Tag Archive | joy

Do You Have A Case of Holiday Hiraeth?

I saw this on Facebook this morning and it struck a chord in me that I felt needed to be shared with all of you.  For at the holidays especially, there are those of us may be feeling hiraeth, but never had a word for it.  For the English language, to my knowledge, does not have a word which encompasses these feelings as hiraeth does.

So what do you do about it when you are feeling this way?  How do you go on with this feeling through holiday festivities?  My own solution is to allow the feeling, to engage in it, to acknowledge the hiraeth as it comes.  To turn ourselves into jolly merrimakers is to falsely and ineptly disengage with our souls.  To be in stillness with the feeling is to be true to ourselves and to allow hiraeth to process in our lives in order for us to heal.

I’m not saying to throw a pity party for ourselves during the festivities at all.  I’m not recommending that we pout or make others uncomfortable with our sadness.  No, not at all.  I’m suggesting that we allow ourselves the gift of hiraeth in our quiet alone time so that we can find the joy when we are celebrating the holidays.  To feel hiraeth and maybe even to share it with those willing to listen in a compassionate manner is to find the peace within us when we allow our feelings space to heal.

For there is healing in allowing hiraeth.  There is much joy to be had in life especially during the holiday season.  Allow your heartlights to shine, spread the love and understanding that you innately carry within you and reach out to others with your kind heart.  Know that I am here with you.  I understand.  I acknowledge our feelings of hiraeth and I hold them tenderly in my heart.

Bless you all this holiday season.

Shine On!

xo

 

*Gratitude to MAngel for sharing on FB so that I could see this post.

A Truly Happy Person

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A truly happy person is one

who can enjoy the scenery

on a detour.

I visit with my two loved ones who have Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia every month.  We take a ride in the car each time and enjoy the scenery.  Within minutes of our getting into the car and buckling them up into seat belts, we begin our drive to wherever we are going and the same conversation always ensues.  One talks about the trees, the other one notices the clouds.  What makes such an impression on me is that the incessant repetitive conversations about these two beauties of nature never fails and is always welcomed by all in the car.  It is simply being present in that moment to remark on the beauty in nature.  Granted, the conversations about the trees and clouds continues in a loop, over and over while we are riding in the car, but I choose to see it as a blessing.

For being in the present moment and observing the beauty which surrounds us in a happy way is the key to life.  Being with my loved ones who live in a memory care facility gives me the powerful lesson of presence.  Sure, I can get bogged down by the repetitiveness of the conversation, feel badly that they only have clouds and trees to notice and feel sad for how their minds have changed.  And I do.  I won’t lie, because as a daughter/niece/carer it can break my heart to be so far away and to see the changes as their minds slowly succumb to the disease.  But there’s a lesson here that we can all share…there’s a Present of Presence ~ a peaceful, loving, nurturing moment that we can gratefully choose every single moment of our lives.

Because being happy in the moment is a gift that we don’t always give ourselves or others and I think it’s about time we did.  So on this Sunday, take a few minutes to look at the clouds/sky and the trees.  Breathe in the beautiful air that Mother Nature swirls around us.  Notice the gratitude of being alive.  Lay down your worries and fears for a few moments and shine your heartlight for all to see.

This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24.

Shine On!

xo

Meaning of Today 12/13/14

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Today’s date is 12/13/14!  Did you notice the sequential numbers of today’s date?  Are you like me who finds it interesting enough to go to Google and see if it means anything?

Well, here’s what I found here:

“12-13-14 is also unique because it is made of four sequential digits 1, 2, 3 and 4…

Among the first 11 such sequential dates that already occurred in this century,

only 01-02-03 possesses the same property…

Although 12-13-14 will be the last sequential MM-DD-YY date for 89 years,

we won’t have to wait until 2103 for similarly interesting dates to pop up…

Jan. 2, 2034 gives you something similar [1-2-34],

while Jan. 23, 2045 lets you use all double-digit listing [1-23-45].

Feb. 2, 2022 is going to be the next one to get headlines, though [2-22-22].

 I would argue that April 3, 2021 — 4-3-21 — might be worthy of note as well…

For most of us, such sequential calendar dates won’t occur again in our lifetime…

After December 13, 2014, the next one is 01-02-03, to occur on January 2, 2103.

 If you follow the European DD-MM-YY convention,

however, you’ll have to wait a little longer — until Feb. 1, 2103.”

So there you have it, your lesson for the day!  It’s always great to learn something new everyday to make our lives richer and more interesting!  I hope you find today 12/13/14 to be a day in which you enjoy peace, love, happiness and health!

Shine On!

xo

 

Imagine Christmas Lasting All Year Long!

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“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern,
is very simple: loving others.
Come to think of it,
why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” 
~ Bob Hope
Bob Hope was wise, don’t you think?  The idea that we can make Christmas last all year long simply by loving others (and ourselves) is the best gift of all!  Why not allow the gift of love to permeate the whole year long in all you do, say and are!
Many people joyously welcome the holiday season of giving with such aplomb, going out of their way to give to others during this time.  However, there are those who fret about our spending and trying to find the perfect gift to give to family, friends and loved ones.  Truly, I know a gift that we can give a gift that is priceless and that doesn’t cost a single dollar.  We can give the gift of love, gratitude and forgiveness.  Imagine receiving such a gift in your life ~ Imagine giving such a gift to others!  What if we were to give that gift of gratitude and love all year long?  Wouldn’t it make every day special?  Wouldn’t it evolve into a year long celebration of love and gratitude?  I can imagine such a world, can’t you?
So this year, let’s try to bring that Christmas spirit of love, peace, laughter and joy to everyone’s hearts and allow it to grow and shine throughout the year!  What a wonderful world this would be!
Shine On!
xo

Lessons from Stepmom Before Dawn

stepmomScene from 1998 movie Stepmom ~ Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

I awoke early Friday morning.  So early in fact that it was still dark outside and the moon shone on the grass like the sun.  (which is why I’m including myself in the Daily Prompt). All was quiet in the house so I crept downstairs, careful not to awaken anyone, brewed myself a cup of coffee and turned on the TV.  I do enjoy that time of the day.  Just before dawn breaks and the world stirs into the action of the day.

As luck, synchronicity, coincidence would have it, the movie Stepmom began just as I settled in and I allowed myself the time to watch it with my full attention accompanied by our cat Tiffy who as always has to be in the know.

Someone recently told me that this was their favorite movie, so even though it’s been years since I’ve seen it, I wanted to re-watch it with new eyes.  Being a cancer survivor, it was heartbreaking to watch at times.  Being a Mom, it touched me in ways that I don’t think I can express.  Being a wife with cancer, it tugged at my soul.  I am not a Stepmom nor am I divorced, but the lessons learned were priceless.

1.  Enjoy the moment.  BE in the NOW.

2.  Things are just things.  People are priceless.  Treat them as such.

3.  Love can’t cure all, but it helps to try.

4.  Forgiveness is crucial in life.

5.  Dig deeper ~ people aren’t always who they seem to be.

6.  Do memorable activities with your family so that they will remember those good times.

7.  We all need friends and family.

8.  Be the person you want to be remembered as ~ don’t think people will remember you by how you wanted to act.  Act how you want to be remembered.

9.  Cherish the time you have with those whom you love.

10.  You are special.  You are loved.  Be grateful for all you have.

I’ve always loved the song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” but when I watched the movie this time, it touched me to the core of my soul.  So I thought I’d include it for you.  Perhaps you’ll feel the pull to dance around a bit yourself ~ smile ~ be grateful ~ touch those whom you love ~ and remember those who have passed.  Give the gift of yourself to someone else ~ a memory of you that will stay with them always.

Shine On!

xo

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Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour

6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

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Daily Prompt ~ Superstar!

Golden Yvonne

Daily Prompt: Ready for Your Close-up

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SUPERSTAR.

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A few years ago, I had my hubby take this photo of me because I felt so triumphant ~ I’ve been NED (no evidence of disease) from my breast cancer diagnosis for quite a few years now, but that December I was feeling so great!  It was during the holidays and as you may know, I was diagnosed on New Year’s Eve of 2001, so December is often a melancholy month for me.  One that insists that I take the joy and the changes in stride in my life ~ one that makes me be grateful for what I have in the now ~ hence The Presents of Presence ~ as I’ve learned that NOW is all we can control ~ if we can truly control anything.

So when the Daily Prompt asked for photographers to show SUPERSTAR, I thought of this photo.  My best friend called this shot Golden ME ~ so here I am!

We are all Superstars!

Shine On!

xo

Lovely Valentine Liebsters!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to ALL!

I wish you a lifetime filled with love!

I thought today would be the perfect day to share the love of the Liebster because it’s all about our connections!  I am thankful to all of you who read my blog and especially thankful for your taking the time to like and comment on it! xo

My special thank you’s go to Patty from  http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/liebster-award/  and sweet pup Wiley of  http://wileyschmidt.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/it-only-takes-a-seed/  who recently nominated me for the Liebster!  Please make sure you check out their special blogs!  You won’t be disappointed!

My heartfelt thanks to you both!  Forgive me for putting you both together, but alas, it is VALENTINE’S DAY so I figured I could really make the Liebster powerful today!  I am so honored ~ thank you for making my heart sing!  Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

Here are the rules

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award Presenter on your blog and link back to their blog

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been chosen.

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

11 Random Facts about Me!

1.  I love to wake up early every morning so that I can have a quiet cup of coffee in my home while my family sleeps.

2.  My new favorite treat is Limited Edition Triple Stuffed Oreos ~ Oh so delish!

3.  I am excited to say I am in the middle of writing an inspirational e-book!

4.  I dislike cooking, but love to watch cooking shows!

5.  I smile at strangers.

6.  I love to be out on a boat on a sunny day!

7.  I could watch snowflakes falling for hours.

8.  I am happily and gratefully married almost 18 years.

9.  My teenagers still hug and kiss us everyday!

10.  My kitten (who is 5 yrs old) meows Mama when she’s looking for me ~ really!

 Here are my answers from Patty’s questions:

1. What is your favorite season?  I love them all ~ but I guess Summer because I love having my kids at home!

2. What is your favorite non-profit organization?   ACS ~ American Cancer Society and Society of the Little Flower (St. Therese)

3. If you can choose one place to live where would it be?  I believe that home is where your family is so I wouldn’t care as long as there was a season of summer!

4. What is your favorite song? I Love You Just the Way You Are! by Billy Joel

5. When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?  A Spanish teacher (which I was for 11 years!)

6. What is the one thing you always wanted to do that you never told anyone?  Drive a racecar

7. What is your favorite movie?  Gone With The Wind

8. How many brothers and sisters do you have?  1 sister

9. What is your pet peeve?  Narcissists

10. What is your favorite restaurant?  I love many restaurants!

11. Who do you admire the most and why?  Mother Teresa because she lived a life of loving everyone.

And from my favorite puppy blogger Wiley….

1) If money weren’t involved, what would you choose as a forever career?  A writer

2) What causes do you support, why, and how can we get involved?  I am a Reach to Recovery volunteer for the American Cancer Society.  You can get involved in many ways!

3) What is the first item on your bucket list?  Swim with dolphins in Hawaii followed by a helicopter ride

4) What is your personal life philosophy?  SendOutLove ~ which means smiling ~ helping ~ appreciating others ~ and letting them know!

5) If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?  I would be less afraid!

6) What is the most important life lesson you have for your child/children? If you don’t have children, what is the most important life lesson you’ve learned and who did you learn it from?  I want my children to be good people ~ to have integrity, kindness and to use their intelligence to change the world. 🙂

7) What is your favorite quote?  “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change, ” from Dr. Wayne Dyer.

8) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Australia, Alaska, return to Spain.

9) If you could bring anyone back from the dead, who would you choose? Why?  My dad because I have so many questions and my Mom misses him so much.

10) Tell me about your favorite pet.  I have 2 cats currently whom I adore, but my  Chessie is almost 17 yrs old ~ she never left my side throughout my battle with breast cancer, she purred next to me whenever I slept and stayed close so that I was never alone.  Her dedication is a blessing in my life.  Tiffy, her 5 year old sister, makes me laugh all day and raises my spirits when needed.  They both give the best fur therapy ever!

11) In what do you find the simplest of joys?  My children, my husband, our pets, my life and hugs and kisses.

Here’s a special list in no particular order of some amazing blogs to follow!  Come share the love and visit them!

1.  Julia at http://defeatdespair.wordpress.com/

2.  Judy at http://judysp.wordpress.com/

3.  Ralph at http://bluefishway.com/

4.  Bobbi at  http://www.openyourjourney.com

5.  Diana at http://talktodiana.wordpress.com/

6.  Gail at http://nightowlgail.wordpress.com/

7.  Russ at http://russtowne.com/

8.  Ray at http://villageundertaker.wordpress.com/

9.  De at http://dlcloe.com/

10.  Carolyn at http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com/

11.  http://cancerinmythirties.wordpress.com/

12.  Lisa at http://thelissachronicles.wordpress.com/

And  the questions for you to answer are:

1.  What’s your favorite day of the week and why?

2.  Why do you blog?

3.  Who do you love?

4.    What’s your favorite holiday and why?

5.  Do you have a guilty pleasure?

6.  Do you play an instrument?

7.  Can you please recommend a good book to read?

8.  Do you laugh everyday?

9.  What’s your favorite post on your blog?

1o.  Are you on Facebook?  If so, tell us where to find you!

Hugs to All!

SendOutLove Today!

xo