“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson
“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”
-Corrie Ten Boom
[All images sourced from my collection on Pinterest here]
“When a sword is tempered, it is first heated to melting point then hammered into a desired shape. It is plunged into cold water. Once cooled it is fired and hammered again until it grows sharp and strong. This tempering makes the sword worthy of being carried by a King. As we learn to endure and surrender to the fire, the hammer, and the cold, we grow strong and uncomplaining. We are able to face whatever comes, holding our temper, while we ourselves we are being tempered.” ~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
LUKE 12:7~ But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
These 3 lovely images are not my own; sourced from my “UPLIFTING” Pinterest board
A wonderful post by my dear blogging friend, Eliza Waters, really brought up my unfinished grief over the loss of 3 of my 4 pets recently, all within a six month period. While a tribute post will be shared once I am able to not sob over their photos and even their names, this post is about allowing ourselves time to grieve. When a loss is suffered, no one can say how long it will take or when we’re ‘over it’. To feel tremendous love is to feel grief deeply. This is a part of life, and a component of healing is giving ourselves permission to feel sad. It’s a lesson I’m certainly learning these days. Even the recent season of joy and light was a rough one for me. Normally I put up the tree and my large ceramic Nativity scene as early as December 1st but this year the tree went up on the 20th and the large Nativity never came out of its box, having two smaller one-piece ones around my home subbing in for it. But these seemingly small events meant a lot to me, and showed me how sad my heart still is.
Since it is my own comment, I am trusting Eliza will be fine with my sharing of it here. This is what I wrote to her this morning:
“Eliza, this post made me cry and that’s perfectly alright! Thank you for helping me with my healing through my grief of losing Nikki in September. Sadly we lost Jade, our Abyssinian tabby in May and our gorgeous long-haired Siamese (Ebony) in November, so a very rough 6 months I’m still reeling from. I began to cry as you shared about Ruby, whose sweet face (and coloring!) looks so like my Nikki-girl, and the loneliness on walks… I am SO glad you found Wren (what a great name!) and I hope to be there someday soon, but my heart is still so broken from losing 3 of 4 four-legged children recently. Yes they age, and some battles cannot be won no matter how advanced veterinary medicine is. Anyways, sorry, long comment here! Really just want to say Thank You… so much. For sharing, for adopting a new ‘fur-kid’, and helping me heal a bit more. Love & Light, Gina”
On the bright side, our 17-year old feisty tabby girl ‘Katie’ who was adopted from the pound 15 years ago, is doing her best to help my family and me still get our ‘cat quota’ in. She mostly sticks close to me, but the other day, while on my lap – again – and my husband within ear shot, I told her that she needs to give ‘dad’ some love too, since he’s below ‘quota’. (Our Siamese ‘Ebony’ practically lived on his shoulder, especially in the last few of her 17 years). So that night as we settled in to watch a program together, what did she do but spend the hour in HIS lap! Whatta good girl! He needs his cat-pats too.
Time passes and the healing comes. Achingly slow at first. Then a morning walk without thinking of Nikki for a while (as Eliza shares as well), then a whole day passes without tearing up about how much quieter our house is. So while this morning’s unexpected crying burst reminded me of how the pain is still there, I know it is lessening. It isn’t constant, but rather in scattered moments. Someday, when we’re ready, my husband and I will be ready to begin visiting rescue shelters to find another 4-legged ‘fur-kid’ that Katie can teach the ropes to. Until then, she’s helping us feel loved (and bossed around a bit too!).
2 square images at the top are from my Pinterest boards without sources being evident.
The incredible drawing of the crying eye is called ‘Don’t cry to night’ by Omar Gordillo Soto [source]
And the touching pawprint in the clouds is from Facebook/RainbowBridgepetloss [source]
Today 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.
There’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)
“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
~ Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)
“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
“Anybody can observe the Sabbath but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.”
~ Alice Walker
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.
Take 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
“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
Here 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.
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.