Tag Archive | making connections through blogging

Remember to Say Thank You

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Life flows when we give and when we accept the blessings given to us.  Expressing gratitude is not difficult, but certainly is necessary.  Being appreciative for the blessings bestowed on us, little or big, requires being in a place of gratitude.  For when we ‘count our blessings’ we invite more blessings because we are showing appreciation.

Lately, I’ve been expressing my gratitude to God and to the Universe for the blessings which have been given to me.  It seems that the more I thank God and the Universe for even the simplest of gifts, the more blessings flow to me.  It’s that Law of Attraction mentality I think.  Have you heard of Law of Attraction?  I’ve written many posts on it before in my blog.  Just search Law of Attraction and surely you’ll find more about it here.

I think in our busy lives we forget to be grateful for the simplest things which we take for granted.  We become disconnected with the gifts we receive in our daily life.  Just having shelter, food, health, love and income, bare minimums is a blessing that we forget to acknowledge for there are many who lack these minimums.  Instead I think sometimes we are focused on what we don’t have or what we want, instead of what we currently have.  It’s a different way of thinking for some, but it’s a choice in how you look at it.

Is that glass half full or half empty for you?

Or are you just grateful to have the glass that can be refilled?

That’s how life is – you choose how you look at things and you can choose again when you learn more about life.  That’s the great part of life lessons!  We learn and grow at different speeds, but as we connect, we learn more because we share our lessons with those who are interested in connecting.

I have learned so much from blogging friendships that we’ve made and from friends who have taken the time to share what they have learned from life lessons.  My heartfelt thanks to all of you!  I hope that in some way, I have helped you as well.

Shine On!

xo

Instant Emotional Upswing

80702943_What’s your instant emotional upswing?

Have you ever experienced an instant emotional upswing?  The experience of intense joy that changes your mood/outlook in a moment?  Can you remember the last time you felt this ~ and can you replicate it?  Can you feel that emotion again and again when you need it?  Can you call to mind that upswing and swing out of a dark mood at will?

What was that moment for you? 

Mine was a recent one when a friend said to me, “I will help you,” and it was in that exact second that the intense ball of fear/insecurity/sadness/darkness which had settled in the center of my chest melted away in an instant.  One minute I was completely feeling overwhelmed and the next minute (audible finger snap) just like that, it was gone.  POOF!  Erased, as if it had never been there in the first place.

Why is that?  Those words are ordinary.  They aren’t anything provocative or medicinal.  Or are they?  The fact that someone whom I trust, reached out to say, unbidden, “I will help you,” is extraordinary, powerful and priceless.  For me, it was a deal sealer ~ it made the tasks that I was facing to feel less daunting, more manageable and less burdensome because a burden shared feels lighter.

And the funny thing is that she lives hours away by plane so it’s not as if she could truly come to my house to help me.  No, not a chance.  But what she could do, and what she did, was to be there for me.  To be supportive, to be encouraging, to praise, to ignite the fire and passion which I had hidden.  To fill up my enthusiasm meter when it was lagging and to refill the confidence which I had lost.  It wasn’t that she was approving of what I was doing so that I was getting that child-like parental approval.  Oh no!  She was using her peer-like enthusiasm, her cheerleader friendship which virtually shouted, “yes, go for it” as I went about the tasks at hand.

Knowing she would stand by me, next to me, hand and heart at the ready should I fall, made all the difference…and it still does.  It made an Instant Emotional Upswing in my life.  I am ever grateful for our connection and I am blessed to have you in my life.

So if you should need a cheerleader, an enthusiastic “Yes, you can!  Go for it!  Woo Hoo!” friend in your life, just know that I’m here for you.  Heart at the ready and friendship available.  I am your biggest fan!

Shine On!

xo

P.S.  David Kanigan over at lead.learn.live  wrote this phrase in his blog awhile back and I just jotted it down.  I apologize for not being able to tell you the exact post in which he wrote about it nor how he, himself, used the phrase.  I only know that it stuck with me and was my inspiration for today’s post.  Thank you David.

A Present for Presence

envelopeLet me tell you a story…I went to my mailbox the other day and this was what I found inside, nestled in with the junk mail and the bills.  What a lovely surprise, don’t you think?  Excuse the photos, I was using my iPhone and I’m not very good with it as you can tell ~ but my heart’s in the right place, so please keep reading….

envelope2So I opened the envelope…and saw a note from my dear blogging pal Julia Denton over at Defeat Despair!   I was so excited to get this which is my early Christmas present from her!  You see, she just celebrated her First Year Blogaversary and she threw a special party for her readers and sent US gifts!  So it actually wasn’t a surprise as I knew she would be sending something special.

She offered to send a card that we could send using one of her photos (she has amazing photos on her blog) ~ so I picked the photo below and sent in my request.

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Lo and behold (sorry, I’ve always wanted to use that phrase), this is what she made for me!  The amazing photo with a black heart border and white card…complete with matching envelope!

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And then also, the same but in green!

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As she wrote in her note, she didn’t know which one I would prefer so she sent both!  How Sweet!!!

The point of my story is this ~

you never know whose heart you touch when you blog ~

when we reach out in love, we always make a difference ~

you never know what small gift means so much to someone’s heart ~

we are all connected in special ways ~ I treasure our connections! 

Thank you Julia for being such a special connection in my heart!  Please make sure that you stop by to visit Julia and DEFEAT DESPAIR!  and tell her Misifusa’s Blog ~ The Presents of Presence sent you!

Shine On!

xo