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September 1st Rabbit Rabbit

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In honor of September 1st and our tradition of Rabbit Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit, I thought I’d include this special page from the book The Velveteen Rabbit.

May your September begin with much health, love, and gratitude!  May you have the loveliest month ahead!  Keep shining your heartlights please because many of us are still on TILT and our world could use all the kindness, compassion, patience, understanding and love that we can give!

Shine On!

xo

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Friendship Lifts Us

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“The circles of women around us

weave invisible nets of love

that carry us when we’re weak

and sing with us when we are strong.”

A long time friend’s Mom passed away recently.  As the text went out to all the girls, letting us know, we rallied as we often do in the face of sadness.  Exactly one month later, we received the news that her Dad passed away.  Both parents in such a short period of time is devastating to me.  I can’t even imagine her pain and sadness.

We all feel her pain for we have parents too.  Some of us still have parents living and others have mourned the loss of our parents’ demises in all different forms.  But what keeps us together is the bond of friendship we share.

I find it interesting that the group who surrounds my friend is a mixture of girls from high school, but not all of us were close in high school.  But the willingness to be there for someone else in their time of need supersedes whatever our relationships once were (and there is even someone in the group who didn’t really know her, but yet is a staunch supporter of her in this time of need because she understands how it feels).

How much of a blessing is that?

So today I ask that you reach out, gather around, bond and connect with people.  Shine your heartlights.  Hold hands in friendship.  Be still.  Be kind.  Listen with an open heart.  Be the loving souls you are please.  I think our world could use a bit more of that everyday.

Shine On!

xo

Broken And Fixed

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I wish I could remember where I found this posted on Facebook, but the story touched me in such a way that I had to share it with you.  Read on…

I was in Dollar Tree last night and there was a lady and two kids behind me in the LONG line. One was a big kid, one was a toddler. The bigger one had a pack of glow sticks and the baby was screaming for them so the Mom opened the pack and gave him one, which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling, but then the bigger boy took it and the baby started screaming again. Just as the Mom was about to fuss at the older child, he bent the glow sticks and handed it back to the baby. As we walked outside at the same time, the baby noticed that the stick was now glowing and his brother said “I had to break it so you could get the full effect from it.” I almost ran because l could hear God saying to me, “I had to break you too show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose.” That little baby was happy just swinging that “unbroken” glow sticks around in the air because he didn’t understand what it was created to do which was “glow.” There are some people who will be content just “being” but some of us that God has chosen, we have to be “broken.” We have to get sick. We have to lose a job. We have to find our own path. We go through divorce. We have to bury our spouse, parents, best friend, or our child because, in those moments of desperation, God is breaking us but when the breaking is done, then we will be able to see the reason for which we were created. Trust me, I do not look like what I have been through.
You are loved, you are valuable, and you have a purpose.

Dear friends, when you’re asking that eternal question of Why?, perhaps you can find some relief in the story above and feel more at peace.  We see your heartlights!

Shine On!

xo

Brené Brown Quote For Today

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“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.”

― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

I haven’t read the book yet, but the quote really felt important for me to share with you today.  I would love to hear if you have read the book and what you thought of it!

Keep shining your heartlights!  It seems we all need a bit more sparkle in our lives these days.

Shine On!

xo

 

Practice Turning People Into Trees

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When you go out into the woods and you look at the trees,

you see all these different trees. 

And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight,

and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. 

And you look at the tree and you allow it. 

You see why it is the way it is. 

You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. 

And you don’t get all emotional about it.  You just allow it.  You appreciate the tree.

  The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. 

And you are constantly saying, “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” 

That judging mind comes in. 

And so I practice turning people into trees. 

Which means appreciating them just the way they are. 

– Ram Dass

I love this quote that I found today and so I had to share it with you.  I think it’s such an easy way for us to all get along, isn’t it?  In this world, connection and harmony are most important, as is appreciation of all people.  It’s inherent in us to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature, so why not enjoy the beauty of each other?  Instead of condemnation or criticism, let’s employ Ram Dass’ practice of looking at people as trees and appreciating them.  Isn’t it time we spread more light and love in this world?  I can see your heartlights sparkling dear friends!

Shine On!

xo

Dr. Proust Questionnaire – Join The Wave!

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This is all David Kanigan’s fault.  You know David, don’t you? Over at Live and Learn?  Well, if not, click right over there because when I read all the questions that he answered, I felt like I wanted to do the same.  Oh boy, it’s like one of those chain letters.  Remember those?  You liked the idea of getting them at first and then when you had to sit down to do them, it was harder than it seemed!  Well, this isn’t mandatory, but I will say, it sure was fun – fun to read other’s answers and to get to know them.  Then, I found it was insightful when it was my turn to sit down to answer the questionnaire myself.

So feel free to hop on the bandwagon and copy/paste/link.  David refers to it as being a part of the wave in a stadium – at least that’s how he got me to post it.  LOL  But please let me know if you join the wave because I’ll definitely want to stop over to see your answers!

  1. What is your current state of mind? Contemplative
  2. What is your favorite journey? To the beach.
  3. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Having my sons with me, no matter where we are, but home is perfect and Christmas morning is my favorite!
  4. What is your greatest fear? Death of loved ones. 
  5. What is your most marked characteristic? Every emotion shows on my face.
  6. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Unworthiness.
  7. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Cruelty.
  8. What is your greatest extravagance? Horseback riding lessons.
  9. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Orderliness.
  10. On what occasion do you lie? When I’m talking with loved ones with Alzheimer’s.
  11. Dislike most about your appearance? Wish I were thinner, less wrinkles.
  12. Which living person do you most despise? Despise, no one.  Dislike sometimes, yes.
  13. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I’m sorry.
  14. What is your greatest regret? Being a ‘good girl’ instead of doing what I wanted.
  15. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My sons.
  16. When and where were you happiest? Jr. year abroad – Spain
  17. Which talent would you most like to have? Healer.
  18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be healthy.
  19. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Nothing.
  20. What do you consider your greatest achievement?  My two sons.
  21. What is your most treasured possession? Our cats, if they can be called possessions.
  22. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? The hopeless.
  23. Where would you like to live? Not sure yet. Would like to try a few different places: a farm, on an island beach, Europe again. 
  24. What is your favorite occupation? Teacher.
  25. What is the quality you most like in a man? Kind, loving and honest. – whoops, that’s three.  Sorry, I can’t choose just one.
  26. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Grace.
  27. What do you most value in your friends? Truth.
  28. Who are your favorite writers? Too many to list – Kaitlin O’Riley, Jodi Picoult, etc.
  29. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Scarlett O’Hara
  30. What is it that you most dislike? Liars.
  31. Who are your heroes in real life? People who have overcome the odds, no matter how big or small.  The ones who listen, who share, who accept and love with their whole hearts.
  32. How would you like to die? Fall asleep in my home, preferably in my favorite chair, reading a good  book.
  33. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A cat.
  34. What is your motto? Find The Presents of Presence.

The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.  (Source: Vanity Fair)

Thank you David!  I loved the questionnaire.  I’m always learning something over at your blog!  I hope others join the wave!  If not, then at least I got to know you better. 🙂

Shine On!

xo