In The Nut Aisle

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There is the occasional time when discouragement slithers in under the guise of common sense, and hisses, “Sorry babe, it ain’t ever gonna happen!”

Such a weight of deflated dreams descended on me for no particular reason last week, right in the middle of  grocery day.  Feeling grim and bereft, I tossed items into a supermarket cart, and wandered around until I found myself looking at this enormous fabric creature perched on a stack of plastic storage bins –

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Smile …

 It  didn’t belong where I found it.  Someone had set it down there,  just in time for me and my mood.  The red heart and goofy smile felt like a love letter of reassurance. My spirits rose.  Cart and I continued on and rounded a corner.  The caption on an outsize shirt shouted  –

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The load of doubt dissolved and I smiled in spite of myself. How could I help it when the very space around me seemed to conspire in my favour?  [My friend, Rosalyne, calls this phenomenon Universal Synchronicity.)

It’s amazing how a single special moment can

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My mum used to say, 

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Look at this –

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Never too old …

Radical, thrilling!

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I wouldn’t be able to bear it.


I took this picture last week – 

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, chuckling at memories of a friend who once told me her family tree was composed entirely of fruits and nuts!  I grinned and remembered a recent moment at the bulk food store, when I unintentionally eavesdropped on a brief conversation.

“Could you tell me where the hazelnuts are?” a man asked.

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, sir. In the nut aisle,” the assistant replied. 

My mind boggled as I began to visualize the faces I’d find on the shelves of the nut aisle.  

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Who??

 Pretty much anyone who thinks

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Normal is boring!

  , I suppose, and that would include me, for sure!


There are three kinds of people in this world –

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and

(3) The dream-killer

  • The dreamer – that’s you (if you’re a nut!)
  • The non-dreamer – the one who  regrets his inability to dream big crazy dreams, and might enjoy living vicariously through you
  • The dream-killer — the practical, down-to-earth sort of person who feels duty-bound to tell you that it’s time to grow up and stop wasting your time.

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and believes in the dream.

Dear fellow nut, do you know you have a

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 Of course,

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and 

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At the end of life’s journey, I want to be able to say,
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Well –

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, but big or small

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A toast to all the dreaming nuts (and fruits) out there –

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sincerely

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Synchro … what??

 

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“It’s weird, Rosie. I walked into Winners and the shelves came alive.  As if the display had been contrived just for me. The words were flying out from everywhere. Odd thing is, I hadn’t planned to go there. Just felt an overwhelming urge as I drove by, so I popped in.”

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There was more.


I met Rosalyn two years ago, on Fanstory,  a website for writers.   Turned out she lived round the corner, not in Alaska, Australia or … Timbuctoo!

We meet at Tim Hortons

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 to talk about writing and … our dreams. The more we talk, the less unattainable they seem.

Rosalyn scrolls through the pictures on my phone. I chatter on –

“The same thing happened when I visited my cousin in Ohio over the Thanksgiving weekend. We went on an unplanned shopping trip and – oh, my goodness! – the place was alive with … dreams, Rosie.  Look!”

More pictures –

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“It’s called universal synchronicity,” Rosalyn volunteered.

“Synchro … what?”

“That’s what my son says it is. It means the universe is trying to tell you something.”

“The universe? You mean God?”

“Whatever you like to call it. Something’s trying to communicate with you.”

“To encourage me to keep dreaming?”

“I guess so.  Yes!”

“A man almost collided into my shopping cart last week. My eyes popped out of my head when the lettering on his T-shirt began to screech!”

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Rosalyn grins. “You got a picture?”

“I chased him down the Walmart parking lot and asked it I could. Told him the words were significant. Said I wasn’t a crazy woman!”

She chuckles. “You dared?”

“He obliged.  I had to record the moment. This stuff has been happening a lot lately.”

I flash more pictures –

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My words trip over one another. “I’ve caught more than a thousand moments  on my phone, Rosie.  Look at what I saw last Saturday, on a shelf at Winners.  It had no business there – ladies’ section, face up – staring at me … ”

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“It kind of grew and screamed … honest!  I was rushing past, not really looking.”  I barely pause for breath.  “I found a belated Christmas present in my mailbox some days back. From a friend I haven’t met in ages. I almost jumped out of my skin when I opened the package and  saw the words on the picture frame.”

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A dream come true!

Rosalyn, bless her, is never sceptical. 

“I had to see someone on Saturday. When I drove into the parking lot of her building, something grew out of the corner of my eye. It filled my line of vision.

Rosalyn looks amused. “You took a picture, of course.”

“Of course!”

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“It was parked at the far end. There was absolutely no reason for me to notice it.”

“And then I had this compelling to drop in at Indigo Books.  I hadn’t been there  in ages.  This  paper weight jumped up the moment I walked in –

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The words seemed to be on every item that caught my eye. Suddenly, I heard a child’s voice mumbling, ‘Dream bigger, darling’.  I got goose bumps.  The kid was reading out loud.  He held a pencil case in his hands, the words were etched on it.  It felt pleasant, you know, and kind of weird!”

It’s snowing outside. The medium white hot chocolate is warm in my hands. I take a deep breath and sigh. “I’m excited, Rosie!”

“Me too,” Rosalyn replies.  “This synchronicity thing has been happening to me too!”


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sincerely


This post is dedicated to my friends – Rosalyn (who’s such a wonderful listener), Alice (who delighted me with the unexpected gift) and Karen (who dropped it off in my mailbox).  With my love and thanks.


 

One Thousand Things

I went moon-chasing last week.  I made a dash around the neighbourhood, trying to capture the fascination of a

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through my camera.  She sailed into the

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, an ice-queen in a shroud of wispy cloud-cobwebs.  I inhaled my soul-food for the day.  


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 .”  My friend Bev presses a book into my hands, some months ago, in the summer… 

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 by

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http://www.aholyexperience.com   http://www.facebook.com/onethousandgifts

I

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 I am  captivated.  So commences a dazzling new journey.  A journey to finding thankfulness in all things.  Finding

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in the mundane, the difficult, the tragic.  Being thankful no matter what.  Intentional thankfulness.

My smartphone and

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never stray from my side.  I have to catch the joy-moments coming out of nowhere in a series of joy-gifts I never saw as gifts before.   Like these …

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Supermarket shadow
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Rosy dawn skies
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Rainbows on floor tiles
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  • Sun-splash on gum day
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  • Puppy in wee-hour glow
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light 'n' shadow on kitchen wall
Light ‘n’ shadow on kitchen wall
Microwave reflection
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Tawny tree upside down
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The list goes on.  And on.  Pausing to discover the fragrance welling out of intentional thankfulness.  My lungs filled with joy. 

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Ann Voskamp (just Ann with no e she calls herself) – The Farmer’s wife,  mother of six – writes (paraphrased) –

Thankfulness releases joy, which releases miracles …

It feels as if

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have come to reside in my heart. 

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I began to change.  This is the

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Thankful for the ugly, the lovely. The precious, the un-pretty.  The simple, the complex,  the

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And all the in between, mundane stuff.  Intentional thankfulness that generates sublime joy.  Surely this is

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, the daily

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 I went to the bookstore to buy a copy of One Thousand Gifts for my aunt. 

 “Funny,” the girl behind the counter said. “Lately, there’s been a rush of people coming for the book.  There aren’t too many left.”

All IMG_20151029_175957I replied, “That’s probably everyone I know coming to get one.  I haven’t been able to stop talking about it.”

 “I’ve heard it’s good,” she replied.

Bless you, my dear.  It is!


 If my family think I’m bananas, they

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, you know.  So I try to

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because I  choose to

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that

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and

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 .  I

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 .  It’s

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!   I sigh over pretty puddles and go

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And that’s why I went moon-chasing last week.

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Is this 

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?  Quite possible!  IMG_20151102_220835

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They don’t seem all that far-fetched anymore.   I understand that

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Me?  (Smiling!)

                             


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, Reader.  May you find gifts in the ordinary things.

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Here’s to

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sincerely

Good Morning Gorgeous!

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Selina.  This is my blog.

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.  I am 

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committed to being

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 and

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to my

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 and two

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though, the

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  makes me  feel sort of like

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  I mean?  (Of course, you do!)  I’d love to take an occasional

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to be

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 Words –

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 in my head the moment I try to 

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 to

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 or think of 

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 to indulge in whatever.

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…    

_20150702_202712,” my mother would say. 

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, I do.  And yet,                                                                        _20150601_152024

 you know, still the

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, or

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to the poetry of the universe.

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!   Once in a

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in the midst of

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 of crazy

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 (when I’m absolutely certain

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),

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If these are the best

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, where am I headed? The daunting questions crowd in till there’s

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, and I have to take a deep breath, chide myself  and

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 couple of weeks.   

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– I’m going to tell you one of mine, so

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 to a  minute or two,

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      …   xx   …   xx   …

Here goes – an entry from the

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 a wishful thinker,

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      …   xx   …   xx   … 

 Picture it.  It’s

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This writer (that’s me!) is pushing a cart through supermarket aisles. She’s reviewing her grocery list –

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… ”  “

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  tonight,” she (me again!) mumbles. “Get what you need. Just

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!”

Then, suddenly …

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The words

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Me?

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blushing …

I almost heard

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before I saw the letters stitched into a satin cushion .  It was like someone waved a

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and something inside went

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  and  sense of

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 washed over me.  I leaned

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to have a better look.  My day went

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from average to

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 , to

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.  Such a  

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in my mouth.  (

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For a nano-second I was

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, totally

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 “I

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 .”  I paused.   “

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,” I said to myself.

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 , this is sort of the science behind subliminal messaging, I guess   It certainly had

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on me.  I fell for it,

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 and  

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I

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the

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.  I can still

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. Absolutely

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…  Who would have thought?

   My surroundings suddenly came alive with words. They were

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to me.

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(below) and my

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 to each item on it.


 

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(2)  IMG_20150903_180741 … I’m no

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, but thanks!

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(6) IMG_20150814_173214– Okay, you can

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understood the power of words, as I did in these few

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.  Power to affirm or destroy.  

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 ,” I said to myself.  “

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 .   This is how you

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IMG_20150613_120522142  in the middle of an ordinary day.

 I think I entered 

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 .   ” I want to

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in a perpetual place of positive words,” I told myself. 

My heart beamed.  My spirits soared.

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, I think.

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.                                                                    

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 for you today, Reader.

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 with beautiful words.  May good words  be your

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. May they  flow all over you, heal and make you come alive.

The

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but could include giddy joy , which is

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Just

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Here are

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 –

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I believe this is

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.  Oh,

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 , I feel it in my bones !  Three hearty

 

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now.

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. Here’s to

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P.S. 

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sincerely          


 

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(All the pictures in this post are digital moments captured on the camera phone.)

Brake For Butterflies!

Oh

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 there!

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                                                                                                                     !           

It’s me again … 

I’m in the parking lot with a cartful of groceries when I see this bumper sticker  –

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I whip out my phone and click.  (How could I not? 🙂 )

Okay –

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                                                                                                           wondering where this is going, right?

 I jotted down some thoughts to share.   

Yes! 

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I resort to  paper and pen.  (If you’re under thirty, don’t judge those of us who do –

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                                                                                                            )

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… got distracted!  Sorry, where was I? Oh, butterflies …

 

                                        I

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to

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at myself.  I asked – 

Is it possible to

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   and still

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 from life’s knocks?

How can you

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 How do you measure

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anyway? 

I know I’ll never be the

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.  Who cares if I’m not

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 and

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?  I don’t yearn to

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 at the best restaurants, nor do I  seek

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all the time. 

This I know, however.  Each new day is a 

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  – not just the

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 –  but every moment of my life,

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.  Of course,

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bonus.

How wonderful not to always have to

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.  I’m happy as I am, though. 

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or not, I don’t

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than I have.  I  know I’ll never be

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.  I can make

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to be

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 – because this is how I feel inside.

 So what sort of 

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 brake for butterflies?

I’d like to think a butterfly-braker is someone who could live as if every single day is a

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, who understands that simple things are of

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 .  If you are

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 –  and we all do from time to time,  because often

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                                                                                                                   –

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 the precious things.  

Love, faith, family, friends

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 and if these things are yours,

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 Are some words hard to say?

  • I’m sorry. 
  • I need you
  • I miss you
  • I love you 

Say them as often as the need arises.  And then some more.

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 can turn an entire situation around.

 Do you really believe that success can be measured by the

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 piled up in a bank account?

How could you ever know

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 the glittering façade of a life that looks 

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              on the outside?

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So

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  .  Be

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to be turned

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by unexpected serendipity.

Tell yourself each morning that

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It’s not all about possessing stacks and

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of stuff, you know.

Take a minute to

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and

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You can make the choice to feel young for as long as you live and be

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with each passing day.

Age is only a number, I tell myself.  What counts is how I feel inside, right?

 

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You have only one life to live.

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 it with all  your might!  

Brake for butterflies.

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Dance under the stars. 

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Hold hands.  Smile a lot.

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And always remember … you’re never too old to dream!

Signs

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I see a sign on the supermarket window –
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The wheels in my mind begin to spin. I imagine how wonderful it would be if our

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 could provide us with a     _20150601_153527solution to life’s challenges. 

For example –

how to get
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                                        or become a 
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           overnight!

I’d jump up and down and screech

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Wouldn’t you?

What a
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 this would be for  life in general!

 

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right?

I’m going to make every effort to do just that!

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Isn’t this a fabulous way to deal with the inevitable passage of time?

This digital moment was captured at the grocery store –

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If only life was that simple, right?  Then you wouldn’t have  those days when you want to throw up your hands and scream

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“Are you there, God?  Do you even care?”

I get tired of waiting, sometimes, don’t you?   You know … for that phone call, e-mail, text, knock at the door – whatever it takes – to deliver the 
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you’ve been pining, aching, yearning for.

But I
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to speed things up, to make it happen. There’s an appointed time for everything, you know.  It’s written in the stars.

So your mother always said
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But what if you feel you can’t wait one more day?  What if you just cannot keep believing?

I’m having one of those moments, when I walk into WalMart.  I cross the threshold and get confronted smack in the face by this –
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 The familiar thrill of exhilaration surges through me.  My heart begins to sing again. 

These sudden, unanticipated

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 unnerve and delight me.

So once more, I have to

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 I want to
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 I make up my mind (yet again) that I  will be as young as I believe I am.  I’ll never be too old

I can IMG_20150403_075441776 because I choose to
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So I will
_20150601_161550 Once again, I feel refreshed and I’m

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I choose to believe that
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 and I plan to
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Come journey with me.

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 Believe with me, because I believe. 

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 So

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Someone To Believe

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 “There’s no emergency contact in your file, ma’am.  Could I have a relative’s name?”

 “I’m the only one left. They’re all gone.”

 All gone?

I’m at the local hospital for my annual mammogram and bone density test.

(Oh, by the way

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… I’m a grateful breast cancer survivor.  Seven years.)

The perplexed secretary persists. “How about a friend?”

“All gone,” the old lady replies.  I exhale when she adds, “I can give you my husband’s name and number.”

The secretary is as relieved as I am.

I find a seat and await my turn. The words scream in my head –

 All gone … the only one left …

 How awful. 

What happens when the husband goes? 

Has she outlived her children? 

Did she have any? 

Not one friend?

Awful.  Awful. Just awful.

I lean back and close my eyes for a moment.   Faces come crowding into my mind.  My heart swells with gratitude. 

The random digital clicks on my mobile phone provide me with a gallery of pictures that inspire the ramblings on this blog.

This one

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reminds me to  be thankful for the people in my life who might think I’m a little weird, sometimes outright crazy, but still believe in me. 

They root for me.  They encourage me to

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 They cheer –

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– and shower me with

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when yet another door seems to slam in my face.  They give me a reason to hang on, keep dreaming.

I am thankful for those who believe that

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This is my prayer for you, reader – and for myself, of course!

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 Because

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                                                                                                                                      Amen.

So

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Just think –

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Because it’s 

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                                                                                                                                   you know!