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The year began with a promise to myself…make this year the beginning of my transformation, change bad habits to good habits, get more disciplined and focused, and write more.

It is not easy to change a lifetime of habits. Many times during the year I was frustrated with myself for the changes not happening fast enough. Then reminded myself, like being overweight…getting that way does not happen overnight and it takes time to it; the same goes for making changes in other areas of our lives.

The good news is that I have gradually made a variety of small changes. I celebrate those accomplishments. The New Year will find me continuing on the path of transforming myself…and writing more.

A few months ago I started this blog site. I figured it would make me more accountable to my writing life, and it does. I hope to learn more about the technicalities of this blog site and make mine better. And I hope blogging will help me to become a better writer.

There have been some ups and downs this year, but mostly ups. I continue to be grateful for my blessings…especially the people in my life. All in all, it was a good 2010.

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Star So Bright

Pleiades Star Cluster

Stars

Oh most beautiful star
In the sky tonight
You are most bright
I watch and wait
With hand raised up
Open and waiting
Slowly, oh so slowly
You move through
The night sky
You come closer
As I watch and wait
Hand outstretched
Then ever so softly
You come to rest
In the palm of my hand
You shine like a diamond
Your brilliance
Holds me in awe
I could almost wish
To hold you tight
To keep you safe just for me
In time, your light
Would fade from sight
You would die
To me and to all
So I let you stay
As long as you wish
With palm open
So you may leave at will
You will travel back
To the night sky
To shine brightly
For all to see
I will cherish
The moments you gifted me
With your light
Specially for me
For a little while…
Star So Bright

Copyright 2005

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Snow on trees

Snow

It has been a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Last night I shared in the annual Christmas Eve fondue dinner celebration with friends and their families…8 adults (9 with me) and 10 children. First the children opened gifts then we had a delicious and fun fondue meal, including fondue chocolate for dipping marshmallow, bananas, and fresh strawberries as our dessert.
The evening finale was the annual children’s enactment of the Nativity story, which included the newest baby in the family (3 weeks Jacob) as our baby Jesus. As usual, a joyful celebration.

Today was peaceful and quiet. I got a much-needed sleep in, then a slow easy time coming fully awake with a good hot mug of coffee. Later as I spoke with a friend who lives in another state, I looked out my big front window to see a lovely sight of falling snow. Later I went to a neighbor friend who invited me to join her for dinner. We ate a delicious meal she had prepared, and had a lovely visit.

Through all this time with others, and also my own quiet time, I remembered how grateful I am for my blessings.

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Asking For ForgivenessChristmas is a great time to give this gift, not only to the other person(s), but also to ourselves. Time for healing.

One of the most painful things we have to do in our lives is Letting Go.

Sometimes it is Letting Go of things…material things which mean a lot to us, because of 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 feel the sadness so it washes through us then Let it Go. A good cry can be cleansing.

One of the best things to do in our lives is Letting Go of anger and hurt caused by others. We need to find it in our hearts to forgive lovingly. The anger and hurt we hold inside only poisons us, and causes us to allow that person or persons to control our feelings. I have heard of people who have been hurt far worse than I could ever imagine, yet they found it in their hearts to forgive, with love, and let go. They found freedom within that allowed them to soar like an eagle. I have found peace by forgiving others who have hurt me, and I pray they have found peace within themselves.

Sometimes, we have to let go of someone we care for very deeply when we realize that person does not care for us in the same way. Maybe it is best to leave them remembering us with whatever kind of feeling they do have for us. It may not be possible to hide our own deeper feelings for that person, which could make their life uncomfortable. Letting Go may be the best gift we can give them because they may realize how we feel, yet care enough not to want to hurt us.

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. Sometimes 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.

©December 19, 2007

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Christmas Week Wish

Adorazione del Bambino (Adoration of the Child...

Christmas

It has been busy and sometimes crazy the last few days. Today will also be busy getting some things done for the Christmas holiday.

I do wish for all of you this week before Christmas…wisdom, peace, joy, caring, kindness, love for all, and safety.
Blessings to you all.

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Night sky with moon and clouds, in Thailand (f...

Night sky

Interesting to look back at some of my writings from a few years ago. Sometimes I wonder where my mind was then 🙂
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I leave the world in my room to feel the soft fresh breeze of night, under the stars and in the light of the full moon. I walk the path through the trees and find my way to the water’s edge. There is an almost quiet flow of the river tonight. The reflection of the moon over the water creates a magical, peaceful, reflective mood. There is no one here but me and the night, and the trees whispering sweet nothings to the rippling river flowing by, and the fireflies flicker their messages to each other.

I am at peace with myself, and my thoughts scatter on the wind to flow through the universe. They call to you, to tell you that my heart is waiting patiently for you. They tell you that my arms are lonely for you, that I long to see your face, to hear your voice, to touch you. Yet, though I wish so deeply for you to be here by my side, to share our lives together, I know it will be worth the waiting.

Why is it the good things, happy times, magic moments come and go so quickly and the times in between seem so very long. I thank God for my nature friends to share these times with. What would I do without them.

I will walk a ways along the river’s edge, in the direction the river is flowing and imagine I am one with her, yet floating just barely above her soft cool water. I meld my soul with the river for a time, to understand, to feel. I spend some time this way.

Once back on land and resting against a great oak tree I feel refreshed and renewed. My tree holds me and enjoys the comfort of my peacefulness. I look up at the night sky with the stars twinkling, and watch the moon watching me.

June 22, 1996

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Although it is 30 degrees and tiny snow drops falling, it is a great day.

There is much sadness in our world, yet there is a lot of good as well. I actually hear and read more good stories than bad ones these days, which keeps my spirit believing in a better future.
I am so grateful for the many blessings I have that I don’t dwell on any issues in my life.
It is wonderful when the media reports on the good that others are doing, showing that even in tough times there are so many people taking time out of their lives to help others in a variety of ways…not just financially, but actual hands-on.

There are good people doing good things. And I just know there are better times ahead.

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Photo taken by Ann Marquette in Ireland 1982
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These are the Gates to my Home,
and my Heart…
You are welcome to enter both
as Family and/or Friend.
The keys to unlocking the gates
are kindness, peacefulness,
and love…within yourself.
Once you enter…let us always
be gentle with, considerate of,
and loving to each other. These
will allow us to feel at Home
in our hearts and in
God’s presence.
Upon departing, or retiring for
the night…let us always do so
in peace with each other, with
a hug, and a prayer in our
hearts that all mankind may
someday feel the same.
May God Bless and Protect all
who enter These Gates.

©September 1993

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A Great Day

It was below freezing here this morning and sunny. I got up early to attend a 7:45 a.m. meeting. At the recommendation of new contact, Mary, I attended a C3G Career Networking group meeting. It was very good and I made some wonderful new contacts. The group also has subgroups which meet at different locations on other days of the week. There are two which I will attend.

Early in the meeting each new attendee was asked to go on stage and give their name, say what they are experienced in, what they are looking for, and any other information which may be beneficial. Later I was approaches by two different people suggesting there may be some freelance opportunities for me.

This evening I received notice of a new posting at a website I subscribe to “The Art of Non-Conformity” and the posting series The Agenda topic was about building a legacy.

After reading the post I was moved to comment:
• Thanks for this wonderful series, especially Build a Legacy.
My thoughts about leaving a legacy began in the mid to late 80′s when I read the book “The Neverending Story” by Michael Ende. He had written it originally for children. However, it became so popular with adults that it was published in several languages and reprinted many times. Personally I read it five times within three months and each time I noticed something I had not noticed before. I loved the positive underlying messages. I thought what an amazing legacy to leave behind. I began to realize that I had not done anything special in my life to leave as a legacy. However, I never thought I would be a writer…until one day when I woke with a story in my head. It was so powerful that I had to sit down and write, which I did all that day. Some years later it was published and the response from readers has blown me away. I am grateful for the positive affect it has had on so many.

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Photograph of a candle - version without refle...
Candle Light

Oh God, Our Father, You are The Light
which guides us on our path through
this life…when we let you.

Remind me always to surrender all in my
life to your love and care. I am always
your child, and sometimes I forget.
Whenever I see the flame of a candle, the
sunshine, or moonlight…let them remind me
that you will always light my way.

With each path I have chosen, you have placed
others in my life…like stars in the sky…
to help light my way, through you & to you.
Help me to never forget those who come
into my life, even for a short while, for they
are blessings from You.

Let me never forget, God, that we are all
One in You…that everyone in my life is a part
of me, a part of You. I too, am The Light.

Let me not forget that those who have been
lights in my life may also need my Light to shine
for them.

Thank You, Light of My Life

©March 21, 1999

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