Abby Saint Benoit in the Eastern Townships, Quebec.
How often have you heard the expression, when one door closes, another one opens. I have heard it often over the years and I have lived long enough to know that, it is true. At the time when emotions are raw and the hurt is cutting… the agony of the moment seems so all encompassing that we wonder if we will live through it all. We do. To know such pain is because you were blessed with happiness. Incongruent but true.
It is easy for me now, year past my “youth” I can look back and remember the moments of total misery, I felt and knew “heartbreak”.. I longed for and wanted something that I couldn’t seem to find, I didn’t understand what I wanted either. What I thought I wanted, and what I was so sure I couldn’t go on living without.. turned out .. it was a total disaster in so many ways, yet, I learned from these heart aches, and I grew stronger as a person.
My interest in doors goes back many years… You’d think that by now I would have seen enough doors, but just when I think .. a door is just a door…. I will come across a doorway that is simply “striking” .. it will shout out.. “hey.. gotcha!” and I know I am about to participate in a new chapter of “life”.
Somewhere in Portugal, I saw this little house and was enchanted. I was inspired to write a little “verse” .. the Universe didn’t agree with my sentiment, the whole blog didn’t save, it simply disappeared. After many failed attempts to retrieve it… I gave up… however, I am still going to show you this little building, isn’t it a charmer?
Meet my newest “friend”… yesterday I got to have a wonderful “away” adventure .. Having a friend who will drive and give me a chance to just “ramble” and let my “mind” wander .. take pictures… and basically just chill…. is an amazing way to share a few hours. Boniway is such a friend… it was so wonderful … I got to ohhh and awww at the wonderful animals who came up to the car to greet us… Miss piglet here was such a personality. AND the baby piglets who were trailing around behind her…were just the cutest.
We were favoured with gorgeous weather. The sun shone bright the weather itself was cool and refreshing…. a big enough breeze that there were no mosquitos .. at least… we didn’t encounter any. It was a day of blessings. I even got to cross the river on the ferry, not once but twice. Much appreciation and gratitude in a day makes for a perfect day. Boni… you were super fantastic in your generosity of spirit…thank YOU.
PL Precept # 18 Each moment is a turning Point.
PL Precept # 21 Live in Perfect Liberty
Be mindful with prayer. If you work on things with a prayerful heart, there will be many things you can be taught.
run, run, hide…. my brain wouldn’t stop chattering… life has been busy, and I’ve had unexpected “situations” to deal with. When I thought of the Thursday Door feature, I thought.. “just me find one open door that I can run through and escape….” Of course all the pictures I’ve collected over time show doors that are closed or are completely missing.
As I lay thinking, trying to keep my mind from dwelling on the fact that my precious Keeper is not well, (whippet) … that there is animosity and family discord happening around me, an 8 year old legal dispute between siblings is rearing its head again… the day/night was a tad over whelming. In my earlier blog, you saw I wrote about “letting go and letting God” … to preserve my own sanity I turned to prayer. Prayer/meditation is like a balm …
Each door in the above photos will take me into and towards another “destination”.. each has its own ambience and flavour. Each door would lead to a different kind of “adventure. Each would transport me to a different place and time.
Reality. my moment is now…. an dmy Precious Keeper is showing signs of improvement this morning, but in the wee hours when I got up to take her out, she was staggering and very weak. I began to give her small amounts of Japanese Green tea, I have read about and known about the healing benefits of tea for a long time.. I’m just not a tea drinker.. fortunately I had some in the cupboard.
She liked it… she actually opened up to allow me to insert the syringe so that the tea would go in easily. In a bit I added a turkey broth with tumeric. (made especially for dogs, but of human grade) We even spent a bit of time outside while she did a bit of sniffing and walking (not a lot, but we did get to exercise the leg a bit)
I often talk about how doors play such an important role in our lives.. as we evolve in life, we are constantly going through one door or another into a new “chapter” in our lives. Today I am asking you, to send positive energy this way… the healing process will be gradual and I will appreciate knowing that there will be an abundance of love/caring energy for me to “lean ” on IF and should I need it.
A trip down memory lane. Back around 2012 I had the opportunity to drive down to Sharon Springs,NY. I had never been down into NY state, always my trips had been to areas in upper NY State. Being it is Thursday I thought I would share with you some of my memories of that trip. I wanted to visit the now defunct Sharon Springs Spa that had been famous world wide for its healing spring waters. I will post a collage of pictures taken during our trip there.
It was a beautiful day, so much charm and history, for us the pride of ownership shown in the houses along the streets was picture perfect.
We are blessed that we can so easily visit and enjoy the history and communities of our neighbours to the south of us. I had asked my husband to find a way for us to visit the Springs since I had read about its fame and was intrigued by its history. The spa itself was of course long gone, but the town had done its best to preserve its history.
For those of us who are photo buffs, it is always interesting to me how we are each and everyone of us, so unique in the way we capture our memories. How we visualize the moment before us. There will be many more doors for you to see and visit … simply visit the following link to Dan’s No Facilities site.. https://nofacilities.com/2023/04/20/running-around/
The past tells us a lot about how life was, across from the Wagner house was this wonderful lookout. Wagner House was on our way to Sharon Springs and Sharon NY.
Move forward with confidence Experiences you have acquired through efforts so far are wonderful. Give it all you’ve got.
Perfect Liberty 2023. 20
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me.
I lay in bed last night wondering how come the world was such a complex place to navigate. On the radio earlier in the day in the car, I actually turned off the sound, the negativity, the complaining, the dissatisfaction being constantly broadcast out was not entertaining nor was it making my drive a pleasure, it was in fact annoying. With a push of a button, the ambience in the car was a blessing. I was now alone with my own thoughts and the scenery unfolding before me. Reality check, I have that radio station programmed and listen to it willingly.. for news updates and weather … I need not have it on all the time, it is habit to do so. I need to practice “silence” more often.
Why silence, would a better word be quiet. Every day we wake to a new day and new opportunities. It is easier to do the same old thing in the same way, why … because we are used to it. In the last months, even the last year or two, I’ve become aware of how with time I have or had fallen into a routine, and in some ways have unintentionally stopped expanding my inner growth.
“Inner growth” what does that mean. Just words aren’t they. Comes down to ..my comfort zone, what at the end of the day, makes me happy. Ask yourself when was the last time you felt “happy” and filled with “contentment”…
Give you a moment to reflect on that. Cuz only you can answer that, I’m also thinking, that if you are like most … a state of happiness and contentment isn’t how you feel about your day to day. I’m thinking pure contentment, plain old happy, big smile, enjoying the moment whatever it is,
How often have I heard, he/she makes me so spitting angry, or he/she gets on my nerves, he/she did such and such… Hey.. hello… who is he/she she/he…. the only person responsible for your happiness is YOU.
This is Thursday, and you all know I love my Thursday Doors… All week I have had it on my “to do” to drive out to ?? wherever and find a door(s) that will please, or invite more than a passing glance. My back door is a fright. Once way back when I first began to play around with it, I took a picture of it for fun, my husband was horrified that I actually used in it my blog…to him it was a source of.. “thank goodness no one can see it unless they are admitted unto the back veranda (it is an inner door, you have to access another door to get out) That door is old, I’ve painted it, stenciled it, painted it again, not all over, just here and there, it is like an old canvas that I just keep building on.
LOL I actually had comments from fellow door chasers that it was an interesting old door, it was picked out for comment altho’ it was presented with maybe 1/2 doz doors. We are all so different and our reactions to what we “see” will be different on any given day, depending on our “mood” and “headspace” at the time we read the blog ….
So….while I was lying there last night contemplating – noise, doors, happiness, a door came to mind, and I’m going to try to find it to share with you. it was sitting against at the curb, no longer wanted, not in use.. it was waiting.. With the changing of the seasons, from winter to spring to summer, I am in transition, and a bit like the door, I have history, a past, and today, in the now I’m trying to navigate the world around me. Sometimes I realize that as much as so much is the same, there is also a whole new set of “rules” out there and over time the simplicity of “living” has become a juggling act, and the norm is for everyone to be “busy” “busy” “busy”
Can you see the history, the love the past this door had. I can, if you are a story writer, or have a creative imagination, you will love this door. yet .. to the owners, it had pasted its prime and was left on the curb to fend for itself.
Good Morning, Bom dia….. Spring in the city after a wicked ice storm that has left many parts of the city without power. I said a silent prayer last night, having been without power during the last mega storm we had not that long ago…. I knew the silence and anxiety that goes with being left without power while the storm rages on into the night. So many of us no longer have land lines.. only our cell phones.. a Cell phone without power (not able to be charged)…Morning prayers today… count your blessings if you have power and send up positive vibes for all who are in need of support …
Try putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. Put aside your own convenience for a moment and think about what would make the other person happy or what would best serve their needs.
Perfect Liberty 2016 27
Let’s see today is Thursday, let me find door(s) that will lead to some sunshine… or set a different tone.
What will lie ahead today, I don’t know… I’m heading out to see what.. IF .. there was..has been damage done at the feeders out in the conservation areas I have been servicing. Enjoy whatever comes your way.. this is a special week and today I believe for those who follow the tradition is the day before Good Friday and it is Passover… yes? Welcome the day whatever you are up to!!!
Nature has a way of showing its versatility and adaptive ways in the most creative ways. Rain, snow, sleet, ice, searing sun that blisters and burns, winds that tear and break apart, Nothing in life stays the same. The only constant in life is Change.
Applaud the Makoto of others. When you encounter good faith or kindness in others, make sure that you acknowledge it fully. This will make both you and them happy. (Makoto; One’s utmost sincerity)
Perfect Liberty 2016.23
Being Asked for a favour is a chance. When someone asks for a favour from you, this is a chance for you to help others. Face the chance proactively.
Perfect Liberty 2023.23
Today being Thursday, I wanted a door that had history, yet in its simplicity and purpose it deserved recognition. It isn’t big and imposing, but it had a very special and important function. Never judge a book by its cover.
The Hull Armories, I had to pass by this building and grounds every day as I made my way to school and in later times to work. Early evenings and week-ends we would see cadets parading or being put to some kind of “task” or “routine”. Now except for the odd event, we see little activity there on a regular basis.
Time has a way of changing circumstances and the world around us.
So we learn from our past. Does history not provide us with valuable lessons, so many of us have lived through times where in some parts of the world, human beings are not always kind to one another, yet under different skies and circumstances, these same people would walk side by side in peace .. even indifference. A door opens both ways, we have a choice, to enter, leave, or walk by. A door is a reminder that we have a choice. Choose wisely.
Yesterday is but a memory – Today is what it is – and Tomorrow, I may or may not be here to share your day – so if you are passing through – I ask of you – share my history, learn from what has been, for we only live a moment once, and then its gone…
Perception is important. Take immediate action once you suddenly perceive. You might discover something important in what you perceive
TAOIST Life is Art (Perfect Liberty precept #1)
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--- there are two energies, Yin and Yang = ONE
---to have balance we must live each moment
of our lives.. with Makoto (sincerity)
The only constant in life is change. I am grounded in the reality of Living.
This is true, in all worlds. RL or virtual. I am me and only me.