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Never Borrow Sorrow From Tomorrow

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Deal only with the present,

Never step into tomorrow,

For God asks us just to trust Him

 And to never borrow sorrow-

For the future is not ours to know

 And it may never be,

So let us live and give our best

And give it lavishly-

 For to meet tomorrow’s troubles

 Before they are even ours

 Is to anticipate the Savior

 And to doubt His all-wise powers-

 So let us be content to solve

 Our problems one by one,

 Asking nothing of tomorrow

Except “Thy Will be done.”

  ~  Helen Steiner Rice

 A good reminder for a quiet Sunday afternoon.  May your week ahead be lovely!

Keep shining your heartlights!

Shine On!

xo

What Makes You Shine

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Always see what best you can do for everyone around you. It is this sense of offering that will make you shine.

~ Isha Sadhguru

I always find it fantastically believable when I am led to find something new, whether it be advice, music, someone’s heartfelt quotes or just a sense that I’m on the right path.  So it was no surprise to me to have found this quote which occurred yesterday by Sadhguru who was previously unknown to me.

Of course, the part about ‘make you shine’ is what touched me deep inside.  I write Shine On to end my posts and that began years ago because it came to me, just as the tagline, The Presents of Presence.  For me, inspiration strikes at the most inconvenient times when I am sleeping and wakes me up.  But I have learned to listen with a keen, open heart for inspiration such like opportunity only beckons once and then moves ahead.  So when given a moment of inspiration, I seize the opportunity.  Have you ever heard of Sadhguru?

So today, as in all days, see with your heart those around you and offer your help to allow yourself to shine even more brilliantly!

Shine On!

xo

 

 

Rabbit Rabbit March 1st

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Rabbit Rabbit, White Rabbit White Rabbit!

With snow on the ground and some in the air, what a way to begin March!  As you may remember, March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb!  But since it’s March First, you know what we do here – say Rabbit Rabbit, White Rabbit White Rabbit!

Traditions are comforting at times.  There’s something about a fresh start every month to light the way, especially as we await Spring.  Of course, every day is a fresh start, every moment can be a fresh start so that’s not all that unusual.  I think it’s what you make of the fresh start that’s important.  Don’t you?

So today, as with every first of the month, I say, Rabbit Rabbit to you all!  May the coming month be filled with love, light and luck!

Shine On!

xo

 

 

Rabbit Rabbit February 1st!

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Well for those of you familiar with my blog, you knew what post I would be delivering today, right?  Rabbit Rabbit, White Rabbit White Rabbit!

I like traditions, but I also like spontaneity.  I woke up this morning to a text from a dear friend reminding me Rabbit Rabbit!  It put a huge smile on my face to begin my day!  Isn’t that what friendship, traditions and life is all about?  Thank you ML!

We’re very chilly here and I’m snuggled up like a baby bunny in a blanket!  I hope that you are warm, healthy and happy wherever you are!  Take a moment to remember Rabbit Rabbit – it will put a smile on your face and who knows?  Maybe it will bring you extra luck this month!  We could all use that, couldn’t we?

Keep your heartlights shining!

Shine On!

xo

 

Light, Love and Faith

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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“I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.” 

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“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
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Quotes above by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of the holiday today.
I think we could all use a bit of inspiration!
Shine On!
xo

May Your Day

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May your day unfold on gossamer wings as the angels nestle you with love. 

May the heavens shine their sunlight rays and moonlit stars to illuminate your path. 

May the holiness of this precious moment be appreciated as the gift it is. 

May mercy, love and kindness be yours always.

Shine On!

xo

The Tough Part of Being Present With Dementia

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I’ve told you before that I have had loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  If you’re a caregiver or relative of a loved one with the disease, you probably understand more than most people.  Because it’s hard when they get confused.  It’s unsettling when they live in the past.  It’s sad when they don’t remember.  It’s a gift you give to yourself and to them when you just stay present in their world, however it is, in that moment.  But the part that hurts the most is when they admit that they know that they’re confused.

To me, that’s the toughest part.  To witness their fear, their grief, their feeling of being lost when they blip into the present with that knowing.  I’ve written about it before here.  As many times as we’ve had these moments of realization that they vocalize, it’s still just as heartbreaking to me as it was the first time we talked about the disease.

I can fool myself into thinking that they are just in their own world, safe and sound, knowing that they are loved.  For the most part, that’s how they live.  But for the blessed few times that they are able to articulate that for this moment in time, they know that they are confused, that the words that they want to say are fleeting through their minds at rapid speeds and don’t always make it to be spoken, well, it just haunts me.

I visit a memory care facility often and have become friendly with many of the sweet residents.  We interact during every one of my visits and I have come to enjoy their company as well.  Each with her own distinct personality.  Each with her own level of understanding.  Each and every one simply wanting to be noticed, to enjoy human interaction and to be shown love.

Some are like the forgotten souls who simply exist and are cared for by strangers who love them.  Some of them don’t get many visitors which makes me sad.  Some have daily visitations from family who they don’t always remember.  Some have bonded with the other ‘golden girls’ with whom they share meals and others are simply existing separately.

The levels of understanding and interaction are as varied as the people themselves and with memory care illnesses, they are changeable at a moment’s notice.  One must continue to flow with the present state of mind and ability in order to connect with them.  Being a caregiver requires incredible patience and caring.  It’s an exhausting job, but one that is so gratifying.

I’m sorry I’ve gone off topic again. The words simply flow out of me when I write about the disease.  For it’s not just my loved ones who have it, but an increasing number of people in my life now.  There’s a bond among those who have loved ones with the disease.  We understand what we’re enduring and we share the ups and downs of the journey as it unfolds.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia keeps us on our toes with its ever changing fluidity.  One piece that remains constant is The Presents of Presence and the peace that comes with our choice to embrace this precious moment in time, every time.

Shine On!

xo

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