It Matters How You Speak

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Raise your words not your voice

It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. ~ Unknown

Since it’s Monday AND time for Rabbit Rabbit click HERE if you don’t know what I’m talking about and never heard of the 1st of the month tradition, I thought I’d give us all a good reminder for the week.  It includes speaking to yourself as well as how you speak to others.

Have you ever noticed the way in which a sentence’s meaning can be changed simply by the tone of voice?

Repeat after me:

I love you. (simply said without changes in tone or cadence)

I love you. (emphasis on I)

I LOVE you. (emphasis on Love)

I love YOU. (emphasis on You)

I love you? (emphasis on question?)

I…love…you

Which do you prefer?

Speak kindly.  Be honest.  Raise others up by what you say and how you say it.

Use your words to help, not to hurt.  If you don’t have anything nice to say, stay quiet please.

Watch how your life transforms when you notice and speak positively.

Shine On!

xo

What Does Seeing a Shooting Star Mean?

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Good morning to you!  Can you please help me?  Last night, I was outside at a party, talking with family and friends, but my mind was elsewhere.  I was quietly looking up at the night sky, admiring the stars when I saw a shooting star!  I haven’t seen one in years and although I was with other people who were talking, I guess nobody noticed it but me.  And I didn’t say anything.  I just kept the moment for myself because I felt it was special.  But I was distracted moments later, before I could make my wish and so now I’m asking for your help.

Shine On!

xo

Thought you might want to go down memory lane today…

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Faith is kind
She brings to those she loves
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

 

 

 

Rebuild Your Life

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How to Begin:
Rebuilding Life from Within
Love yourself, unconditionally.
Release your bottled up emotions.
Make time for long walks, alone.
Avoid living beyond your means.
Nurture your inner strength.
Stop apologizing for being you.
Surround yourself with positive people
Embrace your situation, whatever it may be.

~ Dr. David Jockers on FB

Someone ‘liked’ this, so it came in my FB newsfeed yesterday.  Perhaps this will help someone today.

I thought it was timely for myself as well.

Shine On!

xo

 

Island

rock“I touch no one and no one touches me.”

~ Simon and Garfunkel

As loving souls, we often do things for others.  We are not looking for a specific thank you, we just want to help, to give and to love in our own special way.  Perhaps it is the ego in us which hopes for a small token of acknowledgement when we continue to strive to help another person.  We want them to see how much we love them and are willing to help, to support and to join forces.

But sometimes, even the most dedicated of us cannot make someone understand the amount of love we have for them.  The words, the actions fall on deafened ears and spirit.  We cannot bulldoze our way into their psyche.  The door is bolted shut and we are alone on the other side.  They are a rock, an island, not to be touched.

So how do you deal with an Island Gal or Guy?  Do you wait around for them to open the fortress door a crack to let some light in?  Or do you try to break it down with a loving embrace (provided they let you)?  Or do you knock three times saying the magic words, “abracadabra” and pray you’ll be heard?  Or do you kick the door and walk away?

It’s a hard position to be in.  One can only do what they can in a situation like this and it isn’t an easy place to be.  There’s a fine line between being self-sufficient and closed off to the world.  Only you yourself can open the door when you’re an Island.  Have you ever encountered an Island or a Rock Gal or Guy?  What happened?  Were you able to scale the castle walls and encourage a relationship or were you shot down?  Or did you just love them from afar, respecting their walls and taking what is given when it’s given?  Or did you finally just give up because you had no other choice?

I’m reminded of a song from my Dad’s 8 track player.  Perhaps it will conjure up some help in how to understand those rocks and islands in our lives.  Perhaps we should simply allow them their freedoms.

Shine On!

xo

A winter’s day
In a deep and dark December;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
I’ve built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
Don’t talk of love,
But I’ve heard the words before;
It’s sleeping in my memory.
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

 

Be Kind

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Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us.  Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.

~ Henri Frederic Amiel

Be kind.  Above all, simply put…be kind.

Shine On!

xo

Be Present in the Present

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“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. 

If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. 

However the wisest thing you can do

is be present in the present.  Gratefully.”

~ Maya Angelou

 

I thought this was a great quote to start the week off and I hope it inspires you to live with presence.

Shine On!

xo

Joy on a Sunday Morning

psalmPsalm 30:5

…weeping may endure for a night,

but JOY cometh in the morning.

Yesterday’s Invocation to the Dawn’s  amazing photos compliments of Isabella Rose reminded me of the above verse and I thought I’d share it with you.  Many times, I have found that the tears and sadness which invade my peaceful sleep, which many times come stealthily in the middle of the night are lessened by morning.  There is something beautiful, calm and loving about dawn.  The hope that exudes from a new day dawning, a sunrise filled with a new slate which wipes clean the errors of the past and gifts us with the presents of presence, of now, of living, loving and breathing in this precious loving moment.

I know that the dawn doesn’t always take away our fears and our sadness.  Many times, with a new day dawning, we are reminded that we must endure another day in whatever puddle of sadness we are in at the time.  And there are many that we have endured as a community ~ illness, tragedy, loss of our loved ones, and even financial burdens, just to mention a few.  We have lost sight of our peace, our serenity and our presence.  I’m not saying that the dawn always takes away the yoke which weighs us down.

I just think that we can look at the dawn as a heralding of possibility.

Infinite possibility is what lures me into the dawn from the depths of soul sadness in the darkness of night.  “It’s always darkest before dawn” comes to mind as well.  Perhaps this is why my favorite time of day is dawn ~ sunrise, a new day and every angelic possibility known to man right here for me.

What is your favorite time of day?

Shine On!

xo