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“Trying to plan for the future without knowing the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.”
David Boorstin

Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions come in all shapes and sizes. There are those who celebrate on Christmas Eve, celebrations on Christmas Day and yet others on Boxing Day. There are religious traditions and non-religious traditions. What they all have in common is family, or if not family, the gathering together of people. For me, Christmas has always meant family, together, sharing, laughing and having a good time, and for the most part I have been very fortunate.

Christmas has always been a time when people gather together and it has been a time when people try to extend a hand in friendship to others, especially those who have little. It is beautiful offering a hot meal (in cold countries) and something else in hotter climes to those who have little or nothing. The gratitude is palpable and makes the effort worthwhile. To me it’s one of the Christmas Traditions that are worth keeping.

Christmas Traditions

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This year has been a year of change for me. All my previously held family Christmas Traditions have been changed and I’m finding it difficult to adapt quite so easily.  For the first time my husband and I had Christmas Day alone, just the two of us. After cooking Christmas dinner for my family for over three decades, it felt – not quite right, as if I was slightly out of sync with the way things should have been.

We spoke to our respective families, those who would or could. Such is family life. My son and his girlfriend had the Boxing Day spread with us and it was a wonderful day. My daughter we spend the day with on Saturday. Yet, the change to my ‘Christmas Traditions’ feels a little alien.

I find myself feeling ashamed by my thoughts. I have so much more than some. Even though things have changed I still have my family. They care enough to spend time with us and laughing over Christmas’ past.  This is what Christmas Traditions are all about.

I think of the families separated by distance and cannot be together. I think of the soldiers in other

Christmas Traditions

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countries who cannot be with their families and I think of the people on the street who have nowhere to go. I think of so many things and wonder what has made the difference so pronounced.

Since I start to reflect on the past year once Boxing Day winds down, I look at how the year has progressed and how I have changed. It sounds a little ridiculous to say I had refused to acknowledge I was ill, but that has been truer than I really care to admit. I have fought it, tried by denying it, to make it go away or have less impact and, as a consequence, paid the price. I have reached a point, where I can no longer deny the truth. I now have to be realistic and balance out the various aspects of my life.

By no means is this giving in. As 2013 draws to a close it is time to review everything which has occurred this year. There is time to look at the year and take what has worked well and expand on it; take what has worked sometimes and either improve on it or change it; and those things which have not worked, they need to be looked at and ‘tossed out’ if necessary.  Time to start new Christmas Traditions!

Christmas Traditions

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It is only by reviewing the year realistically that I can make 2014 a better year. That means taking the good and making it better and getting rid of what has failed.  It’s not simply a case of making “New Year’s Resolutions” because they rarely last long enough to be effective. Rather it is this review process which promotes growth in a positive fashion.

By being willing to throw out those things which are not working I am giving the Universe space to allow those things I am planning, room to grow. My “Life Change Program” has a fifteen point review for me to look at. There are questions which help me to hone in on the successes or the not quite successes, to the things which simply didn’t work. I will use it to make my plan for 2014 so that when the year begins I will have my blueprint ready.

I am going to factor in my health this time, healing time, work time, fun time, anything which will help make 2014 a brilliant year, because, the alignment of the stars tells us that it will be a super year if you are ready to make the most of it.  Five days of planning, for my husband and me individually and together, as a couple and for business. Everything we need to have a fabulous and successful year. Then look out 2014, here I come!

Blessings for a bright year

Susan x

© Susan Jamieson  2013

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“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”   Eleanor Roosevelt

If I could turn back time…. How many times have ‘we’ thought that? What would we have done differently? What decisions we made, often in haste, sometimes after much thought, would we change if we had the chance to “turn back time”? What other things would we have changed if we had that chance to “turn back time”?

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I have often wondered how many people could say that everything they had said and done, they had gotten right the first time round. That there was absolutely nothing in their life which could not have been done better, if only they had known then what they know now, if they could turn back time. Of course, we all know that this is part of learning and if we had the gift of future knowledge when we were going through life then we might not learn the things we could.

Yet does that mean that there is no value in knowing beforehand that the important choices we are about to make would be better if we did things differently? We would still have the free will to decide to go ahead with our original plan or make a change to improve the outcome. Would we, in actual fact, be better off if we could “turn back time”?

Turn Back Time

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“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”    Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

I have not had the pleasure of meeting anyone who has been able to say that every decision they have made, or everything they have done, has turned out right for them the first time round. Perhaps as importantly, that what they have done has turned out well for those affected by that decision. Would that make a difference in choosing which path to take?  Most would say they could have done better, and as Cher said in the song “If I could turn back time”, she’d “take back those words that hurt you”. The ending to that line could be different for many.

The song also says, “Pride’s like a knife, it can cut deep inside, Words are like weapons, they wound sometimes.” How often have the things we have said to someone in the heat of the moment been regretted almost immediately? I realise that the converse is true also, sometimes hard things need to be said for the canker which builds up to be freed so that healing can commence. Yet there are usually better ways to reach the same end, the right end without creating all the hurt and bitterness which harsh words create.

Turn Back Time

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“Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.”    Albert Einstein

After several nights of extremely vivid dreams I decided I needed to start recording them whilst they were still fresh in my memory. That they are still as fresh as when I woke means that they may be important, so my intuition tells me. I found myself going through some old journals. Like most people I have had some intensely beautiful times and some I would prefer to forget. Reading through then made me realise that I could have done things very differently. “If I could turn back time” I most definitely would and I began to wonder what my life might look like if I had made different decisions based on what I know now.

Would it have been so easy to leave England when I did? I mourned leaving a land I loved and my Grandfather, but there was nothing else I was leaving behind, my alleged friends had seen to that earlier.  Would I have married when I did? A harder question, but it is unlikely. If my time in the police department had continued it would have become a career which would have been difficult to leave.  So, if I could turn back time many things would have been different.

Turn Back Time

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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.”   Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown’s Little Book of Wisdom

That being the case I would not have had to go through an unpleasant divorce or then remarry, a decision which was taken in haste and repented in leisure. The irony in this scenario is that if I hadn’t remarried I would not have been in the two car accidents which have caused me so much grief. If I hadn’t decided to shelve my business to look after my mother when she became ill would my husband have stayed or would he have gone?  If I could turn back time I could have avoided being in that situation altogether.

Cher’s song has many parallels, “My world was shattered, I was torn apart, like someone took a knife and drove it deep in my heart”.  This was definitely the feelings when my mother passed away, and grief can take a long time to heal, especially when you are trying to find your way alone. “If I could turn back time” I would change that, most definitely.

However, the next stanza says, “When you walked out that door I swore that I didn’t care but I lost everything darling then and there”. For me this was as far from true as it could be. I was neither sorry nor wrong and I fortunately didn’t need foresight to tell me that, the immediate past has taught me that much.

If I had a crystal ball to tell me what I have learnt from my life then yes, I would certainly have made different decisions at times, said and done different things. However, that’s no guarantee that I would have ended up where I am now.  I believe I am here to learn. I believe I am a spiritual being in a human body and this life on earth is my schoolroom. I am here to learn and if the lessons I chose to learn are not learnt the way I had originally chosen to learn them, then they would have recurred in a different way, and who is to say it would have been easier of harder? I don’t have the answer to that.

Turn Back Time

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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”   Eleanor Roosevelt

The fact is, having the ability to ‘turn back time’ may sound like a great gift, the solution to every mistake we make, but it may also be the slippery slope to a worse mess than we could have imagined. If we change one small thing in the past how many ripples will it create in the future, and how many lives will it change as a result of one small change?

Despite the many challenges I have, the things I wish I could have done differently, I would not go back now and change anything because, in the final analysis, I would not be the person I am today. With all my faults and imperfections, I think I might be better as I am than anything I might wish I was. So, no, if I could ‘turn back time’ I don’t believe I would. I would rather have my life now and my wonderful husband. So, all the possible mistakes have been worthwhile since they led me to this point in time.

“I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.”    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

We learn from our past and practice this in the present so that we have perfected it for our future. From there it all makes perfect sense and I don’t need to “turn back time.”

Blessings and know we are all loved and supported through life.

Susan x

© Susan Jamieson 2013

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Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family, friends etc). Each day give thanks for the gift of life.You are blessed”   ― Pablo

It’s not often that everything you wanted to get done in a day works out perfectly. At least it’s been a while since I’ve had that pleasure, and when the day involves a round of visits to doctors, specialists and having blood work done, you don’t really expect to have a brilliant day. It’s more like a ho hum day, let’s get this thing done. Yet my day was filled with gratitude as it went from woeful to wonderful.

However, my day could have been far different. As I said it began in it’s usual woeful manner. At the moment of wakening the pain hits and it’s a tortuous shuffle to the bathroom, the light hurting my eyes and sending white hot shafts of pain lancing into my brain. Yes, woeful seems pretty accurate, but thankfully it didn’t stay that way. It’s been a wonderful day even though it was filled with all of the above and I have been filled with gratitude as a result. Gratitude as I went from woeful to wonderful – excellent!  I haven’t received the results I had hoped for from the doctor, but we have a plan of attack to find answers to riddles which are annoying both of us. Now, that’s quite funny. The doctor is as irritated with the peculiar results as I am!

Gratitude

image from http://www.apotheken-umschau.de    The goop goes in the holes. Cosmonaut style!

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha

For all that, there have been some good results come in. Despite my entry into the annals of Sputnik history whilst having my EEG, the results were good, that is they were NEGATIVE. I do have a brain – whoopee, and it is working very well. Yippee and Whoopee! Headaches may come and go, with migraines attached but the grey matter is still pulsing along just fine, thank you very much. In fact, I’m firing on all neurons and that is really wonderful news. Since I had been concerned about it earlier I was truly grateful that the tests came back so positively. Gratitude, I had moved from my woeful state to a wonderful state and it was incredible.

I mentioned my new program “Life Change.” I’ve been working away with it for a month and part of it has lots of Affirmations, Gratitude, changing Attitude and self-development and more.  I’m sure you get the picture. I’ve really been working on myself and how I approach the Lyme disease issue and the other issues attached to it, and not just health but everything. I wouldn’t be me without having a few odd anomalies to go with it so it’s been a worry for a wee while. Knowing I’m getting a handle on it and my work is paying off with good results has been such a major boost today that – I’m bursting with gratitude.

Gratitude

image from http://www.flickr.com     Like a field of blood, poppies for Remembrance

“We all have an inner voice, our personal whisper from the universe. All we have to do is listen — feel and sense it with an open heart. Sometimes it whispers of intuition or precognition. Other times, it whispers an awareness, a remembrance from another plane. Dare to listen. Dare to hear with your heart.”    ― C.J. Heck,

After a long chat with my doctor the prospect of two sets of blood work wasn’t in the least worrying, despite knowing that they usually have trouble finding my veins. Yes that’s right, even my veins go into hiding when the needles come out. It’s quite funny really; at least it has become funny today. Even though I needed two sets doing because no-one can get the results to make sense. We are using both pathology places to get a reference point to hopefully work from, but even that wasn’t depressing. Then, both phlebotomists were able to find a vein and get the blood without any difficulty at all – and no bruising, the first time in months. It’s a wonderful highlight to remember.

Later we went to see a wonderful friend who also happens to be a great jeweler. I’ve known him for many years and it’s always a delight to see him, yet I’ve been an absentee friend for a while because by the time the doctors’ rounds have been completed, I’ve felt too tired and dispirited to want to see anyone. All I wanted to do was get back home and rest. Today, I was still feeling weary but I really wanted to say hello. As I said, he’s an absolute gem and before we left he slipped a little gift to me. I was so surprised. I realised how lucky I was to have such a kind hearted person as a friend. I haven’t seen him in far too long but his beautiful gesture really touched me. Once again I felt so grateful that the Universe was sending so many signs to me today.

Gratitude

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“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”   ― G.K. Chesterton

It’s often very difficult, if not impossible at times to see how much we are looked after and loved by Spirit when everything seems to be going awry or downhill. It’s hard to be grateful even for the little things at times and then suddenly along comes a string of beautiful things, big things. As I was being chauffeured around I kept seeing signs from Spirit that I’ve been asking for.  (My initials on a car registration plate, triple 8’s everywhere, my birthday being on the 8th, the car we’d like to buy next, in the colour we like and with triple 8’s in the number plate). There were so many things, and then my daughter rang and she was much better, she’s been ill for a couple of weeks.

A beautiful stop at our favourite coffee shop for dinner on the way home, which was delicious and we drove home through light showers. We need the rain and it was not too heavy for driving so it turned out really well. Then when we reached home a large cactus which, because it flowers at night, I’ve missed many times over the past months, had one beautiful flower open. Yes, photographed and I’ll post it tomorrow. I just couldn’t wait to share the wonderful news from my day.

Gratitude

Chicken Risotto       Gratitude food

Gratitude

Mushroom Linguini       Gratitude food

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”    –Marcel Proust

Thank you all for your support, I know it has been a huge factor in helping me to start my new Life Change and all the positive things I’ve seen today. It makes tomorrow exciting to see what more the Universe will bring. I feel positive and so very loved and cared for by everyone and the Universe. I am immensely grateful that I can see these changes and that I can share them.

Photo day tomorrow, so many things to share.

Blessings to everyone.

Susan x

Gratitude

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© Susan Jamieson 2013

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Life Change

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“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”   ― Anthon St. Maarten,

There is no guarantee what lies in store for us. If we are truly lucky we may have flashes of knowing, our intuition kicks in and we are sure we know what to do. We make choices based on our ‘gut instinct’ and everything seems to fall in our favour.  Life seems truly blessed. Our lives are all if not more than we hoped for. Yet there is always room for a “Life Change“.

I’m sure we’ve all felt we need a “Life Change” at some time or another. Some people might call it a ‘run of luck’ and thank their lucky stars that things are going well. By the same token others will say “it’s just a run of luck” when things are going badly and they hunker down until their luck should turn again. It’s simply a turn of phrase, taken whichever way is most suitable for the circumstances.

We are all given certain ‘gifts’ or talents which we bring with us when we are born. Sometimes we feel that people have charmed lives, and at others we feel they may have been dealt a bad hand. Yet each time someone has a run of bad luck, or are dealt a bad hand there is something they can do to alter it. They can have a “Life Change” at any time, even when times are good they could be better. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes we can change our life around. We have the ability to change how we think and act to make our lives into what we want them to be. This is the reason for self development.

Life Change

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“Start with big dreams and make life worth living.”   ― Stephen Richards

 

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Throughout the journey we call life we have the choice to be happy, sad, healthy, wealthy, grateful or envious and so much more. It may sound strange or even far fetched when we are sitting at the bottom, feeling defeated by circumstances, ill health or deserted by those we thought were friends. I know, I’ve been there. Yet it is possible to climb out of that black pit. We have a choice to make a “Life Change.” We may not be mega wealthy like Bill Gates, we may not be an Olympic athlete like Sally Pearson or a dancer like Patrick Swayze but we can be the best that we can possibly be. We can turn our lives into the dream we always believed and hoped possible. We can learn to spend wisely and grow our money, we can learn to be a good sport and enjoy our activity and we can learn to dance and feel the “wind beneath our wings.”  We have a choice to develop our gifts.

There are many people who teach meditation, relaxation, life coaches, business coaches, doctors to aid us in improving our health or managing it, natural therapies and so much more. We have to make a conscious choice to refuse the status quo and change things.  We need to decide that a “Life Change” is possible and we want it.

Yet it can be difficult to organise all these changes on our own. At times everyone could use a little guidance to get started, stay on track or be encouraged. My husband and I have been working towards getting a plan together, one which would help me to manage my own challenges by creating a “Life Change“. I needed to refocus myself, my energies and plan new dreams and goals to take into consideration my health and be able to adapt as I become healthier.

Life Change

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“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”    ― Albert Einstein

I’ve already started my “Life Change” program. It’s not all ” beer and skittles” or “sunshine and roses”. I still have bad days and need help picking myself up, but I’m hoping things are going to be much better very soon. It’s easier to see the light again if the dark clouds arrive and that’s a great help.

When I’m fighting a battle on a health front, when things don’t go to plan, when I wish things were different, it seems strange to be starting a self development ‘program’ and yet I felt that it has been the ideal time to start. If I can do this when things aren’t easy then I know I can make even more changes and kick more goals when life is better. So, I’m reaching for my stars. I wanted to share my excitement with you, my friends in cyberspace.  Perhaps I’ll need a hand to help me up if I slip, but I’m happy I have a path I can see clearly now.

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”    ― Dr. Seuss

May you kick all your goals each day. Together we can change the world.

Ciao, Susan x

© Susan Jamieson  2013.

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