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A Free Fall Gift For You!

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It’s the first official day of Fall and the start of one of my favorite seasons.  Well, I guess all of the seasons are my favorites for various reasons.  But there’s something about Fall that is so special to me.  The crisp air, the jeweled colored leaves, and the beginning of a new school year are all magical to me.

I enjoy sending cards because even though we are so technology driven these days and we enjoy the quick engagement and banter of texting and emails, there’s something special about getting a card in the mail.  A special paper card that we find like a treasure amidst the bills and junk mail.  At least that’s how I feel.

During the holiday season, we may receive dozens of cards which delight me.  But then what happens during the rest of the year?  Maybe we receive a birthday card, but that’s it.  Instead our mailbox is strewn with junk mail and bills.

I know for me, when I see an envelope that isn’t bill-shaped, I’m intrigued!  Someone has thought of me!  I’m delighted before I even open the envelope.  I know, you probably think I’m being silly, but that’s truly how I feel.

Above is a card from SendOutCards which is a way to send cards from your own computer, but your recipient gets a real card in the mail.  You can even attach a gift card or present as well, from the hundreds of gifts offered on the site.

If you’d like to try it, please send a card on me.  It’s fun because you can personalize the card with your own photos, your own sentiment or you can pick from the huge variety available for you!

The price for a card is cheaper than going to the store and you can send your cards from your own computer or the app on your phone whenever you wish!  I use it all the time to lift the spirits of friends, to keep in touch and to send my own holiday cards!

Making life easier and staying in touch are key!  So, if you’d like to check it out, please use the link below.  Enjoy!

Click here to send a card for free on me!

Shine On!

xo

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Never Forget 9/11/01

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Never Forget

As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,

We became one color.

As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building,

We became one class.

As we lit candles of waiting and hope,

We became one generation.

As the firefighters and police officers
fought their way into the inferno,

We became one gender.

As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength,

We became one faith.

As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement

We spoke one language.

As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,

We became one body.

As we mourned together the great loss,

We became one family.

As we cried tears of grief and loss,

We became one soul.

As we retell with pride of the sacrifice of heroes,

We become one people.

We are:
One color
One class
One generation
One gender
One faith
One language
One body
One family
One soul
One people.

We are The Power of One.

We are United.
We are America.
(Author unknown)

Sixteen years ago today.

Let us take a moment of silence with love in our hearts.

God Bless.

Shine On!

xo

P.S. Daily Prompt is Sympathy…perfect word for today xo

 

Rest and Rejuvenate

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Rest and Rejuvenate

That’s what Sunday is for – a day of rest.  When was the last time you took a day to rejuvenate?  To reactivate yourself and to treat yourself with love?

We find it hard to slow down sometimes.  We push through and keep going until we’ve nothing left for ourselves.  We get mired into the woulda, coulda, shoulda’s and our minds have no time to find peace, nor our bodies to be still.

Always there is something to do, more to accomplish, responsibilities to attend to and yet, when do we take time for ourselves to simply be?  To breathe, to notice the beauty in the air around us, to take in the majesty of nature’s wonder?

Please today, even if it is only for a few precious moments, gift yourself that time.  Stand outside with your feet firmly planted on the earth, look up to the sky and be grateful for this moment in time.  Meditate for a few precious moments with gratitude in your heart.

If you can’t stand outside, then be still and go within yourself.  Find a quiet spot for a few moments and close your eyes.  Imagine you are in the midst of a beautiful rainbow of love.  Hold your heart tenderly as you gaze around in awe of the beauty you see in your mind’s eye.  Give thanks for your solemn place in this world.

Especially on Sundays, I feel the urge to rejuvenate, even if it’s only for a few stolen minutes from the business of life.  For me, it is a need which if I have to, I schedule into my day.  It is like breathing for me.  A few tender moments in which I allow my body and mind to go still.  I concentrate on my breathing and mindfully embrace the moments of silence.  I become aware of the body which houses my soul, my heart and my mind.  I encourage all of the parts of me to unite in peaceful communion with God.  Sometimes I pray.  Sometimes I just talk to God and to myself.  But always, I silently give thanks for this day, for this life, for the potential to inspire others and to be of service.  I ask for forgiveness.  I ask for help with my Divine Purpose.  I acknowledge the good that comes to me and I reframe the bad into lessons that grow my soul stronger.

How do you rest and rejuvenate?

Shine On!

xo

My Sunday Prayer

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Years and years ago, I began a nighttime ritual of prayer.  I made up the prayer below which I say nightly.  It may not work for you, but it does for me.  I just thought I’d share it today since it was Sunday.  I find peace in my life through prayer.  I think the power of prayer is great for all who find strength in praying.

Dear God,

Please keep all of my friends, all of my relatives, the people I like, the people I dislike, the people I know and the people I don’t know, happy, safe, healthy and alive, blessed, loved, wanted, taken care of and cared for through today which is Sunday, Sunday night, Monday, Monday night, Tuesday, Tuesday night, Wednesday, Wednesday night, Thursday, Thursday night, Friday, Friday night, Saturday, Saturday night and next Sunday and next Sunday night.

Please forgive us for all of the sins we have done, we are doing and we will do.  God I love you with all of my heart.  Dear Lord please watch over us all and guide us and bless us.  Help us to be better Christians.  Help us to love, honor and obey all of your commandments.  If any of us should die, please let us go to Heaven to be with you.

Thank you for all of the blessings you have bestowed on me, my family, my friends and my loved ones.  Please continue to bless us all.  Please continue to watch over us and guide us.  Amen.

Shine On!

xo

Writing Freely

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Writing frees my soul and my heart.  My words flow freely when I write as opposed to when I speak sometimes.   It’s easier for me to tell you how I feel through a letter or blog post then to actually speak aloud for I often feel I am misunderstood when I speak, especially when it’s a hard subject or a disagreement.

Sometimes when we are in a conversation, we have a hard time listening to the other person entirely.  A thought may jump into our heads while they are speaking and we may concentrate on what we are planning on saying about that to them, instead of listening to everything the other person is saying.  I know it’s happened to me before and I guess it’s a natural reaction at times.

Here, I feel like I can be me.  The true me.  The one who doesn’t always have to watch where she’s walking on the path of conversation for sometimes in conversations we walk a mine field, carefully, hoping not to detonate a land mind that will start a disagreement.  Do you feel that way sometimes?

Shine On!

xo

 

Prayer Does Not Change God

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Prayer does not change God,

but it changes him who prays.

– Soren Kierkegaard

Do you pray?  Do you meditate?  Do you have faith that there’s a Higher Power in your life that guides you when you listen to your own inner voice?  What are you beliefs?  Do you even know what you believe?  Have you thought about it?

Perhaps now’s the time if you haven’t already thought about your beliefs.  Spend some time today quietly, perhaps surrounded by nature, and ask yourself what you believe in your heart and soul.  Allow the answer to come to you in the stillness of the moment.  Listen carefully and notice what you’re thinking and how you are feeling.  Many times the answers to our innermost questions are revealed when we allow our souls, hearts and minds to speak to us.  Listen with an open heart.

For me, prayer is peace.  Perhaps it was the way I was brought up or how I’ve evolved over the years.  I find when I give my worries up to my Higher Power, Inner Spirit, Universe, God, answers come to me.  Ways are made clear and my Divine Purpose is revealed to me with more detail.  Prayer stops my monkey mind (you know, the anxiety of what to do, the mind that perseverates over problems over and over) and allows me to be at peace.  Not always are the answers to my inner most questions revealed after praying.  But in time, I trust in faith that because the questions have been asked, answers are delivered with Divine timing.  It’s just the peace in being in the Presents of Presence.

How about you?  How do you feel about prayer?  What do you believe?  On such a beautiful peaceful Sunday, I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject!

Please Share!

Shine On!

xo

 

The Gift of Choice

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Choice is a gift, but I think sometimes it’s one that we shun because we forget we have it in our back pocket.

~ Misifusa

I don’t know about you, but sometimes in life I feel like I have no choice but to do whatever is expected of me.  I will figuratively move mountains to help, to accomplish or to do what needs to be done, even when I don’t want to even think about putting one more thing on my list to do.

But we have a choice, even when we feel like we are backed into a corner with no exit sign nearby.  We can choose to comply or to bend or to not.

On the other hand, I think we also get bogged down with seeing life from only one side of the track or perspective and yet, there’s a whole other view which we can choose to look at or even better, choose to be the observer and look at the entire scenario, like the producer of a play.  Instead of being one of the characters in your life play, we can look with fresh eyes at the whole scene and get a better perspective.  Be the audience or the producer instead of the character, bound by her leading assigned role.

I can hear you now, it’s not that easy Pollyanna.

But yes, it is, dear friends.  You have the gift of choice at every moment of every day.  Do you realize how many unconscious decisions we make in a day?  What if we were to consciously choose from the producer’s point of view instead of our own limited point of view?  Do you think we’d choose the same decisions?  I’m thinking yes, sometimes and no, sometimes not.

Have you ever pondered that we have the gift of choice that we don’t always utilize?  Can you think of any situation when you could have used your gift of choice with free reign and maybe had a better outcome?

Just another thought to ponder today.  Share below what you think!

Shine On!

xo