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