with my EC (Eternal Companion).
3) Be Available for My Children through their Triumphs and their Trials.
*As I followed Elizabeth Gilbert's journey through "Eat, Pray, Love" and now as you follow me on my journey, perhaps a world of possibilities will open up for you too. Where do you want to go? Who do you want to be? Me? I'd just like to learn to be my loving, happy self and live long and healthy enough to enjoy the outcome. And you? I encourage you to challenge yourself. What would you like to do next? What direction are you going? Our talents and uniqueness bless our world ... and someone is always watching, always following in our footsteps. My prayer is that our footsteps may always be worth following.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I don't plan on bleeding out. Since I am good in emergencies, I will apply pressure to the wound and check out my resources. My adrenaline starts to pump as I drag myself through this embattled trench. I am not alone. There are friends here. Some shooting. Some moaning. Do they have the answers? They need help too. Will I stop to help them or will I help myself?
Monday, January 17, 2011
Her swinging pendulum of emotions and energy finally balanced in the middle.
Like her, my pathway will be long and uncertain, but rewarding. I still don't know quite where to go next on my journey, but may I never forget that my support won't be found among the royalty of Europe, but right here at home with my EC who loves me and wants the best for me.
That's all that Johnny wanted for Molly. But, she was discontent until she realized what she gave up. I think the lessons she learned along the way were invaluable so the route was difficult, but the truths were worth it.
|"The real Molly Brown was a progressive, educated, Victorian woman."|
** If any of you are interested in Molly's real story then I refer you to the following link: "Chasing Molly Brown" by The Denver Post. "Colorado's first lady of ore was not born in a Missouri cyclone. She didn't survive a flood at age 2. And she never bellied up to the bar, boys." Portrayed in "a reworked version of the musical" as a "glorious, inspiring, intelligent, passionate and funny feast of a woman" in Denver in the spring of 2009, the Denver Post reports that "What remains from the original is that 'unsinkable' remains a wonderful adjective to describe her."
My opinion of Molly Brown has not changed because of this information, but only become stronger. I like her!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I lay meditating in a park early one evening this week. I was face down and stretched out. My arms were crossed beneath my head like a pillow. A stranger stopped to see if I was OK. She scared me with her question. I think I must have actually been meditating. I was focusing on what divinity looks like inside me. I decided it is like a small glowing white light. Not like a light bulb, but more distant like a star. It was in my center, at the base of my sternum. It made me happy. I tried to see its calmness, its peace. I focused and tried to silence the world around me. I liked the feeling.
We do have divinity in us. Can we utilize it when we want to, when we need to? Can it become us? I think Mother Teresa knows the secrets?
I think it takes years of practice and patience. May I have both on this journey.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
|This is me today. How are you doing?|
We all struggle. We are told it makes us stronger. Well, I am this chick, full of desire and initiative, but vulnerable, wet and cold. This chick's survival will depend on what it does next. Mine will too.
Now, as I see the newborn chick, my understanding deepens: Like the chick there are some things that I must do alone for my own growth. The reward, the warmth, will come as I do what I came into the world to do. In the case of the chick, break out of the confines of an eggshell that has feed and protected the chick. In the case of me, struggle that I may grow stronger, leaving the confines of previous comforts to become something greater.
My conclusion: I seems to me that all things may be temporary as we progress on - temporary being the key. Since we have divinity within us, may we remember and act accordingly, never hesitating to be silent and hear the Eternal Peace that already dwells within us. We will all struggle because God wants us to be strong and capable. He has plans for us. Knowing this may not make our trials easier, but it may give them a purpose that we may not have seen before. Perhaps instead of focusing on the trial, we might focus on the lesson and what God will do with us next.
May we each find our Eternal Peace. ...
To Me, I say, "I can't give up! If a chick can do this, I can!"
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
|Japa Mala Beads|
(Yes, you've seen these before.
More about them in a minute.)
|My attempts aren't even close!|
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
|Do Not Judge This Book by its Cover! The book was written in 1983. The concepts still apply today, although I will NOT be wearing a flowing dress and nor twinkling my toes around my house while I do my work. (smiles)|
Ok, this is like Day 1 for me all over again. A new start, and for Heaven's sake where does one start on this venture of mine? At first I thought I must read and be totally somehow experience what Elizabeth Gilbert experienced, but in my home town of Mesa, Arizona. Well, guess what? That didn't work. No surprise there. Then I ventured into my own dreamlike state of just "being" in my goal. To me that means just finding things each day that I could use to move toward my goal, random things that were happening around me ... It was fun and rewarding, but truly did not require much work on my part. I would just see the lesson and apply it to my goals.
That experience was good for me, a pre-run let's say for the marathon that will better describe this coming year for me. As I have mentioned before, I sprint. That long-distance stuff is for better people than me. It is not my forte. One of my talents however, is to be organized ... well, at least I like to be organized and I appreciate it in other people. One thing I know about organized people is that they have structure. I understand people in general do well when they know what to expect and what the routines are.
I am such a free-spirit that structure for me would actually bring me peace and harmony. Is it possible to crave a routine like one would chocolate? Oh, my. I think I've hit on something. I want a routine. I need a routine. I crave a routine. ... Good, now that that true confession is out of my way, let's get started.
Today, I am going to read "The Creation Plan: A Seven-Day Approach to Guilt-Free Homemaking". I have read it before and it is a system that has worked for me in the past. I don't need to "create" something new to get organized with my housework, which is in sore need of attention after the holidays.
After reading it (Goal #1), I am going to apply the principles for Monday, incidentally a day for cleaning and organizing (Goal #2). One of the things I like about this book is that if you don't get something done on the assigned day, another Monday show up again next week. Since the work is only to be done on Mondays (as an example), then I don't have to worry about that particular chore again for a week. Tuesday will bring me a different chore to focus on.
Now, for me, this is structure. Does it get me to my ultimate goals listed above. You betcha! (smiles)