Affirmations

I am…peaceful

Prayer flags

Prayer flags

How about that message for starting the week? Focus on being filled with peace and radiating peace to everyone you meet.

This week starts with today being International Day of Peace as established by the United Nations. One can go back to Sept 1982 to observe the first such day. This year’s theme is ” Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All”. The U.N. General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people.

On Saturday the 19th I went to a Playing for Peace Festival. It was held at the Spiritual Center for Positive Living in Cameron Park, CA. There were four bands that performed two of them being The Random Strangers and Ascension.  Plus, speakers on peace like Buddhist Monk, Geshe La Tsultrim and Reverend Dr. Patti Weber. It was a very warm afternoon but I enjoyed volunteering at the entrance table and being part of this lively event.

How can we help to raise the focus on peace in the world? We could demonstrate peace in our own life. Are you with me on this?

Namaste.

Quotations on Peace:

“Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.” – Norman Vincent Peale
“Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.” – Abraham Lincoln
“A smile is the beginning of peace.” – Mother Teresa

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

Arrrr you a Pirate?

Today I am…a pirate. ARRRR

Yarr! Let’s celebrate. Where is my eye patch? Mention of this day and I thought of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean and I was just in a program with Mary Morrissey and during week Nine we had a lesson from point of view of a pirate named Jack. We were encouraged to stay the course, face the storm, do it afraid and go for the dream which we affirm as Jack the pirate would with an “Arrr”. Anyway, with Talk Like A Pirate Day you are encouraged to inject pirate-themed words and noises into everything you say. Talk like a pirate at home, at work, with friends, on the phone and to everybody you meet; top it off by dressing like a pirate, too!

ARRRR you ready?

Quotes on Pirate:

 . “The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his grand-father was a pirate.” – Bern Williams
 

. “Even pirates, before they attack another ship, hoist a black flag.” – Bela Kiraly

. “Life’s pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be? I’m a pirate, after all.” – Johnny Depp

 . “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

 . “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” – Mark Twain from Life on the Mississippi

I am…reading (Read a Book Day)

Read a book day, really. How about read a book every day. I don’t read  a whole book every day and I doubt that is the intent of “Read a Book” day. I do spend some time each day reading a book. That seems to centerI-am-transforming-book, entertain, and expand my mind. Reading to my grandson is something I look forward to doing. Haven’t gotten the opportunity yet but I have given him some fun books. One with a finger puppet of a giraffe. His baby shower theme was giraffe and he has lots of them as stuffed animals.

Ok, back to reading. I started to laugh when I saw read a book. Funny, I have several books I am reading at the same time. One for a class I am taking, another on meditation, one on using social media for marketing, a couple on letting go to help me with writing my latest book. And I get emails on a regular basis for free e-books which I download to my Kindle fire. There are so many places one can find books to read besides the traditional book store. I already mentioned online. There is your local public library. There is a lending library in the community where I live. They also loan books on tape another fun way I  to listen to books. Twice a month I take a three hour drive so having a book on tape helps the time to pass quicker, plus I am entertained. You can find books at garage sales, yard sales and friends of library sales. Lots of book finding options.

The intent of Read a Book Day is to get people reading. Could include reading something that inspires you, reading to children, donating a book to children’s school library or to host a book reading party. How do you plan to spend this day? I plan to take some time today to relax and read. I hope you have something to read that feeds the soul and the mind?

Quotations on reading a book:

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.- Neil Gaiman

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should adsk him what books he reads.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. – Maya Angelou

I am…camping

What you see when camping

What you see when camping

We did lots of this when I was growing up. My favorite memory is when I got to sleep on my own inside our one wheel trailer. My dad made a tent over it. Then I grew too big and didn’t fit in it anymore. My brother got to sleep in the trailer next. We went to parks in northern California. Standish-Hickey State Recreation area was our favorite place to camp at. Each day we hiked a long trail down to the North Fork of Eel River to swim and eat lunch. Several years later they put in a road and campsites on the other side of the river which made reaching the river much easier. I read lots of books during those vacations.

When I got married we spent almost every summer camping, hiking and back packing in Yosemite. I like being to be outdoors in the fresh air. In the summer time we would also ride bicycles around the Valley. It wasn’t so much fun over the memorial day weekend in 1980 because of the Mammoth Lake 6.0 earthquake. Rocks were falling off the walls and onto trails and roads. Some of these rocks were the size of pickup trucks. The park actually closed the exit for awhile to clear and make roads safe to travel on. I remember our family riding bicycles to El Capitan meadow as we had another after shock. I was in the lead and thought the car ahead of me was moving. Turns out I was actually seeing the earth rolling up and down from the aftershock. One winter my husband and I cross country skied out to Glacier Point and camped overnight. It was very foggy as we arrived there but during the night I woke to moonlight. Zipped open the VE24 tent to see a full moon over Half Dome. It was a spectacular sight.

I have lots of fond memories from my camping trips. Like singing around the campfire and roasting marshmallows to make smores. Oh, and let’s not forget the smelly stuff I would lather on to stop mosquitoes from biting. This was especially important during a hike to a lake early one spring in Yosemite high country. And then there is sunscreen also lathered on before hiking. I found how important that was one year as I got the back of my ears sun burned on a hike to Water Wheel falls. I had pulled my hair back into a pony tail and neglected to put enough sunscreen on the that area. Very uncomfortable. Lesson learned.

I think the following John Muir quote is so true. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” – John Muir. Here’s to spending time going home. I am…camping. How about you?

Light hearted Quotes on camping:

“Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.” – George Carlin

Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business. – Dave Barry

I am…patient

My bookkeeping clients are always telling me I am a patient instructor when teaching them to use accounting software. I don’t really notice that I am demonstrating patience but I am able put them at ease by not rushing the training process. Thus they learn with ease. I calmly sit beside them as I instruct and watch them follow the steps to make and record entries within the program. I give them time to write notes is they want to. I do remember one client once that kept talking and talking through the process and part of we wanted to just say please press the enter button so we can move on. I mentally released that thought, took a deep breath and they finished the step when they were ready.

Another way I seem to demonstrate patience is in dealing with the client folder of questions and un-reconciled issues. They put the things that make them anxious in the “Joy Folder” and wait for me to come and quietly resolve them. Putting problems in there makes them comfortable patiently waiting for me to arrive. This folder sometimes include things like a letter from the IRS. That seems to scare them when in most cases I find reading the letter over there is an easy answer to what it all means.

Patience promotes better health. That means it reduces anxiety and helps keep blood pressure under control. Making patience a heart healthy habit that sustains us. I like the sound of that.

Final thought: Where have you demonstrated patience today?

Quotes on patience:
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Saint Augustine

“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow-that is patience.” – Author unknown

“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.” – Ralph Marston

“Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.” – Barbara Johnson

Beacons of Light being honored

National Lighthouse Day honors and commemorates a beacon of light that symbolizes safety and security for boats at sea.

On August 7, 1789, through an Act of Congress, the Federal Government took over responsibility for building and operating our nation’s lighthouses. The government recognized the importance to ships at sea to find safe harbor during fog and storms. Over the years, lighthouses have saved many ships, and an untold number of lives.
Throughout maritime history, Lighthouses have shined their powerful, sweeping lights through the fog and storms, allowing ships of all kinds to find their way back to port during inclement weather. With the advent of radar and GPS technology, lighthouses have taken a back seat in guiding ships to port. However, they remain the universal symbol of safe harbor to ships and communities that rely upon the sea for their livelihood.

The last lighthouse I saw was Point Arena in Northern California. I did not climb up inside as my mother wasn’t able to climb the steps with me.

Lighthouses no longer shine a beacon of safety and security but we can be that beacon of light? Spreading joy and hope to those we find in need. I am…a beacon of light.

Have you been a beacon of light for someone you met or know? I hope so. We can all shine our light and raise the vibration in our community.

Quotes on Lighthouse:

“We are told to let our light shine, and if it odes, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.” Dwight L. Moody.

“A fallen lighthouse is more dangerous than a reef.” – Proverb

“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save, they just stand there shining. – Anne Lamott

How to see babies without being responsible for them?

 

Erin baby giraffe

Erin baby giraffe

Baby & adult gorilla

Baby & adult gorilla

 

I met with a friend at SF Zoo. She was moving from San Francisco to Sonoma and we decided to get together to say good-bye. She hadn’t been to the zoo in years. I have a membership card and guest pass so it was free for both of us and turned into a fun afternoon. The weather was perfect. Sunny with very little wind.  The zoo wasn’t crowded as we went mid-week.

We saw three babies, the giraffe, gorilla and tiger. I felt really lucky. First was the baby giraffe named Erin who was outside eating leaves hung from a pole. Next we walked past the gorilla compound. The baby kept walking in and out of the building they sleep in. Then we went over to the Lion House. The mother tiger and baby were outside. Baby who is named Jillian was sitting right next to Plexiglas window. The closest I have ever been to her. Then I went to see my grandson. I feel like I got up close to all these babies and especially close to my grandson. I got to hold him. And did you see that as my title says I got to see babies without being responsible for them.  A fun day.

Jillian baby tiger

Jillian baby tiger

By |November 24th, 2013|Affirmations, Inspirational, positive thinking, uplifting|Comments Off on How to see babies without being responsible for them?|

Expect the Unexpected

On Stage with HookSlide

On Stage with HookSlide

 

Here is what happened when I went to see Joan River’s almost sold out performance at Fox Theater (1300 seats)in Redwood City Sunday afternoon. I originally had a ticket for her Saturday night show (purchased in April) but I wanted to attend Deborah’s Palm fund raiser on the same night. So on Sept 16th I exchanged my ticket for the Sunday show and ended up with a better seat.  5th row sitting in the outside aisle seat. Hook Slide an amazing a cappella group was performing before Joan. They did two numbers and then 3 men from the group left the stage except Jon Pilat, performing on his own. He makes these vocal percussion and booming bass sounds. Another member, Mayank Thanawala came out into the audience and started talking to me. He asked if I was enjoying the show. I said “yes” and then he asked if I would help when Jon finished performing. I said “yes”. The next thing you know he is singing to me and I am up on stage, sitting center stage in a white folding chair while all four men are singing to me. I had so much fun singing along, moving to the music.  They also had me get up and walk towards stage right then back to sit down. One member, Bud Anderson, even sat in my lap for a couple of seconds. After the show some people in the audience were applauding my performance and telling me I did great. I asked a fellow cleaning up on stage if they tape the show and he said no. Then he said he thought I was a plant because I was so much like the gal last night. No tape of my performance but I do have my memory. Oh, and Joan was very funny.

p.s. I can confirm it is true, stage lights only let you see the first row. The rest is blacked out. Thank God the front row was smiling.

pps. I heard from Mayank and he also said everyone thought I was a plant.

I am…in the flow

The title to this blog was not true a couple of days ago. I have guests at my house. Two college students from Japan. I am hosting them while they attend ESL classes for two weeks.  I have been hosting students for several years though I usually haveIn the flow one student at a time.  All this is background on my current experience.

Here is my story about being in the flow or not.

It turns out these two students use one “double” roll of toilet paper a day. So after 3 days the toilet in my guest bathroom backed up. This is like stopping my flow. I had to have the line snaked in order to correct the problem. Then I learned that the sewer line from guest bathroom goes up and down before connecting with the main sewer line so overuse of toilet paper is hard on the system. In addition to snaking the line I had the sewer pipe from toilet to main sewer line replaced to be only at a down angle. After all of this work I am now back in the flow.

 Quotes on :

“I don’t really make decisions, I go with the flow.” – Nicole Kidman

 “I’m trying to just go with the flow and learn from the people around me.” – Christina Ricci

 “This is how memories are made…by going with the flow.” – Amanda Bynes

 “I normally go with the flow.” – Andrea Arnold

 “I go with the flow. Whatever music you play for me, I’ll dance.” – Gael Garcia Bernal

Conversation Starter

animal medicine cards

I had a tea party last month and I include a time for sharing after we eat treats and drink tea. Last year the party was in January so we shared the word that expressed our focus/intention for the year.  This year I used a set of animal medicine cards to start a conversation.  Everyone held the cards in their hands, shuffled them and then picked one. Each card has a message written under the animal. The photo I included as part of this blog is of a hummingbird.  Part of hummingbird  message is “Be Joyful”. After reading their message my guests would tell us how the message relates to their life at this moment. We all found the messages to be uplifting.

The author of the Medicine Cards says the cards are used as an advanced tool for achieving personal growth and balanced living. Is there a tool you use for personal growth?