Advent 10

December 6, 2016

It’s 53 degrees. Birds are gathering around the feeder or sitting in the makeshift bath. Contemplating chill this morning. I open the sliding door and I am met by an unpleasant feeling of coldness: chill. I return to my comfortable chair and observe the frenzied birds: chill.

Advent 9

December 6, 2016

Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now Lyrics

A woman on the radio talked about revolution
when it’s already passed her by
Bob Dylan didn’t have this to sing about
you know it feels good to be alive

I was alive and I waited, waited
I was alive and I waited for this

Right here, right now
there is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
watching the world wake up from history

I saw the decade in, when it seemed
the world could change at the blink of an eye
And if anything
then there’s your sign of the times

I was alive and I waited, waited
I was alive and I waited for this

Right here, right now

I was alive and I waited, waited
I was alive and I waited for this

Right here, right now
there is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
watching the world wake up from history
Right here, right now
there is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
watching the world wake up from history
Right here, right now
there is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
watching the world wake up from history

Songwriters: EDWARDS, MICHAEL

Advent 8

December 4, 2016

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We move into the second Sunday in Advent; a week of Peace. Just Hope made our lives a little brighter, we know that Peace will bring us all a little nearer.

Advent 7

December 3, 2016

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The beauty of laughter is that it is an act that requires your full attention. Laughter is too good to be wasted with life’s interruptions. Laugh long, laugh loud, laugh hard. Laugh until it hurts. But laugh with your whole being.

Advent 6

December 2, 2016

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“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12

I really enjoyed this story about a high school boy who traveled to Japan as part of an exchange program. On his trip, he visited artisans at work, who spoke through a translator.

“I have lived 25,000 days,” he began. “I have maybe 5000 more. You have lived 5000 days. You have maybe 25,000 more.”

Each day is birth and death, end and new beginning. We count them and remember their precious scarcity. We count them and remember that each holds the possibility of new and limitless life.

During Advent I am trying to make each new day  count and to spend it wisely.

Advent 5

December 1, 2016

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Things are looking up, if you do! I was busying myself with shopping, coffee with a friend and lunch with a colleague. Checking my phone between stops, never taking time to look up. As the stress began building from my toes (perhaps my shoes were too tight) to my chest (not the heart attack tightness), I needed to catch my breath. I stopped. I looked up. I took a deep breath and then… slowly exhaled.

Sometimes just centering oneself lightens the burden and provides a view to endless possibilities. That’s when things begin to look up!

Advent 4

November 30, 2016

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I’m sure this isn’t what Rosey the Riveter had in mind in WWII, but the times they have changed. At any rate, Advent day #4 is about patience. My AM to-do list filled two pages. And it really was all about two things, or maybe three: (1) Patiently waiting for a plumber; (2) organizing Christmas shopping and gifts-yet-to-be purchased; and (3) sharing lunch with my best/longest/enduring friend.

In each of the tasks at hand, I hoped to find surprises, smiles and adventures. And, at the end of the day,  many of the to-dos of today will be to-dos of tomorrow. An honest plumber directed me to the company of purchase for the leaky faucet and it’s on its way to me FREE. Sorting a bed covered with gifts, I uncovered (long forgotten, purchased) treasures that are sure to find their way into the hearts of friends and family members. And a good lunch with a great friend included a walk through an art gallery, a seat on a run-down tilt-a-whirl and a new bar in town.

All it took was a little patience.

 

 

Advent 3

November 29, 2016

Week one – week of Hope third day of advent and I am pacing myself. Slowing down is good for the soul and things really do get done. As I prepare the way for Christmas I am grateful not to be working at a frenetic pace. Just as the sun rises and sets over a period, the hours, days and weeks leading up to Christmas are here to savor. 384685_207998845952170_170784616340260_427602_598261127_n

Advent 2

November 28, 2016

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Yesterday my cup of blessings was empty… today it is full; full of a day of choices. And actually, the choices were fairly mundane, but in hindsight,  I made dozens of decisions. And just how freeing is that? How can I feel anything but hope-filled given I am in a place to choose!

Advent 1

November 28, 2016

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The work of the Holy Spirit along with the forces of nature led me to the 30-day challenge of Joan Jakel: attorney, artist, entrepreneur, empowerment instigator!

IT IS A DAY OF POSSIBILITIES! How is it possible that TODAY is the first day of Advent? How is it possible that I was brought to this space on your journey, Joan,  and I begin mine today? Just as this first week of Advent is a time to reflect on a message of hope, I begin my 30 days of filling my cup with blessings! While I do so, I read your reflection and I am filled with hope. This is a day of possibilities. So let us begin.

Yesterday was our last vacation day. It rained. It was cold. We had tickets to an end of the season college football game. And there had to be a better way to spend the day (like at home in front of a blaring fire). As we drove on campus and searched for parking… God and Nature came together with an answer and HOPE and possibilities.

But… back to today. I followed a link to Jenn Kaye’s Love Glasses Revolution. It provided an interesting connection. Every Advent I create a cup that is overflowing with blessings.I take that GLASS cup, write on a stick what I am grateful for during the 30 days that lead up to Christmas…and fill it up with Hope, Love, Faith, and Joy; the messages of advent.(Oh and add money each day that will serve as an extra donation at Christmas).

Day 1, today is a day of possibilities.