Thank you Isabella for this poignant address on Gratitude, which we can never get enough of these days. So worthy of a second glance right here.
At the Fence Painting by Pierre Bonnard
Mystified! Seeing my French self at this fence resonating “la vie en Provence” – a happy life in France days gone by. Bonnard painted the Mediterranean ambience with typical mustard yellow, green and black strokes. But when I focus on his silhouette encased in black lines, just in a flash, it reminds me of the worst of trials, then the glow of the mustard yellow reverberates my golden redemption stories – those crucibles that have thus far strengthen and awaken me to beauty and peace. There is fruitfulness in overcoming anything tragic. Now my heart leaps for joy every day.
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nights are longer
Morning grey skies hover
With maybe a quick streak of sunshine
Snow crunching by the frozen creek
Wood gathering for a glowing wood burning stove
It’s January beauty!
Electric Soul Painting by Lucid Being
2020 is just 7 days young!
Once again, Lucid Being electrifies my inspiration. Never mind the raw weather chilling my bones, I envision myself running through this vibrant meadow popping with bright spring colors and being intoxicated by flowery scents…I’m dreaming for spring!
What new goals are you thinking about to make your dreams come true? Do you write them down and plan a strategy for a successful outcome? What do you hope to accomplish this new year?
“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your new goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?”
As for me, I’m taking stock of where I’ve been and what I’ve done…and Hope to do more, better…refine myself …and dream big!
Like powdery snow after the storm
With time shattering all fears
The mind whitewashed free from stubbornness
With innocence regained; heart reaffirmed
Standing firm, remade pure.
…a Christmas gift of forgiveness and healing go hand in hand…
Feast of The Three Magi to the Holy Family
“Today, the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see; heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body.”
–St. Peter Chrysologus
The Epiphany house blessing is for everyone. It is a tradition for the head of each household to write the year and CMB above the entrance door with chalk. The letters C, M and B represent the names of the Magi – Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar – and signify “May Christ bless this house.” For 2020, it is written 20+C+M+B+20. The + indicates the cross.
May you and your household be blessed with the Epiphany blessing for this new year.