Reunion with "Cutie Patootie"
Janeth and Me
A Decade Plus later and It Felt Like Just Yesterday~
Great morning I'm thinking. Up and ready to outshine the sun! Coffee is particularly good this morning, four-leggeds doing a happy dance, all is well in my little sanctuary of my home!
I'm thinking about so many today, wishing them well, wishing them enough to stand tall and proud, while they Chris in NY being delayed from coming home by a lab forgetting to get her in for needed labs before she can return home... GRRrrrr... Jill having to leave the Lily FB fan page because of mean spirited people there who continue to harass and leave ugly posts, cyber bullies and stalkers... what a miserable life they must lead ... Stand strong dear Jill, we are all fighting with you, Lily the Black Bear gave us HOPE, but sometimes even HOPE cannot protect or get rid of mean spirited people... Just ignore it all dear one, and embrace the light of so many who are with you in the battle. Think of Dr Rogers and Sue, the brilliant researchers who allowed the world to watch a North American Black Bear in her den as she prepared to give birth, to live without human pettiness and insecurities and show the world what the Black Bear is all about... Those folks are beautiful example of people who truly live what they love... Speaking of that,
Live What You Love ~
Really. Are you doing work that you love? Work that you feel passionate about? We all work to live, but if our work reflects the passion we feel our work is not drudgery. Some of us live to work. I’m not talking about workaholics, just admitting that there are some people who LOVE to work, and then love to live a wonderful life with a cherished circle of family and friends! They have it all, they love and cherish it all as well ~
I have been blessed to have been engaged all my life in working with people that I deeply care about. Though the work is often arduous, the return is great. The folks that I have journeyed with are amazing. I have learned so much from them. I still do.
As Aristotle said, "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work"
Sadly I know many people who wander through their careers, one job after another, feeling that each day is spent in futility. It doesn’t have to be that way. Trust me. If you discover your passion, and act on it, whether it be through paid employment or volunteer work, you can look forward to your work. The contribution you make will repay you in many ways. \\\
Being in a helping profession has gifted me with insights, deeply warm feelings, a heightened sense of what life is really about, and most of all, fulfillment.
At the end of the day, the end of our lives here, what have we done that matters?
"Your life is in your hands, to make of it what you choose" [John Kehoe]
I hope to at that time be absolutely out of talent, having spent it all here. Doing what I love. Giving back the gifts and talents that I have been granted in this life. I have been richly blessed with many opportunities.
I know that I am here to use my gifts to the advantage of others. And so it has been.
I hope that each of you dear readers are now doing what you love, or will find a path that allows you to pursue some great passion that you feel.
I know that we often are so busy just working to make ends meet that a life of passionate work seems like a dream, not a reality.
It does not have to be that way.
Yes, in these difficult economic times, times of stress, loss, grief, hanging onto a bad job, a dull job, a job that sucks the energy out of us make hold a certain sense of safety.
But remember, LEAP and the net will appear.
Sometimes we must chart a new path.
If you hate the work you do, do something else.
Life is too short to indulge in misery for money.
Money is energy. Miserable work, brings to us money and misery.
A bargain, two for one? More money, another payroll period, and we are still suffering at our own hands.
So again, it is about choices. Choose wisely. Abandon choices that we may have made by neglecting to choose carefully.
This translates easily into every arena of our life.
Have we chosen our friends wisely?
Do we spend our recreation time on things that bring us joy.
Do we invite fun, joy, playfulness into our lives?
Are we happy in our private lives?
If not, why not.
We live the life we choose.
We make our life better and worse by every choice we make.
I for one am mostly pleased with my choices. When I find that I have detoured from the path I intended, I make a quick U-turn.
Revise the GPS that guides me.
Fix what is broken.
It is true that when one feel they have hit rock bottom, there is only one way to go and that is UP!
Bonnie Raitt blasts that in one of her songs on the CD, “Luck of the Draw.” Take a listen. You’ll love the message. I digress. Hearing the music in my head again.
You know that I am talking about taking responsibility for our own happiness and fulfillment.
A life worth living is a life well lived. Whoever said that was absolutely right.
I own my decisions, my choices, and richly reap the benefits and blessings.
There are many forks in the road.
Sometimes we must take a chance on ourselves. Sometimes we must take the leap. But always we must take responsibility for the outcome.
When some recreational activity seems more a habit than a pleasure, replace it.
When a relationship takes more than it gives, reassess it’s validity.
When we are more spent, more angry, more depressed than we wish to be, make a change.
Be the change agent in our own life. Remember Michael Jackson's song, Man In The Mirror... sing it, look in the mirror... really really look into those eyes of yours, and remember it starts with the soul you see within you ~
So right here, right now, decide on one thing you feel passionate about. Make something happen in your life that honors that passion. Your life will be fuller, richer, more compelling.
Make the right choice for you.
Your gifts, if realized to their fullest are the best you have to offer. Yourself and the world!
HOPE you are making a choice to do something great today, the weather here promises to be spectacular.
I wish you great joy. I pray you peace. I honor your unique gifts. I sing you praises for making your life all that you deserve it to be. Wado.
Oh but the fire is burning, the embers are hot, the smells of sage and sweetgrass fill the air ~ sending healing thoughts on the wind this morning! Thoughts of HOPE and prayers of strength to Chris in NY, to Jill, to Cindy in NC, to Faith, Lee, Liz, Molly, Joanie, 6 year old Shelby and her family/friends, Jude, Matthew 13, for Jeanne, IRM, for those in "Southwest Virginia", Audrey, and so many who have asked (you have been heard), Tammy, for Tom in Chicago, and those who "know who you are"... our thoughts are with you with thoughts on the gentle breezes. Know that many are with you, we have our warpaint on and join you in the battle, join you in prayer, you are never alone; we are with you along with some powerful angels who have you wrapped in their arms... May you find strength and comfort there.
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing today, I wish you enough, I sing you peace along your day as you enter your week-end. Own It, enjoy it, and make it your own special day ~
Walk In Beauty,
Healing Heartaches, Stories of Loss and Life