Distracted by Kindness: Choosing Positivity Amidst Struggle

Distracted by Kindness: Choosing Positivity Amidst Struggle

Choosing Kindness and Compassion in Tumultuous Times

Days of Autumn quickly pass by, and the nip of the holidays of thanks and cheers is in the air. Busy schedules and time seemingly flying by, or is it just life?  The world of changes is changing fast and not so much what I wish to see. Wars and anger… or time for us all to stand up for what we do want. What we believe in, like Free speech, respect, kindness, and understanding our uniqueness, adds to this incredible world. We are all equal in the grand scheme of things. Here to learn those very things. I am not sure why it is so difficult to learn this lesson.

Each person we meet is a reflection of us. So why not heal that part of us so wounded deep instead of harming the other? That is what the season of Scorpio is about—the time of healing, mending, and waking up to the beauty and grace within us and giving thanks for that healing, mending, and waking up. For the people who helped us along the way. Stress is resisting, and if you resist it, it will persist. Breathe deeply and shake it all off, dear people.

And with saying that, this sidenote: Thank you, Taylor Swift, for your incredible talent and for distracting the world with your brilliance, kindness, beauty, and Grace. You show that women can do it and do it beautifully—blessings to you and yours. I appreciate you for all you be and do.

Most days, I say or write what I am grateful for. Each breath, for good health, physically and mentally, the kindness in my life, friends, and family, and the good, the bad, and the ugly, I created in some way in my life for the lessons. Accept and allow. Thank you.

It is funny to me, though it is who and what I love, to learn, to be curious, and to ask questions with my observation. I am taking classes in tech at the age of 60 and don’t see myself stopping this learning.  It is like retiring; I don’t see myself doing that…just another adventure. Why get re-tired? Does that make sense?

Through this reflection of self and seeing the world in this state, I wonder why I am here at this amazing time. What do I reflect on this Earth? Ask yourself where you are still angry, upset, or wounded. Forgive yourself and those around you on this week of thanks. Life is more than the great sales on Black Friday or even before. It is more than the shopping. It is that kindness, beauty, and Grace. Be it, share it, and thank you for reading my moment of observation and rambling.

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Ride Life’s Journey

Ride Life’s Journey

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Amen for the journey.
the tumbleweeds never stuck around too long
nor the heartbreak lingers into the recesses of life.
the heart opens and the truth falls before you…
be able to see the beauty, the grace, and love
that keeps you going,
with a deeper compassion, determination, and gratitude
for your journey.
the ride of your lifetime…
as you create the mysteries and mystic connections
between words and heart
emotions deepening than more you reach in…
your soul welcomed you;.
taking your hand and consoled you
another lesson as the tears wiped away… again.
the inner light brightens a few more amps
as your dreams seem a bit closer
as you brush off the dust
clean up your hands and face
seeing the smile growing with the laughter
nothing stays the same
everything changes with each breath
thoughts dance as dreams formulate
so dance with life… the answers you seek will come…
in the bizarre moment of motion…
breathing in the sweetness enduring caress of love. ~jh

Go with the Feeling

Go with the Feeling

“The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself.”
~
E.E. Cummings

Minutes before the Full Moon in Gemini, I was listening to this inner voice saying so clearly, “ you will get about $2000 for your car.” The song “Can’t stop the Feeling”  by Justin Timberlake came on the radio, as different cars’ part flashed on my head and then suddenly the car in front of me stopped. I turned my car to the right to avoid it and clipped the bumper.

I said, “Okay, Universe, let me be surprised by the wonderful new things you have planned for me. “

I had been in good spirit and even after the accident, I continued to be focused and deliberate in action. I called 911, asked the other car if anyone was hurt, got my insurance information out, called my mom to come pick me up. I checked again with the young woman who hadn’t had an accident before and told them the routine. Attempted to ease her mind that she is fine and the car can easily be fixed.

It was all automatic for me. It was the third time and the last time (thank you Universe) for a totaled car. 2001, my Trooper has a mechanical failure and the car rolled over. I walked away.  In 2003, while driving down from Oregon on a road trip with friends, a drunk driver hit us. I walked away. Though I did get the reminder of “You are loved and loved! Don’t forget that.”  I haven’t and get a clue just how much this is true.

Throughout this last year, I had looked at cars and always back to the fact; I really love my little 2005 Spectra Five. I had just thought about replacing the tint on the windows and maybe a new paint job. This car fits me, though now I had outgrown the energy of this car and deserved something a little nicer. The Spectra Five now was cleared out and gone.

I am so thankful and grateful I am open to receive something new. I obviously release attitudes and things that had held me back from true progress. I have planted many seeds in my career, personal life… well, in all areas of my life; All with gratitude.

Now, I am, in a way, forced to sit still, without a car and focus on my new life and the new story I am co-creating now.  2016, year of completion, truly was a year of closing the chapters on many years of the good, the bad and lots of ugly.  The ugliest of all the contrast I had release now, seeing the damage and growth in my journey.  2017 is the year of new creation, new adventures, and new story.

And as E.E. Cummings said, I have unlearned things I had learned and realized more of who I am through this year of review and closure.  I am grateful for all of it and thankful for the insights and lessons I had been blessed with and understand now more about the power I hold dear.

Remembering the sweetness I have added to people’s lives, the smiles, comfort, the confirmation, inspiration, and strength. I have often heard from people since kids signed yearbooks “You are so sweet. Please don’t change.”  In the past, it felt like an obligation to be “sweet” or kind. Now it is an honor and a gift to share kindness and be just “me.”

Now focusing on keeping my word to myself first and then to others, all in service to the highest good. Having integrity means much to me and I have seen how I had punished myself when I felt out of it. Settling for less in all areas of my life is a change I am making. I deserve the best. Only the best.

I have manifested many wonderful things. I asked the Universe for a change agent to assist me in realigning myself to receive the best by being the best I can be.  A wonderful teacher came back into my life and I am now finishing up her brilliant class, “Thirty days to a Charmed Life.”  Bernadette Dickenson has been a good friend and a wonderful teacher/coach. We all need support. I am grateful for hers at the closing of this completing year. She is starting another one in January if you are interested.

2017 is a one year… a new story… new adventures and new possibilities. So write your new story. You know I am and I plan on writing more this new year.  Enjoy creating yours.

“Words transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.” Ursula K. Le Guin

April 2017 UPDATE:  After realizing how much the local dealerships add onto the cost of the car… I told the Universe the right car for me is a private seller. I let go and went on with other things. I was still hearing from many people about getting the car. I focused on other things. One late afternoon, I decide out of the blue to go for a walk. along the way, I met up with a neighbor driving in who stopped to chat. He was selling his 2012 Honda Accord loaded with most of the things I was looking for plus more. The price was right and within a week, I got my car from a private seller at the right price.

The Universe listens… Are you?

 

Moon Eclipse

Moon Eclipse

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Full moon coming
Dancing with the stars
Engaging the sun
And our senses.
Opening our hearts
to the whispering of the soul.
Embracing your experiences
with compassion and intentions.
Eclipsing for a moment with awe,
in beauty, and grace;
while telling you to rethink and determine
what your story truly is.~jh