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Hey it snowed last night!

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Ahhhh don’t we wish it could be so, idyllic fresh fallen snow, the crisp country air and evergreens looking like sugar-coated fantasy trees in a Disney movie.

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This was a picture found on social media after the big storm in the Buffalo area. (Yahoo  news)  Somewhere between the two lies the different realities of a winter day in the part of the world that enjoy the wonders of nature’s four seasons.

 

 

Sadly even those who know that winter comes every year, and have been how to drive in snow, forget or choose to  do it “their own way”  Often drivers have not even prepared their cars for winter driving.

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This picture was taken of a snow-covered street in Tokyo  during a heavy snowfall.   Remember the stalled vehicles in Kansas City in 2013.

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We are not all in positions where we can avoid being out when Mother Nature gives full expression to her capabilities, however, as in all situations in life, if we are prepared, and focused on what we are doing, challenges are always easier to deal with.  When we deal with situations out of our control in creative ways, ingenuity lights the way,

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Believe you can do it.  And know without a doubt, that God/Tao  will see you through. (picture of a commuter during a bad storm in London in January 1988) – below is a picture taken Dec.13.2013  of snow in Egypt, the first time in 112 years.

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The Jitterbug caused scandals, it was called dirty dancing, students caught dancing the Jitterbug were likely to be banned from school .. serious stuff.

Did you smile?  Interesting that when this dance came along and was very popular, it was suffered terrible put downs.  It was in its hay day well before I was out dancing, but  in my mid teens we did versions of this dance, and I loved it.   I remember such moves, when you had a dance partner that was capable of really “letting go” we “went all out”..  In my day it was jiving, swing dancing, I think they did the hand jive in Grease.   We would go dancing every night if we could.  Of course we often had dance floors in the restaurants (hang outs) and either live music or a rocking juke box.

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I’ve provided a how to at the bottom of this blog for those of you interested in trying out some of the moves =^_^=  (Jeff & Amanda Miller)

Remember when long hair on men hit the “scene” .. – wow.. scandal.. tongues wagged, heads shook in disbelief.

The music had changed by then too.  One scandal that caused major problems when they made their debut Jeans  and while not  considered major problems now, they can be seen at times as being inappropriate…

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All this to say, that when we come across something unfamiliar, we often take a “negative” view, “just because”… we don’t allow ourselves time to take in the “new” concept, item, experience.  If we reflect on the above examples I’ve used, today a lot of what was a scandal is common, everyday stuff.  If you think about past events,experiences in your life, whether a few years, a decade, whatever, you will likely discover that you did take steps out side the box on more than one occasion.

Changes are what makes life interesting.  Scandal comes in many forms, often it is a personal perspective that influences your reaction. =^_^= to a new idea, or a different version of something you already know. As we work towards self-improvement, experiment with thinking “outside the box”.

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Stay a float as long as you can!

Namaste     – Oyashikiri

 

 

a new season will soon be here…

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The warm fuzzy glow of a warm house, frost on the windows, air that is crisp and clear. Hmm not everyone smiles dreamily at the thought of the coming of winter, but I do.  There is something to be said about “nesting”.  Like a squirrel gathering nuts before the snow comes, I get in supplies like I think that it is the late 1800’s or early 1900’s and we need to be prepared.

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Winter weather has been rather erratic of late, wow, places that seldom saw snow  have been hit with blizzards, crops in the southern states have had some brutal storms come their way.  All over the world, winter comes and changes where we live, and we have to adjust.

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Before the days of instant news, and social media, we simply dealt with what came along. It might not have always been fun, or easy, but we took measures to  do our best to cope with the power outages, furnace malfunctions, delayed  transportation etc.  Now with “instant fixes, and gratification” it seems that there is more of a “panic” mode that sets in. OMG the cell phone is not working, or the TV  signal is all askew.

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Arggghhh my PC is down.  Honeeeeee the internet is not working,  anguish at its best.  LOL been there done that.  Remember the days of trying to read by candle till the lights came back on.  How about the wind up radio, so you can hear the news should there be an announcement of when the power lines will be up again.

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Winter is a special time, a time for spiritual rebirth, for reconnecting with the inner YOU.  A time where we can enjoy seeing the world new and fresh,  We are all unique and different in our own way, personalities and lifestyles vary.  One thing we all share is the gift of life and LOVE.

Let us do our best to see the positive in our lives, and to appreciate and show appreciation to those who share in our world. Whether close or far, reach out and say  hello, show you care.

Namaste   –   Oyashikiri

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other pictures gathered from Pinterest

Thank you, Merci, Gracias, Obrigado,Grazie xxxooo

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Thank you all for your wonderful messages of love and friendship… I was overwhelmed when I got back at the birthday greetings and kind words. The road weariness evaporated  under a blanket of amazing heartfelt gratitude.  Many of you I have only met and interacted via social media and the virtual world, I really truly love and appreciate each and every one of you.

It was a wonderful birthday journey, filled with sunshine and balmy weather.  We got to explore, visit and rest, my husband once again shone with his thoughtfulness at ensuring that everything went well and that we were safe at all times.  To my fellow vintage buffs, this was the find of all finds, 100% silk, pure vintage, with beads that appear to be all hand sewn   ..=^_^=

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Friendships are God’s gift to treasure for all time

Thank you again for taking time to share this special time with me.

Namaste -Oyashikiri

Bom dia, Good morning !

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Where are your thoughts today. When the days past have been busy and full, have you made time for you.  Have you made time to say THANK YOU for all you’ve received so far, yes whether for the challenges or the joys.  Does your heart rejoice at the end of the day?

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When I first began a life of teaching and service I was a student of life, many decades later, I am constantly learning and relearning lessons that I thought I had learned already.  However, when I reflect on my most inner feelings, or when my emotions are being rendered senseless with constant chatter from my tattle telling mind, I realize that I’ve been forgetting that I am the captain of my ship.  Whatever the circumstance, it was through my choices over time that I am currently in the puddle I’m in.  Sigh, the quotes and sayings that are posted all over social media, and used in my blog and others,  are great, but reading them and acknowledging the truth of them isn’t enough.

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We have to live the words we believe in, we have to acknowledge and give thanks to  the Universe for the learning we are acquiring. Live and learn brothers and sisters,this is life, this is living.  Express and live with full Makoto (sincerity)  Reach out and say thank you today when you can, even for minor matters, smile from the heart and have a blessed day.

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White Lotus -Sanskrit Pundarika – in Buddhism, the lotus flower resembles the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness. =^_^=

Namaste   – Oyashikiri

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le jour viendra – the day will come

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Creativity, dreams, imagination, inspiration who hasn’t experienced these wonderful moments.  Whether as a child, adolescent or adult, we all live with deep burning passions that bubble within looking for expression.  How we give expression to these desires is different for each one of us.  Value your intuition.

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The photographer and bunny enthusiast had an ah-ha moment when they came up with this idea, and happily for us, they shared it on social media.  We just keep the smile away when we saw this, it was an ahhhhh moment for me, that bunny is so sweet, obviously happy to oblige his/her owner.  In acting on his/her inspiration the artist provided a happy moment for others.   The feeling of accomplishment is very satisfying.

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Creativity is all around us, in all shapes and forms.  Precept # 1 (Perfect Liberty) – LIFE IS ART  The day will come when we will all  live in a way that will bring about World Peace.

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Namaste  – Oyashikiri

 

 

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Rules – Good morning everyone!

!cid_1_2553387078@web160902_mail_bf1_yahooLook at the dog’s eyes, I can almost hear him/her asking his mistress “really, did I sign up for this”, this is what you want me to do?”  Meanwhile the little cuddly friend is happily drinking from the bottle and thinking only of how yummy, delicious it is. This is a wonderful picture. I send an enormous thank you to  the artist that put the energy and creativity into bringing it to us.  It brought a smile to my day and for sure, to millions of others who saw and delighted in the composition.  Before social media, we were still able to come up with such clever ideas, and take pictures to show our friends and family  But we couldn’t share like we do today, we didn’t have the tools to allow total strangers all over the world to share in our creative moment.

Yes we still had artistic expression, we still lived our lives moment by moment, we did our chores, played, worked and played some more, but the element of having our creativity, thoughts,dreams and expressions on display for all to see…  well …. that was unknown.  Until…. someone somewhere broke a rule, or stepped outside a box  and brought new potential and far reaching ideas into tangible possibilities. There is a joy in being creative.  Every day I see friends who live miles and sometimes continents apart sharing their day and thoughts with friends they’ve met in virtual worlds, on Facebook, in games.. and it is not just inane chatter, often is is meaningful, supportive and caring.

While we live in a world where there is a framework of laws, morals and rules to follow, the keyword here is framework…. when Divine Spirit is our constant companion and we are always in touch, (connected) love is our motivation,world peace and inner joy our goal, then a rule is a man made what? guideline?………… I know they are needed…………..but…………….

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May your day be blessed with love, calm-strength and acceptance –    Blessings be.       Oyashikiri

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Otterly beautiful! A “tiny” always brings a smile to your day!

Tiny Wynx avatars  are found in SL (Second Life), allow yourself to explore other dimensions of who you are….?? is that a maybe?

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