With a bow on top.

            We’ve all had the conversation about our Attitude of Gratitude.  Or, lack thereof.  Prepare yourselves, it’s popped up again this week.

            During the winter holidays, and even around someone’s birthday, we hear so much in regards to the “spirit” of giving/the thought that counts, and where those concepts come from.  Discussion is endless, sadly, action is not always the commodity we have enough of.

             (It’s just sometimes so easy to fall back into the complaining mode!)

             Setting our minds in this direction, the Universe would like us, please, to focus on:

gifts

             Our very existence is a gift.  Our relationships…. gifts.  Being fortunate enough to own a home, or a car, or a bike.  All gifts.  Having clothes, food, phones, a job: gifts gifts gifts.

             When we look with eyes of appreciation, instead of lack (or misguided need), we can truly see how extremely lucky we are.

             It’s hot here, I’m miserable (and cranky and über uncomfortable all the time).  The weather is going to get even hotter in the next week.  I am searching for the blessings.  I am also still searching for the shit that got lost in our move.

             Right now, the good absolutely outweighs the bad, and I feel so VERY grateful for that.  It’s just, as you well know, challenging!

             I was directed to a certain deck for this post.  But, I can’t find it.  Instead, I’ve been poking around in my archived images.  This is what we are supposed to see right now.

gratitude

             Not my photograph, but it captures the feeling which is being channeled through me, to you.  Gratitude.  Gifts.  Love.  See it, see the blessings.   See what we have, not what we’re missing.

             Then, say thank you.

Today’s Resources:

me.  And a view from years ago.

Today’s Sharing:

is to tell everyone that in the past week, guests as well as other staff at my hotel, have been gifting me in such a generous and abundant way; I simply have to cry, because I don’t know how else to react.

             I’ve received, an artistically crafted nautilus fossil necklace, a hand-crocheted afghan, a special container of my favorite foreign tea, an Oregon cherry truffle, a beautiful bakery cupcake, and a solid handshake (from a [previously very grumpy] man who told me that it was HIS pleasure to meet me and spend time with me).

             I was expecting none of this, it just seems to keep happening.  For all of it, I am humbly grateful.

 

 

 

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Presently

             When I was very young, my mom or my grandmother would take me in with them when they shopped at the Five and Dime (what would now be equivalent to probably a dollar store, only way bigger and better).   I would wander away, in my own tiny world.  Often I could talk one or the other of them in to purchasing a small skein of yarn.

             It was always the same: Fiesta!  This was long before overdyeds or variegated options were readily available.  “My” yarn was special.  It was all the colors of the rainbow, in one handy hank.

             I’ve recently returned to the land of yarns and knitting.  These memories from so very long ago though, they are fresh in my mind.  Just as how my hands seem to recall what to do with the needles and wool (or cotton, or alpaca, or or or ….. there are so many more choices now), so too, do I recall all the many people in my life who have added to, blended with, and shared so generously.

             Waking up today, I heard very distinctly that we can’t forget, even if we don’t have all of our family members physically with us this holiday season, that doesn’t mean they aren’t near by.

             Our message is about bringing our minds to the present, but recalling our past.  It’s about looking forward to GOOD things in the future, but as has been stated before, not dwelling on what is seemingly gone from us.

             Focus now, with love in our hearts, on

this very moment.

             We have all of our past within us; we have all of our “yet to be” times ahead of us.  Combine it, that’s what the Universe has to say.

             Bring it all together in our Now.  Those treasured memories, those loved ones who have gone Home before us, hold close this warmth in our hearts.  See the tomorrow possibilities.  At the same time, be here.  Be present.  Be whole.

             On our card altar, in validation, is an extension of this same message.  She visits us as a reminder, a very timely and soulful reminder.

st mother teresa

“Activist  ~  St Mother Teresa

You are being guided to champion a cause, such as a social issue, a charitable group, or a person in distress.

Like St Mother Teresa, you can single-handedly make a positive difference in the world.  She’ll act as your guide in this matter, if you will only ask for her help.

Notice which issues arouse your passion or anger, and make a commitment to serve in some capacity to heal those situations.  Your soul wants to express itself and to make your opinions known.

Use your expertise and life experience (such as business skills, writing abilities, or speaking talent) to help along your chosen cause.  Donate time or money to related charities and agencies.  You’ll feel energized by your activism.”

Today’s Deck:

Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is this view.  It’s not the same yarn as I used to hold tight in my sweaty wee hands, but it’s close enough.

knitting

One done project, and one still on the needles. Kinda bright for me, but it’s what we had.

             Look for the blessings.  They’re there, I promise.  And if you’re still needing more, make some.

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