Category: Spirituality


Snow Globe

In the world outside a double hung window, today is a bright and beautiful day!

What, you think not? Outside, there is a snow globe with the authenticity of a vintage card.

In the distance, a wind-blown plume rises from a snowblower hidden among piles of snow that climb higher and higher.

Momentarily, my heart plummets. Today it would be easy to hide inside my comfort zone, writing, baking, wishing to keep appointments but allowing the ever-growing snowbanks to hold me captive, and wondering how to out maneuver the polar vortex with its ever increasing onslaught of fluffy whites.

Cabin fever is taking shape.

A second Code Red Alert in two days demands that residents stay off the hazardous roads and prepare for sub-freezing temps. I consider my readiness to wield the snow shovel, especially considering a recent bout of tennis elbow. Why am I reluctant to go out into the snow globe? Judging by photos snapped from an open door, there are already sixteen inches on the ground and they are heavy with moisture. But wait. Another eight inches is coming! Shovel I must.

Little do I know that a spiritual revolution is also beginning to take shape. Breaking out of the cabin and roaring down an open drive is more than a dream. Motor freedom is critical to our survival in this modern age. So are sidewalks that are open to navigation.

This time I will defeat Mother Nature. I will keep the sidewalks open. How? By employing the best-kept secret I have to defeat overwhelming situations… a ‘can do’ attitude.

I don four pairs of thermal leggings,  three-inch-thick mittens with metallic ski liners, and check to see if my warming solution – brandy – still lives in an abandoned dishwasher, a cache maintained year to year only as a protective mechanism to guarantee that I carry out the hideously lonely job of snow removal. Retrieving a media device loaded with music from a table beside the door, I look back with reluctance at the warm, comfortable living room as if for the last time.

I am a woman on a mission. I can do this. Never mind that the music stops playing every time the headphones move. Restoring a music connection is a powerful thing that is easily done in a small moment. Disregard that the dishwasher containing the brandy is only abandoned because it needs fixing; the drain overflows on a consistent basis and floods the kitchen floor because the sink drain doesn’t work all the time. Then again, I have to disregard the image of a comfy, energy robbing recliner inviting me to snuggle beside the fireplace.

Comparing the snow emergency to other life crises that need attention elevates the driveway to top priority. I could go on endlessly listing potential barriers. Yet, having bolstered my ‘can do’ attitude with warm clothes and lively music to brighten my soul, I begin to shovel.

My commitment lasts for five minutes, until… voila, a hot new neighbor comes out to help. Two fellas snowplowing the drive next door see my plight and launch enthusiastically into the shovel brigade. Afterward they receive my warmest blessing, but none one of them will accept compensation beyond a simple thank you for their help and companionship.

Shoveling went well. Back inside in less than ten minutes, I forgot all about the promised comfort of sipping brandy. The dishwasher remains shut for another year.

I stare through a window at the now open driveway, closing the blinds halfway to filter out a bright glare. Slowly a realization breaks through.

From time to time, I need to step outside my circle of comfort.  I need to let go of my staunch independence, reach out, and let others help. Helping me meets their needs too.

There are times when all I have to do is approach a challenge with a light-hearted smile, ready to plunge in, do my part, and hope the rest falls into place. Sometimes this works, other times it does not. When’s it’s all over, though, I will want to have done my best to effect a positive outcome.

The point? Gloom and doom cannot get us down if we remember to look for a bright spot on the flip side of every challenge. Pitfalls often conceal payoffs. Everyday miracles abound in the pitfall zone. It is easy to overlook those blessings and other small, yet significant, life offerings that we find after climbing from life’s inevitable potholes. Counting blessings is another way of expressing gratitude, which, in turn, gives rise to strength and resiliency and a savvy knowing that even a kind and gentle spirit can handle bad along with the good.

Surrender to your life dreams that wait in the spectacular world outside the double hung window.

… Carolyn Tody

Quote of the Day ~ “In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.” … Anne Frank

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Jeremy Bates ~ http://jeremybatesbooks.blogspot.com/

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Pauline Edwards, Dreams Coming True ~ www.kristen-the-writer.blogspot.com

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Jim Murdoch, The Truth About Lies ~ http://jim-murdoch.blogspot.com/ and http://www.jimmurdoch.co.uk/

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Ben Sussman ~ http://www.bensussman.net/

Kitty Sutton ~ www.inknbeans.com/kitty-sutton.html and  www.kittysutton.weebly.com

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What do you think?  Consider the patchwork portraiture of a stalled desire.  Can realizing a noble dream change the world?

‘Yes,’ in all probability.   Is now the time to find your inspiration, catch a wave that’s building, and harness the tide to your own quest?

Of course, if you don’t have one, how can it ever come true?  What is your dream?

Is motivation an issue?  What to do?  Will it take a ‘lifequake’ to rivet attention on this goal?

Perhaps it’s already too late…foaming white water is churning its frothy spray against jagged rocks and the boat is tilting crazily into the sea.  Is there still time to take charge of that dream before it falls into the Great Sargasso Sea of No No’s and Whoas?  Is it time to roll the ball forward?  If the answer is ‘yes’, try asking strategic questions.  Here are a few thoughts:

♥ If I had a magic wand, what would I do?

♥ Yesterday I won the lottery and I’m being handed a check for $20 million. What will I create with it?

♥ If I were to wake tomorrow morning and discover that my deepest, fondest dream has come true, how does it look? What does it sound like, how does it smell and taste?  Describe it in detail. How would I feel in this new scenario?  Is there something I’d change, or is it perfect?

♥ I am about to enter my choice of any theme park in the world.  When I walk through the gates, I will become the one millionth guest.  Cymbals will crash and balloons will fly.  Then arms will embrace me and thrust a microphone in my face.  I have won a prize, anything I want within the park.  What park am I in?  What do I want?  What shall I go see, or do, or have?

♥ My favorite author has just released a fantasy in which I’d like to immerse myself.  The central character is a youth who has just escaped Chaos, by entering a world he’s been told to avoid.  Megalithic vegetation and critters of mythic proportion surround him, at first seeming strange, then providing new structure. While there, he discovers a new venture in which he wishes to become skilled and illustrious, renowned far and wide.  This involves great danger. Chaos is not far away, and the boundaries are weakening.  As this youth, do I go join the fight, endangering all who could benefit from my new role?  Or do I buckle down, put the pedal to the metal, and start learning, practicing, and sharing my new skill?

♥ It is downsizing time in my corporation.  The training office has sent folks out to play the ‘Great Sky God’ game with vulnerable employees who should be considering alternative careers.  After I step blindfolded onto ‘Shaki Islet’, I am thoroughly disoriented, then told that a fire has broken out nearby.  My only hope for survival is to escape the island by water.  Somewhere in the water there are life preservers and a boat.  But there is a catch;  they will only appear to me if I have acquired the necessary tools.  If I am unprepared, I can only try to swim to ‘Safe Harbor’ and begin anew.  If I can’t swim or attract help, might I perish? How can I ensure my safe passage?

♥ If I get off ‘Shaki Islet’ safely, where will I go?  To Comfort Cave, to hide from catastrophe? To Lighthouse Point, to reset my bearings?  To Prosperity Key, to dig in and retool? Or directly to Castaway Bay to enter the new arena without further delay?

Now, bring that very special dream to mind.  What needs to be done to ensure that a toolbox is equipped to snag the life preserver, anchor the tilted boat, and navigate effectively into the particular ‘Safe Harbor’ where this reward waits?  For instance, if the dream is a new job or career, this virtual toolbox probably contains a current resume, a written statement of your objective, and certification of necessary skills.   Would it also be helpful to include a networking and support circle, a compass, experience reminders, and new linkage strategies?  If the dream is a vacation trip, the virtual toolbox will likely contain your research findings, a map or guide book, funds, and transport documents.

What two or three things must you do to realize this special dream? Why do you want this?  There won’t always be a fire to ignite action, but powerful inspiration can serve a similar purpose.

Back to ‘Shaki Islet’, fire is licking the grass near bare toes.  Disoriented from the blindfold, it’s near impossible to know which side of the island is where, or in what direction the water is flowing.  And good heavens, could there be sharks in the water?

What a delight it would be, right now, to hear a boat captain pull up and say, “Give me your hand and step carefully into the boat.  Now then, where would you like me to take you?”

In closing, focus on the significance of the quest, not its overall success.  Then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning to fuel your effort.

Dreams and callings come in all shapes, but none is as special as the one you carry in your own heart.  It can change the world.  Proceed step by step, a thing at a time.  Wait and see, or run through walls.  Catch a wave that is building.  Join a flock of geese flying in your direction.  However you approach the matter, be creative.

Ignite your dreams! .•*¨`*• . .•*¨☆

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