Thoughts For The Day

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“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”  ~ Francesca Reigler

MarDrags’ Thoughts: Would that we could remember to pour our energy into the attitude of happiness and understanding rather than allow it to run in the river of misery. Either action takes energy and work. We of free will have the choice where to funnel our energy. We can choose where we would spend that effort…knowing that the hard work we put into it will reap what it is spent on. The choice…is what matters most. The rest…takes care of itself.

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“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.”  ~ Confucius

MarDrags’ Thoughts: We have all been “wronged” at some time by people in our lives…and it can cause us pain or sadness. But, if we stop to think a moment…does it not say more about the person who wronged us than it does about us? The person doing the wrong is the one that should question themselves…not the one who is wronged…for it is the one who is doing that is perpetrating the offence. If we continue to think about it and remember it…we give it power. Once forgotten…it is gone and can no longer have any power over us or affect us. Let. It. Go.

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“As you walk, eat, and travel, be where you are. Otherwise, you will miss most of your life.”  ~ Buddha

MarDrags’ Thoughts: BE PRESENT. Be present for every moment of your life. We spend so much time in anguish or longing for the past or in anxiety or fear of the future…and thus we miss the gifts or lessons in the moment. So as Buddha says…be where you are. Right now…look around you…see where you are for all that it is…the colors, the smells, the feelings you have this minute…NOTICE it all…and revel in it. If it is happiness, joy, pain or anguish…BE present for it. Don’t miss a single drop of the elixir that is your life…drink it in and let it flow through you and fill you up. Get drunk on the magic of this very moment. THAT…is how not to feel empty.

Blessings

HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY!

Wednesday ~ Getting Over The Hump Day” Humor

Happy Wednesday!! Time for our weekly break from “Deep Thought” and get a little Comic Relief on! Today’s Humor is brought to you by “Funny Signs” and “Funny Pics”. Enjoy…and may your day be full of bright laughter and loving thoughts! Blessings!

DID I READ THAT SIGN CORRECTLY?

In a Store Bathroom: “Toilet Out Of Order. Please Use Floor Below.”

In a London Department Store: “Bargain Basement Upstairs”

In an Office: “Would The Person Who Took The Step Ladder Yesterday Please Return It Or Further Steps Will Be Taken.”

In an Office: “After Tea Break, Staff Should Empty The Tea Pot And Stand Upside Down On The Draining Board.

Outside a Second Hand Shop: “We Exchange Everything – Bicycles, Washing Machines, Etc. Why Not Bring The Wife Along And Get A Wonderful Bargain?”

Notice on a Farmers Field: “The Farmer Allows People To Cross The Field For Free, But The Bull Charges.”

Message on a Leaflet: “If You Cannot Read, This Leaflet Will Tell You How To Get Lessons.”

On a Repair Shop Door: “We Can Repair Anything! (Please Knock On The Door – The Bell Doesn’t Work)

First SipMore Than Coffee

Muffins

Deja PooPMS

Procrastination

Sexy beastHangry

Legendary

Baskin RobbinsDemon

Iron

Branch ManagerPretty

Grumpy Cat

Tuesday Affirmations ~ Challenges

 

We are well into another week…but it is a holiday week, so a short one for many people. I hope it is a good week for all! And here we are, ready for another post on “Tuesday Affirmations”. Today, the card I pulled from my deck “The Gifts of Affirmations” by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber is:

The Gift of Courage ~ “I Invent Creative Solutions To The Challenges In My Life”

Message: “Use this gift when you are confronted with a situation that seems impossible to deal with. Sometimes it is better to study a problem until you understand it well and then put it out of your mind for a while. Many scientists and mathematicians have reported that their inventions and creative solutions came to them in a dream or in the reverie of a daydream.”

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from the Desk of MarDrag:

Courage is a powerful gift, but sometimes a difficult one to cultivate. It takes courage to face down problems and obstacles in life, and to find solutions to situations we must take on that are uncomfortable or painful. And with our instincts usually pushing us to find a solution quickly, sometimes we can act hastily, not thinking things through, and make the wrong choice or take the wrong direction altogether. Sometimes, we do not have the courage to stay our hand, pause, and make the decision in our own time and in the best way possible. Life is in a hurry these days, but sometimes we ourselves should not be.

I like the affirmation card for its message to slow down and study the problems of our lives. Only in doing that will we have a good understanding of all the implications and possible solutions available. I know…we say life is moving quickly and we need to keep up. But…are we moving at the pace of life…or should our life be moving at our pace? After all, it is our life and we are in control of it, or should be. We should not be letting life have control of us.

I believe that it is true that, when faced with a problem, if we spend all our time obsessing over it and wracking our brains for a solution, we find it difficult to find one because all our energy and mind functions are focused on the problem itself. We run it over and over, on a loop, and then add anxiety, fear, dread, anger, and frustration on top of it…and at that point, we have no more space in our minds, hearts or emotions to welcome in the answer. The space is full…of things that will not help us.

So, as the affirmation says…what if we take a productive turn in our problem solving technique? Spend the energy on understanding and clarifying the problem. Write it down if necessary. Make a pro and con list, and add a list of possible solutions, even if they sound unlikely. Writing it down helps to get all those thoughts out of our head and put down in the physical. Because the next step, is to let it go and forget about it for a while. This helps in two ways…first, to let our mind have a break and clear out the energy, and second, to open the space and allow the correct solution to come forward. Or to come to us in a dream or half-sleep state…which is actually a great time as the sub-conscious has the time to speak at those moments while the conscious mind drowses.

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I know some of you can think of a time when you have said, “the answer just came to me”. And, after all your worry, it seemed effortless. Well, the more you work at retraining your problem solving habits, the easier it gets, and the less effort you will spend on them.

Letting go of something important can be hard. But this method really does work. I can say that from experience. I used to be the best top notch worrier of all time. But all that worry got me nowhere but wishing for a padded cell. LOL! When I stopped using all my energy up with worry, and started actively focusing it toward constructive thought, and then letting go, things changed and difficulties seemed not so overwhelming anymore. I realized I could handle them and there was always an answer, even when I could not see it right away.

There is a saying that, “there is no problem that does not have a solution, otherwise it is not a problem”.

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If we remember that for every problem there is truly a solution, and understand and let go enough to allow that solution to present itself, then we are truly the creative problem solving beings we are meant to be and we have conquered the Challenge.

Blessings!

The Arrow

 

“If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.”  ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling backward. If life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it is going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”  ~ Author Unknown

“You want me to use my instincts.” My laugh was shaky as I placed the arrow in the bow. The target was in front of me, but rather than focus on it, I closed my eyes. As soon as I did, the weight of the air distracted me. It pressed on my arms, my thighs, and settled like a heavy cloak on my shoulders. The air held the tip of the arrow up too. I adjusted my stance, shoulders widening as they pushed the air aside. A breeze, a caress of movement, pulled a few strands of hair away from my ear in response. “What do you want?” I asked the breeze crossly. “Your trust”, it whispered in reply.

My lips parted in astonishment, my mind’s eye opened, and I saw the tip of the arrow burning gold with the heat and pressure that had been beaten into it at the forge. The fire that was trapped there wanted to fly free again, but it would stay where it was unless I let go of my fear. I puffed out a soft exhalation, making room for faith. My breath passed along the arrow’s shaft and I released the bowstring. Held aloft on my breath, the arrow flew. I did not have to open my eyes to know it reached its target.”  ~ Deborah Harkness, Shadow of Night

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

The heat here had been oppressive this past weekend, to the point of needing to stay indoors with the air conditioning full on…so I spent a good deal of the time with one of my favorite pastimes…reading. I have not had enough time lately to spend with this beloved pleasure, so it was delightful to take the well needed break in another land…far, far away…that can only be reached by the rich written words between the bindings of a good book.

As with most books, I always find gems of wisdom that speak out louder than the text…and I take note. One such gem came in the form of the excerpt above from the book “Shadow of Night” by Deborah Harkness. (I will leave you to look it up if so desired). The piece spoke about arrows, and aiming, and inner sight…and it came to me that…there was a great lesson in those words.

When we take aim in life…that is, when we point our “Arrows” toward a goal or need or desire, we look toward our target with eyes that are focused on the mark, not the Arrow and how it will find the mark. It occurred to me that…if we only eye the mark, we are sending the Arrow toward it with no intelligent or wise guidance…we just expect it to hit the target because we wish it to.

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So…what if we closed our limited vision, and opened our eyes of Faith and Wisdom…breathed our intention into the Arrow…and then aimed it toward the point we want it to reach. That is…we let go of all expectation about “how” it should happen and where it will land…and embrace the Trust that, with a clear and expanded vision…it will hit the target it is meant to hit.

That would take a fair amount of Faith and Trust in ourselves…but…we are the bows, pulled taut and strong, that the Arrow is set forth from…and we have the Power to harness the flame that is trapped within us and burn the fear away with it.

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I love how the excerpt speaks of “changing stance” when the Power of Faith and Wisdom is embraced. How, in letting go of Fear we make room for Faith…and how changing our stance can push the Fear and the air around it aside and open a completely different space for our Arrows to fly through. There is so much Power and Wisdom in that.

So…close your eyes…see your target…and then put your attention on that Flaming Arrow you wish to release. Open your inner vision, the eyes of your inner Wiser Self…and breathe in the Faith that your inner voice of Wisdom will always guide your Arrow in the right direction. Trust your Power and Intention…adjust your stance to accommodate it…and let your Arrow fly.

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Blessings!