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Moment in Time

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A

Curious thought

One

Never thought to rise again

A

Shy smile

One

Which carries the power to hurt again?

A

Tiny heart flutter

Barely

Felt, but heard anew

Another thought

Could this really be right?

Would

This be the ONE

Could

He really be the person he appears to be?

Could

He just be like the other one?

A smile

A touch

A tender look

The words so soft, so kind

What could be more right

Nothing ever felt so true

This time, nothing could ever make me fee blue

Yet….

Tine has a way of unfolding

And

All the half lies, omissions and lies

Fall out of time and smother

A once bright and shining light

The spirit still struggles to shine

Love’s hold is never so weak

To let go a hold of a heart so strong

Yet…

There is only so much

A heart can be asked to hold

Before love,

No matter how strong,

No matter how sure

Starts to buckle and fold

The holes once thought mended

Break open once more like new

Pain never felt like before

Begins to tear mind and heart

And this time, the spirit weakened

And slowly

Grows cold

In ‘Protection’

In ‘Safety’

In

Loneliness………………..waiting for?

Moment in Time

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The only thing which can make sense of the inexplicable…. truth, honesty and real love because….

“Touched by Fate’s tender hands,
Love springs eternal.” –

Anthony Halat

But the best part of all is knowing that if “my emotions control me at times” then at least I know I’m alive.  I choose to be alive, it’s who I am.

Monet in Time

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Blessings for all , Susan x

© Susan  Jamieson 2013

 

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Being Thankful

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Being thankful isn’t always easy

In fact sometimes it’s downright hard

But the evangelists tell me it’s all just an attitude

Well, Grammy Jen tells me I have an attitude

And what’s more I should just get rid of it

So I’m a might confused about what I should do

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Like yesterday

Momma told me to get to the wash

And I pounded and pounded to get Tommy’s jeans clean

That basket was like to tear my arms from my shoulders

But right in the middle of the yard

Little Bobby went scooting past on his wagon

I got my feet all tangled and down went the wash

All over that dirt yard

And I started to tremble something fierce

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Momma whooped me plenty for being so careless

And I had to pound those clothes extra hard this time

Every time I pounded those clothes

I pretended I was pounding some gratitude in there

It helped take my mind off the whooping

But it didn’t make me feel any better

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Later when I was helping Momma with dinner

Tommy told her I tore his jeans

He only has one good pair cos he’s always tearing them

So she whooped me some more with the big old spoon

For being so careless with Tommy’s jeans

I know it wasn’t Christian like but I snuck a bug

On his plate of squirrel stew

He never noticed and I figured God would understand

It’s sure hard to be thankful when it seems like it’s always my fault

Being Thankful

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I figure if I keep being thankful

Even when it’s always my fault

Maybe eventually all my daily ‘ thankfulness’

Might fill the biggest old barn around

And then instead of all that whooping

I might get a barrel full of hugging

To make it all worthwhile

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But Grammy says it don’t work like that

She says, “Girl just fill yourself with gratitude,

Don’t worry about all that attitude,

God’s watching all we’re doing, and girl you’re doing just fine,

So go on now and sneak down to the river and play

Momma’s gone for the rest of the day.

And Tommy’s out after squirrels,

I’ll look after little Bobby and today we’ll both

Get our fill of thankful and gratitude

And I’ll see that sweet smile of yours for a while”

~

So I ran down to the river and swam for hours and hours,

Lay on the grass and watched the angels in the clouds

And I could feel all that thankful and gratitude Granny told me of

And I knew that everything was going to be alright

Because I could see my road stretching far away

On God’s beautiful highway.

Being Thankful

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 “Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.”
― John Henry Jowett

Thankfulness and gratitude are used almost interchangeably. For those things we are giving thanks for, we are expressing our gratitude for. There is no need to become bogged down in the correct terminology, if we are looking at life, at our day and being grateful or thankful for the good things which happen, then we are doing all the right things to make our world a better place.

Focus on the good things, no matter how small and more of those good things are magnetised towards us and life can become a wondrous place. It’s that easy – just remember that like attracts like.

May your days be filled with thankfulness and gratitude.

Blessings,  Susan x

© Susan Jamieson 2013

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There are so many times when we take our loved ones for granted, forgetting to acknowledge the little things they do to make your life more bearable, fuller and happier.  It is especially so when one of you is ill, and this illness will not go in a matter of days, but can linger on for months, sometimes years.

Time has a way of distorting things. Things which are important as well as those which are not.  Having a sense of joy and gratitude for the simple things your partner does each day and remembering to say a simple and heartfelt ‘Thank You’ goes a long way to letting them know how much they are appreciated.

One of the films my husband and I really enjoy is”Rob Roy” with Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange. It is a beautiful story of love, faith and the togetherness of family and community.  Most of all it is a love story which brings a deeper meaning to the often used phrase “I love  you”, which is not used in the film.

There is a beautiful scene in the film when he arrives home and she tells him, “You are so fine to me”. To me it spoke more in that one little sentence than volumes of words about love have in the past. It acknowledges all that they are. their faults, failings and also the greatness which is inside them.He repeats this sentiment to her  later in the film   Despite the hardships they go through it does not change their deep feelings for each other. There is a depth of feeling which, because it is not overt, flowery or ostentatious seems to carry so much more that the mere words might imply. Their inherent reserve made the words carry so much more weight.

So I say to all those who matter in my life, “I Love You” and more than this “You are So Fine to Me”.  I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude that I have been blessed with so much. After so many years I have found true love with an amazing man, one whose is “So Fine to Me” each and every day. I can share all that I am with him and know it is accepted in his eyes and his love for me will never change. We support each other in everything we do.  We grow closer in every way, every day.

I could not be more blessed. Children to be proud of and a husband to love and cherish and who loves and cherishes me. I have been Abundantly Blessed. It only took a serious illness for me to see it so clearly.

Thank you Rob Roy, and thank you Ray, “You are So Fine  to Me”.

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This applies for everyone. If you have someone in your life, husband, partner, friend,child, pet, the beauty of the day, the sun, moon, the ocean and trees, are all part of the Abundance of life we are Blessed with and are “So Fine To Me”. My prayer and wish for you is that they become “So Fine To You”.

Bright Blessings and Know you are always loved.  Susan x

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“…every person has a star, every star has a friend, and for every person carrying a star there is someone else who reflects it, and everyone carries this reflection like a secret confidante in the heart.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow

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“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —”
William Arthur Ward

This has been a challenging period in many ways. Last month we saw the presence of two moons, making the last one a “Blue Moon”.  For many at this time they have reported it as another day, nothing different from  their normal day.  However, there are many more who report upheavals from the simple things to everything in their daily routine.  It can be quite a chaotic and unsettling experience.

I happen to fall into the latter category as my husband would attest. It’s not that I turn into a raging monster but the highs and lows, the swings and turns of the roundabout, can leave you wondering if some strange person has suddenly inhabited  the person who was reasonably sane days earlier.
full moon madness

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This particular “Blue Moon”, and I realize there are those who disagree that this was such an occasion,  was also much more than that for me as I had decided to participate in a 30 Day Gratitude Challenge, put together by the very talented and gracious Nicole Cody.   It was an incredible experience and allowed  me,  and I’m sure many others to stretch themselves as they worked through this  program. At the very least it enabled me to look at areas of my life in ways I hadn’t considered before.  It provided me with a way to view the world around me with fresh eyes.  It challenged me to go further into myself and evaluate what the everyday activities I took for granted really meant, at least to me.

When you are asked to simply sit and breath, pay attention to what is happening within as you do this; to look with new eyes to how your body responds to the simple task of taking a shower, how each action is in itself a miracle, you begin to realize that life, despite its many complexities, is astounding in what we can do. You begin to stop taking everything you do as a matter of course,  something for granted and truly appreciate what we can do each and every  day.  At least that was how I found it.
Gratitude moment

Man has been instrumental in putting man into space, onto the moon and even further afield.  We have athletes who perform what appears to be miracles in what they can achieve with a human body, and we have scientists who make breakthroughs which help people live better quality lives and cure diseases.  We are, as individuals and as a group more than the sum total of who and what we are.

I have been challenged for over a decade with a back and neck injury. It has changed the way I have lived my life. This hasn’t changed, at least not  completely, but it has given me a new way of thinking about what is happening and how I can achieve all that I want without having to compromise my dreams. I can achieve all I ever wished for, and more besides. My dreams have, if anything been expanded.  The possibilities are endless and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Challenge getting to the top of the Eiffel Tower
The Challenge: reaching to top of the Eiffel tower – courtesy of flickr.com

We have examples  around us every day who inspire us with their achievements. Paralympians, such as Matt Cowdrey.    The  many people who are in accidents, in comas who when they finally awaken, fight to be able  to live a ‘normal’ life.  Who are we  not to see the beauty of a sunrise, the pleasure of a smile when a ‘thank you’ is offered, the hope in a homeless persons eyes when you give them a  helping hand.

There is a sight impaired man near a coffee shop I go to occasionally.  I always stop to put something into his ‘can’, not because I have to, but because it warms my heart to  hear the joy in his voice that someone has stopped, someone cares enough to spend a few minutes talking to him. It is such a small thing for me to do but it means so much more to him. I am grateful I can do something so simple which spreads so much happiness because I know that my small act of gratitude for what I have, shared with him, will flow on to others when he goes home later.

guide dog puppy

Guide dog puppy, courtesy of piperbasenji.blogspot.com

I found the experience of. completing Nicole’s 30 Day Gratitude Challenge so inspiring I decided to do it again – immediately. My husband, Ray,  asked if he could also do it.  He had already seen changes in me as a result of finishing the challenge.  It’s going really well. We decided we didn’t want to share the things we were grateful for each day, but rather we’ll share what we felt and learned at the end of the month.  Then we’re going to do it again because we have already learned that the more we acknowledge what we are grateful for the more things we can see to be grateful for.

However I have noticed one thing. Even though we’re not sharing our daily ‘gratitude’s’ there is something incredibly special joining us as we sit writing in our journals at the beginning and end of each day, and that doesn’t even come close to the fun in doing our vision boards. We have our individual board, but what is a dream board for if we don’t also build one for the two of us?

dream boards

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I’ve included the link to Nicole’s challenge above.  I think everyone would gain so much from doing it, even if it were only in increasing the amount of gratitude in the world today. Great things can happen if we focus on being grateful instead of what we don’t have.

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Life really is beautiful, today and every day.

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