Tag Archive | light

Hello … it’s me


10154168_10152111046213124_1206357627_nWow, it has been quite some time since I came out to create magic here on my blog. Life got busy, my focus waned but my passion for creating a positive difference in the world did not. So, as I continue to focus on my intentions for 2016 I am inspired by a friend and her intentions, to get back to it!

What’s up for me in 2016?  COMMUNITY! That is my “theme” for the year. This includes several aspects as I create the year I want ahead.

First … I am being deliberate in acknowledging and celebrating the community of friends and family I already enjoy. The best way I know to do this is by spending time, sharing what I appreciate about them, supporting them, cheering them on, etc. I just may go on a letter writing campaign to appreciate my friends – you know, the old fashioned way with pen and paper and stamps. We all know how much fun it is to receive a smile in the mail. Yes, as I sit here and envision it, the yummy-ness of this idea is growing on me.

Second … I am on the lookout for a meaningful and fun way to volunteer in my local community.  Having grown up in early childhood in an orphanage I was aware that I was the recipient of love from many hearts and hands. And my dear family that adopted me instilled the desire and practice to give back even deeper into my heart. It’s time for me to shift from sporadic and episodic giving to more consistent giving. So I’m on the hunt for what will be my next volunteer gig.

Third … I am consciously looking for ways to bring positive vibrations and energy into the world at large.  One way is to continue to grow my FB group called Gifts of Gratitude. I created it to counteract the negative info I see all around me. On this page, only posts of what we are grateful for are allowed. It’s a bright spot to focus on the good that is in our daily lives. I will also use this blog and any other vehicle that allows me to shine a light into the world that warms a heart and allows others to shine their bright light too.

I’d love to hear some of your intentions for a fabulous 2016! Be blessed!

 

Conquer with Love – original poem


CONQUER WITH LOVE

Fire-Love-Images-Background-HD-WallpaperWhen evil seers a hole into the fabric of our lives,

It does not account for the power of light and love

To enter through that ragged wound.

What hate cuts and scratches to destroy,

Kindness and generosity stitches back a stronger whole.

There is no place that darkness can hide

For it is your light that can illuminate all.

Fear would cause us to shrink back and not live as we design,

But strength of connection creates bravery to step out.

Let us not fight with anger but rather conquer with love.

We are in control – not of what happens to us

But of who we reach out to for help and for comfort.

We can overcome the hatred in this world

If we but make a greater counter play of love.

Hate not, but forgive.

Shrink not, but join.

Revenge not, but console.

Let us seek to heal the defeated before they turn cold and bitter.

Let us defeat the hatred that seeks to create more haters.

Let us be love, do love, speak love and seek love.

~ Barbara Bernard Miller

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Everyday, ordinary people …


I’m inspired these days by stories I read and hear about from “everyday, ordinary people.” Here’s a recent example.

400138_10200236110682680_720733537_nI for one love things that harken back to times gone by. I love antiques, Victorian houses and items of beauty, and things that fill my home with a sense of unique and cozy style. Because of that I have a collection of Tiffany inspired lamps. My favorites have come from ShopNBC who has a line called “Style at Home by Margie.”  Margie Commerford travels the world for her company  River of Goods in order to offer these beauties. No, this isn’t a commercial for them, but it is part of the story. I’m winding my way there. 🙂

Well Margie has many fans of her company (River of Goods) and her items. One fan even created a Facebook page called “I love my Margie home”. I’m of course a member of that group. Recently someone posted a video about a one of Margie’s employees who recognized one of their lamps from a story about the flooding from superstorm Sandy. The owner said the beautiful lamps lit her soul and made her house a home. That home is now destroyed. The employee, Marco, was so moved he went to his company, River of Goods, to see what they could do. The video was a news clip and interview showing Marco, and the CEO talking about how they donated Tiffany style lamps to the first responders, as well as the family who lost the lamp in the superstorm that had originally caught his attention. Here’s the video clip.

That story, a simple story of one man who recognized his product as a regretted loss by someone who’s only wish was to get their home back, truly touched me. We sometimes get caught up in the illusion that we have to change the whole world in order to make a difference. But the reality is, each and every one of us has something to give. We have some way to recognize need or pain and to change the life of one, a few, or many people. We don’t always see or value how much our simple gestures touch someone else. This man gave light – beautiful, colorful light, to people he had never met. And in that moment, he gave hope. He gave compassion. He passed on the light. I’m sure, if we had a way to trace that tiny thread through the lives of those he gave to, or who heard or saw what he did, we would see the light spreading and changing the world. Thank you Margie! Thank you River of Goods and Lavina! And especially Thank You Marco for spreading your light! You have been an inspiration.

Tell me readers, how do you spread your light?

Don’t forget, for every comment you leave on my blog, I will donate 50 cents to my declared charity of the month. Spread the word, spread the love, and help me change the world. It’s free for you and fun for me! Be blessed!

Season of Beauty – original poem


SEASON OF BEAUTY

It isn’t the twinkle of lights in the city that brighten the holiday season,

  It is the smiles and gestures of charity from you that give the days their meaning.

It isn’t the songs that bring out the joy on the lips of all the people,

      It is the words of kindness that you are spreading that creates a joyful ripple.

It isn’t the food, cookies, or nog warming the hearths of the homes,

But rather the touch of a friend, or a hug that shows them they’re not alone.

It isn’t shoppers who bustle about, that create the atmosphere and energy,

It is the quiet connection of hearts and giving that melts the frost in the air.

I have a part, and you have a part, in bringing the season to life.

It is our union of spirit and not our religions that actually fuels the light.

It is the love in our hearts that we’re willing to share that creates a sense of community.

Believe you can spread the light and the love and we’ll all have a season of beauty.

~ Barbara Bernard Miller

A Victorian Christmas Carol, Thomas Kinkade

Our Deepest Fear


Today I want to share one of my favorite quotes/poems by Marianne Williamson. Her wisdom speaks to my soul every time I read this. It’s hanging by my desk so I can read it often.

Shine on my friends … and be blessed!

 Our Deepest Fear

 Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

~Marianne Williamson