Tell someone you love them today.....
Have you ever known someone who touches the heart of every person she comes in contact with.... who accepts people as they are and loves them unconditionally.... who has a smile so sweet....a gentle heart....a selfless soul, and so much more. Julia entered the gates of Heaven this morning while cuddled with her daughter. The love of her life had died two years ago, so she is now with him and all those who have gone before her. I am so grateful that I knew Julia, for she touched my heart deeply. I weep for those she has left behind, especially sweet Jeanne.
Tell someone you love them today.....
I thought I would send you some thoughts early today rather than later. Is it just me or has 2011 crept up on you? Of course it happens every year .... pun intended. +) As I sat in bed this morning reflecting and writing notes to dear friends, I couldn't help but think of the upcoming...........
NEW YEAR'S R-E-S-O-L-U-T-I-O-N-S
Ah, yes, those wonderful promises we make to ourselves (and the universe). We're gonna jump into the New Year with all the best intentions....to eat right, exercise more, make a daily gratitude list, accept people and situations as they are, be POSITIVE...etc, etc, etc.
Indeed we all do it. If you are someone who has never burdened yourself with these promises, forgive me for including you in the list. :) Anyway, let's face it; we all have good intentions. And actually I think it kind of gives us the opportunity to say "Ok, new year, fresh slate, heeeeeere we go." Certainly not a bad thing, don't you agree?
So, with that thought in mind I'm going to jump right into whatever promises I make for 2011
... especially when I am counting my points plus for Wt Watchers,
... gasping for air in my med ball mania and **spinning classes** (I now know why they call it
... journaling how thankful I am that I have legs to spin and arms to lift heavy medicine balls,
... taking a deeeeeeeeeeep breath and smiling (and meaning it) when someone cuts me off in
the church parking lot, having just spent an hour plus listening to how to be more
... and taking all the negatives a little more light heartedly
...etc, etc, etc.
Joy and blessings to you today...
**yesterday the spinning class instructor told all of us regular spinners to come early next week for class because the class will be PACKED with new people fulfilling their new year's resolutions. As she put it, "In they come with their new work out clothes, great energy, telling me they haven't exercised in 10 years and they thought they'd start with spinning. After the first ten minutes I know I will never see them again."**
There is a wonderful "poem" written by Barbara Burrow that speaks directly to women. In this busy season women are multi tasking more than ever, not taking time for themselves. And so I share this tribute with YOU!
That woman is a success....
who loves life and lives it to the fullest;
who has discovered and shared the strengths and talents that are uniquely her own;
who puts her best into each task and leaves each situation better than she found it;
who seeks and finds that which is beautiful
...in all people....and all things;
whose heart is full of love and warm with compassion;
who has found joy in living and peace within herself.
Be GENTLE with yourselves, ladies. Do a little something that will bring you joy, be it a massage, a new pair of shoes (YUP, that would be my choice =) ). Give yourself the "space" you need...maybe take time to sit at Starbucks sipping a latte while reading, or meet a friend, or ....well, you need to choose what would bring you joy.
Blessings and love....remember there is only ONE YOU!
"Happy Birthday, baby JESUS!"
Squeals of delight...
6 pairs of feet thundering thru the house...
"I hope Santa remembers what I asked for..."
"I love you, Nama and Papa....Grandma and Grandpa"
Christmas carols being sung by a choir...
etc, etc, etc.
As you might imagine, these are the sounds of children at Christmas!!
Christmas...a time of Joy at the birth of the Christ child and Hope for new life. Have a beautiful Christmas season.
For children, Christmas is a time of great anticipation and magic....Santa, the symbol of goodness for all good children, becomes the focal point for them. As adults we look forward to the looks on the little faces when they awaken to find their gifts under the Christmas tree. Christmas is, after all, a time of Joy, Light, Peace and Hope brought to us by the birth of the Christ child.....but not for everyone. For some there is the darkness of recent and not so recent losses (don't we all have a story?).
So how can we bring light into the darkness? One of the simplest things I do is to light a candle in a room or rooms thruout the house. That tiny flickering light brings me peace and hope...a gentle, yet powerful, reminder of the light of my loved one's spirit(s).
If you know someone who is grieving, lonely, perhaps you can bring them a small tea light candle to serve as their light in the darkness. It may just lift their spirits....
Blessings and love...
I don't think I'm alone when I say there are never enough hours in the day at this time of the year. Seems everywhere I look, there is SOMETHING needing my attention. =) Then let's add our sweet pup, Maverick, who delights in whining by the back door as he stares me down until I open the door and let him out. Once he's out there, he kind of saunters around the yard, looking back at me every now and then....as if to say "just needed a breath of fresh air." And, since there isn't any time to lollygag around, I get pretty frustrated. And I whistle to get him in, but nooooooooo, he's not a movin'. Finally I stoop to ringing our doorbell, which he hears and responds to....and comes bounding into the house. Is this a game or what???!!!!
Okay, so I was reading the Sunday paper (today) and I came across this headline: "New germ toys catching on." Curious (wouldn't you be?), I sat back and read the article. Apparently a man came up with the idea and has created "germ" toys....like Ecoli, rabies, common cold virus. What happened to Leggos, Play Doh, My Little Pony, baby dolls and teddy bears? Now I ask you how many 4-12 year olds would trade a nerf gun for the common cold virus? How does one hug rabies ....or cuddle with an Ecoli.... or snuggle a chicken pox? Heavens, it seems so waaaaaaaaaaaaaay out there. But, I'll bet the man who developed these will be laughing all the way to the bank.
As for me, this Gramma/Nama will NOT be purchasing a stuffed Ecoli. Nope, not happening!
The past few days have been so very difficult. Our dear friends' son, Nick, died suddenly earlier last week. He was a wonderful young man, a husband and a father, as well as a loving son and brother, loyal friend. Nick's family was surrounded by a tremendous Loving Presence in the thousand plus individuals who attended his services. At the tender age of 35, Nick had touched the hearts of all who knew him. The emptiness everyone is left with is unexplainable in written and spoken words....for some things can only be spoken through the heart. Each individual who was there became a Loving Presence for another....and another...and another. That is HOW we "survive" a tragedy of this magnitude.....because we are surrounded by Loving Presence. This Presence buffers some of the pain, and it remains with us in such a way that we are able to reach out to one another, especially Nick's family. HIs sweet baby daughter will never know her daddy, but she will always be surrounded by love.
For every moment we "step in" to embrace Nick's family, they will be touched by Loving, Healing Presence.
Some of our favorite events of the season are the school choral concerts. There standing before you in a gym full of parents/siblings/and doting grandparents, are the future. Watching our grandchildren as they perform makes me giggle! Jack, whose little freckle face is full of glee, sings all the words....after all, as he said to me, "Nama, we've been practicing REAL hard." Erin, animated, full of giggles, elaborating on the words and actions of her songs is a future actress. Each child is so unique and such a gift.
As I look at the faces of each one of the children in the classes, I offer a silent prayer that life will be good to them, the world will be a safer, better place for them....and, especially, that they will always know they are loved and special.
Hug a child today.....................
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable