Thurday Door Post

 

A few weeks ago, I learned from fellow blogger thephilfactor.com about a weekly Thursday post tradition that blogger Norm 2.0 had started sharing pictures of unique doors. I became intrigued, so here is my second offering to the Thursday Door Posts.

Wonder where this one leads…..!! Blessings!

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“Getting Over The Hump Day” Humor

 

What a week this has been and it is only Wednesday (almost!) Join me in a little laughter to lighten the day and remind us not to take life too seriously. Laugh until your belly hurts! Blessings!

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The Life of A Problem ~ Repost

 

I have a bit of “stuff” going on, you know, life’s little (and big) problems that come our way to test our strength and patience. At my age, I have been through my share…and I say this because…after all these years, I should be a pro at it right? Well, maybe not a pro, but I have come to a few conclusions about problems. I wrote about it years ago, and now, it becomes relevant again. I share it with you as I remind myself of the message…Blessings!

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“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”  ~ Steve Maraboli

“The best way out is always through.”  ~ Robert Frost

“Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.”  ~ Anthony Robbins

“Every solution to every problem is simple. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies.”  ~ Derek Landy

***“The universe is so well balanced that the mere fact that you have a problem also serves as a sign that there is a solution.”  ~ Steve Maraboli

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from The Desk of MarDrag:

Problems…we all have them. Life is wrought with them. There is no escape from them. And, sometimes, just when we think we are free of them, another one (or many) crop up to remind us that life is about growth. And as Tony Robbins says above, without problems, we would not grow. If everything was always “all right” and we never had any adversity in our lives, we could not stretch our minds, hearts and souls to see what we are capable of or to hone our life skills.

But, sometimes the problems life brings us are overwhelming, and it is often easy to get buried in them. We are busy in our lives, and when problems arise, it takes energy and thought to work them out and find resolutions. Or so we have been taught. We spend a great deal of thought, energy and worry on problems; thinking about them picking them apart, judging them, trying to come up with solutions, or simply worrying about them and feeling anxiety because we don’t have a solution. By the time we spend all of this effort on a problem, we are exhausted and often discouraged or depressed and feel stuck, or that there is no way out. We spend all this time, effort and energy focusing on the problem…keeping it alive…and very possibly blocking the arrival of the solution.

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So, consider this…You can not solve a problem at the level of the problem. You have to rise above it to see the other levels around it. If we stay parallel to the problem, then our focus is aimed only at the issue and the clarity surrounding it stays fuzzy and unreadable.

The trick is to take our focus and direct our attention to attaining that clarity. To focus on the clearing…not the solving. There is always another way to look at a problem, another view, even when our conscious mind says there is not, or can’t see it. We sometimes need to look with our heart and soul, not always with our mind and eyes. God, Spirit, the Higher Powers all already know the solution. If we can stay clear, and step out of the way, then we can receive those answers and Divine thought can reach us.

My favorite quote above is the last one by Steve Maraboli…that the fact there is a problem in the first place gives us proof that there is a solution to it. For, by Law of Polarity in the universe (two sides to everything), there is no problem that does not have a corresponding solution.

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Don’t give Life to the problem…make your Life and its Power to overcome bigger than the problem.

Since everyone is different, each must find their own way to “rise above” a problem and seek clarity. But, I do have a little daily mantra that has helped me to change my focus that I will share with you, and perhaps it can help you too. Or, write your own, or search for something you can say to yourself that will change your focus when you find yourself immersed too deeply in a problem and are unable to clear your mind and step away from it to allow the solution to flow to you. Here is that mantra:

Just for today, I release myself from anger and fear

Just for today, I release myself from worry

I give thanks for my many Blessings

I live well, and cultivate my true life with grace and joy

Blessed are my family, friends and teachers

I rise above  (I have had this many years and do not recall where I read it or its author)

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If you are facing a problem (as we all are), use this mantra to help clear your mind. Or find what will work for you, and see yourself stepping out of the way of the problem so that its ever present and corresponding solution can make itself known…and you will have the clarity to see it. And you will know the Balance of life in its true form.

Blessings!

The Music of Childhood

 

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I mean this literally. I frequently watch PBS because they show some wonderful concerts of all genres of music, some quite retro or obscure. I love it as I have a brief background managing rock bands and I listen(ed) to a whole lotta different types of artists and music. It was a blast and is now part of my matured (giggle) playlist of current tunes.

The other day, PBS presented a 2hour special about a band that was dear and close to my heart growing up in the late sixties and seventies. This band and their music, in fact, shaped much of my adolescence and teens. I evolved into a rock and roll girl…but during that period I was all about…The Carpenters. I know, I know…but they had some amazing songs and the musical arrangements Richard Carpenter put together were astounding in their complexity and perfection. Karen Carpenter had the voice of an angel. She was my first girl crush. I wanted and got a drum set because I thought it was so cool that a girl could play. While I loved all of their “hits”, I took to some of their lesser known material and would play the songs over and over…my brother banging on the wall of the next room yelling, “How many more times are you going to play that?” Giggle…oh plenty Bro!

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Hearing these songs again (I have not heard them for many, many, many…years) washed over me like a gentle but large tidal wave. I hardly expected it. I sat down to watch just for fun and nostalgia’s sake…but I came away moved…and dare I say, changed just a little. It is interesting to note (pun unintended but stays) how much music does affect, influence, and shape our lives. We all hear certain tunes that sway us to recall the times in our lives that these melodies flowed through. So listening to these songs, all at once and together, really formed a vessel to ride that tidal wave of memories…but not only memories…because music evokes emotions, so when the memories come, so do the emotions attached to them. I remembered it all, some good, some not, but it was all Me.

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It was moving, but not in a bad way. I just…well, transcended for 2 hours to that time in my life, which I intentionally do not think about every day. I mean, adolescence and teens are some of the most profound years and we all have wonderful and horrid memories of them. But…because this music was so important to me back then, I began to remember parts of me, pieces of things, blips I hadn’t had on my radar…and in an odd way, it filled up a part of me I (now for the cliché) didn’t exactly know wasn’t entirely filled. Like small pieces of the puzzle inched toward the bigger picture and went, oh, that’s where I fit in.

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These days afterward I feel altered just a bit, but for a better fit into my whole self. Does that make sense? (she asks shaking her head!).

If you haven’t or never do listen to Music of Your Childhood…I strongly recommend it. Not a song here or there, sit down for an afternoon and “pull out all the old tunes”. (whatever that means in this digital age).  Just sit and relax into the music, let your mind wander and your heart and soul follow. Are there some things there, some feelings, some things that you lost along the way? Would it make you feel better to let them back in again? Would it open any doors that might have been closed? Is there magic in those tunes, words, and melodies that belongs back in your Self?

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I can tell you, that is how I felt, and it was good. Have fun with it…and may the Music of Childhood bring you closer to YourSelf and make you fall in Love all over again…with You!

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Blessings!

Thursday Door Post

 

I recently found out about a cool Thursday tradition started by a fellow blogger and became intrigued. Every Thursday, this blogger does a post about the amazing art and uniqueness of Doors. Now, I became interested because I have a similar passion for castles…and they always have awesome doors. So, I am submitting my contribution to Thursday Door Post day with the following picture of a door in Cotswold, England…a most enchanting and beautiful place. Enjoy!

Visit the blog Norm 2.0. who is the one who started this tradition. I found out about it by reading another stellar blog at thephilfactor.com. I recommend them both…they are wonderful reads! Blessings!

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The Self, It Fills

 

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This is one of the hardest things for all of us to do. We have so many responsibilities, obligations, chores, others to care for, work to do…and on and on. BUT, we also must take care of ourselves, even in the slightest way, for unfullfilled The Self suffers and cannot keep up.

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It doesn’t have to be huge or time consuming. Just something nice that makes you smile so your soul can carry that with you through the day. And it can be whatever you need it to be at that moment. What do YOU need? Asking that question does not take away from everything else/one you do and do for. it means you include yourself on that list as important enough to deserve your attention.

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This is so true…but then…this below is also true…

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It is ok to think of yourself too, you deserve this. So…

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And…

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HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

BLESSINGS AND LOVE!

A Poem ~ Repost

 

I guess it’s Nostalgia week…because so many voices, words, and thoughts have come up this week from the past. Not a bad thing, as it all has a reason and always helps the trajectory forward…if we use it for movement and not to stay stuck. Anyway, I came across this poem I posted a few years ago, and it kind of struck me. Ouch! It asked for another airing so, what is a poet to do? I hope you enjoy. Blessings!

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SEARCHING

I take to the streets of my soul

Laboring over cobblestones of the past

Ducking in doorways

Listening for sounds

Or footsteps

Looking for the flicker of a light

Searching for the key

That will open that which is closed in me

(by MarDrag)

“Getting Over The Hump Day” Humor

 

It is that time again…another week has passed. As they fly by, take a moment to smile and have a laugh with me over these funnies. Take a break…giggle…it will keep them all guessing! Blessings!

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