Wednesday, March 31, 2010

~ Wednesday Gratitude ~

Another beautiful Wednesday to link up with Heidi at Heart and Home and share our blessings!
I don't have gorgeous pictures to share, I am so tired I can hardly stand it and I have my computer in a "make do" place until I can get the extra room situated the way I want and a new desk.  So.........without any further whining, today I am grateful for:

. an RX that helps the pain in my knees and back
. the fact that everything is finally here at the new place
. my family
. wonderful neighbors that have been incredible helpers
. beautiful spring like days and warmer temps
. purging more, giving away and donating
. Forrester is beginning to settle in
. my bed!  Is there anything like a wonderful nap or good night's sleep in your own bed?
. having my computer hooked up
. iced tea
. meeting new people
. gifts of food, coffee & tea prepared by others
. a very long list of true blessings that I am holding in my heart
. each of YOU!
. this very special weekend and acknowledging Christ and what He did for each of us

xoxo
Pat

Monday, March 22, 2010

~ The Awakening ~

You've probably seen this before but I found it today and it's a good reminder for me! Thought I'd share it ~ 

A time comes in your life when you finally get it...
When, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out...

ENOUGH!
Enough fighting, and crying, and blaming, and struggling to hold on.

Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening.

You realize it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety, and security to magically appear over the next horizon.


You realize that in the real world there aren't always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with you...and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.


You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate, or approve of who or what you are...and that's OK. They are entitled to their own views and opinions.


You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself...and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval.


You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you - or didn't do for you - and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.


You learn that people don't always say what they mean or mean what they say, and that not everyone will always be there for you, and that everything isn't always about you.


So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself...and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.


You stop judging and pointing fingers, and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties...and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.


You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view.


You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.


You learn the difference between wanting and needing, and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you've outgrown or should never have bought into to begin with.


You learn that there is power and glory in creating and contributing, and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a "consumer" looking for your next fix.


You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.


You learn that you don't know everything, it's not your job to save the world, and that you can't teach a pig to sing.


You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.


Then you learn about love. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be.
You learn that alone does not mean lonely.


You stop trying to control people, situations, and outcomes.


You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility, and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.


You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over, and ignoring your needs.


You learn that your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drink more water, and take more time to exercise.

You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you believe, what you allow, and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.


You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for, and that wishing for something to happen is different from working toward making it happen.


More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline, and perseverance.


You also learn that no one can do it all alone, and that it's OK to risk asking for help.


You learn the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it, and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.


You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.


You learn that life isn't always fair, you don't always get what you think you deserve, and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people...and you learn not to always take it personally.


You learn that nobody's punishing you and everything isn't always somebody's fault. It's just life happening.


You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.


You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy, and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.


You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.


Then, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself, and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself, and to never, ever settle for less than your heart's desire.


You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.


You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind.


Finally, with courage in your heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best you can.


Author Unknown

xoxo
Pat

Saturday, March 20, 2010

~ Happy Saturday! ~

Just thought I'd check in and say "hello" and that I hope you're having a wonder*filled day and weekend!  I really miss everyone ~ and I'm getting closer and closer to my move date. It is now going to be Wed, the 24th.  Several things have come up re: scheduling AT&T, etc. so I decided to just go with the flow!  ;-)  It is NOT a spring day here in Texas ~ we have cold, rain, north winds and a chance of snow flurries this evening.  What happened???  Did Mother Nature get her days mixed up or what?  Oh well, supposed to be back in the 70's by Monday and sunshine again.
Take really good care of yourself, ok?

xoxo
Pat

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

~ Wednesday Gratitude~

Wednesday's Gratitude with Heidi at Heart and Home.

Have you ever felt like you were in Henny Penny's world and the sky was falling?  I sorta felt that in the past week but here I am and all is well.  Lots and lots of packing for this upcoming move, lots and lots of pain in my knees and lots of pain meds. ;-)  Seriously, I cut 1 tablet into 3 pieces and take 1 piece with each meal.  That keeps the pain at bay, I don't feel all wonky from an RX and I continue to pace myself.  The kind people at the new apt complex called today and said I should come on NOW.  They won't charge me a fee or rent for March and I can begin to bring things in once I sign the lease tomorrow.  How's that for something to be grateful for?  :-)   I've also had such wonderful friends bring me food, boxes, tape, etc.  I feel very blessed!

I will get back into the blogging world soon.  I miss everyone so much!  Please keep me posted as to what you're doing, how you're doing and if signs of spring are around you.

xoxo
Pat

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

~ Wednesday Gratitude~



Another Wednesday and another link up to Heidi at
Heart and Home for a day of gratitude.  Please join us!


We had rain on Monday....a cloudy, gloomy day until a bright sun appeared and a gorgeous rainbow.  It's always a happy reminder for me to know that indeed, God promised us rainbows along with the gloomy, rough times. In my mind, it's a gentle reminder for me to look up and know that He is smiling down and gently sharing the beauty of His love.  Of course, the beach is not here and I would love to be right there in the picture!  ;-)  

What are your thoughts about rainbows?


xoxo
Pat

Friday, March 5, 2010

~ Changes ~

It's been a difficult week but I'm trying to get back in the swing of things.  I've missed all of you so much!  Not only your sweet comments here, but visiting all the wonderful blogs that I love and catching up with what everyone is doing.

I am moving ~ and let me tell you, at this point I am very tempted to just take my coffee pot and my precious Forrester and just walk away.  ;-)  Sorting, donating, packing....it is just a lot plus I'm having trouble with my knees.  Now, I hate to admit that!  I'm not old (in my mind) and mentally I think I can do anything I want to.  :-)  Seriously, not sure what's happened...I think it might be the shoes I've been wearing so I've put them away.  I've used ice, heat, Tylenol, you name it.  Perhaps it's the days of aerobics and all those lunges??

I LOVE where I live now. It's a little over 2 yrs old, really nice and convenient to a lot of places. The place I'm moving to is about 15 miles west and, at this point, sort of  'out in the country'.  I feel sure the area will be developed but it's extremely quiet now. It is about 2-1/2 yrs old, again very nice and a LOT less expensive.  That is the part that has encouraged me to move plus my lease is up here 3/31 and they've bumped up the cost.  My move date is Friday, 3/26 so I will be around until then. Prolly have to have a computer break for a few days.  :-)

What's new with you?  Are you anticipating spring?  It's been gorgeous here the past few days ~ lots of sunshine and warmer temps. I've had the doors open and thoroughly enjoying the change. I suspect rain will find us again Sunday but hopefully, it won't last long.  I'd love to hear from you!

xoxo
Pat