An Amazing Lesson within a Song

This song is very meaningful to me, as a reminder that we do not need to be perfect to be loved. We are beautiful just the way we are. Amy Grant’s song reminds us that our cries of loneliness and pain are as meaningful and beautiful to God as a ‘hallelujah’. This is an important lesson I am learning and integrating…. that I do not have to always be in my ‘joyful’ place, shining and bright and overflowing with love. Sometimes I’m sad, and low energy, and feel like I have nothing more to offer anyone. This song reminds me that in those moments of sadness, we are as loved as ever.

I do not need to always be happy and shining to have something to offer the world. I may not feel up to complimenting the store clerk, to help brighten her day, but I do seem to always have the ability to offer a smile… if nothing else. And a smile is a beautifully healing thing. More powerful than we know. So here’s a song on a topic that means a lot to me. I hope you enjoy. May we all remember we are good enough, just the way we are, no matter what. Blessings, Gina

Let Us Be Like A Wise Old Owl

A wise old owl sat in an oak

The more he saw the less he spoke

The less he spoke the more he heard

Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?

 

This old nursery rhyme was recorded as early as 1875 and is likely much older than that. It was quoted by John D. Rockefeller in 1915 and is often mis-attributed to Edward Hersey Richards. [source]

Image sources: Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, pair of Owls grooming

What Can I Say


For months now I have been suffering from a grief-laden form of writer’s block. A sense of ‘what can I say’ has been blocking words from flowing through me. Instead, lately I find solace in images. If during my time away from my blog anyone has wondered where I was, I was on Tumblr and Pinterest. These are places where I have another ‘family’ of sorts, although nowhere near as close as here on WordPress because we share without words. We share with each other through images. Especially on my Tumblr site. Collecting photographs that portray a certain feeling of ‘life in the country’ has been my solace.

Pinterest and Tumblr are quite different, and I enjoy both for different reasons. My PIN boards are fun and freeform, whereas my Tumblr board is more sacred to me… a place where I am careful to only select images that portray what I FEEL.

My entire Tumblr site is about mood and feeling. I liken it to an online Dream Board, for it is what I dream of living, a place in the country with a few animals that are working companions, and not for eating. Tree fall and mushroom collecting from nearby forests, absolutely. Fishing, definitely. But meals are mostly from eggs, cheese, and freshly grown grains and vegetables. Therefore you will not find any images of pigs or cows, except the occasional milk cow and she will be long-lived and well loved, as would her offspring be. No veal or pork here. And my well-trained horses will be able to pull a sleigh, wagon or plow as easily as going for a ride through the woodland or countryside.

Dream Boards are a wonderful way to focus on that which we intend to create and accomplish. Tumblr does this for me regarding my dream of a life in the country as a writer, gardener, cook and dish washer, baker, fisher, knitter, artist, book collector, star gazer, fire maker, wood gatherer, tree planter, egg collector, sheep shearer, barn chore handler and livestock/bee keeper.

So if you ever dream of a less complicated life, and enjoy communing with trees and stroking the neck of a horse or a sheep, you just might enjoy a stroll about my place in the country. It’s a place where I spend a lot my internet time, collecting images that help me feel as if I’m already living my dream. Scroll down through the infinite scroll as is, or click on ‘Nostalgia’ to scroll through image snapshots of my wordless posts through the months past. I hope you enjoy! Be well. Namaste. Blessings, Gina

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Make A Wish

Sending my warmest wishes for a wonderful 2015 to one and all. May all our hearts be joyous and bright and filled with all the hopes and dreams of a brand new year. May peace prevail. Namaste.

 

[All images are by others and can be viewed in my Tumblr collection ~ see sidebar or click here]

A Time To Rest

take a bath copyToday is a good day to relax. Let us set aside moments to relish a bit of nourishing solitude. How about spending time outdoors, reading some uplifting words, and cherishing a long, soothing soak in a tub.

old fashioned soap copyThere’s really nothing quite like laying down amidst warm water to help melt away the stresses of life.

That’s where I’m headed and I wish that for you as well.

Sometimes we just need to unplug.

May we all be refreshed and renewed for the days ahead, and grateful for the many blessings around us.

 

 

“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”

~ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)

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“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”

~ Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)

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rustic clawfoot bathroom“This is what the Sabbath is for: reverence, rest, renewal, rejuvenation, reassuring rituals, recreation, rejoicing, revelation, remembering how much you have to be grateful for, and saying ‘thank you!’ You can do this in a church, mosque, temple or synagogue, on a walk, while antiquing, sitting in bed propped up on pillows reading something wonderful with a breakfast tray, working the crossword puzzle before a roaring fire, attending a marvelous art exhibition or movie matinee, or listening to opera in the kitchen as you sip sherry and prepare a fabulous feast. What matters is that you do something special that speaks to your soul and that you revel in whatever you do. Your activities on the Sabbath should uplift you and provide enough inspiration to sustain you during the week to come.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

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“Anybody can observe the Sabbath but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.”

~ Alice Walker

Hopefulness

1childeye EarthLet us visualize what we want to have happen… imagine and see the life we want to walk into. Let’s think about what we want to have happen in our future. See it now. Notice it. Focus on it.

Kind actions are happening right here and right now, all around us. Look for the polite drivers who let in that merging car, and the courteous cashier who calls “I’m open over here.” Maybe you’ll observe a neighbor who smiles at others or a bus driver who is kind. Let’s see the good. Focus on it. And also do what we can to BE the good. Let’s lead the way, and show how it’s done. Role models matter! And helping to shine light and kindness in the world really can be as simple as a genuine smile.

nature therapyTake care of YOU so that you can bring your brightest light. Remember that what you think about, focus on, and do really makes a difference in our world, more than you may ever know. Your smiling face, good mood and congenial kindness all help raise the energy of everyone around you.

Begin within, find your faith (whatever touches and inspires your heart), take care of you, and shine your light brightly. Let’s all do what we can to fill our hearts with so much gratitude and love that our hearts can overflow into the hearts of others!

We need your light. You are beautiful. Thank you for visiting, reading, and being You! Love, Gina ~ Professions For Peace

 

1handholding Earth“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” ~ Anne Frank

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ~ Robert Fulghum

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” ~ John Lennon

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ~ Pablo Neruda

“It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.” ~ Richard Evans

The Miracle Can Happen For You!

JOY cookiesHere I’m sharing the best rant ever! Granted, I’m a fan of Bill Murray. The movie SCROOGED (a rather crass and sarcastic version of ‘A Christmas Carol’… not for viewing by children!) definitely ends with a heart-touching conclusion, thanks to great screen-writing and outstanding acting by Murray who brings these words to life. Let’s take this advice to heart.

From SCROOGED:

It happened because it’s Christmas Eve! I’m telling you! I’m not crazy…

It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer. We smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be. It’s a miracle… it’s really a sort of a miracle, because it happens every Christmas Eve. And if you waste that miracle, you’re gonna burn for it… I know what I’m talkin’ about!

You have to do something… you HAVE to take a chance! You do have to get involved. There are people that are having trouble making their miracle happen. There are people that don’t have enough to eat. There are people that are cold. You can go out and say ‘hello’ to these people. You can take an old blanket out of the closet and say ‘here’… you can make them a sandwich and say ‘Oh by the way, here!’

I get it now! If you give then the miracle can happen to you! It’s not just the poor and the hungry… it’s everybody who’s gotta have this miracle, and it can happen tonight for all of you! If you believe in this spirit-thing… the miracle will happen, and then you’ll want it to happen again tomorrow. You won’t be one of these bastards who says ‘Christmas is once a year and it’s a fraud!’

It’s not! It can happen every day, you’ve just got to want that feeling. And if you like it and you want it, you’ll get greedy for it! You’ll want it every day of your life! And it can happen to you. I believe in it now! I believe it’s gonna happen to me now… I’m ready for it! And it’s great… it’s a good feeling. It’s really better than I’ve felt in a long time. I’m ready.

Have a Merry Christmas. Everybody.

(Calvin, his secretary’s son who we understand has witnessed a horrific trauma and hasn’t spoken for years, runs up to our reformed ‘Scrooge’ and tugs on his pant leg…)

Did I forget somethin’ big man?

God bless us, every one.