This month I am combining the January and February newsletters. This year got started off with many obligations and many friends who are facing troubled times. Illnesses, deaths, funerals, hospital visits, and so on have taken up my time.
I am sure there are many of you who are having similar experiences and know you will understand how time got away from me and necessitated the combining of two newsletters. Hopefully I can be more timely in being with you.
New Year’s greetings to you and Blessings always…..
At the start of a new year, it is customary for some to review where they have been and to focus on where they want to go. Some make vision boards. Some do intense journaling. Some do meditation, prayer or focus exercises. Others go blithely along their way neither reviewing nor focusing, doing no planning or giving no thought to how to make their life better.
This year for Christmas one of our gifts from our sons was a membership to StoryWorth.com. Each week we are sent a question like, “What were your Christmases like when you were a child?” or “What was your first big trip?”
The process of writing out the answers has been a wonderful way to review where we have been in life and how we have overcome obstacles , created memories, and experienced life. It has given me a whole new appreciation for my childhood which was difficult in many ways and so blessed in others. With only two of my “stories” written, I look forward to a whole year in which I will write one story a week. At the end we can choose to have these stories collected into a book if we wish. I thought it was a great idea our kids had and I am thoroughly enjoying the process!
So no matter how you rang in the New Year…either with great conscious effort or none at all….I wish you the best for 2020. May your story continue to define the brilliance that is you.
This quote comes through a dear friend and I loved it so much I wanted to share it with you. It’s a wonderful New Year’s wish for you:
JOHN O’DONOHUE Irish Poet
May all that is unforgiven in you
May your fears yield
Their deepest tranquilities.
May all that is unlived in you
Blossom into the future
Graced with love.
This is the month we celebrate love. Valentine’s seems to accentuate romantic love but love comes in all sorts of iterations. We love our children, our parents, our families, our animals, our foods, our drinks, our homes, and we love objects like books, trees, the ocean, seashells, cars, stamps, coins…..the list is as varied as we are. We have all experienced love, and quite probably the absence of it as well: the highs and the heartbreaks. It seems God uses love as a tool to round us out, to smooth off our rough edges, to force us to think more deeply and act from a less selfish place in our hearts. We never quite perfect the art of love and loving, but it is a tribute to the human spirit that we never stop trying.
As Tiny Tim said in A Christmas Carol, “God bless us everyone!” For we try. And we fail. And we get up again and try once more. Love is a great motivator. And worth fighting for, and getting up and trying again.
So in this month that celebrates love, I wish you the best of love. May you all feel at least once in your lives this amazing emotion in its purest form.
“Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” (a film from 1955)
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too big a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” Oscar Wilde
“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” Benjamin Franklin
“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love. This is the eternal rule.” Buddha
“And now abide faith, hope and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians, 13:13
And as we enter the year of a very hot political election cycle please remember there is more that unites us than divides us. Put your differences aside and focus on the things you love about your friend, your relative, your neighbor.
The hatred and vitriol will get us nowhere but further down the spiral of failure and defeat. Rise above. It is from the vantage point of the eagle that we get the whole picture, and not the myopic viewpoint of the ant. In the end, love is the point.
Love is all there is. And the reason we are here in the Universe. So be the carrier of love, not division or hatred. Seek to BE LOVE, not right.
The colors of love could be any of these depending on how you use them. I recommend pink for unifying group energies and to create an atmosphere of unconditional love in a space. Red for passionate love. Green for infusing heart energy into an environment, and purple for a more spiritual type of love. Magenta is love of beauty and can be used to infuse “love from above”. http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”. – Charlie Chaplin
This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers all these ways to use color. Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self developement, feng shui,” and “tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference.
Happy New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day. Until next month…..