Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Holiday Gift Blooms

My boss knows me too well! When I unwrapped my holiday gift, I was ecstatic!

A rustic box populated with paperwhite bulbs. Yes!!!!

And a most wonderful message, "BELIEVE".

This gift is not about immediacy, rather, it's about patience.

The patience of watching, observing and waiting for these bulbs to grow and mature into fragrant blooms.

They have already grown to record heights each one, a different height.

Everyday, I pause to appreciate its growth, waiting patiently for the blossoms to appear.  If not today, then maybe tomorrow.

And behold, tomorrow has come! A bloom appears. Delightful tiny white petals peak out, barely there, yet very fragrant.

I adore this beautiful gift of patience. You did well boss, you did well!

Wondering why or how my boss knows me so well?  Well, it just so happens that my boss also happens to be my husband. LOL Yes, I work for the husband. Thankfully, however, it's a partnership that works.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Joy and Happiness

I love quotes, so much so I have a diary of quotes that I refer to often.  Recently, my sister and I had a conversation about happiness and she shared a quote she heard on rebroadcast of Super Soul Sunday with Shawn Achor: "Happiness is the Joy we feel striving towards our potential ". Love that!

This aligns perfectly with my  "year to dare"  2016 state of mind as I am happy, joyous and excited about my vision for the new year. At the same time, fearful, cautious  and  apprehensive thoughts infiltrate my pysche as well. As  the seesaw of emotions totters within me, I make a point to focus on the bubbling joy, rather than allowing fear to consume me.

About 5 years ago, I realized that I had a book inside of me begging to get out. Although, I wasn't sure just what type of  book, I just began writing  from within. Three years ago, things started coming together and I have been working on it passionately ever since. Yet there's a small part of me that doubts the message, my abilities as a writer and whether or not future readers will be receptive. With trepidation, I forced myself to attend a writer's group and  writer's conference in search of feedback. Suffice it to say, for the most part I have remained protective and that protectiveness is rooted in fear. This year, I vow and dare to do better.

As I strive toward my potential, I can prevent self-sabotage and indecisive behavior from taking over.  It's only normal to feel angst and discomfort as we push ourselves beyond our comfort zone, right? Remaining mindful and present of all we are feeling, especially when feelings are at opposite ends of the spectrum,  can be a beautiful blessing, don't you think? It allows us the opportunity to acknowledge and recognize fear for what it is, disengage from it, so that we can press on.

So how about you? Experiencing any tug of wars from within? What or how do you keep the negative thoughts and feelings at bay?

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy 2016!

Happy New Year!!!!  From the start 2016 had a very different feel so I decided to do something different than my usual end of year/ new year reflection. 

Instead, I gathered past issues of my favorite magazines, got down on the floor, kid style, and started collaging my thoughts. 

No resolutions  for me, just a promise.

A promise to play
  with an open mind and heart
to dream
  with no limits
to do
  without fear or expectations
or not do
   wallowing in stillness when necessary
to continue to recognize
   joy in the ordinary
to approach everything
    with all that I have and all that I am
and to make
  every moment count!

That's it! A simple promise. So many ideas and things I want to accomplish and feeling very optimistic!

My 2016 be a good year for all.

Do you have any plans for the coming year?