My Motivation

For too many years, I’ve wanted to learn photography, but always believed that I had tomorrow. Well, two pulmonary embolisms forced me to realize that sometimes, tomorrow never comes, and that there is only today. These days, I am learning–very slowly, but learning nonetheless. I read books, ask my photographer son-in-law questions, and just shoot, shoot, shoot. Most of my attempts are horrible, but some, although certainly not worthy of a professional or even an advanced beginner, motivate me to keep on trying. Isn’t this the point anyway?

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Just A Wee Thing

Okay, this is not a compelling or serious topic. In fact, it is downright inane. I am working on a more serious post; I thought that I’d balance it out with a fun post. So-o-o, as I was dusting off my perfume bottles, I decided to share my favorite scents with you.

I’ve always worn perfume. It was during the past six years that I recognized their true importance. It was six years ago when I became so sick that I had to resign my job as an attorney.  At first, fragrances were the very least of my concerns and I ignored them as I ignored everything else.  A Since I was no longer working, or being around others, I had no use for it. Little by little, it began to dawn on me that the reason that I’d chosen each fragrance was for me, not my husband, not for going out or work, but because I liked it and it made me feel special. I wore them for me, not others. What it came down to is that I allowed my illness to control and devalue me to the point that I wasn’t even enough to warrant wearing my perfumes! Lesson learned–now I even wear perfume to bed at night, for me.  It is just a wee thing, but that’s how we conquer our issues, from small to big–one step at a time.

As I said, important, earth-shattering, certain to end war and hunger, news, this ain’t, but if you use your imagination, it will smell heavenly to you too.  Also, how many of you have a lovely perfume that is calling for you but you are waiting for the perfect occasion to use? Today is the only day that we have, so open that bottle and enjoy it, before you lose the opportunity.

  • Child
  • Mariela Burani
  • Jil Sander
  • DKNY-Cashmere Silk
  • Chanel No. 5
  • Prada Infusion D’Iris
  • Aroma M Geisha Blue Rollon
  • In Fiore- Fleur Orange
  • A mixster of Le Labo Neroli 30 and Rose 31

What is your favorite scent? We’d love to know!

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From the Desk of God

One of my go-to web sites is www.wisdomalacarte.net, and I mean I go to it every day either via Facebook, Twitter or web. The articles are wise, well-written, informative and gleaned from the best of the best by Daniel Foisy and his partner. One day, long after it was originally posted, I came across the article that I’ve posted today. The article was literally an answer to my  very fervent prayers, as I found it soon after I learned that I had an embolism in each lung. I was scared, worried and filled with a dread unlike any that I’d ever known. This anonymously written article, along with the passage of time, significantly allayed my worries, fears and dreads. I hope that it might do the same for you too. 

For those of you whose “God” comes in some other form, I urge you not to, as they say, throw the baby out with the bath water. Simply substitute your higher power in place of God. I believe that either way, you get the message. Enjoy!



From The Desk of GOD
Effective Immediately:

Please be aware that there are changes you need to make in your life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill my promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. I know, I already gave you the 10 Commandments. Keep them. But follow these guidelines as well…

1. QUIT WORRYING

Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?

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2. PUT IT ON THE LIST 

Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to me. And, although my to-do-list is long, I am, after all, God. I can take care of anything you put into my hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.

3. TRUST ME 

Once you’ve given your burdens to me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on my list. Problem with finances? Put it on my list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For my sake, put it on my list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.

4. LEAVE IT ALONE 

Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.” Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It’s simple. You gave me your burdens and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don’t you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with me and forget about them. Just let me do my job.

5. TALK TO ME 

I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in control. But there’s one thing I pray you never forget. Please don’t forget to talk to me – OFTEN! I love you. I want to hear your voice. I want you to include me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with me. I want to be your dearest friend.

6. HAVE FAITH

I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you are. Have faith in me that I know what I’m doing. Trust me, you wouldn’t want the view from my eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?

7. SHARE

You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.

8. BE PATIENT

I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes me a little longer than you expect to handle something on my to-do-list? Trust in my timing, for my timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.

9. BE KIND

Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for my sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please know I love each of your differences.

10. LOVE YOURSELF

As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only – to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes my heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don’t ever forget that!

With all my heart, I love you,

GOD

Author Unknown, http://j.mp/d7Zebv

Blessings and love, 

Play Ball

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Raise your hand, if you have, at one time or another, experienced a fear of failure. If you are like most of us, it has happened more often than you’d care to admit.  I believe that fear and fear alone is responsible for halting many a dreamer in their tracks, depriving the world of many realized dreams that would positively impact the world. Fear seeps in and allows our mind to spin quite a story as to why our dream is not practicable or prudent, and is in fact, irrational, dangerous or impossible, in spite of the overriding feeling in our heart that the dream is ours for the taking.  



Life is a series of moments and each moments requires a very simple thing of you: to live your life fully–in spite of. A while back, I was reading the New York TImes and fortuitously came across the article with a byline by John Donahoe. He was interviewing Ken Thiry, a businessman. At the time, I had no real interest in a business story, but my instincts told me to keep reading the piece and I did. Thankfully. Gratefully. I took something away from that   piece and I hope that it will help you too when the fear of failure rears its head in your life. Portions of the article directly relate to our fear of failure, but in terms that I never would have imagined.  Mr. Thiry states:

Another really valuable piece of advice early in my career was from a guy named Kent Thiry, who was another of my early bosses and is now C.E.O. at DaVita. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was suffering from a real fear of failure. Kent said, “You know, John, your challenge is you’re trying to bat .900.” And he said: “When you were in college, you got a lot of A’s. You could get 90, 95 percent right. When you took your first job as an analyst, you were really successful and felt like you were batting .900.” But he said, and this is probably five years into my career: “Now you’ve moved from the minor leagues. You’re playing in the major leagues, and if you expect to bat .900, what happens is, either you come up at bat and you freeze because you’re so afraid of swinging and missing, or you’re a little afraid to step into the batter’s box.” He said, “Best I can tell, the best hitters in Major League Baseball, world class, they can strike out 6 times out of 10 and still be the greatest hitter of all time.”

And he said, “That’s my philosophy — the key is to get up in that batter’s box and take a swing. And all you have to do is hit one single, a couple of doubles, and an occasional home run out of every 10 at-bats, and you’re going to be the best hitter or the best business leader around.” You can’t play in the major leagues without having a lot of failures.

The lesson is not limited to the business arena. It is applicable to each and every area of our life–“the key is the get up” and play in this major league called life.  As Mr. Thiry reminds us, “you can’t play…without having a lot of failures.” Equally important, you can’t have winners, or failures unless you PLAY, so get out there and play in your life. 


Blessings, Peace and Namaste,

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