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Sunday

I spied through the trees the most brilliant colours, the sun was filtering through the canopy of green, lighting up and creating a halo over the vivid shades of autumn that had begun to emerge against the emerald backdrop that surrounded them. Such moments make me aware how wonderous the world around me can be.

Yesterday I had remarked how aging isn’t for the faint of heart.. yet I had experienced the above moment that morning, I had spent wonderful hours in the company of good friends, heard about a wedding that my friend had officiated at… (such happiness and joy .. young love is so tender, passionate and innocent) watched the birds arrive for the buffet of seed, suet and nuts that awaited them…. talked with fellow nature hikers along the woodland trail, and been blessed with the love and patience of my two whippets. Just to name a few of my heart to heart moments I had.. Life is super fantastically good. Why was I going on about aging isn’t for the faint of heart. ???? Could it be I was letting negativity creep in because….. hmmm yes.. why…. I was allowing negativity to creep in because physically I have slowed down, not necessarily by choice, but because my body simply does not want to rush around like it used to…

Oh joy! was I having a “poor me” moment. We all have them, and nothing is ever 100% sunshine and blue skies, but.. these moments pass. The clouds lift, the rain passes, and we move on. Thank you Universe for friends. Where would we be without them. Show appreciation today and always for the blessings in our lives. It is ok to give in from time to time and wallow or complain, it is human.. BUT know that it is only a passing feeling/thought/moment… and move on.

Be cheerful and friendly with those around you. Use money and things usefully and enthusiastically. Money and things are materials for self expression. Use them joyfully with appreciation.

Perfect Liberty 2022.24/25
Oyashikiri

Note* there are new cards at the church today, have a look before Lise takes them to the various shops.

Service is at 10 a.m.

Hello Fall

Yesterday as I drove down the road to the entrance to Mer Bleue I slowed to look over the valley beyond the trees that border the road and saw … fall colours… the whole line of trees along the far side of the valley were crimson and golds… Yikes… it is still September … I didn’t have the Nikon with me and the cell would have limited range for me to capture that colour. BUT it was there.!!! Good thing fall is my favourite season.. I L O V E IT….

Be cheerful and friendly with those around you. Other people can sense how you are feeling … So, be cheerful.

Perfect Liberty 2022.24

Today I will be a smart puppy .. I will layer and bring out the warm vest. could not do my walk around the bog yesterday the wind was too cutting and temperatures were in the single digits. (Celsius).

Oyashikiri

Please pray for those who are in need of our support and prayers.

Are you stuck

Do you ever get that feeling .. you are not grounded?

When you get stuck… take a step back … When you are able to see things objectively, your viewpoint will change and you will receive new wisdom

Perfect Liberty 2022.23

Words, words words… so often we read something and say to ourselves.. “this is so true” or “yes, makes sense” sound familiar.. we tuck it away and then…. we move on… I am trying to be more aware of all the times I realize something, go ah haha… and then continue doing exactly what I’ve just realized I should perhaps consider “changing”. I’m lazy. Gosh that is a hard one for me to swallow. Changing means I have to move out of my comfort zone…

Today I will try to do better.. I will do my best to…. and here I went blank … the thought left me… time for a walk and some quiet reflection…

Till soon

wow

Be in tune with the feelings of others. Let’s start by trying to understand other peoples’ feelings.

Perfect Liberty 2022.22

Till soon

Always and Forever

Wednesday

Had the Covid booster shot yesterday, my first time to have a reaction that is not pleasant. Time to retreat and deal with it.

This is Wednesday September 21st. Thanksgiving service or Day of Appreciation ceremony 7 pm tonight at the church.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you… Let’s live with gratitude towards everyone and everything all day today.

Perfect Liberty 2022.21

what!

You ever wonder – how did I get here?

YOU are the result of your daily efforts. Put your whole heart into everything you do in your daily life. your true self will shine through.

Perfect Liberty 2022.20

Maybe, you need to simplify your routine. The past couple of years have seen a lot of “changes”.. working from home, wearing face masks, your daily routines have been in some cases drastically changed, your social and work lives have been affected.. Some changes were so gradual, you didn’t notice till you ran into an “ah hah moment” Or, you made a decision that at the time seemed the right one, but now, months later, you are questioning… “why did I do that?”

Yesterday it poured, not just gentle showers, no… the sky would suddenly get dark and the rain fell “in buckets”… then yes it would drizzle, then taper off … since I was in the woods depending on where I was, there was some cover, but mostly I got wet.. Which was OK, I was dressed for it. Did I ask myself “what on earth are you doing?” No, because I saw it was a good old fashioned downpour before I left home. I can be a bit of a cracked nut.. I like the rain, even better when it is steady rain, not an angry rain, just a steady rain that falls with a rhythm that is soothing.

My rain gear was long enough that I could sit on a bench and look out over the bog… it was beautiful to hear the different sounds the rain made depending on how or where it landed. Because the vista before me was multi layered with a variety of different vegetation and I was above the bog, I looked down over trees and the bog plants. It was magical. Have you ever heard the sound of rain as it trickles down from the top of a tree with open outstretched limbs laden with leaves?

It is easy to get lost in our thoughts .. and not always look around and take in the “whole” picture, or get caught up in one aspect of a situation. When we take mini ME breaks in the day, we are able to ground or center ourselves in a positive way that will enhance our total “being”

YOU are the results of your daily efforts.

Makoto – sincerity

photo -Chris O’Keefe (N.H)

The days are getting shorter, the leaves have begun to change into their fall wardrobe. In this picture Chris caught just the perfect moment of sun/shadow… with the background architecture a perfect foil for the artistry of nature. Christopher O’Keefe is a photographer from the States who over the years has shared with us some amazing captures.

Today’s calendar speaks of sincerity, putting our hearts into our words. What struck me the most about Chris’s work is that he often captured “makoto” in his pictures.. ie. this picture for me evokes.. “sincerity”. You can almost feel the sun as the shadows shift bringing the building’s walls and windows to life.

Put your heart into your words. Do you tend to speak in just matter of fact tone? It is important to put your heart into your words.

Perfect Liberty 2022.19
Oyashikiri

Chop suey

Chop suey – a word that speaks of an American Chinese dish and other forms of overseas Chinese cuisine, consisting of meat, a vegetables that are stir fried. It is a catch all phrase .. no two dishes would likely ever be the same, it would vary from restaurant to restaurant, and locality .. (mixed variety) I use it when I am putting together a collection of (in this instance) pictures to show the variety of interesting moments along the trail yesterday.

In life we are greeted with so many interesting sights, some we relate to .. other’s we acknowledge and simply move on. This was the case when I met up with Mr slither there. The mushroom is interesting I have been watching it grow and take shape for over a week. With the ticking of the clock we all move along in life, some at a snails pace and while others seem to live life in leaps and bounds. I am in the saunter along mode. I pause to explore, a lot.

taken fall of 2020

I searched for the picture I knew I had of the corner benches I like to sit and commune with nature on. This spot is perfect for quiet reflection. Usually I sit, but yesterday, the sky was a beautiful clear blue and not too warm yet, but if you settled in the sunshine it was very welcoming. I lay down to look up into the vast expanse of sky.. and watch the white clouds lazily make their way over to where I was.

The bog extends for miles and miles. In this corner where the boardwalk is… when it is early in the morning, 9 out of 10 you have the place to yourself. (before 9) I admit, I would have liked a cushion for my head, but aside from that, it was so peaceful and serene.. I felt a contentment that was all encompassing.

Start today with a fresh outlook. Even though people and situation may look the same, they are constantly changing. Start each day with a fresh mind.

Perfect Liberty 2022.17
Till Soon

My heartfelt thanks to everyone for your birthday wishes – muah

Thursday

Last night as I lay in bed drifting off to sleep .. words came to me that set my mind to thinking.. it would be a good theme either for a post or a song. has that ever happened to you, I know many of you blog/write. Writing is not only a hobby it is a passion.. a need to put something down.. to record a thought. I no long know anyone in my immediate circle who writes a journal, but I do have many who do journals… by do I mean they make journals. Either way, it is our creativity that is being expressed.

Back in the day when I was writing every day, I had a need to write, I wrote prose, poetry, stories, I wrote and posted fashion blogs, entertainment blogs, I had pens in every room…. note pads everywhere in drawers on surfaces..(this was prior to the days when we had cell phones/tablets and laptops)

Of course, I knew last night that I would remember the words/theme it was soooo thought provoking and said so much using so few words. I did not reach for a pen to write it down, I trusted I’d remember when I woke… or got up for a break… Guess what… this morning just the memory of the thought is with me. AND you are right if you think I don’t remember what the lines where that came to mind last night… I only recall that it was a song idea that would have been a country song… about love/relationship/longing etc.

I do remember that I thought,… why do so many songs have to be about “love gone wrong” and that I myself, me…. was not relating to the thought cuz I was happy actually content in that moment. happy with my personal thought process… so maybe that is why I didn’t feel the need to jump up then and there and start writing.

Today’s quote is about listening with Makoto (sincerity) in particular in interactions with others. However, I feel that it is advice that needs heeding in how we deal with our own thoughts and ideas that pop up in our own gray cells.

Face the speaker, make eye contact and listen carefully. Listening to people is also a form of expression. Listen with Makoto (sincerity)

Perfect Liberty 2022.15

There is /are reasons that thoughts and ideas go through our heads.. in my case, I think I was teetering on feeling a bit sorry for myself ..I was perhaps disappointed (so ego crept in and reared its head) .. my left brain was going into a woe is me mode… when the right side took over and restored calm and quiet. My inner self, preferred the happy and content response… because that was my true feeling.. I like being happy =^_^= (my ego -I do have one- had to back off)

Oyashikiri

Timing –

are you listening?

Think of the timing before you say “but…” When starting your opinion, make sure you are being respectful of others’ opinions. Be mindful of this when you speak.

Perfect Liberty 2022.14

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