Monday, December 10, 2018

Peace On Earth

It's that time of year again...time to repost one of my very favorite blogs.  To me, this is Christmas.  Enjoy!

My all-time favorite song - not just Christmas song, but ANY song - is the duet with Bing Crosby and David Bowie, "Peace On Earth".  Every year, the first couple of times I hear it, it touches my soul and I cry.

Bing Crosby was my father's favorite singer.  His albums were a staple in my house growing up.  He was like a god.  My father sang and patterned himself after Bing.  You get the idea, he was a BIG DEAL in my life.

I remember when "Peace On Earth" first aired back in 1977.  At that time, it actually upset me.  It was Bing Crosby's last Christmas special.  He died a month before it aired.  I couldn't believe that of all the celebrities in the world, someone decided that David Bowie should be on Bing's Christmas special.  It seemed like a bizarre choice to me.  Bing's Christmas specials were always "warm and fuzzy," a good old-fashioned Christmas.  David Bowie?  REALLY?!!!  Then, when they sang that song, David Bowie was the lead and Bing basically sang backup for him.  Again... REALLY?!!!   I was very upset.

After the song aired, it came out that David Bowie was supposed to sing "Little Drummer Boy" with Bing but refused.  He said he hated that song and just couldn't do it.  Now I was furious.  The nerve of him to give my beloved Bing such a hard time on what ended up being his last Christmas special ever.  Who did he think he was?!!!!!!

Fast forward 25 years or so.  My youngest son sent me a Christmas CD he made for me.  It has songs from many different artists.  Guess what song is number 16?  That's right, "Peace On Earth." I couldn't believe it.  He sent me this song that I had such strong emotions about.  Of course, he had no idea.  Understand, it wasn't the actual song that I had an aversion to, it was the story that went with it.  Truthfully, I don't remember if I actually even listened to the song itself.  Well, I don't know exactly what changed between then and now (it was probably me), but I fell in love.  I could not believe what a beautiful, meaningful song it was.  Like I said before, it touches my soul.

As I think about and read about how this incredible song came to be, it just blows me away. First, this impudent 30-year-old rocker refuses to sing a particular song with BING CROSBY.  So three people get together and scribble something out quickly to take its place.  Then Bing and David Bowie rehearse for an hour and a half.  Next they record it and they nailed it!  The rest, as they say, is history.

I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.  I finally got it.  It wasn't about Bing.  It wasn't about David Bowie.  It was about the message in the lyrics.  ALL these circumstances had to come together to make this beautiful song happen.  The WHOLE thing was so incredibly inspired.

I leave you now with the gift of this wonderful, moving song.  Enjoy.  I wish you all a happy holiday season filled with Peace On Earth.  Merry Christmas!

Love,  Paula


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Joy in the Snow

Winter has arrived.  The calendar says it's still autumn, but the weather outside is saying winter.  We had our 1st snowfall of the season several weeks ago.  We thought it was a fluke and would melt and get back to fall.  But it didn't.  It stayed and snowed some more.

The city where I live is on one of the Great Lakes.  Because of the lake, our weather is unpredictable and kind of crazy.  I've lived here my whole life and have learned to expect the unexpected.  It never ceases to amaze me though how people that have lived here more than a couple of years constantly complain about the weather...especially the cold, snowy winter.

People start complaining in September (because they know that winter is coming), and don't stop complaining until April when the warmer weather starts appearing.  Meanwhile people are missing life.  They're missing the beautiful days of Autumn, Winter and part of Spring.

I always talk about how you can find beauty everywhere.  I really believe that.  Winter has it's own beauty.  Snow blankets the earth and kind of insulates it.  Everything seems calmer...quieter.  It sparkles like diamonds and it's absolutely gorgeous!

I read, "If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life, but still the same amount of snow."

Find joy in the snow.

Love,  Paula

Monday, November 19, 2018

"Bloom Where You're Planted"

It's my time of year again...Autumn.  I can't help it.  I just L-O-V-E fall!  How can you not love it?  The air is crisp and the colors are vibrant.  There are beautiful flowers.  The trees are adorned in amazing shades of yellows, golds, oranges, rusts and reds.  My whole world is just breathtaking!  There is beauty everywhere...and I mean EVERYWHERE!!!




A couple of weeks ago my husband and I took a walk as we often do when the weather is nice.  As we were walking, I was overwhelmed by the magic that was surrounding me.  When we were getting close to home, I was surprised to see a tree growing out of a storm sewer.  It was beautifully dressed in bright red leaves.



Besides just looking at the wonder of it all, two thoughts occurred to me:

1There's beauty everywhere if you just look for it.  Keep yourself open and you can find beauty...even in the most surprising places.

2)  The will to live is amazing.  This little seed was somehow pushed or washed into a storm sewer.  Instead of giving up, it decided to grow and be the best tree it could be, given it's circumstances.

This translates to all of us.  No matter what circumstance you find yourself in, BE THE BEST YOU, YOU CAN BE.  Don't focus on what you don't have.  Appreciate and be grateful for what you do have.

"Bloom where you're planted."

Love,  Paula



Monday, June 25, 2018

Passion

Have you ever had a passion, but kind of lost sight of it because of life getting in the way?  You get so busy with the business of living, that you kind of forget all about that passion.  Days, weeks, months, and maybe even years can go by.

My Reiki gets like that sometimes.  I occasionally go for long periods of time without using Reiki.  Then something happens that brings me back to it.  I remember how much I LOVE it.

I hadn't been practicing my Reiki for quite awhile when my two youngest grandchildren stayed over night.  My grandson asked if I could do Reiki on him.  He said we hadn't done it in a long time...and he was right.  Of course, my granddaughter wanted Reiki too.  Working with my grandchildren reminded me how much i love helping people with Reiki.  That opened the floodgates.

The next day the family was over to celebrate Father's Day.  My oldest grandson's girlfriend came over with her sister who was visiting from out of town.  Her sister is a Reiki II practitioner.  We enjoyed talking about our experiences with Reiki.  A family member wasn't feeling well.  She was having sinus issues.  The sister and I enjoyed working together on this family member and helped her to feel better.

The next thing that happened was that I got an unexpected email asking me to give mini Reiki treatments at a local senior center for their members.  I have done this in the past, but it's been quite awhile since they've asked me to do it.  I was pleasantly surprised by the email.

Finally, I happened to run into an old friend this past weekend.  We got to talking and of course Reiki came up.  She knew about Reiki and was very interested in it.  We're going to set up an appointment.

I love the synchronicity of it all.  I love how the Universe puts opportunities in your path to help you remember your passions.  Once you remember, the Universe helps to feed and expand that passion.

The same holds true for everyone.  Whatever you focus on will be multiplied....positive or negative.    If you complain about everything, you'll get more things to complain about.  If you're grateful for the good things in your life, you'll receive more for which to be grateful.  Pay attention and observe how this works, then pull into your life what you wish to experience.  The choice is yours.

Love,  Paula

Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Sunset's Promise

Many times this spring, we've had overcast days.  Sometimes they would be accompanied by rain, sometimes it was just overcast.  But what these days had in common was that just before sunset, it would clear up over the lake and there would be this incredibly beautiful sunset.  It was such a gift after what most would call a dismal day.

Today was one of those days.  It was cold for this time of year and it was overcast.  It even rained quite a bit during the day.  But around 8:30 PM, it cleared up over the lake.  There was the most gorgeous sunset!  I couldn't take my eyes off of it until the last shred of color was overtaken by nightfall.

As I was watching this amazing show, a thought occurred to me.  Maybe these wonderful sunsets after an overcast, dismal day are nature's way of giving us hope.  Maybe it's nature's way of saying, "Listen, I know that things aren't always the way you want them to be.  I know that sometimes things can seem dark, hopeless.  But if you can just have patience, if you can just hang in there, I promise that the sun will shine again." 

My wish is that we could all see and internalize nature's message.  Hang in there.  Things  will get better. Think of that every time you see a sunset.  It's a sunset's promise.

Love,  Paula

Monday, June 4, 2018

Your Journey

In last week's blog I talked about the Labyrinth.  I was told that my journey was mine and mine alone.  It occurs to me that that is true for everyone.

I happen to be very fortunate.  I have so many people in my life - family and friends - that love and support me.  They don't always understand me, but they love and support me.  Even with all that love and support, I'm on my own journey.  No one can do it for me or with me.  It's mine.

The same holds true for everyone.  It doesn't matter if you have tons of love and support like me, or if you're pretty much alone.  Our journeys are our own.  We may have similar journeys.  Our journey's may even intersect with each others.  But no two people have the exact same journey.

My advice to you is to not worry about what other people do or say.  Follow your heart.  Follow your passion.  Follow your dreams.  Be brave, be bold and follow your journey.

Love,  Paula

Monday, May 28, 2018

Labyrinth

While I was visiting my son and daughter-in-law recently, they took me to a nature center where I had the opportunity to walk a labyrinth.  I hadn't done that in many years, so I was excited to have that opportunity.


For those of you that have never walked a labyrinth, you start at a specific point on the outside of a circular pattern and follow the path to the center.  Usually you pause in the center before you start your journey back out.  It's meant to be a meditative experience.  For me it's usually spiritual.


To me, starting from the outside and moving toward the center symbolizes a journey of going within yourself.  The center is where and when you tap into your inner wisdom.  I usually get some kind of message there.  The walk out allows you to reflect on and be grateful for any message you might have received.


My experience this day was interesting, informative, and kind of humorous.  I was so excited about walking the labyrinth that I think I got my son and husband excited about it too.  I don't know for sure, but I don't believe either of them had done this before.  I started my journey and I could hear that I was being "followed" by two sets of footsteps.  Pretty soon there was only one set of footsteps.  Shortly thereafter, it was only me. 


When I got to the center I paused, hoping to receive a message.  I was "told" that although I have support from my loved ones, this journey is mine and mine alone.  I almost laughed out loud because what had just happened in the physical world was reflective of my message.  It was perfect!


Love,  Paula