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Keys to Harmony

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I am learning the keys to harmony.  Perhaps in the back of my mind, I have known the tune all along, but had resorted to humming, instead of learning the lyrics.  I think that may be what many of us do in life.  We either stay silent or we hit a wrong note in an attempt to be heard.  Or we hum the melody without using our words.

And sometimes this serves us.

And sometimes, it does not.

The keys are to know the difference.

Often attempts at harmony are not met with enthusiasm for various reasons.  We sing in different keys and therefore to be in harmony with others, we need to compromise and find the middle ground in order to communicate easily.  One wrong note and the harmony ceases.  It’s often difficult for each person to be themselves, to sing their own part and somehow find harmony with those around them.  It takes practice, patience, understanding and listening from a place of love in order to harmonize with others.  We cannot come to the piano bench expecting to play life’s keys perfectly without listening for those around us as they play their tune as well.

Listening to others’ tunes, hearing how they hit the notes, noticing which ones they miss and how they feel about harmony takes practice.  Being in an observer mode, hearing our own notes and seeing the whole orchestral piece of music helps the players get along and helps the musical piece rise to new heights.

To be in tune with ourselves is a gift, like The Presents of Presence.  To appreciate the music in others is a precious gift as well.  It takes courage to play our own tune.  It takes love to harmonize with others.  But when it all comes together, love shines through the blended piece!

Today, listen to your song.  Take a moment to listen to Nature.  As you pass through the lives of others today, whether it is a brief encounter or a lifelong relationship, hum your song and listen as others tune in with harmony!

Shine On!

xo

 

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See the Light In Others

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See the light in others

and treat them as if that is all you see.

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

I love this quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer and it goes with the theme of my past few posts.  When we see with our heartlights, our hearts are filled with warmth, love and peace.

May you see everyone’s heartlight shining today and everyday!

Shine On!

xo

Smiles Are Contagious

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Recently I had an experience with a friend which put a huge smile on my face.  It was her enthusiasm for her circumstances that allowed me to raise my own happiness quotient to match hers, which in turn, raised my own vibrational thinking and I am ever grateful for her sharing her story with me.  Perhaps this sounds corny to you, but haven’t you ever noticed that when someone smiles at you, you smile back?  It’s like when a person yawns next to you, sometimes even if you aren’t fatigued, you catch the yawn yourself.  Surely there’s a biological cause to this which I can’t tell you in medical terms, but hopefully you get the gist of what I’m writing.

To hear, feel and know the happiness of another person is to be with them in that moment of joy, even if your situation is not as positive.  Joy raises our vibrations when we allow it and it allows us to stand on the peak of life instead of being stuck in the valley.  As we all have experienced, life is full of peaks and valleys, darkness and light and all that in-between grey areas where most of our processing takes place.  Without the darkness, we can’t see the stars, so for me, I’d prefer to experience the darkness so that I can see the light.  Does that make sense?  Do you feel the same way?

There is always a bit of joy to be found in life as are the stars in the darkness of night.  Sometimes you have to get out of the clouds in your mind, heart, body and soul before you can actually experience the starlight, but it is always there even when you can’t seem to see it.

So today, I hope you find the smile photo like a yawn ~ catch the joy please!  From my starlit joy to yours!

Shine On!

xo

P.S.  The photo above isn’t of me.  It’s actually a card from here!

The Shift

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Please click here  to watch The Shift for free.  It’s an amazing opportunity that I received in my email last night.  I have watched this myself and it was life-changing.  I hope you enjoy the gift from his family.

Shine On!

xo

Encouraging Thunder Award!

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Elizabeth Cottrell over at Heartspoken  kindly honored me with the Encouraging Thunder Award for which I am ever grateful.  I’ve never heard of this blog award before and quite frankly had not accepted any awards in quite awhile, but for this one, I’m making an exception. ♥

Elizabeth’s website Heartspoken shows how connecting with others leads to a life filled with love.  There is much to do and to see on her website and I encourage you to visit.  Writing heartfelt notes, connecting with others and encouraging people are just a few of the ways we are alike and I just know you’d enjoy reading her story.

So…here are the rules…

The Rules for the Encouraging Thunder Award:

• Post it on your blog.

• Grant other bloggers the award.

What you cannot do:

1. Abuse or misuse the logo.

2. Claim that it is your own handmade logo.

What you should do after receiving the Encouraging Thunder Award:

• Enjoy the award!

• At least give thanks via comments, likes and/or mentioning the blog that you received the award from.

• Mention your purpose in blogging

 

I think I’ve done everything except to tell you my purpose in blogging.  Instead of rewriting, I thought I’d give you a list of some of the posts I’ve written that have to do with why I blog.  Enjoy!

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I am honored to be able to pass along this award to a relatively new blogger who has encouraged connections within the community.  Let’s hear a thunderous round of applause for Danny over at Dream Big Dream Often  who in a short amount of time has made a big impact here in helping others and encouraging bloggers to connect by opening his blog to guests posts, to reblogs, pingbacks, etc. all in the name of positivity, encouragement, kindness and understanding.

Shine On!

xo

P.S.  Today’s the first of September ~ don’t forget to say, rabbit, rabbit, white rabbit, white rabbit!

 

What Love Is Not

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We write, speak and throw the word LOVE around often.  You’ve heard the saying, love makes the world go ’round and you get what you give.  But what isn’t love?  Do you know?

Growing up, I knew I was loved for I heard the words many times.  I have friends who didn’t hear those words from their parents’ mouths and yet, they still know that they are loved.  But I believe there are all types of love in our world.  There’s the burning passionate love and there’s the quiet acceptance of another person known as love.  There’s the love of your child, the love of a friend and there’s the love of mankind.  There’s loving a pet, loving what you do and loving life!  Most importantly, there’s self-love.  These are just a few examples of different types of love that are good.

But sometimes, what is perceived as love, is not, in fact, love because there are subtle differences.  There are disguises in love that I’ve learned in my lifetime.  Here are a few examples of What Love Is Not.

Love is NOT:

Repeating I love you constantly in order to hear it back,

Nor is it withholding the words I love you in order to hurt.

Expecting someone else to make you happy,

Nor is it being responsible to be another person’s everything.

Refusing to connect, share and speak in order to increase understanding,

Nor is it talking without listening.

Pointing fingers at mistakes,

Nor is it refusing to forgive when mistakes are made.

Holding back,

Nor is it pushing away.

Being in control of another person,

Nor is it being controlled by another person.

Shallow, superficial or pretentious,

Nor is it temperamental and able to be whisked away at the slightest provocation.

Suffering in silence,

Nor is it lashing out with undue violence.

Holding grudges, getting even,

Nor is it keeping track, tit for tat.

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What Love IS:

Love is compassionate.

Love understands.

Love listens.

Love shares.

Love forgives.

Love is kind.

Love takes time.

Love supports.

Love gives.

Love grows.

Love holds hearts, minds and bodies tenderly.

There are so many more examples of love, but I will leave you to add to the list in the comments section below.  Loving another person is simple even when life is complicated at times.  Recently I was told that I love with my whole heart and that’s my problem.  Perhaps it is, but it’s the only way I know how and the love I feel for all of you has brought me much peace in my life.  I want you to know that you are loved, every single one of you, for who you are.

Shine On!

xo

 

Caregiving

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It takes infinite patience to talk with someone with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  As a daughter and niece, I speak everyday with them.  It is a part of my morning routine which for the most part, I enjoy.  However, there are days when I have to muster the courage to call.  I won’t ever not call, even though I am not sure they would realize that I hadn’t talk with them.  But on that slight chance, I won’t take the risk.

Our conversations are repetitive.  It’s not easy to answer the same questions multiple times.  But patience is a virtue that I am trying to limitlessly attain.  I admit I lie sometimes because they want me to be doing exciting things everyday and I simply don’t have that lifestyle.  I know she worries about my safety because that’s who she is, so I always bend the truth to add that someone else is driving when I hear her begin to be anxious.  It’s not that I’m trying to lie, but that in her state, it’s easier for her to imagine I am having a lovely time all the time, instead of hearing about my reality.

Surely she gets tired too of my questioning what they’ve done today or what she’s eaten as she never remembers.  It’s funny how she can never recall her meals and yet I know she eats 3 a day.  It’s got to be so difficult to be in her position although I think we have crossed over to peace with our lives at this point.

But it’s not easy to stand by and watch helplessly.  The good thing is she still knows who I am.  Still recites that she loves me multiple times and of course, I say it as well.   It’s always been important for her to hear and say, “I love you” to her family.  That is one part that I cherish during our daily conversations for I know that life is short, the future is unknown and it’s the present of the moment to hear those precious words and know she means them and vice versa.

Today’s post is dedicated to those who work in memory care or are caregivers for those who have lost their memories.  Please accept my heartfelt hug.  I understand.  There’s a special place in Heaven for you.

Shine On!

xo