Sunday, November 24, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

Where I live, we are celebrating the holiday of Thanksgiving this week.  Although we should be grateful EVERY DAY for all our blessings, our country decided we should designate a SPECIAL day to give thanks.

We have so much to be thankful for:  family, friends, clothing, food, a roof over our heads, and good health are just a few.

But there are oh so many other things.  I'm grateful for every breath I take, every heart beat...all the things our bodies do to keep us alive and we don't even have to think about just happens.

I'm grateful for every blade of grass, every tree, every raindrop, every sunny day, every snowflake, every star in the sky, the moon, the sun.  I'm grateful for music, dancing, hearing, my sense of smell, taste, family games, quiet time.

I could go on and on.  There are so many things to be grateful for.  This Thanksgiving remember to be grateful for ALL of it...the usual things and the things you don't usually think about.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,  Paula

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A Time To Shine

Nature is such a wonderful teacher.  But, as with school, you have to pay attention.

As I've mentioned on more than one occasion, I LOVE  the night sky.  I feel so much peace sitting outside under the moon and stars.  Nothing relaxes me more.

Several weeks ago I was sitting outside by a fire enjoying the beautiful night sky.  The next morning as I was leaving for work, I noticed the moon in the morning sky.  It was still beautiful, but way to the sun.  What occurred to me is that the moon had it's time to shine.  Now it was moving to the background to give the sun IT'S time to shine.  It's still there - just not the center of attention.

We can learn so much from nature.  We don't have to shine all the time.  I don't think we're supposed to shine ALL the time.  We have to allow others to shine too.  And just as the sun helps the moon to shine by reflecting it's light off of  the moon, we should try to help others shine.  We are not diminished while others are shining.  Our turn will come again in right time.

Love,  Paula

Monday, September 30, 2019

Flying High

I recently returned from a wonderful visit with my son and daughter-in-law in Los Angeles.  When the jet was about 70 miles from where I live, the pilot's voice came over the speaker and said we should be landing in about 20 minutes.

When you're flying a long distance, the plane is above the clouds.  We were looking at blue skies and sunshine all around us with white fluffy clouds below us.  When the descent started we were enveloped by THICK gray clouds.  It was so thick that you couldn't see anything...not just momentarily, but for almost the entire 20 minutes.  My husband kept looking out of the window hoping to see something before we landed.  Obviously we got through it and landed safely.

It occurred to me that A LOT of faith was involved here.  We had to have faith in our pilot.  We had no other choice.  Our pilot had to have faith in his training, in the instruments on the plane, and in the air traffic controller.  The air traffic controller had to have faith in his instruments, in other air traffic controllers and in the pilot.  It's amazing to me how connected we all are and how we all depend on and support each other.

This can transfer to our daily lives.  Sometimes our lives are all "blue skies and sunshine".  The "clouds" are below us or behind us.  Life is good and we're "flying high".  There are other times when we go through dark times...clouds.  It is then that we seem to tap into our faith.  It is then that we need and look for support from our friends and family

It is important to work on our faith and foster our friendships while we are "flying high".  It is important to help and support other people whenever and however we can.  Hopefully we will always be "flying high".  But if the day comes when we are in the gray clouds, we will have built up our faith and support system to help get us through.

Love,  Paula.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

T-R-U-E Power

My brother-in-law recently passed away.  When someone you know and love passes, it makes you reflect on their life AND on your life.

My brother-in-law was a very kind man, a generous man, a loving man, a humorous man, and a POWERFUL man.

There are different kinds of power.  World leaders, politicians, and heads of industry have power.  They run cities, states, countries and commerce.  They make decisions that affect millions of people world-wide.

What is the source of that kind of power?  In some cases they receive power by promoting fear.  Only they can keep you safe.  Only they can fix____________ (you fill in the blank).  Others receive power from the people via a vote.  In industry more and more power is received because of promotions.  What all these types of power have in common is that it is given to a person from an outside source.  It really isn't their power, it's something that is bestowed on them

True power comes from within.  It is a knowing, understanding and accepting of our personal power.  Unfortunately, a majority of people NEVER come to that understanding in their lifetime.  But every once in awhile a truly powerful person emerges.  They understand and accept their power.  They are generous with their time, wisdom, knowledge, love, and compassion.  They see things that need to be done and instead of looking around and pointing fingers to see who will do it, they step up and get the job done..  They empower and inspire others to do well and be the best that they can be.  They see with their hearts as well as their eyes.

My brother-in-law was one of those people.

Love,  Paula

Monday, September 2, 2019


I'm 68 years old.  My friends probably range in age from 50 to 80 years old.  As you age, things physically change in your body.  Consequently you start hearing things like:

          It's hell getting old.

          I'm falling apart.

          It's no fun getting older

          ...and on...and on...and on.

As I wrote in my blog, "A Light In The Darkness" a couple of weeks ago, I just got over sun poisoning.  I've never had it before in my life.  I also have back issues off and on since my automobile accident several years ago.  I have glaucoma and my hearing is dimming.

Now I could be one of those people who complain about all that, but instead I AM SO GRATEFUL that I live in a time when really, none of those things are a big deal.  I have hearing aides to help with my hearing loss.  I have exercises to help my back.  I have eye drops for the glaucoma. 

Attitude is everything and I'm still very excited about life!  Instead of focusing on all that is going wrong, I prefer to focus on all the wonderful things that are going right in my life.  I don't see it as falling apart.  I see it as getting a make-over.

Love,  Paula

Monday, August 26, 2019

Moon Bathing

The other day my husband and I went to a Seawolves Game.  The Seawolves are our local minor league baseball team.  The ballfield is beautiful and it's a pleasure just to be there.  The weather cooperated which made it even better.  It was an exciting game and truly a fun night.

On the way home from the game  my husband noticed the moon.  It was a full moon and it was GORGEOUS!!!  As we were marvelling at The incredible beauty of the moon, it occurred to me that the moon doesn't shine on it's own.  It simply reflects the light of the sun.

In last week's blog I mentioned that I'd rather moon bathe than sunbathe.  Well if "moon light" is just the sun's light reflecting off the moon, then by moon bathing I AM actually sunbathing.

Let me correct last week's blog...  I would rather sunbathe in the evening than sunbathe during the day.

Life is just so much fun!

Love,  Paula

Monday, August 19, 2019

A Light In The Darkness

I have always LOVED the night sky.  I would rather moon and star bathe than sunbathe.  Don't get me wrong I enjoy a sunny day, a rainy day, an overcast day or a snowy day; but I LOVE the night.

Several weeks ago I was diagnosed with sun poisoning.  I was on medication and had to stay out of the sun.  In 80 degree weather I was wearing long sleeves and using an umbrella to shade myself.

Light is supposed to be a good, positive thing.   I'm supposed to be a "Light Worker" so it kind of bothered me that I couldn't be in light.  It didn't make sense to me.  So I meditated about it.  I was told, "I didn't have to be in the light because I WAS the light.  My job was to bring light into the darkness."

I share this story because I believe this message is for everyone, not just me.  I believe that we're ALL light and we are ALL supposed to bring light into the darkness.  So...let's get to work.

Love,  Paula

Monday, August 12, 2019

Live Fearlessly

I was in the presence of several spiritually like minded ladies the other night.  As we were talking, a couple of them mentioned that they don't talk openly or say things about their spirituality anywhere else or with anyone else.  I found this interesting and kind of sad.  I know that one of the women is in her seventies.  I'm not sure of the other.  I would guess late fifties to early sixties.  What struck me was that at these ages, they were still hiding who they were.  How sad that after fifty plus years and seventy plus years they didn't feel like they could BE who they truly are...they had to hide their authentic selves.  I can't help but wonder what they're afraid of.  I wonder if they ever ask themselves, "What is the worst thing that will happen if I reveal myself - if people find out who I truly am?"

I think we all go through this at some point in our lives:  hopefully sooner rather than later.  I'm not just talking about spirituality, but any part of us that we feel we have to hide. I've found that most people are accepting and interested.  They ask questions and sometimes share stories of things they've experienced or gone through.  By being open and sharing, you give others the opportunity to do the same.

Nelson Mandela said, "Our deepest fear is not that we're inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Let's live fearlessly.  Let's liberate ourselves so we can fearlessly help liberate others.

Love,  Paula

Saturday, January 26, 2019

January Beauty

I've been sick the last several days.  Nothing serious...sinus infection, cold, headache...stuff like that.  It was enough to slow me down though.  Before being sick, life was happening and I was, house work, family, fun, self imposed obligations...busy.  Being under the weather slowed me down.  I've been reading, crocheting, watching tv, relaxing and taking care of myself.

I really needed that.  It has given me time to look around and really SEE the world around me.   Tonight as I was closing the living room curtains, I noticed how beautiful it was outside.  It snowed several days ago and it's been gorgeous, but I haven't taken the time to look and appreciate it.  After slowing down, I was able to SEE - really SEE the beauty around me.  When it's cold, the snow sparkles like diamonds.  It's just breathtaking!

I'm actually grateful for not feeling well.  It allowed me the opportunity to take the time to appreciate life.  It helped me to remember that there is beauty everywhere, always.

My wish for you is that you see and appreciate the beauty that's all around you all the time.  Do it now.  Don't wait until you're sick.

Love,  Paula

PS.  If you click on the pictures to make them larger, you can actually see what I'm talking about that the snow sparkles like diamonds.  This was right outside my front door.  Magical!