Friday, December 31, 2010

Another Auld Lang Syne

So, I like the idea that we are going to have to learn to travel lighter in the New Year.
....but I'm a keeper; I save things! 

Really, it takes some courage, I think to let go. 
A goodly amount of mental energy goes into providing room for all those things I've held onto.  Emotionally sustaining things, situations, moods, conditions ... even some relationships which have fulfilled their purpose -- after a point they begin to feel sooo heavy.

We can have "good" goodbyes or, what feel like "bad" goodbyes. 
I think we can all remember some goodbyes that felt sad, that felt hard.  Situations that we left which weren't our conscious choice to leave.  People who we left or who left us -- and not by conscious choice.   "I didn't get the chance to say 'goodbye' in the gracious and loving way that I would have liked."

In one of my favorite movies, Castaway, there are several kinds of goodbyes:

There is a goodbye that is intending to be temporary ~ much more temporary than 4 years! ~ when he says, "I'll be right back." 
And then there's a sad goodbye ~ things didn't work out the way I wanted them to and I'm hurting.
And finally... there's a peaceful goodbye.  And you just sort of know, when the goodbye is peaceful and loving that the doors are opening for a new beginning.

We never know when we say goodbye some morning, if that's the last time we're going to have this exchange, when or if there will be another hello.  So, isn't it important for all of our goodbyes to be loving and genuinely affirming, "God be with you... good be with you."

In that wonderful book Illusions there's a beautiful statement that goes something like, "Don't fear goodbyes, for they are necessary in order for you to have all the beautiful hellos that life has waiting for you."

DH and I wish you all a Very Happy 2011.....May your new year be richly blessed! 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Day After!

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Whew!  Is Christmas 2010 really over ... so quickly?
(cue sound-bite, "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.")

I hope you all enjoyed helping create warm and lasting memories!

That said, I caught myself on Christmas Eve feeling curiously detached. My mind kept replaying scenes of long-ago celebrations ... names and faces who've journeyed  ahead....
...The next moment, trying to imagine how you, dear friends, were experiencing that Holy night.  (Oops!, does that make me a voyeur?)

DH's daughter and her family opened their doors and their hearts again this Eve:  She and her dad so enjoy re-creating the traditional Polish supper ... an acquired taste, yes. :) 

Regretfully, we all just learned her mother is gravely ill.  I couldn't help but wonder, how many others feel compelled to "put up a jolly good front" -- while their insides are behaving like a rock tumbler.

In keeping with "the times", our gift-giving was more frugal that we'd prefer.  How I long to watch my loved ones' eyes light up when they uncover a treasure that speaks to their hearts... to hear, "How did you know?".

So, no -- there were no BCS Championship Game tickets in my stocking yesterday morning ($1,049-and-up at last glance ~ isn't that crazy?) ....
.... But there's no way I'd trade my son's new family portrait ... the railroad-tie Cross ... or a grandchild's sweet hugs!    

So, how was YOUR Christmas?   Yes, I'd really enjoying hearing!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

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Doesn't it seem we've been listening to Christmas music since Halloween?   

Nevertheless, here's "the one" of which I never grow weary.

Many have recorded Oh Holy Night ... but I don't think anyone does it better than the Phantom Michael Crawford ... gives me chills everytime I listen!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! 
God bless us, everyone!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Really?!!!

One of my favorite authors, Sarah Ban Breathnach, had me laughing out loud this morning with her opening:
"I don't think many of our true loves are awaiting with bated breath for a partridge in a pear tree this year."

How did she know I'd be feeling overwhelmed .... near despair at not yet finding the Perfect-Whimsical-WOW! gifts I so long to present my loved ones?  

I'm intrigued by her challenge:  "Why don't you try to give them the Right Stuff?"

Certainly, it's a tall order .....
Still, I'd much rather focus on this mindset and give it a go! 

From Simple Abundance:

On the 1st day of Christmas, I gave to my true loves:
The gift of my Undivided Attention

On the 2nd day of Christmas I gave to my true loves:
The gift of Enthusiasm

On the 3rd day of Christmas I gave to my true loves:
The gift of Creative Energy

On the 4th day of Christmas I gave to my true loves:
The gift of Simple Seasonal Pleasures

On the 5th day of Christmas I gave to my true loves:
The gift of Tenderness

On the 6th day of Christmas I gave to my true loves:
The gift of Good Cheer

On the 7th day of Christmas I gave to my true loves:
The gift of Beauty

On the 8th day of Christmas I gave to my true loves:
The gift of Communication

On the 9th day of Christmas I gave to my true loves:
The gift of Surprise

On the 10th day of Christmas I gave to my true loves:
The gift of Wonder

On the 11th day of Christmas I gave to my true loves:
The gift of Peaceful Surroundings

On the 12th day of Christmas I gave to my true loves:
The gift of Joy
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Be ready for the gifts of God!

Monday, December 6, 2010

The importance of applying punctuation on the teleprompter!



Oh, I shouldn't laugh ... I really shouldn't. 
...All the same, this just cracked me up.  Don't you know this anchorman is still soooo embarrassed!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gift Giving

Every day provides its own gifts - Ruth P. Freeman

We are guaranteed experiences that are absolutely right for us today.   We are progressing on schedule.

Today is full of special surprises, and we will be the recipient of the ones which are sent to help us grow.  We might not consider every experience a gift at this time, but hindsight offers the clarity lacking at the moment - just as it has done in many times before.

We are only offered part of our personal drama each day.  But we can trust our lives to have many scenes, many acts, points of climax, and a conclusion.  Each of us tells a story with our lives, one different from all other stories and yet necessary to the telling of many other stories.

We can trust the drama and give fully to our roles.

Every day is a gift exchange.  I give, and I will receive.

-- Excerpted from Daily Meditation for Women

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Sundae Effect


(reprinted in part from one of my “beginner” posts for this week's Simple Pleasures.)

Woo-hoo! Summer’s finally released its grip on the Valley of the Sun!  Don’t laugh, but when our temps drop below 50 degrees it’s practically cause to bring out the long underwear.  

So here we are, approaching 'the most wonderful time of the year.'   The last several days have (I think) set record cold temps .... yessss!

Contrasting our overnight lows, my spirits have skyrocketed …. I’m able to indulge in the “sundae effect” during my morning commute:


Once my car’s engine’s fully warmed, I set the blower on “max” ..... then roll down the window.   
Right side "toasty" … left side, let's call it "brisk."   



Wheeeeee, I’m feeling like a hot-fudge sundae!  
(Say, we desert dwellers have to take pleasure where we can - LOL!)