September 22, 2018 – FALL!

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There IS a real reason to love Fall; God executed a perfect plan with the Seasons – they each have their own meaning, but rarely in our busy lives to we take time to really contemplate the Seasons. Today, on the AUTUMNAL EQUINOX, I am closing one chapter of my life, just like the end of summer, and honor it with reflection as I move forward into the next chapter.

Today I throw away the rest of the stuff that weighs me down – STUFF – just STUFF that has taken up space and I truly release it to the dump – Goodbye, STUFF – then I will HONOR my energetic and tired body with a massage and afterward, in a relaxed state, I will ceremoniously celebrate what was and pave the way for what is to come.

Life is Good! I open my arms and WELCOME Fall and its lessons.

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September 19, 2018 – Detours

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Step by step we walk. A pedometer is not really necessary. You can feel how far you have traveled. Each journey is different. You leave something of yourself wherever you go, and you take some of others along with you. Some trails or pathways you have ventured on before, but if you walk them again they are not exactly the same. Revisiting a path can be better because you are aware – aware of what was good and what was less than so.

C. S. Lewis said, “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?”

In October I will revisit a path with excitement and a new perspective – it is exciting because I WANT to do it. It is much akin to feeling like a child just before Christmas, or waiting for the tooth fairy or your birthday. Excitement does not end when you are older – it’s just that you often have “been there, done that and bought the t-shirt, so it has to be something really special to get you excited.

Just like “the beat goes on,” so does the path with its ups and downs and bends and curves. What’s around the corner? I KNOW it is something worth walking toward.

September 16, 2018

Sept 16

Sunday morning memory – a great time to be reminded of the people who are your friends – those who truly are more than the definition of the NOUN “friend,” and whose actions exhibit the definition of the word itself. Our hearts and souls know WHO they are…your tribe, your circle. Though small in number, they are mightier than any Army because they fortify your life with love, loyalty, thought, compassion, and genuine care, just asking for your friendship in return. Like marriage, friendship may not be equal, but it delivers a commitment between two humans that enriches each other’s lives, like no other. The movie, Beaches, and Bette Middler’s, “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” is what I think of when I think of a Friend…

“Make new friends, but keep the old, some are silver and the other gold.”

Gratitude to those worthy of wearing the title of Friend.

September 13, 2018

Sept 13

The saying, “Be a Voice; not an Echo,” has so much more meaning as you attain true maturity; I now understand those senior persons who were so adamant about things in my youth – when I thought, “Who do they think they are!” Today I know; they had experience – wisdom, so often hard-earned; they had lived life which we youth had yet to experience.

My, my – how our perspective changes as we arrive where they once were. I so hope the current youth will listen and avoid our hard-learned lessons. God Bless us one and all on our journey , and may we all recognize that it really is as Alice in Wonderful told us – “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

September 9, 2018

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It has been a year since I closed on my Lakeside house, and with many starts and stops, each time believing I was almost at the finish line, I finally am really almost there. I can almost touch that finish line…ALMOST. Only those closest to me know, as Paul Harvey would say, “the rest of the story.” Many things that had value have been shared, evaluated, and discarded or kept. This has been quite the road less traveled, but truly a spiritual journey full of epiphanies. Other Baby Boomers who may also be where I am, are looking back at what and who has mattered on their path.

Lessons are understood now…some lessons I did not even know I was being taught. Things I once believed have been challenged and truths revealed. I have lived a life of adventure and see how I have been placed in many roles I would not have chosen myself, but were truly placed in them because they were mine to fill. I strived always to go beyond mediocrity and never was satisfied with my results because I wanted what I did to matter, to really matter. I still feel that way.

Unlike many who say they would not change a thing in their lives, I would. Hindsight is 20/20. With that hindsight, however, at this stage of my life, I believe that if I ever strayed from the path that was mine to walk, there was always Divine Intervention gifted me so that I could find a new road that would lead me back to the true path of my Earthly sojourn.

Just as nature reveals many answers with her changing seasons, animals bring insights to me to aide me on my journey. I embrace their traits and the gifts they present me. I AM aware. I AM grateful, and I AM blessed today to revisit a post from last year which opens my eyes once again to snippets of insight for the next road I have chosen to walk.

Sundays are special days, and with Fall in the air, today I Fall in love again with the gift of life and the tests given, passed or failed – for I know today that even the failed tests contain wisdom for the journey.