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Daily Prompt ~ All About Me!

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Daily Prompt: All About Me

Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

When I first began my blog, I used the name Misifusa’s Blog because I felt it suited me (and I still do).  Because I knew ZERO about blogging or wordpress or anything else in the blogosphere, I just picked my nickname which I’ve used for over 20 years, since I lived in Spain.  Because it was different, I thought it would be fun to use!  Have you ever heard of the name Misifusa?

Then I began my SendOutCards business and incorporated the SendOutLove which reverberated within my soul as well as I enjoy making connections with others and putting a smile on their faces with my greeting cards.

And then, awhile back,  I awoke in the middle of the night with the title The Presents of Presence blossoming in my mind. It was as if I was being given the gift of a breath of fresh air, a way to open up to inspire others and to share my story.  So with that, I added the subtitle to my blog.

My blog was going to center on my survival of breast cancer, but as I began writing, it metamorphosed into hopefully a blog that you enjoy reading because it inspires you, it lights up your day, it gives you interesting books to read, and it allows you to enjoy just being here on this planet with others.  It promotes the connections which we find blossoming when we allow ourselves to be open.  It’s the kind of blog that is an outstretched hand to hold when you need a friend.  At least that’s what I’m aiming for ~ it’s a work in progress, just like me.

To me, life is a gift.  I open my eyes every morning without fail happy to start and new day and being grateful that I am here to experience whatever the day has to offer me.  I am thankful for my family and friends, for the connections I have made and for the experiences which I have endured.

You have a choice every morning ~ to awaken with a smile and a grateful heart or not to~ to me every moment is precious and I am going to enjoy The Presents of Being Present in my life each and every day, because the future is promised to no one!

We only have this moment to shine ~ and I’m taking it.

So take my hand and let’s connect!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Shine On!

xo

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/daily-prompt-all-about-me/

Hearing Heartbeats

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The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

I love how when you allow your life to flow, you receive what you need.  The adage that the teacher comes when the student is ready also comes to mind as the above book came to me recently and I must tell you that I devoured it.  I mean truly ~ I started reading it yesterday and I finished it today!  There are not many times that I am so enthralled with a book that I neglect other things while I feel so compelled to read because it is so special.

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains. (from Amazon)

On page 244, there came a paragraph which struck a chord in me and perhaps when you read it as well, it may do the same to you.  At times, love is difficult to see in our lives and it takes hearing the heartbeats of our loved ones in order to know that their love exists.  Perhaps you will find solace, love and understanding below as I did.

“Because we see only what we already know.  We project our own capacities `for good as well as evil’ ~ onto the other person.  Then we acknowledge as love primarily those things that correspond to our own image thereof.  We wish to be loved as we ourselves would love.  Any other way makes us uncomfortable.  We respond with doubt and suspicion.  We misinterpret the signs.  We do not understand the language.  We accuse.  We assert that the other person does not love us.  But perhaps he merely loves us in some idiosyncratic way that we fail to recognize.  I hope you will understand what I mean once I have finished my story.”

In the wake of my father’s death and in the healing of my heart as well as watching many friends recently (both in life and blogosphere) deal with the same circumstances, I feel the need to ignite the peace of understanding in our lives ~ hence this post today.   If you are interested, you can click below on the picture of the book and it will bring you to Amazon where you can buy it via kindle or hard cover as you wish.

Shine On!

Keep Loving!

xo

Inspirational Sunday ~ Joy Jars

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Meet Jessie Rees ~ Founder of JoyJars

Have you ever met an Earth Angel?  A person who thinks about others ~ A person who radiates JOY and LOVE into the lives of all whom she touches with her special spirit?  Well, I found one and I just wanted to share her inspiring story with you.  Meet Jessie Rees who’s the 12 year old founder of JoyJars.  Her story will inspire you to look around your world and to make it better than when you arrived.  Please take a moment to be inspired…this is Jessie’s story, her website and her foundation!

Shine On!

NEGU ~ NEVER EVER GIVE UP!

xo

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https://www.facebook.com/JessieReesFoundation#!/JessieReesFoundation

http://www.negu.org/

Sunday’s Inspirational Gal

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This morning, I happened upon the story of an inspiring 16 year old Irish gal who in September of 2012, was awarded the People of the Year Award in Dublin, Ireland.  Her story can be found on her website which I included below ~ as well as many pictures from her FB page which you can find at http://www.nolimbsnolimits.net/ which is her official website!  Joanne was born with a rare physical disability called Total Amelia which means she was born without all four limbs even though there is no medical explanation for this occurrence.  Neither Joanne nor her family have ever allowed this to hold her back.  In fact, she is quite inspiring and I highly recommend that you click on her website above!

Words fail me in telling you her story, so I’ll let Joanne do it on her website.  Please, take a moment today to fill up your spiritual cup with a dose of love, extraordinary human spirit and endless possibility!  The word is not impossible, it’s…

I’m Possible!

Shine On!

xo

Below are pictures of Joanne with her family and her dog Sally from her FB page and her video!

Daily Prompt: “Think Global and Act Local”

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The reason why the Universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself;

it gives life to others as it transforms. -Lao Tzu

Today’s daily prompt:  “Think global, act local.” Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one resonated with me and when I went searching for an image from my SendOutCards greeting card catalog, I knew I had to share!

With today’s daily prompt, I challenge you during the month of February to practice gratefulness for 30 days.  As an 11 year breast cancer survivor, I’ve learned that the key to enduring life’s journey is simple ~  LOVE and GRATITUDE.

World peace is possible by taking small steps ~ and it begins with you and me. 

Imagine for a moment going to your mailbox  ~  you rummage through the junk mail, the bills, the newspapers, etc.  As you quickly peruse the pile, you see an envelope which isn’t a bill, isn’t junk mail and you’re curious.  This is the envelope you open first, isn’t it?  This envelope is an unexpected card from me ~ telling you how wonderful you are and how grateful I am for you in my life.  I  don’t know many of you personally, but as a blogging community we’ve bonded in a most unusual way.  The positivity that flows so effortlessly makes it easy for me to send you this real paper card to tell you how happy I am that we’ve connected and how much I enjoy reading your blog.

How do you feel?

Appreciated! Happy!  Special! Loved! Grateful! 

And you are smiling…because someone thought of YOU today, took the time to tell YOU

how special YOU are and didn’t ask for anything in return. 

That feeling is PRICELESS!

And the greeting card cost only $1 plus postage!

And there’s even financial freedom ~ SendOutCards gives residual income as you think globally by sending cards to everyone all over the world ~ in different languages and act locally by increasing happiness in your world because you are sending a heartfelt message in the card.  You even increase global economy by sending a beautiful card which you do from anywhere in the world, 24/7 via your computer or your phone.  How simple is that?

Sharing GRATITUDE and LOVE increases the good in your life.

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We all deserve a lifetime filled with appreciation, health, happiness,

self-worth,  love and gratitude.

Shine On!

xo

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/daily-prompt-global/

Come Join the Celebration!

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Congratulations!

February 1st, 2002 was the date that I had my bilateral mastectomy due to my breast cancer diagnosis and the pathology report which read that after my lumpectomy, I still had breast cancer in my body.  It’s also the date that marks the fact that I finally took hold of my own health and my life and decided to prophylactically take the non-cancerous breast as well, much to my surgeon’s chagrin.  I can happily report to you, that I still stand by my decision as it was the right one for me.

There is so much I have learned in the last 11 years since that day that I walked into the OR by myself, sobbing after being taken away from hugging my supportive husband who still stands by my side.  In the wake of having had those breasts reconstructed with silicone implants twice since then and then after having one of those implants rupture last year, beginning multiple surgeries to create what I now have for breasts which is body tissue taken from other parts of my body to make new, real, soft fleshy breasts which are mine and not artificial, hard, painful implants which I had endured because I had no choice, I am celebrating!

Since my breast cancer diagnosis on New Year’s Eve of 2001, my life has changed so dramatically that words fail me in trying to explain how richer my life has become.  I have endured much suffering, but I have also reaped many blessings.  I am grateful for each and every day when I arise from my bed to greet the world.  I am thankful for life’s blessings, the big and small ones and I know firsthand the meaning of the preciousness of time.  I practice being present in my life ~ enjoying The Presents of Presence ~ meaning actually being in the moment and enjoying what that moment offers.  My intent to cast worry from my shoulders is an ongoing trial in my life, but I accept that it is a work in progress.

I know I am blessed with a loving family and much support in my life and I rejoice in the fact that I can continue to send out love on a daily basis through my blog, my FB page The Presents of Presence, my SendOutCards business and my actions.   I have struggled through the grief of losing my breasts, fighting the disease through multiple surgeries (more than 10 and counting), ACT (chemotherapy), radiation, the loss of my ovaries at age 35 (salpingo oophorectomy), multiple needles, shots, medications, tamoxifen, arimidex,  the loss of my hair, my self-esteem, my confidence as a woman, the sad passing of friends from the same disease and the mortal fear of reoccurrence.  This is not a pity party by any means, so please don’t mis-understand me.  It’s actually a celebration of triumph!

My mother-in-law texted me this morning, “Have an especially happy day!” and I knew exactly what she meant for I knew that she remembered ~ and I knew that she would be there with me celebrating this momentous event.  I’m still here!  I have no painful implants anymore!  I have come full circle today ~ from having my God-given breasts, to having them removed due to dis-ease, to having them reconstructed not once, but twice with implants, to having been miraculously restored and reconstructed with breasts again which are of my own flesh and blood.

I am not sure that if you haven’t experienced this phenomenon that you can imagine how incredible it is to be here 11 years later celebrating so many wonderful gifts that my life has brought to me.  It is with heartfelt tears of joy, of gratitude and of above all, love that I write to you today.  However, knowing that we all carry burdens while we endure our journey on this earth, I feel like this is OUR CELEBRATION TODAY!  So please indulge me as I invite you to celebrate love and life on the first of February (don’t forget to say Rabbit Rabbit)  as well as family, friends, miracles, faith, joy, laughter, tears, gratitude, blessings, health, compassion, friendship…I could go on and on!

Celebrate Today my friends…Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future…

Today is a gift, that’s why we call it the Present!

May The Presents of Presence

Be with You Every Day!

Shine On!

xo

Coffee Talk…

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A cup of coffee shared with you

is time well spent…

and warm memories made.

Thank you!

I saw this card in my SendOutCards catalog click here for more information and I had to include it because Vicki over at http://abundelic.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/coffees-on/  invited me for coffee today and I thought it would be fun to participate.  She’s asked a few questions that I needed to answer…so here goes!

1) How many cups of coffee per day? Well, it depends on what time I get up ~ usually 2 or maybe 3 at the most!

2) What is your favorite caffeine delivery system? My little Keurig!

 3) What was your best cup of coffee? Cafe au lait sitting at La Chancla Bar looking out over the Mediterranean on a bright sunny day, overlooking La Playa Blanca in Malaga, Spain.

4) What was your worst cup of coffee? On an airplane

5) What does your favorite mug say? Mom

6) How do you take your coffee? A 1/2 of a teaspoon of sugar  and a bit of  low-fat half and half

 7) When was your first cup? Spain!

 8) Have you ever gone on a coffee or tea date? Yes, many times!

So now I guess it’s my turn to host my first virtual coffee and tea date and I’m inviting all of you!  Please take a moment to chat below ~

Tell me about yourselves and how you like your coffee or tea! 

Feel free to invite friends and even host your own! 

What a lovely way to keep our energy up  and connections flowing as the week begins!

Have a lovely week!

Shine On!  Or dare I say, “Cheers to Tuesday!”

xo