CELEBRATING LIFE

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Kissing The Past Goodbye – is reflected in the wise story of Ruth where Naomi and her daughters-in-law all lost their husbands.  In faith Ruth followed her mother-in-law Naomi to Bethlehem while Orpah went another road.  The two women kissed their past goodbye while Orpha clung to bitter memories.

With my Maman’s heavenly help, I have kissed the past goodbye, because God foresaw all those closed doors.  Now is the time to embrace God’s ‘perfect’ spirit of life.  The winds of March will soon blow into Spring…where a  higher calling for happiness awaits.

May this bouquet delight your senses and spring you on a refreshing vibrant path…and Happy celestial birthday, Maman Cherie!

CHOOSING A FRESH START

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It’s up to you and me to choose any moment to start fresh.  A friend reminded me about this when she said:

“Your words always weave a web of exhilaration.  Words matter so much.  Yes, there is so much to rejoice over.  We must look for it and savor it.”

–Sharon Graham

As we approach the last week in January, let us reflect on the words we think, speak and write about.

Be loving!  Even though loving our enemies is a tall order, but we must try.

YOU ARE FLOWERS ON THE PATH

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You and I are as fresh flowers on the path of a new year.  Each of us having overcome a personal darkness that 2020 stamped on us, revealing truth about ourselves and our circle of influence to change for the better.

“We become like vessels of sunlight that they may be filled with wine.  We are like glass cleansed of dust and grime to receive the sun and vanish into its light.”

–Thomas Merton

This time is a good occasion to keep in mind what is truly important.  

That said, what can we each make of this fresh start?

We have 365 days to figure this out.

 

 

 

 

LIVE DIFFERENTLY

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2021! Bring it on…Dare to explore, serve others, have courage and fight for the freedom to speak, to work, to worship, and keep peace at home…that’s my vision for this new year.  I’m cartwheeling the past and those fruitless comfort zones as I reflect on these annoying questions:

Do I have unfinished things to accomplish?

How will I focus on my future?

What makes me live more consciously?

Why is there always something else to do?

Am I ready to die when it’s time?

Do these things ever cross your mind too?

Believing, I know God, family and country.

Believing, I must be more prayerful, kind and merciful.

Believing, I should honor each day’s miracles to celebrate life.

Here we are with a fresh new year…offering another opportunity to achieve greater heights, don’t you think?

Whatever it is for you, be braver that last year.  God is ready to Bless You even more!

HOW WE STAND

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After a marvelous Christmas celebration, it’s good to see where we stand after enduring such a tough year, don’t you agree?

As I have, I’m sure you have found rays of light to shine upon those dark days of the pandemic.  Bravo!

The coming new year gives us a fresh start, Allelulia!

That’s what I am going to contemplate during these last days of 2020.

Like the Christmas song says, “All is well.”  

I send you my love.

WILD FOR PLANTS

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Aah, The first day of December.  My houseplants have secured themselves in sunny spots around the house.  They tend to be more thirsty indoor and have a long time to go before I can place them outdoors at spring’s arrival.  Yet they draw a wild passion in my caring for them.

“By gathering plants in a deliberate way and place, I am able to create a spot everyone is drawn to.  Plants are a way of creating a moment of escape within your own home.”

–Hilton Carter

Now, that’s one way to stimulate your environment during those sporadic re-emerging lockdowns –ugh!