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I Am Eternally Blessed, Thank You

Today
Once again, I had the great fortune
To wake up, open my eyes
and get out of bed

Today
I won the lottery
The universe showered me with everything
I need to make it happy and joyful

Today
I am eternally blessed
For every single person
who has ever graced my path

Today
I am immeasurably grateful
That I see each as neither good or bad
But all, every one, as integral to the journey

Today
I am so incredibly appreciative
For every experience I have ever had
As they all are a part of life’s unfolding

Today
There is nothing left to say
When it comes to the  end
Except,  “Thank You!”

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Love It!!!

Do You Love Life?
Embracing
The darkest hour
And, the brightest light
Seeing no separation
From good or bad
Whether happy
Or when sad
Knowing everything
Is a growth opportunity
Beyond the known
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Does Life Love You?
Embracing you
In the darkness hour
And, the brightest light
Seeing no separation
From good or bad
Whether you’re happy
Or when you’re sad
Showing you everything
Is a growth opportunity
Beyond the known

I love being a goofball

I love being such a goofball!!!

Don’t you absolutely love laughing at yourself?

I provide myself quite a few opportunities! Today, I went through my neighborhood and asked everyone who was outside, “Do you need anything?” To a man (or woman) they all looked at me like I have four heads. Sometimes, I get that shake of the head like, “You are such an oddball.”

I do this anyway. I always ask, “do you need anything?” or “how can I support you?” Those are simply part of my vocabulary. I don’t see myself as being “good” by doing it but rather it’s something that feels completely natural. Do whatever feels good and feels natural, right? (Sometimes, not so much).

For me, I believe it is hereditary. Something in the gene pool, because my parents are absolutely radical when it comes to helping people – including total strangers. My sister she is always helping others.

For me, I like being a problem solver. I probably love making people laugh as much as anything there is. I enjoy that look when someone lights up from being excited, or that feeling that someone is smiling on the inside, to making someone blush to the point that her face completely changes color.

What does this to anything? It helps me provide a sense that someone may be the exact opposite of me, but maybe it is just in their DNA as well. That’s who they are.

Went for the most glorious walk a few minutes ago. Love long walks. Tonight, I was even more introspective than usual.

  •   The good thing that happens to one may be the bad thing that happens to another.

    It is the reason that I do not get excited when the hurricane misses me. Yes, I am extremely grateful beyond belief. I am equally humble that my relief is at someone else’s expense. That helps me stay grounded.

  • * Left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right……if you can’t see me right now, I am talking faster and faster as I go along.

    I, as of us this morning have made a commitment to myself to watch 0 hurricane coverage and news in general. Why? Because, I am preparing no matter what. I am going to be going through the same process. Is the news helping me or is it hurting me? For me, it is the latter. It creates anxiety in an already anxious time.

  •  What a beautiful sight it is, and I am taking it all in every ounce, every drop, every savory one to the very last that is all around me.

    It won’t be long when the landscape may very well be changed to the point of being unrecognizable. Granted, life is in constant flux and change so I practice being cognizant of the fact that when it comes to nature it is ever evolving and if we look close enough it’s not the same twice.

  •  What lesson do I need to learn?

    Life provides opportunities to better myself, so I’m learning more and more about perspective. What is important? What matters? Who matters? And, what is not? And, who is less so? Because, our time on this plane is such a precious gift. We can lose it, in a fraction of a heartbeat but we have already lost it if we don’t see the amazing gift it is.

    Life provides obstacles that helps me to provide introspection. How can I be better? As a person? As a human being? As a contributor to this planet? How am I serving? And, how am I hurting?

    Life provides a matter of perspective. We look at the calamity that is, whatever it may be but how often do we put it in perspective. For example, how much differently would be drive (if at all) if on the news every day it was provided in the most graphic of details every car accident that happened during the day. It would soon delve into the psyche that driving is not only dangerous but borderline insane And, yet how many of us on a daily basis get into the car without hesitation and without any regard of ramification that it may be the last time we are on the road again.

    I’m drunk.    While I may have never been drunk on alcohol, I’m drunk on the liquor of life. She is intoxicating. And, I can’t get it enough. I wouldn’t say I have a problem, but then again, maybe that means I do have one. But, then again, some things are better done in complete and utter excess, so I shall have me another and then another. Because, life, oh baby she is beautiful!!!!

 

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

Finding You, In You

Who was the Master

Before they were

THE Master

 

Who was the Guru

Before they were

THE Guru

 

Who was the Teacher

Before they were

THE Teacher

 

Who was the One

Before they were

THE One

 

Who was Gandhi

Before he was

Gandhi

 

Who was MLK

Before he was

MLK

 

Who was Mother Theresa

Before she was

Mother Theresa

 

Who was Buddha

Before he was

Buddha

 

Who was Jesus

Before he was

Jesus

 

Who was Mohammad

Before he was

Mohammad

Who were You

Before you were

 

Who was I

Before I was

Me

 

GREAT, You Are, As You Are

​Last night, I sent a text (below) to my kids.   Now granted my kids are now adults although they will always be my kids.

The reason for my text and the timing of such is that in a lot of ways their choices right now are not those that I would choose.   In the past couple of weeks I have said to one or both that I believe they were making a big mistake.   In some cases, I believed that their mistake could be life altering, and not in a positive way.

Something changed. Not with them.  But, within me.  I have spent the last week or so spend monumental amounts of time working on who I am and investigating self.  I have been uncovering what it is important to me, and for me.  I am awakening to the realization that by truly pinpointing what is important and mapping out how I am going spend my time AND energy in what is important, I am looking at the world around me differently.

From a very pragmatic view, if I take my kids and look at what we so often do – get caught up in the what ifs, the following scenarios are the greatest fears not only for myself but I’d say for most people.    1)   If you do that you may end up never finding a good job, or 2) if you do that you may end up in jail, or 3) you may end up dying.

1)  What they do for a living may, or may not, be what I would do for a living.  Furthermore, what they do with their life may, or may not, be what I would do with my life.   Lastly, it may not be my choices but they are still making choices, and it is their choice, because at the end fo the day it is their life.   It is theirs live as they may.

2)   I read somewhere that 1 out 2 males spend at least one night in jail in their lifetime.  I may have that wrong, but the point is there is no one in their life time that does not make a mistake. Plus,  how many people spend their time in jail right now without ever commiting a crime.  Their jail may be their job, their relationship, or even their entire existence.

3)   Death.  The final frontier.   (Not sure, but that just came to me).   But, as much as we fear death especially for those close to us the fact of the matter none of us get our of here alive.  The question is are we really alive while we are living?     So much of our fears, and death included, is not as much about them but is about us.    From a Buddhist perspective from a documentary I saw years ago (with my kids when they were young) the belief is that if by being consumed by sorrow and grief, it does not allow the person to elevate to the next realm.   It keeps them here if you will, and I kind of get that.

How much of children’s fears are either a conscious or unconcious fear that their success and/or failures are a direct reflection of us?  I had a friend of mine years ago tell me that because of my children’s transgressions it had to be a product of their upbringing and more specific to the quality, or lack thereof, of my parenting.   Funny, I don’t think I’ve spoken to him in person since.

How many times have we had parents, relatives, friends, significant others, friends – even total strangers  tell us how to live ours?  How does that feel?

My next door neighbor’s son is a fireman.  Very successful!   My other neighbor told them that it was because of their parenting that he has become so successful.   I tend to disagree. It is in part, but I can also say that he is like everyone else fighting his demons.  He is making mistakes.  He is making and finding his way.   He my decide tomorrow to give up his successful career to become an artist.   Or, he may make a mistake that may cost him his job.

I can only speak for myself, but I have many times done something stupid?  Countless (and counting)  Or, made someone wonder – what was he thinking?

When I look at my house when I go into driveway what I see is my home.   I see not the cracks or other imperfections.   I see simply the house as whole and complete.

For myself, I see my children as whole and complete.  They are there own individuals.  They have their own life that is separate from mine.

 

The text I sent:​

Want to say to both of you, 
I am proud of you
and love you for who you are.  
You have been both 
respectful and kind to others.   
Whatever you do 
for work 
is not as important 
as who you are
and who you become
as men. 
Be great men 
no matter 
what you are doing.