I have a beautiful new dog! Her name is Willow. She is a 6-year-old Sheltie. I got her at the Humane Society. Someone had just dumped her out on the street and she was found filthy and matted. Now she has a clean, gorgeous blue merle coat, and one brown eye and one blue. She is the sweetest, gentlest dog ever. She sits for her treats and raises her paw because I taught her to "shake", and she does it without me even asking her. She loves walks and we walk at least 2 miles a day. When I come home from being out anywhere, whether work, shopping, or just to the mailbox, she greets me like she hasn't seen me for a year! She jumps and spins and moans...it's adorable! I love all animals, have a cat, too, but nothing beats a greeting like that from a dog! I am so glad I found her!
I am getting seriously tired of snow. 14 inches in December was a fun little oddity for Maryland. Then this past Friday into Saturday we got 21 inches. That came close to setting records. Now it is snowing again and we could get another 8-12 inches by the end of tomorrow. I like snow, really! But I like it in nice little 2-6 inch increments a couple times a month. I'm only 3 years out of Florida...snow over my knees is pushing my enthusiasm way over the edge! This is Maryland, not North Dakota! I hurt in places I didn't know had places after shoveling out this weekend. I do not want to do it again! Yes, it's pretty, but Good Grief!
I'm a worrywort and tired of it! I always have something that worries me, and if I don't, then that worries me! I'm tired of being stressed out about home, family, health, work. Everything goes along reasonably well, but even that sets me to worrying about when the proverbial "other shoe" will drop. I try to "take one day at a time", and live "mindfully" and "in the moment". The problem is, I'm terrible at it! I'm always looking down the road...what's around the corner? The light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train! I really have a blessed life, and I guess I'm always afraid my luck will run out. Why can't I enjoy what I have while I have it? What is wrong with me?
2009 was a strange year for me....many,many blessings, and a few curves in the road that I didn't expect. I think I handled it all pretty well, the good and the bad.
2010 is upon us, and I have good feelings about it. I have faith that I will continue to be watched over and guided on the right path. I hope the path won't have too many bumps along the way this year! I already have much to smile about and be grateful for, and I send my Thanks out to the Universe for providing!
Blessings and Peace to everyone in this New Year 2010!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
I have a new favorite quote. It's by Jane Goodall and it speaks to the life I want to live. "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." I really believe truer words were never spoken. I want to be one of those that help this world to heal. My life has purpose, I'm just not sure the direction it needs to take.
This post is just to thank the Universe for all the blessings I have been given. I have a family that loves me, pets that I adore, friends that keep me sane. I can see the beauty of the world, hear the music all around me, taste the flavors of the earth and smell the scents of the seasons. I can touch the textures that give the world character. There are colors that are beyond imaging, sounds that tingle in my soul, a world of such diversity it takes my breath away. I can dance to any drum that beats. I have freedom, joy, and the ability to be grateful for it all. I am blessed beyond my wildest imaginings, and I want to say Thank You. Sometimes that is the simplest thing to say, and yet the most important that can ever be said.
I found this in a book called "Life--Reflections on Your Journey" by Louise Hay. I can't in all honesty say this is how I live my life now, but this is the model to which I aspire!
"There is one infinite power in the Universe, and this power is right where I am. I am not lost or alone or abandoned or helpless. I am one with the Power that created me. If there is any belief within me that would deny this truth, then I erase it right here and now. I know I am a Divine, Magnificent, Expression of Life. I am one with Infinite Wisdom, Love, and Creativity. I am an example of vibrant health and energy. I am loving and I am loved. I am peaceful. This day is a glorious expression of Life. Each experience I have is joyous and loving. I bless with Divine Love my body, my pets, my home, my work, and each and every person I come into contact with today. This is a great day, and I rejoice in it! And so it is!"
I bless you all on your journeys as I travel mine.
In my search for meaning in the many spiritual traditions, I have come across some quotes that I believe express how I feel and how I see this great religious debate.
-"For me, the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree. Therefore, they are equally true, though being received and interpreted through human instruments equally imperfect." Mahatma Gandhi
-"For the man who prays in his heart, the whole world is a church." Sylvain of Athos
-"People with clenched fists can not shake hands." Indira Gandhi
-"So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind. While just the art of being kind, is all this sad world needs." Ella Wheeler Wilcox
-"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was 'Thank You', that would suffice." Meister Eckhart
I am searching for a way to express my beliefs. I was raised Protestant, but over the years I have been drawn to many different religions and beliefs. I find something of myself in so many of them. I did the Belief-o-Matic and came up with 100% Neo-Pagan, 100% Unitarian Universalist (which I had never heard of, but after research I find that a wonderful-sounding option for a searcher like me). I am also various percentages of Buddhist, Jewish, Quaker. I didn't hit Protestant until #8 on the list!
I truly believe what I read many years ago, that there are many paths up to the mountaintop. It doesn't matter which one you take as long as you reach the summit. I believe in compassion, being kind to all of the inhabitants of the Earth, human or otherwise, and I believe there is something greater than myself in charge of it all. I found this website while researching Spirituality. I think it will be an enlightening place to be.