Monday, August 25, 2014

If You Want To Learn Something, Teach It!

As the title says, "If you want to learn something, teach it."  I've heard and read this many times throughout my life.  I never really understood it.  If you don't know something, how can you teach it?  REALLY!!!  You mean during all those years spent in classrooms, the teachers didn't know what they were teaching us... they just wanted to learn it?  It didn't make any sense to me at all.  I didn't get it.

I want you all to know that I'm learning as I go along.  Though in this blog I'm not exactly "teaching", it gives me the opportunity to explore and express ideas that pop into my head.  As I question and look for answers, I'm learning.  Once I've done that, I blog about it and share my thoughts, ideas, and what I've learned with all of you.  It's kind of like teaching.

Blogging has really helped me.  I think I FINALLY get it.  You can have a general knowledge about something and have a genuine curiosity about it.  As you do research and discuss things with other people, you're "teaching" and "learning" all at the same time.  So.......... If you want to learn something, Teach It!

Love,  Paula

Monday, August 18, 2014


Have you ever had the feeling that you were invisible?  I have.  I've felt like that a lot.  I have been introduced to people -- often more than once - and the next time I see them, they act like they have no idea who I am.  I'm talking not a glimmer of recognition.  Some people will recognize me if I'm with my husband.  But those same people won't recognize me if I'm by myself.  So if I don't see that "glimmer" of recognition, I often don't even bother reintroducing myself or speaking.  I decided that I'm just one of those people that blends.  That's been the way I've looked at things for years.

These days though, I strive to see things from as many perspectives as possible.  I try to put myself in other people's positions and see me as they might see me.  You know what I've figured out?  Most people are going through the same thing.  Maybe they thought I didn't recognize them.  Maybe they were just as insecure and lacking in confidence as I was.

I always saw everyone as somehow better than me.  They were smarter, wiser, more educated, more experienced, further along on their spiritual path.  It occurred to me that if I felt that way about them, they could feel that way about me.  Interesting!

So now I've resolved to change my outlook and response.  I'm working on seeing myself as equal.  We all have different gifts.  One isn't better or more valued than another.  They are all important in their own way.  It's like that analogy of the puzzle.  There are big pieces and sometimes very small pieces.  But the puzzle isn't complete until ALL the pieces are put together.  They're ALL important.

I've also resolved to work on understanding people.  If they don't acknowledge me, maybe it's not about me at all.  Maybe it's their lack of self confidence.  So now I'll talk to them - at least a smile and a "hi".  The response has been great so far.  It's made my world a friendlier place to live and I like that.

Love,  Paula

Monday, August 11, 2014

Super Moon, Super Evening

The other night there was a Super Moon.  A Super Moon is when the moon is as close as it can get to the Earth.  It's so beautiful and intense.  We're also in the midst of a meteor shower.  I am fortunate where I live to have clear skies the last couple of evenings.  I L-O-V-E this stuff!!!!!  I would rather moon bathe and star bathe than sun bathe.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a sunny day.  But a moonlit and starlit night... there's nothing like it!  In the evening there is less noise and less distraction.  It's like the night air  absorbs all the sounds.  Peace, calm, and serenity just envelope you, and all cares and concerns seem to float away.

Luna was gorgeous.  She was full, bright, and beautiful.  I sat out on the patio absorbing as much of her beauty and energy as I could.  As I was looking at that incredible moon, I was gifted with seeing four meteors.

There is so much beauty, magic and wonder all around us. We are fortunate to exist on this amazing planet at the fantastic time.  I am filled with gratitude.  I hope you all had the opportunity to see this incredible show.  It's free and it's there for everyone. Please do yourself a favor and take the time to notice all the gifts that surround you every day.  It just takes an extra few minutes and it's so worth it.

Love,  Paula