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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Sounds and Scholarship.

             You all know how distractable I am.  Tonight I went nearly off the rails.  With joy.  Last week, after my paycheck arrived, I purchased two CDs.  One album was the new Cher release, of course.  The other is THIS young woman.

             I know, I know!   I’ve already shared her music before (and pictures of her with Hanna!) but in order to explain my interrupted earlier attention, the link needed to go up again.  Also?  Everyone should listen to her.  She’s amazing.

             Okay, fine.  Back to business.  Continuing with our theme of strong individuality within our Pack, is what I was shown this afternoon.  Again, we’ve been asked to remember our own strengths.

             We are singular beings, and yet we interact with others constantly.   We learn and we teach (or at least, that’s the goal) with each of those connections.  And we do it the way that works best for us.

Creative thinking.

             The images I was shown were visceral and tactile, they were filled with aroma and emotions.  I believe that I dream and spiritually see this way because that’s how *I* learn best.  And probably it’s also how I teach.

             Since we are all so unique, our brains have devised ways to get our souls to gather knowledge that we can understand ……. or wait, could it be the other way around?

             I’ll leave that for you to ponder.  All I know is that we wear the guise of student as well as instructor, each and every day.

             On our card altar, we have this extremely welcome message.  (With no cover-up, this illustration isn’t too bad.  Odd, sure.  But not terrible.)

angel messages, finances, oracle cards

“Angel of Finances  ~

Honour and give thanks for the blessings you are about to receive.

You are about to receive a substantial sum of money or a substantial stream of money is about to enter your life.  You have drawn this card because of your faith in the universe and your strong commitment to your purpose.

The Angel of Finances is here to remind you that external wealth simply mirrors our internal beliefs.  You can choose to see the world as lacking or you can see it as abundant.

You have realised that money is simply energy, a means of exchange which reflects your values and the way you view life.  Honour and give thanks for the blessings you are about to receive and remember to put your money to good use.

Spend and invest your money in ways that help you further your true purpose and long term goals, whatever they may be.”

               This is a wonderful validation of our hard work, and our individual, independent (while staying connected) ways of moving through our lives.  As we go forward, into the new year, into new chapters, we are keeping in mind what we’ve gathered so far, and what we have shared with others.

             And of course, being grateful.

Today’s Deck:

Angels, Gods, and Goddesses Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Today’s Sharing Continued From Above:

is this video (that I embedded my very own clever self elf!), but if there’s an ad, just ignore it.