Valentine Special

    Sunday, January 17, 2010, 11:07 PM [General]

    Weaving Dreams Publishing is having a Valentine's Special.

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    Question

    Friday, June 20, 2008, 1:54 PM [General]

    Does anyone read these journals?  I have so many blogs and journals.  I don't want to repeat myself because the search engines don't like it.  I have deleted several journals because I got no responses and had no idea if they were even read.  So I am asking you to leave me a comment to this post if you want me to journal here or not.  It is up to you.  I can be a member and not blog.  If you are interested in what I have had to say recently, check out the following links.  I could put articles here too so you wouldn't have to go outside of beliefnet to read them.  Just let me know.  Blessings, Susie

    Here are the links:

    Sue's Soul Glances

    Sue's Snippets

    Reboot Your Life

    Enjoy! 

     

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    Partner-Up and Be Accountable

    Saturday, May 24, 2008, 4:21 PM [General]

    Tomorrow will be a week since I did any blogging.  My how time does fly!  It has been a successful and productive week.  I received new insights into myself.  I started a partner-up program with a friend of mine on remembering to take pills, drink the right amount of water, and daily exercise.  We are accountable to each other everyday via email or phone.

    Have you found yourself putting things off because you either forget or just don't want to do them.  Those are the things that you need to be accountable to someone in order to get them done.  In the past year I discovered I do better when I am accountable to someone.  That is difficult when you work at home.  There is no one (except my husband) who stands over my shoulder to make sure I am doing what I need to do or how I do it.  There is no one to rely on for criticism or praise.  I must set the standards for myself.  And what if I procrastinate?  Scary question, indeed!

    Work is not the only area that may need to have some sort of accountably to get accomplished.  Weight Loss, exercise, watching your anger, handling finances, and so many more things get out of hand if you don't have someone you can rely on to 'rein you in.'  Only you know the areas that affect you.

    Some of the things we need to do seem to trivial to partner-up.  Those are just the things that we need the most help doing!  Those are the things we tend to allow to fall by the wayside.  In my life I don't drink enough water and get dehydrated.  I also forget to take pills.  I have good intentions about other things and then just don't follow through.  Partnering-up with my friend helps me remember because I know that I have to tell her if I did or didn't do it that day.  Yes, I do feel guilty if I have to tell her I didn't do something.  So then I have to work on ridding myself of the guilt.  But isn't it easier to rid yourself of guilt on something simple?  That teaches you how to rid yourself of guilt on major issues.

    I find that partnering-up with my friend has actually opened a new door for me.  I look forward to my mini-jogging.  I look forward to seeing if I can beat my water drinking goal.  And it really feels good to know when I take my pills on a regular basis.  Luckily her issues are the same as mine, so it is even better!  However, the issues don't need to be the same.  They just need to be something you put off or forget on a regular basis.

    We have done this for a week and it is working well for us.  After our week is up we are going to add more goals to our accountability.  I think setting a specific time to go to bed and get up would be a good one for me.  I also want to change the type of foods I eat in a week.  There are more but those will suffice for now.  The following week I can add more.

    I am sure there are areas in your life where you could Partner-Up and be accountable.  So why don't you grab a friend either on the internet or local and give it a try for a month.  See what you accomplish.  I would love to hear what this experience brought to your life.


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    Weather Changes

    Sunday, May 18, 2008, 8:04 PM [General]

    Weather Changes

    Weather was something that was talked about when there was nothing else to say.  It has become a major topic of conversation in the past couple of years though.  It has come to mean more than rain for crops or sunshine for outside activities.  It has become an everyday concern.

    Weather patterns have changed so much in recent years that unexpected rain, wind, and heat waves are becoming commonplace rather than surprises.  People are saying they can remember when in a specific previous year they had experienced certain changes, but not for such a long period of time.  Still, people are not getting the drift of what is happening.  

    Is it Global Warming?  I am not a scientist so I can not say.  However, there is something that is causing such unusual weather all over the world:  tornadoes out of tornado season, higher magnitude of earthquakes where they weren't felt before, unseasonably hot/cold, and unseasonably wet/dry.  

    As The Great Shift continues towards it's end, these extremes will become even more extreme.  Shifting air currents, shifting weather patterns, shifting physical earth changes, and shifting perceptions of these occurrences will take over more and more conversations.  Perhaps it will be important to some people what the causes are.  Some people won't care.  Some just go with the flow and tolerate what we are hit with:  good or bad.  Personally, I just try to enjoy whatever weather comes my way, even the tornadoes.  I am in a tornado alley.

    There was a time when the blustery breezes of my area kept me from going outside.  I just hated being blown off the porch.  Then I realized what I was missing by not being in the nature I so love.  I learned how to stand my ground.  I learned how to walk.  I learned how to listen.  I learned how to feel.

    Then the torrential rains made me head for the house.  Again, my life was disrupted until I saw the disruption of those displaced by tornadoes, earthquakes, and other weather tragedies.  I started to embrace the rain.  I actually went out and got wet, even in a downpour.  As the rain beat my body it felt as though I was being cleansed, both inside and out.

    The heat would keep me from walking, the only exercise I attempted.  Then I decided that it was keeping me from enjoying the sunshine and seeing the flowers.  So I started to walk and pace myself.  Maybe I didn't get the exercise I should have gotten.  I did get the enjoyment of God's Earth, My Earth.

    Yes, the weather is changing.  Yes, some people see it as doom and gloom.  I see it as a new way to appreciate what we have.  I see it as learning experiences for all of us.  Perhaps we are to change the way we live.  Perhaps not.  Again, it is all a matter of perception.  For me, I look forward to the shifting of the earth.  It tells me it is alive, therefore I am alive.  It tells me that no matter what happens that life goes on.  It will always go on no matter what I think or feel.

    Life goes on.  We must learn to deal with it.  The Great Shift is just that:  moving on.  I'm moving on.  Are you?
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    Tool for Communicating: Common Ground

    Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 1:31 PM [General]

    I saw the following quote today and it brought something to my mind.

     

    "I hope that you at this moment will think of yourself as a human being rather than as an American, Asian, European, African, or member of any particular country. These loyalties are secondary. If you and I find common ground as human beings, we will communicate on a basic level."

     

    Insight From the Dalai Lama: 2007 Calendar, Copyright © 2006

     

    Just recently the movie "Miracles" with Kurt Russell was on t.v. We had seen it before on a rental dvd. It impressed me then. It impressed me the last time as well. I believe the Dalai Lama quote fits it to a T.

     

    In the movie each hockey player announced that he was from a particular college every time he was asked where he was from. Eventually each player announced he was from the USA. The reason behind this was they were all playing for the USA team even though they were from different colleges, different areas of the country, and different backgrounds. In order to be team players and win, they needed to realize they were all from the same place and playing on the same team, together.

     

    I believe that is what the Dalai Lama was saying in the above quote. We all need to realize we are on the same earth no matter where. We are all from the same source no matter our background. We all need to work together to win in communicating.

     

    I would love to know your thoughts on this as well.

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    Complaints or Facts: A Fine Line?

    Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 12:57 AM [General]

    Recently I got involved in a group that is intending to be complaint free for 21 days. This was all well and good until someone in the group had to give a reason for not visiting a friend in the hospital. What was needed to be said to the patient was actual facts. Would those facts be mis-construed as complaining? Is there a fine line between facts and complaints?

    The facts were:

     

    1. The friend was in a hospital 10 miles away.
    2. The car only had 3 gallons of gas in it.
    3. The gas needed to be used to go 3 miles to the patient’s home twice a day to feed her animals.
    4. There was NO cash at all on hand.
    5. The check book was overdrawn.

     

    These were five complaints just ripe for the taking. Any one of them could be used for days as complaints. But they were facts not complaints, weren’t they?

     

    Let me get this straight in my head. People complain about facts, as well as non-facts. So when is talking about facts complaining? The fine line now appears. Could it be your intention?

     

    I have heard people say, “I don’t mean to complain, but….” However, that is their intention whether consciously or sub-consciously. If they weren’t complaining then why add a preface to their statement? Why does their statement sound as though they were complaining?

     

    Stating facts is cut and dry with no vested interest in the outcome. Complaining is stating those same facts in an emotional way to elicit sympathy: somewhat like martyr sympathy. (See Chapter 5 in my book Life is Like Making Chocolate Chip Cookies on 3 Types of Sympathy.) Your tone of voice, your body language, and your choice of words all convey the facts as complaining or as just facts.

     

    Listen to the people around you who are talking. Can you discern if they are complaining or just speaking facts? Does it seem everyone is complaining? Perhaps human beings have been domesticated to only hear the complaining or to assume it is complaining. Have we become a society of complainers? Or, a society that has accepted complaining as commonplace? Are you a fact-giver or a complainer?

     

    On the receiving end a complaint can be treated as just that: a complaint. It can also be treated as just facts. How do you respond to the fact-given/complainer? Do you encourage the complainer to just state the facts without the drama? Do you encourage those who state facts to elaborate and get a little bit more emotional?

     

    Many times people complain because sub-consciously they believe it is expected in today’s society. Some people think if they don’t complain and if they only state the facts other people will think they are complaining anyway. So there the fine line appears again. Now we are into assuming.

     

    Using the five statements given at the beginning of this article, speak each one out loud as you would say them to someone else. Take the positive of stating them as a fact. See how it sounds. How did it feel?

     

    Then speak those same five statements as if you were complaining. How did it sound? How did it feel?

     

    Now find someone to speak those five statements to you as in the above exercise. How did it feel as the receiver when confronted with facts versus complaining?

     

    It has been said it takes 21 days to form a habit. So for the next 21 days don’t complain. State what you have to say as fact without all the emotional baggage. In that 21-day period if you should complain even once, you need to start over from day one. Remember 21 days to form a habit: good or bad.

     

    Start forming a good habit today. Be free of complaints. Accept life as it is and enjoy it!

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    Happy 2008 !!

    Saturday, December 29, 2007, 12:33 AM [General]

    May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.

    May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills.

    May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

    May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy.

    May the problems you had forget your home address! In simple words ............

    May 2008 be the best year of your life!!!

    ~Unknown~
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    Christmas is Not in Tinsel

    Monday, December 17, 2007, 9:29 PM [General]

    Christmas is Not in Tinsel

     Christmas is not in tinsel
    and lights and outward show.
    The secret lies in an inner glow.
    It's lighting a fire inside the heart.
    Good will and joy a vital part.
    It's higher thought and a greater plan.
    It's glorious dream in the soul of man.

    ~ Wilfred A. Peterson ~

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    Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah or ?

    Sunday, December 9, 2007, 3:58 PM [General]

    Now that we are firmly in the holiday season, which ones do you celebrate and how?

    I celebrate Christmas and embrace all facets of other beliefs as well. We have a big, cut Christmas tree with decorations from as far back as my first married Christmas. Each ornament means something.

    We don't have a fireplace so I made a yule log to place a candle in to burn on Christmas Eve. It is from one of the fallen trees (natural causes) in our yard. I thanked the tree for giving us the opportunity to keep it alive in our hearts and memories.

    Blessings from my spirit to your spirit!

    Merry Christmas!
    Sue
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    Proof Copy

    Friday, November 30, 2007, 1:03 AM [General]

    I am so excited!  I received my proof copy yesterday (Thursday)!  My husband said it looked really good.  I didn't like it.  That is not unusual.  It seems everytime I see the finished product of something I have done, I don't like it.  Everyone but me likes it.  Guess it is a flaw in my character.  *smile*

     

    As I held it and looked through it I felt better and better.  I really like the shade of golden yellow that was used for the cover background.  It was exactly what I wanted.  I think the front cover is boring.  Hubby doesn't think so.  Neither does anyone else.  

     

    I found some mistakes.  Not big ones and not ones that anyone would really notice except me.  They were mistakes that I didn't pick up:  double quotes instead of single quotes around one word.  That sort of thing.  No biggie.  Just bugs me. *grin*

     

    I would love to hear from others about how they felt when they received their first proof copy.  

     

    Blessings from my spirit to your spirit!

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