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Moving On

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On the Move by Ann Marquette

As I have said many times, the greatest blessings are the people in our lives.  Some may be only for a passing moment, but could leave an imprint on our minds, change our lives, or even just a momentary heart smile.  Many come into our lives for longer periods of time, even several years.

Whether circumstances or just personal choices cause us to move on, more specifically location, it changes our relationships.  Friendships may last a lifetime, but our individual lives often lessen our communications, some eventually stop altogether.

For many years of my life the friends who moved on in their lives, leaving me behind, was very painful.  As I matured and a bit wiser, I learned to let go with love in my heart.

I have done the same to others when deciding to change my location, a few times over the years.  Never figured it would bother the friends I left behind.  Some are still friends, although long distance.

I am writing this because a dear friend of 8 years who lived next to me here in Greenville and just moved to Kentucky.  She had been wanting to leave here for a long time and finally found where she wanted to move to and she has friends there. 

We will remain friends, but her not being here where we spent lots of time together will leave a social hole in my life.  Yet, I am happy for her to find a place where she will be happy.

It is awesome how God continues to bring other wonderful people into our lives.

I love the beautiful footprints friends leave on my heart and spirit.

A beautiful new day…whether sunshine or rain, I am grateful for another day.

For every breath I take.

For my eyes to see the beauty in this world and every person I meet.

For my ears to hear the sounds of life around me…birds chirping, rainfall, laughter, and music.

For my sense of smell to enjoy the fragrance of flowers and autumn leaves.

For my voice, whether spoken words or written.

For my sense of touch, to know the feeling of a hug, a soft breeze, sand under my feet, the comfort of a soft blanket.

For my church community, all the people in my life whether family, close friends, acquaintances and all the strangers who pass by.

People are the greatest blessings in my life.

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Time to sit in silence, blessed silence. Allow my spirit to let peace and tranquility dwell within me.
My imagination wanders the pathways of my mind, open to hearing God’s whispers.

The word Love comes floating in. What do I do with that? Send my special angel out to touch the souls of every person I love, whether family, friends, acquaintances, or strangers I meet along the way.

Life is so much more beautiful when we love others, even strangers, whatever their race, creed, culture, or any difference from ourselves. We are all children of God.

I have not been writing for a long time, even though I’ve had more than enough time since May 2021.  The previous few years I was temping with our local Police Department Recruiting office,  my favorite job ever.  I’ve had many changes in my life, but with the worldwide pandemic, it changed my life again forever.

May 20, 2021 was my last day of the assignment as I finished work on the most recent batch of applicants.  Never to be called back again, due to more changes in the department.

The Covid pandemic caused quarantines around the world and ultimately many things brought a wave of changes in our personal, societal, and professional lives.  New normal.  Some good, some not so much.

Having to get unemployment was good on one hand, not so good on the other.  Not being able to travel, even to see family and friends outside of our own locations was sad.  Thankfully in late 2021 my brother and I were able to visit each other in the different states we live in.  I also got to visit friends in another state.

It is over a year now since my last assignment.  I actually like not having a job, except for running low on finances.

I love being able to spend more time with friends, available to help someone when in need, and having coffee then a walk with one of my dear friends most every week.  It is great having time to read, rest my body/mind/spirit, and mostly quiet time with God.

I am very blessed and grateful for my life, the people in my life, and pretty good health.  My ability to help others, however I can, is a blessing.  As changes are a part of life I continue to trust in God’s love and mercy to show me His way forward.

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Having this strange time, due to Covid-19 quarantining, gives us the opportunity to reflect, and dream. 

My thoughts go to how important it is to love and forgive.  To love everyone, no matter what.  We may not like what some people do or think; some of their choices, but they are still God’s children.

I wonder who in my life I might have hurt in some way.  It is probably everyone who is or was in my life.  How do I ask for forgiveness when I don’t know what I may have said or done to hurt them?  Maybe it’s what I didn’t do or say.

Turning the tables, I wonder who I might have forgotten to forgive, even if only for a perceived hurt.  Thinking about that, how many of us have made bad choices in our lives and never realized how those choices my have had ripple affects in the lives of others.

Our thoughts, our words are powerful and can affect others even if we and they don’t realize it.

That is when we really need to lovingly forgive others, in our hearts, minds, and spirits.  Remember God forgives and loves us all.

My Autumn

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Autumn Leaves – Greenville Falls Park

Autumn has always been my favorite season. One Autumn a few years ago was extra special.

The tree colors in the city where I lived were more glorious than I had seen them before.

More wonderful, special people had come into my life…even if briefly. My heart used to hurt so much, when people who came into my life, and I would have liked to keep them there, but they would go out again; not for any bad reason, just life.

As I think about these special souls who come in and out of my life, I realize something magical about some of them. They have had unstable or life-threatening sad beginnings to their lives. Yet they and God knew they needed to be in this world of ours. They are living proof of miracles, and strength, goodness and love. These souls create moments of magic in other people’s lives…they have in mine. I think of them as elusive Unicorns who pass through my life reminding me that I have a loving heart. And even though my heart breaks when they leave, I know another will come along to fill that empty space even for a little while.

Maybe it was that Autumn when I learned to be at peace with letting people come in and out of my life as they needed or wanted. This time of year seems to be a beautiful time for Letting Go, to allow myself to become A Blank Slate in order to allow for healing and new beginnings.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Recently as I lay waiting for my nighttime sleep to begin, I felt my current life’s path was about to change. I sensed a new journey was about to begin.

I have had so many paths in my life. There was a mixture of bad and good experiences. The best part of each path has been the wonderful people who came into my life.

Every new path brought many lessons, each making my life better than before.

It is exciting to anticipate what new blessings God has in store for me.

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Life IS Good

Life has not always been kind to me. Much of it was my own fault for making wrong decisions. I still make some wrong choices, but I hope a lot fewer.
Through it all I have been richly blessed by God, who loves me unconditionally.

The greatest gifts He blesses me with are all the wonderful people He puts on this path I walk through my life.

I didn’t ask to be born, and I almost wasn’t. There were times when I wished I wasn’t. Many times I wonder why I was born! I am growing in wisdom. And, glad I was born.

Learning to be grateful for my life, in all its ups and downs has been, and is a blessing. Still not sure what my purpose here is, but I pray I’m doing some things right.

Life IS Good!

The Greatest Gift

The greatest gift of all is God’s gift to us, His son Jesus.  Thank you God, and Happy Birthday Jesus.

Remembering that He was born to give the gift of His life for our sins…that we are forgiven…let us give ourselves and others the gift of forgiveness.

It is “Time for Letting Go”   https://amarquette333.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/time-for-letting-go/  and you will be richly blessed.

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I have a Dream

This was written long before our World’s current pandemic and America’s nationwide protests. I knew long ago there was a need for that special place, a peaceful HOME filled with LOVE, not hate and greed.  I don’t mean home as a house, but a place…

God Help us…

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Sunset Moonstone Beach, Cambria CA by Ann Marquette

I have a dream ~
A special place
Called HOME

I have a dream ~
That special place
Where peace and joy
Fill the hearts of all

I have a dream ~
That special place
Where heart smiles
Shine through the eyes of all

I have a dream ~
That special place
Where caring and love
Are gifted to all

I have a dream ~
That special place
Where LOVE IS
and
Dreams come true

Created June 18, 2009
Edited May 4, 2015

It’s Raining

It is raining outside. Well, I know I don’t need to add the word “outside” since where else would it rain. Inside?! Maybe, if there is a hole in the roof, or the window is open and the wind is blowing the rain in.

The rain is reminding me of the movie “Singin In The Rain” where Gene Kelly is dancing and singing in the rain.  That looks like fun.  It is a happy song, and his reason for singing and dancing in the rain.  

Maybe this will bring a smile to your face!  

The Greatest Gift…

The greatest gift of all is God’s gift to us, His son Jesus.  Thank you God, and Happy Birthday Jesus.

Remembering that He was born to give the gift of His life for our sins…that we are forgiven…let us give ourselves and others the gift of forgiveness.

It is “Time for Letting Go”   https://amarquette333.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/time-for-letting-go/  and you will be richly blessed.

My Christmas message

Let us remember the purpose of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

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It’s fun to give and get gifts as part of the celebration, but not at the expense of going into debt to do so.

We can  find ways to give the gift of ourselves to others by helping them in some specific way, meaningful to them.  Help someone in need, someone you don’t even know.

The most important part of celebrating Christmas, is by simply sharing a special time and a meal with friends and family.

Don’t get me wrong, I love giving gifts, when I can, even some small meaningful item.  For parents it is hard when they can’t afford to give gifts to their children.  I remember a time when me and my brother were young and our parents explained that we would only get one gift that Christmas because money was tight.  I don’t recall us being upset at all, we understood.

This is my early Christmas message to each and every one of you~

I wish for all of you throughout this special time…wisdom, peace, joy, caring, kindness, love for all, and safety.  I wish you many blessings this Christmas, and Hanukkah to my Jewish friends, and throughout the New Year.

Letting Go…

Every once in a while the thought of Letting Go comes to mind.  Some times it’s because there is a conversation with others about something or someone in their lives they feel must go. So, again I repost this piece that may help you in the Letting Go process. 

You can, and most likely will find peace within yourself by Letting Go.

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One of the most painful things we have to do in our lives is Letting Go. Sometimes it’s Letting Go of things…material things which mean a lot to us, even if only sentimental value. It may mean Letting Go of feelings. When we hold sadness inside, and try to mask it with only a show of happiness, it is better to let it go, to feel the sadness so it washes through us. A good cry can be cleansing.

Sometimes, we have to let go of someone in our life. Maybe we no longer belong in each others lives, for whatever reason. If it’s a love relationship, romantic or friendship, Letting Go may be the best gift we can give them. Even when we know a relationship is not right, on both sides, or one person has a doubt about it, it is hard to let go of something that seems secure. We often accept less than the best because we can’t bear to let go.

There are occasions when we feel something wonderful for someone, but we don’t express it for fear of being rejected. Some times our feelings will be rejected. Yet, what if we withhold it from the one person who could very well be that One Special Someone in our lives and they too have been afraid to express their true feelings, or don’t even realize their true feelings yet! How sad that we may miss The Best for fear of Letting Go of the expression of those feelings.

Whatever the reason, or situation, it is never easy Letting Go.

You can, and most likely will find peace within yourself by Letting Go.

©March 1994 Edited July 25, 2019

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